What I said I would do:
Write weekly diary posts, where I would just ramble on about what I’d been up to that week, just like I used to in the good ol’ days of blogging.
What I most definitely did not do:
Write weekly diary posts, where I just ramble on about what I’ve been up to that week, just like I used to in the good ol’ days of blogging.
What my excuse is:
Er, it’s just life, really. As in, I don’t really have one right now, although it would be pretty cool if I did, wouldn’t it? It would make this entire blog a whole lot more interesting, for one thing, but, as it is, there’s just not a whole lot to report. As I write this, Terry’s mum has been in hospital for almost three weeks with complications caused by chemotherapy: she’s finally starting to feel a little better, and we’re hoping to get her home soon, but needless to say, it’s been a pretty rough time, so if I’ve seemed a little distracted lately, that’s why: basically when we’re not working, we’re at the hospital, so it’s all been pretty grim, really. I mean, I know 2016 was the year that was universally hated, but it feels a bit like 2017 is just all, “Oh, you thought THAT was bad? Hold my beer…”
But that’s not what this post was supposed to be about: er, sorry about that little detour to The Land of All Depressing, All the Time. (Which did NOT come to the top of the Faraway Tree, as far as I can remember, although if someone were to write an adult version of those books, it would be a strong contender, I’d imagine…) No, this post is one of my rare excursions into the world of food, because this week Terry and I paid a visit to new restaurant La Piuma, in Bathgate.
Now, full disclosure: Terry has been working on the website for this restaurant (Which just opened last week), and has seriously not stopped talking about it. Owners Daniele and Gayle Tuveri wanted to create a completely different kind of Italian restaurant experience to Scotland, so, instead of the usual pizza and carbonaras, you’ll find things like beetroot risoto made with Lanark blue ice cream, scialatielli with Scottish seafood, and bruschetta which is unlike any bruschetta I’ve ever had before:
It tasted every bit as good at it looked, too. Terry’s starter, meanwhile, looked almost TOO good to eat:
This was the cured baby beetroot with goat cheese, olive oil powder, monkey flowers and caramelised shallot, and Terry enjoyed it so much he chose another beetroot-based dish for his main course: the beetroot risotto:
I’m not normally a fan of risotto, but I snuck a few bites of this and it was seriously amazing: so much so that I’d probably get it next time we visit – assuming, of course, that I could look past the cheese-filled raviolli, which was my own choice: and a pretty good one, too, though I do say it myself:
So. Very. Good.
To finish, Terry finally got to sample a dessert he’d been admiring every time he worked on the La Piuma website:
It’s called Layla Cracked the Pot, and it’s mascarpone mousse, coffee sable and chocolate soil. I, meanwhile, had the chamomile panna cotta, which arrived with dry ice billowing around it, and made for a suitably dramatic (and also tasty) end to the evening:
Like the couple themselves (Daniele is Italian, Gayle is Scottish), both the restaurant itself and the menu represents a nice mix of Scottish and Italian, and is something completely unique for this little corner of the world, which isn’t really known for its food. From speaking to Daniele, though, it was really easy to see how passionate they are about creating something different and memorable, and I think they’ve definitely succeeded in that: I know I’ll definitely be back for some of that risotto!
You, meanwhile, can find La Piuma at 52 Hopetoun St, Bathgate: don’t forget to tell them Amber and Terry sent you!
[Disclosure: our meal was complimentary: all opinions are my own.]