What we learned from Carina Contini

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!

Carina with copies of her book

Carina with copies of her book

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!

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