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Just before The Commonwealth Games, Ross & I headed to Blythswood Square for lunch. I’ve been to the stunning hotel quite a few times for drinks and events, but had never dined in before. If you have never heard of Blythswood Square before, it is an award winning 5 Star Luxurious Hotel & Spa situated in Central Glasgow with over 100 rooms, individual suites and a luxury penthouse. The Restaurant & Bar itself caters for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner along with Afternoon Tea and my favourite, Blythswood Bubble Afternoon Tea giving you unlimited Moët & Chandon Champagne. Yes Please!

On this occasion, we were sampling the Three Course Market Menu which is £22 per person. The menu regularly changes and gives you a variety of fish, vegetarian and meat dishes to make any palette happy. Just by reading the menu, you get an indication at how high end and well thought out the entire menu is, not just the Market Menu.

Upon entering the rather empty restaurant, we were given the Market Menu and our drink order taken. The hardpart was trying to choose what we wanted to eat, we couldn’t both order the same for photographic and review purposes, naturally! In the end, I decided to order the  Prawn Cocktail with Avocado which had a £5 supplement charge. Ross ordered the White Onion & Fennel Velouté with Herb Oil. For mains, it had to be the beef for me but not just any ol’ beef. I ordered the Seared Shoulder of Beef with Mushroom, Pea & Bacon Cassoulet, Mashed Potato & Red Wine Jus. Ross decided upon the Roast Loin of Pork with Homemade Yorkshire Puddings, Vegetable Panache and Roast Potatoes which again had a supplement charge of £3.

When my Prawn Cocktail arrived, it looked too good to eat, but of course I did! The menu stated that it was made up of baby prawns so when I was met with a rather lovely large plump prawn on the edge of the glass, I was pleasantly surprised. The prawns were fresh, cooked well and the Seafood Sauce was the right mixture of spicy and tangy. The ratio of prawns:lettuce was good which meant I wasn’t overpowered with lettuce, it was just the right amount for the glass. When making my way down the glass, I was met with an avocado cream which was coating the lettuce and bottom of the glass. It was refreshing and a lovely addition to the dish. No chunks of avocado which I’m rather glad at as it’s not my favourite texture in the world. The Parmesan crisps were another welcome addition, crispy and cheesy, helping to gather up the sauces. Beautiful introduction to Blythswood and a refreshing change to your standard Prawn Cocktail.

Blythswood Square- Prawn Cocktail with Avocado

The White Onion & Fennel Velouté with Herb Oil was creamy and slightly sweet. The aniseed flavour from the fennel and the herb oil didn’t overpower the velouté and instead complimented it. There isn’t really much to say about the velouté, it was smooth, flavourful, well presented and most importantly, tasted good. If we did have one criticism it is that it cools down very quickly but there isn’t much the kitchen can do about that. 

White Onion & Fennel Velouté with Herb Oil

After a rather long break, it was time for our mains. By this point, the restaurant was filling up which meant the staff were a little more distracted and rushed off their feet but as this was a lazy Sunday afternoon, we were fine with our wait.  I was ravenous and my eyes lit up when I spotted our food en route to the table. Again, faultless presentation for both dishes.

The Seared Shoulder of Beef was very well cooked; medium rare if you wanted to know. I was initially expecting slices of beef à la Roast Beef so just like my starter, I was pleasantly surprised when I was met with three rather chunky slices of  beef. Beautifully soft, melt in your mouth, trimmed of fat and extremely flavoursome. The Cassoulet of Mushroom, Pea & Bacon was a great addition to the beef, mushrooms being my favourite vegetable (or fungus if you really want to be technical!). The bacon (lardons) gave the dish a salty element to offset the sweetness of the rather rich red wine jus. The dish was perfected with wonderfully creamy and buttery Mashed Potatoes. Midway through my main, I popped to the bathroom and while I was gone, the waitress noticed I was away and popped my plate under the hot plate to keep warm. I thought that was a very thoughtful touch because there is nothing worse than cold food in a restaurant. Big thumbs up for that!

