where to wander: portobello beach

travel, where to wander

Summer is over but the beach is always open. The beauty of Portobello Beach is that it is just a few miles from Edinburgh city centre and makes a good weekend wander year round. This charming seaside suburb, has two miles of beach making it perfect for a picnic lunch or Sunday stroll. We like to access it through the amazing cycle network as there is a path directly to Portobello Beach from the Water of Leith, but it is also walkable and you can catch a bus from city centre.

Good weather draws large crowds and the promenade hosts a number of popular events-  including volleyball competitions, triathlon events and the community-run rowing club.  I recommend bringing some coins and hitting up the huge arcade along the promenade – you know, like adults do.

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If you are looking for a place to sip or snack, there are several bars and cafés on the promenade, with further options on Portobello’s bustling high street, including quality independent restaurants and charity shops. There is a market in Brighton Park on the first Saturday of every month, selling fresh local produce. You can also find this adorable green truck offering a delicious organic and local range of goodies.

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For lunch, The Beach House is a winner for it’s great views of the boardwalk and Firth of Forth. This spot is welcoming and has loads of coastal charm. Chunky wooden furniture,  pale blue walls, driftwood accessories and bright wildflowers deck the tabletops.  They also have an excellent selection of gluten-free and vegetarian sandwiches, wraps and cakes. This ultimate 4-layer falafel, spinach + avocado toastie hit. the. spot.

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Planning a weekend wander? You’ve earned it. Portobello is a unique, quaint and quick city escape and we all know that Edinburgh’s seaside should be an essential part of your visit or life in Scotland’s capital city!

Happy weekending!

pea + mint hummus

appetizer, dips, snacks

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Me and a delicious snack are two peas in a pod.

There is no better place to get some snackspiration than at Earthy Café. On a recent visit, I indulged in some serious snack samples of homemade dips and spreads. Unique recipes like Lemon Hummus with Harissa, White Bean and Basil and Pistachio Hummus with Feta were all on point. After all of this sampling, I was inspired to try making our own using something in season and a bit unusual.

Pea + mint is not a new concept, it is a classic flavour combination but a bit out of the ordinary for me. However, this summer I had my first bowl of pea and mint soup and… wowza, loved it. Loved it so much I wanted it in dip form.

This dip is a simple, fresh and healthy way to snack. Peas might be small but they are packed with nutrients. A cup of peas contains about 115 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 14 grams of net carbs. Peas are an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin K and also rich in calcium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.

I hope you enjoy this twist on hummus and the flavours that it brings with it! Who knows, you too might be in for a surprise.

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INGREDIENTS

serves 4-6

1/2 pound frozen green peas, thawed

1/2 tin chickpeas

1 clove fresh garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped

1/4 red onion, diced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs tahini

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (about 3 to 4 sprigs), chopped

1/2 tsp black pepper

Juice of one lemon

Sea salt, according to taste

METHOD

1 In a small pan over medium heat, sauté chopped onion and garlic until soft and translucent, but not browned, about 4-5 minutes.

2 Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and well combined. Serve chilled. Easy peasy.

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NOTES
As with all hummus, there are countless ways to serve it up!
  • Enjoy as a dip for veggies- cut up carrot, cucumber, pepper or courgette
  • Enjoy as a spread over your favourite crunch – slices of whole grain pita, warm toast, or oatcakes
  • Top it up with grated feta, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds or reserved green peas
Enjoy!
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