A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

Hunkerdown Halloween

Hunkering down in town today. With gale force winds on the forecast it’s not a weekend to be exploring the hills. We’ve walked in with a few messages in mind.

For me it’s the ingredients that we don’t have readily available, the butchers and the whole foods store. We’ve recently subscribed to the guardian and so on waking I’m able to hit my favourite Saturday food section. This in order to broaden my skills and thinking in the kitchen. I use it as inspiration and a way to just say this is it, the choice whittled down to a few pages, what you going to make.

My favourite writers that brought me to the paper have long since moved, now it’s Rachel Roddy that brings me back. An ex pat living in Italy sharing homely recipes. Translating traditional Italian recipes, making them accessible with a writing style that inspires. A gnocchi made from semolina is on the menu tonight with a beef stew. Followed by an Almond based carrot cake.

Halloween this year is going to see me transition to a daily blogger, I’ve signed up to NanoPoblano2020.  Possibly failing at the first hurdle of day -1 as it’s supposed to be about the goal, a plan so to speak.  I have one in my head and the plan is to tackle this ……..you guessed it tomorrow.  My son is waiting for me patiently to watch the Mandalorian.


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Eclectic Alli that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.



  1. bearmkwa

    Good luck on your nano. If I had internet at home I might do it. That said I’m doing nanowrimo … 50k words in 30 days. Got to put at least one novel to bed, and maybe finish a couple of others from past nanowrimo. Playing catch up this year.

    • EdinburghCook

      Good luck with nanowrimo, that sounds like a good challenge.

  2. Gary A Wilson

    Keep us posted on how Nano works out for you. I’m one of those who hope to do it one year but retirement has to happen first. My job is too jealous of my time.

    • EdinburghCook

      I really understand time wise, got to pick your battles!

  3. Astrid

    Oh, the gnocchi sounds delicious!

    Good luck on your NaNo project. I’ve never heard of this specific one.

    • EdinburghCook

      Thanks for saying hello. I’ve only just came across it, and just in time

  4. Writing Sparkle

    I have to sadly confess that I have heard of NaNoWriMo but NanoPoblano2020 is new to me. I am going to look it up after our virtual coffee. Good luck with NaNo, I hope you share your progress when we have virtual coffee this month.

  5. Kathleen Howell

    Gale force winds here in Michigan, too! Our lakers are all hugging the shoreline.. Glad to have you along for Nano Poblano! I’m excited for November. Have a great week!

    • EdinburghCook

      Had to chase a seat cover round the garden this afternoon and the apples have all given in. November is looking exciting, will be along to say hello soon..

  6. Natalie

    Your meal plan sounds delicious. All the best with your NanoPoblano! Thank you for the coffee share.

  7. EdinburghCook

    Thanks for the link back, not sure that’s happened to me before! Much appreciated.

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