Seared Shoulder of Beef with Mushroom, Pea & Bacon Cassoulet, Mashed Potato & Red Wine Jus

Not being a huge fan of Pork, I didn’t really try Ross’ main of Roast Loin of Pork. Again, it was cooked very well, very soft and easy to cut with the knife. I hate when you cut into meat only to find it as tough of leather. Doesn’t do your teeth any good. Luckily, we didn’t experience that problem! The Vegetable Panache with a mix of Mushrooms, Green Beans, Spring Onions (or Leeks) if I’m not mistaken. Talking of well cooked, the Yorkshire Pudding was light, crispy, golden brown and delicious. If only it was slightly bigger or you were given a double helping! To compliment the dish, Roast Potatoes were served. Just like the Yorkshire Pudding, they were light, crispy on the outside but fluffy and well cooked inside with a wonderful golden brown colouring. I did steal one because they were that good, sorry Ross!

Roast Loin of Pork with Homemade Yorkshire Puddings, Vegetable Panache and Roast Potatoes

I was fit to burst after our mains but you cannot NOT have dessert, right? Instead of ordering two separate desserts, we decided to be reasonable and share one; the Iced Honeycomb Parfait. I adored this dessert. The parfait was absolutely delicious, creamy, well set and included little honeycomb pieces. I started regretting sharing now. The Strawberries were sweetened and complimented the parfait but I was a little let down by the Madelines. They tasted good but perhaps didn’t work too well on the plate with everything combined. The chunk of Honeycomb on top of the parfait was left til the end and our teeth battled through crunching it. It wasn’t as soft as a Crunchie Bar Honeycomb and was a slight battle to devour but one in which we conquered.

Iced Honeycomb Parfait with Strawberries and Lemon Madeleines

Overall, the entire meal was a success. It was delicious and great value for money (£18.50 for two courses if you can’t face three). I’m rather shocked that I didn’t go to the Hotel previously for a meal and now I have been, it certainly won’t be my last visit. The staff were very friendly and even though towards the end they were rushed off their feet, they were superb. The Restaurant is well designed and I cannot wait to go back again, this time for dinner!

Have you ever been to Blythswood Square? Have you eaten in the Restaurant? If so, what would you recommend to others? If you haven’t been and you’re in Glasgow, what are you waiting for?

Disclaimer: I was invited by Blythswood Square as a guest in return for a review. Whilst my meal was complimentary, we paid for drinks and left a considerable tip. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and my comments reflect my true experience that afternoon.

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The first time I ever tried haggis was a couple of years ago with my mother. I decided to try a little bit and surprisingly, I liked it. I, along with a good number of people get a little queasy when thinking about what exactly goes into haggis (as well as black pudding!). Sadly, haggis isn’t a furry little animal running around the Scottish hills but is in fact traditionally sheep’s stomach stuffed with diced sheep’s liver, lungs and heart, oatmeal, onion, suet and seasoning. Sounds pretty… right? Exactly. And that is why, according to Sykes Cottages, almost two thirds of people would never normally order haggis in a restaurant. The thought of all the ingredients mashed together may put you off as it did myself, but it does in fact taste lovely. Haggis is rather spicy with a crumbly texture.

Sykes Cottages want to help change people’s perceptions of haggis and have launched the Inaugural Sykes Cottages Haggis Championships to help convert people. They asked me to take part in the competition to come up with a recipe to tempt first timers into trying the delightful but intimidating Scottish dish. After racking my brains out trying to come up with a perfect ‘Introduction to Haggis’ dish, I settled for two. Both are perfect for first timers and if you are feeling a little scared, these are perfect. One is aimed more as a starter and the second is a main course which can be served on its own or with a red meat like lamb or venison. 

Haggis Bon Bons with Homemade Chilli & Garlic Jam

For the Bon Bons:

  • 500g MacSween Haggis
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Flour, seasoned with salt and pepper (I chose a mix of pink and black)
  • 1 cup of Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Handful of Rocket Leaves

For the Jam:

  • 500g Chopped Tomatoes (you can use fresh ripe ones or a can of chopped tinned)
  • 5 Red Chillies, you can either deseed these if you want a weaker jam or keep the seeds for extra spice
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch of Ginger, roughly chopped
  • 100g of Caster Sugar
  • 25ml of Balsamic Vinegar (or Red Wine Vinegar)
Method:

For the Jam:

  1. Place the tomatoes, garlic, chillies and ginger into a food processor and blend until it reaches a purée consistency
  2. Pour the purée into a sauce pan with sugar and vinegar and mix well.
  3. Bring to the boil while slowly stirring. Once it has reached boiling point, reduce the heat on the pan and simmer for approximately 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon the jam into a bowl (or a jar) and set aside to cool.

