We were very excited in the run up to the end of the year, with our very own take on a Christmas dinner on the menu. With a 3 day event at the beautiful Glamis Castle in December, we spent many hours preparing our version of a festive feast in a flatbread – turkey breast with pork, sage, onion and apple stuffing balls, cranberry and onion chutney, a sprinkling of shredded sprouts and a splash of gravy. Very delicious though we say so ourselves!
Our 3 day adventure coincided with the temporary closure of the Forth road bridge, so it was a long 3 hour drive for Belle, and a 4 hour round trip in the car each day. Bob wisely decided on a sleep over at Glamis on the final evening so he could drive Belle home in daylight hours. The best laid plans….. a malfunction of the windscreen wipers necessitated a stop just 30 miles from home, a 4 hour wait in the freezing cold and eventually a ride home on the back of a rescue truck for Belle (thankfully, Bob had a seat in the warm cab of said truck!) Safe to say, we were all exhausted and welcomed a break!
After the hectic summer months, it’s very nice to be able to take things a bit easier. We really enjoy the laid back pace and the great banter at the local markets. Getting to know our fellow market stall holders is definitely one of the joys of our new venture!
We can also try out new recipes and ideas – trying to find something to fill that time in the day when folks are not quite ready for lunch is
keeping us on our toes. Some of our offerings to date have included: Scotch pancakes with home-made jam or bacon and maple syrup; a variety of scones (bacon and cheese seems to be a particular favourite); muffins, both sweet and savoury and of course, the full Flat Out Scottish breakfast as reviewed by Lunch Quest.
Looking forward to a few more before the year’s up – and quite excited about having a Christmas special or two on the menu!
The summer of 2015 will go down in history as the summer the sun didn’t shine in Edinburgh, and on a more personal note, the one when we didn’t sit down!
We were amazed and delighted to have the chance to have a spot on Edinburgh’s George Street during the festival. We had great neighbours in Harajuku Kitchen, Fresh Revolution and the paella boys from Portobello, and actually, the sun did make a guest appearance on a couple of occasions, creating a lovely little foody courtyard in the heart of the city.
It’s been a cold, wet summer in and around Edinburgh this year, but it certainly hasn’t been dull here at Flat Out!
Our first big event was Scotland’s National Airshow – what a day that was! We were literally flat out all day – some of us didn’t even get a chance to see the incredible display by the Red Arrows (we saw pictures later!).
Our meatballs were flying across the serving hatch for several hours before we sadly ran out around 3pm. We learnt a lot that day and were delighted to have the opportunity as a new business at such a prestigious event.
The markets in Morningside and Penicuik operate at a slower pace and we love the chance to spend a bit more time with customers – Belle catches the eye, and Bob swoops in with the chat!
A big thanks to MarketCraft for our first gig – a Scottish Gas/Centrica charity event in Bo’ness raising money for Shelter. All in all, a good day for Flat Out- quieter than we hoped for, but we had good fun, it was really useful experience for the new team, and great to make a contribution to such a good cause.
We took away a few lessons from the day which might be helpful if you’re thinking of setting up your own mobile food business (then again, you might have had them covered already!) :
Don’t fill the bain marie with water then drive 20 miles – yes, the floor of the van was sparkly clean on arrival on site, but to be honest it was already sparkly clean when we left home
Don’t drive an additional round trip of 40 miles cos you forgot the coffee – especially when you’re parked right next to a van that’s specialising in, eh, coffee
Always check that the drain pipes from your sinks are heading in to the waste water container – but if that’s too difficult to think about , make sure your shoes are waterproof!
Just a few of the things that we’re working on getting right for next time 🙂
Over the last couple of months, we’ve been really busy getting Belle up and running. There have been a few obstacles along the way – the small matter of the “forgotten” oven, finding an oven that could be retro fitted, ordering an oven to find they no longer make that oven, finding another oven, and then finding a man to fit the oven – and that’s just the oven!!
We were delighted to be introduced to Jack who rejigged the gas pipes and arranged for our new oven to be fully fitted into the only space available- and now it looks like it’s been there forever!
Then there was the generator – finding one that didn’t make too much noise, didn’t require us to take out a second mortgage, and then, thrown in at the last minute, didn’t run on petrol, was our next challenge. It was a very happy day when our sparkly new LPG-converted silenced generator roared into action for the first time. It was a very unhappy day when we tried it out again, a week before our first booking, and were rewarded with silence. We endured a stressful few days waiting for it to be collected for repair and then returned. But return it did, and once again, the tiger-purr of a working generator created mega watt smiles all round. Now we’re ready!!
From the South of France, to Bradford, from Bradford to Weston Super Mare, from Weston Super Mare to Edinburgh. She made it – Belle is finally with us!
Sadly, she sustained a wee injury in transit, and lost her windscreen so arrived looking a wee bit the worse for wear. Bob patched her up to keep the rain out and give her some privacy. She looked a bit sad for a few days until we sorted out a replacement windscreen.