The revolving door of guests keeps going...around...and around...and around...when will it stop?...nobody knows!! Despite not being used to entertaining day after day I have been so happy to be welcoming our friends and family to our new home and...new city.
This past weekend we fell victim to the classic mistake...late lunch...with reservations for an early dinner (had to get off to the tattoo)...the late lunch is something that I have yet to master. I always find myself thinking...hmmm soup or something light would be best seeing as dinner is not far off...and without fail...BAM! giant sandwich with chips and mayonnaise and dessert appears before me...and, of course, I wolf it all down...every last crumb.
Saturday afternoon was no exception...and then, at 5:30 I was faced with the nightmare of not really being hungry, but knowing I had to eat before going to our 7:30 show...luckily, I had made reservations for us at Howies Cellar in Alva Street..where small dishes are in abundance! I've not been to any of the Howies yet, but they had a good write up in the Food and Drink magazine and I couldn't wait to try one...
The focus at Howies Cellar is Scottish ingredients and recipes in tapas style dishes. Well...wasn't THAT just the answer for four not-so-hungry stomachs...
7 dishes and some bread was perfect...black pudding and potato bravas, fried brie and chutney, grilled sardine salad, braised beef casserole, penne with scottish beef meatballs in spicy tomato sauce, haggis fritters, and smoked mackerel mousse.
For the most part it was all pretty good...some dishes divided up well, some not so well (the sardine was really small).
And, in the end...somehow...I found room for dessert!