Last week we were doubly privileged to get a visit from Scottish restaurateur Carina Contini, who not only imparted her wisdom and culinary knowledge over the course of an hour, but also very generously gifted every library in Edinburgh a copy of her Scottish Garden Cook Book. Thanks so much Carina!
Here are some things we learned from Carina:
- We’ve all heard of endangered species but there’s also an endangered foods list known as The Ark of Taste
- The best black pudding comes from Carluke – not Stornoway!
- One of Carina’s favourite recipes is for Baked Alsaka
- Princes Street Gardens were used for allotments during the second world war
- The building which houses the Contini Ristorante on George Street is a replica of a Florentine Palazzo
- The restaurant changed its name from Centotre to Contini Ristorante to because its former title was too difficult for people to pronounce!