This week it has been very busy, but I’m still finding little pockets of time to blog (probably at the expense of something important like cleaning or organising something that needs to be done, but never mind!). By the time this post is published, this week I will have had a hotel stay in Aviemore (for our 3rd wedding anniversary), and one night in Perth for work. Today I’m flying down to London for the weekend to catch up with some old work friends from Girlguiding and to spend some time with my lovely bridesmaid Laka, so I hope there will be lots of blog posts next week with all my adventures!
On Saturday Mr B and I ventured over the Nairn in the rain for a morning foodie event (part of Nairn Book and Arts Festival) at Nairn Community Arts Hall. There was a foodie market, live music and also a talk/demo from Victor and Carina Contini – who are restaurateurs in Edinburgh. (Apologies for the bad iphone photos – annoyingly I had forgotten to put my recharged battery back in my camera!)
I was able to say hello to Elizabeth (of Capability Browns and the Wee Croft Shop where we pay a visit most weekends!) and Jeni from Bad Girl Bakery who I hadn’t met before – lovely to see you both, by the looks of it both were doing a roaring trade over the course of the morning!
Soon it was time to grab a seat, ready for the demo. The main purpose of the Contini’s talk was to learn about their Kitchen Garden, but we were also given a potted history of the growth of their restaurants and cafes around Edinburgh, as well as their values in cooking and business, which was fascinating. They were geniunely passionate about sourcing good quality local ingredients, as well as the authentic Italian ingredients like the Amalfi lemons, olive oil or tomatoes when required, even at the expense of lower profits.
The other lovely thing to see was the inclusion of their two girls getting involved in the demo. They obviously are keen to be involved in the family business (though handily, one was said to be more likely to be front of house based, and the other based more in the kitchen, so it doesn’t look they will be competing for the same job!)
As the demonstration area was limited (no ovens etc), this meant that Victor and Carina could showcase the products from the Kitchen Garden to best effect. They made four salad dishes using a variety of home grown fruit and vegetables, with Victor also whipping up a delicious smelling pesto.
Going to the event definitely made me think more about buying locally grown fruit and vegetables more, so that we can taste what’s in season and supporting local producers in the future. And the demo definitely has put the Contini’s on my radar for my next trip to Edinburgh!