Rose was labouring under a glut of carrots, so put them to excellent use in spiced carrot cakes. Arianna made pasties, pies and quiches using classic seasonal leftovers, like parsnips and broccoli. I made two soups, the first of which used leftover morning rolls to thicken a hearty mushroom soup, and the second used leftover salad to brighten up broccoli soup.The recipes from the day will soon appear on the Total Food Geeks website, so keep an eye out for that.
Huge thanks go to Mauro and the team at Giovanni’s who looked after us brilliantly and were generous both with time and facilities to support the event. Thanks also to Chris Smith who snapped some lovely photos.With my “hard part” of the day completed, I toddled off towards the familiar confines of Union of Genius on Forrest Road. The menu was a little different from usual, with our second heroic trio, Danielle from Edinburgh Foody, regular saloneer Lea , and Indian cookery specialist Meena from Chai Lounge, cooking up a menu that focussed on delicious risotto, with rice kindly provided by Gallo, but then led on to scallops from EatFish and Meena’s outstanding “Leith Mess”. Trussel Trust. Kitchen Press, bring together an excellent event in Dundee, too. They definitely win the puntastic award for their “Special O’Cajun” gumbo party.
So it’s onwards and upwards to more events on a grander scale for the next Restaurant Day. The 2015 dates have now been published, so we look forward to hearing your ideas and making plans to develop the Scottish contribution to this tremendous carnival of food.