For the Bon Bons:

  1. Heat oil in a deep fat fryer to 190 degrees.
  2. Slice the Haggis into equal slices and then half each slice.
  3. Roll each half slice into a ball and dip into the flour then egg then breadcrumbs. The trick is to keep one hand for the wet mixture and the other for the dry. Otherwise your hands turn into a huge gloopy mess!
  4. Repeat until all the haggis has been rolled into the breadcrumbs then pop them into the fridge to firm up for 15-20 minutes
  5. In small batches, drop them into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.
  6. Serve three or four bon bons on a plate with a teaspoon of jam under each bon bon and some rocket salad for good measure.

Haggis Won Tons with Red Wine & Wholegrain Mustard Sauce

For the Won Tons:

  • 500g MacSween Haggis
  • 2 Egg Yolks, mixed to form an egg wash
  • Won Ton Wrappers (from any Chinese supermarket, I go to Mr Lim’s on Cambridge Street in Glasgow)

For the Red Wine & Mustard Sauce:

  • Small tub of Crème Fraîche
  • 1 tbsp of Wholegrain Mustard
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 4 Button Mushrooms, chopped
  • 35ml Red Wine
Method:

For the Won Tons:

  1. Place a teaspoonful of Haggis in the middle of each won ton wrapper and gently glaze around the border with your egg wash
  2. To wrap the Won Tons, bring one end of the wrapper into the middle and with your other hand, pinch the rest of the wrapped into the middle until it’s all neatly together in a concertina-esq fashion. There is no wrong or right to this, you can really wrap them how ever you feel.
  3. Place the Won Tons into boiling seasoned water for four minutes until cooked. Once cooked, place onto a plate so they do not continue to cook in the water. If you don’t, they can go soggy and you don’t want that!

For the Red Wine & Mustard Sauce:

  1. Fry the chopped mushrooms in a pan with a little butter. Once browned, add both mustards.
  2. Add a tablespoon of crème fraîche and a little red wine, ensuring the mushroom and mustards have been incorporated. 
  3. Add more crème fraîche and red wine in batches until you reach a slightly runny consistency. You don’t want the sauce to be too thick or too runny. You do not need to use all of the crème fraîche, it really just depends on your individual taste or how many you’re making. 
  4. Once made, drizzle over the Won Tons.

Are you converted yet? Have you ever tried haggis? If you have tried haggis, what’s your favourite way to eat it?

Chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?  I have a love/love relationship with chocolate but I go through stages of not wanting to eat chocolate at all. Very strange. My all time favourite chocolate has to be any with a gooey caramel centre. Delectable.  Whenever I have a box of chocolate, I instantly have to find my favourites and growl if anyone else even attempts to take them. Lesson #1, do not come between me and my favourites or I’ll give you the death state and you really wouldn’t want that!

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When you think of Haggis, do you think of creepy lopsided creatures roaming the hills or offal and sheeps stomach? I for one would much prefer to see the creepy creatures that taste oh so good when caught. Sadly, that isn’t reality and MacSween Haggis are on a mission to re-define our views on Haggis with the Edinburgh Fringe show Haggis Haggis Haggis. It was my first time in Edinburgh during the Fringe and this was a light introduction to what the Fringe had to offer.

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The show tells the story of Haggis, the history behind Scotland’s most famous dish and Robert Burns. At times, the show is rather surreal and tongue in cheek but mixed with non-stop laughters and being educated at the same time, it’s a must see show. Where else in Edinburgh can you watch a show and be offered snacks mid-performance?

Sadly, the Fringe is almost over but you can still check out this show if you’re in town. If you’ve seen it or plan to, please let me know what you though! Do you like Haggis?

It’s almost time for the BBC Good Food Show Scotland 2014 and this year, it’s going to be between 17 – 19 October at the SECC. I loved the show last year and I met so many stall holders, chefs, bursary winners and of course, the winner of  Glasgow’s Best Deli 2013 . It was a wonderful weekend and this year it can only get better. 

Once again, I’m going to be  judging the hunt to find Glasgow’s Best Deli 2014 alongside Barney Desmazery (Food Editor, BBC Good Food Magazine) , Katy Truss (Fabulous Food Finds and BBC Good Food Shows’ Artisan Food Specialist), Laura Biggs (Managing Director of BBC Good Food Shows), and other fellow BBC Good Food Show Scotland Bloggers.

After an extensive Glasgow wide search last year, Billington’s of Lenzie won the vote. As winners, they received a free stand at the Food Show and showcased some of their produce. I popped by to see how they were coping with the crowds and they were loving it! Now… it’s time for another Deli to hold the crown.

The search is now on for Glasgow’s Best Deli 2014.

After the success of the initiative in 2013, the search is on to find Glasgow’s Best Deli 2014.We are once again teaming up with BBC Good Food Magazine to search for the best deli in Glasgow and the surrounding area. The winner will receive a free stand at the BBC Good Food Show Scotland at the SECC from 17 – 19 October to showcase their produce to all the food loving visitors.

Katy Truss, who manages the scheme on behalf of the BBC Good Food Shows says, “Last year we uncovered Billingtons of Lenzie, a fabulous local deli, who had a great time showcasing their deli at the show to thousands of food lovers. I can’t wait to get out there again and find this year’s winner.”

Delis and independent food shops are urged to encourage their customers, fans and suppliers to nominate them for the competition, or apply by nominating themselves. The judges will be looking at the following:

  • Range of international and local produce?
  • Quality and value of produce?
  • Product knowledge and enthusiasm
  • Customer service?
  • Services, facilities and community involvement

To nominate please visit:Glasgow’s Best Deli 2014 Entry Page

Deadline for applications is 22nd August 2014.

The show this year will feature Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, John Torode, James Martin and Tom Kitchin to name a few. Along with chef demo’s and the interview stage, there are two new shopping areas this year; the Eat Well Pavilion for those looking for healthy or free-from foods and the Bakes & Cakes Village for all things baking. If you are a local food officiato then you don’t want to miss the small artisan producers in the Producers’ Village and Scotland Regional Pavilion and iconic brands and traditional favourites too.

Who do you think will win Glasgow’s Best Deli 2014? Do you have a favourite? Will you be going to the show this year?

Who doesn’t love a bit of jam on toast? It’s the perfect snack with a cup of coffee when it’s miserable outside. Something even better than toast is the use of jam in baked goods. To celebrate the launch of Mackays new Hand Stirred Conserves range, available exclusively within Asda stores across the UK, I went on a baking frenzy. With Strawberry, Raspberry and Cherry jam at the ready, I created Pear & Cherry Tarts and Pistachio & Raspberry Jam Cookies. Not wanting to miss out, my mom decided to make a Swiss Roll and Bakewell Tart Slices. It’s safe to say that we’re now full of sweet jammy goodness!

Founded in 1938, Mackays is a Scottish based company specialising in preserves (that’s jam to you & me!), curds and marmalade. They source all their strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants from the berry fields in eastern Scotland. Other than the fact, the berries are local, the temperate climate in Scotland allows for the fruit to be grown for longer, resulting in stronger flavours. In each batch of jam, whole berries are used which are mixed along with sugar and slowly boiled in traditional copper pans allowing the flavours to be released before gradually setting.

Before we could bake with the three different varieties of jam, we had to taste them. The Strawberry jam had a lovely sweet flavour to it and when spreading, it had a silky consistency. In each spoonful, whole strawberry pulp was found which is a rarity in a lot of jams you purchase in supermarkets, especially from reasonable priced ones. The Raspberry jam had a slightly thicker consistency and wasn’t as sweet as the strawberry, but that’s due to the natural tartness from the fruit. Once again, lovely whole raspberries were in the jam which I loved. The thickest of the jams was the cherry. Although I love eating cherries, I dislike cherry flavourings but the cherry jam, for me, was surprisingly nice. You didn’t get a fake cherry taste like you do in a lot of cherry products and for me, this was my favourite.

Once we tasted the jam, the fun was about to start!

I made a similar Jam Cookie (click for the recipe) before back in 2009 but instead of using walnuts and strawberry jam, I used pistachios and raspberry jam. The cookies turn out similar to shortbread but with the added crunch of the nuts. They are very quick to make and taste delicious, if I do say so myself. Grab a glass of milk and enjoy them!

Pistachio and Raspberry Jam Cookies

I wish I could say that the Bakewell Tart was our own recipe, but no one can do it better than good ‘ol Mary Berry. We missed out the almond extract due to forgetting to buy it and we didn’t bother with the icing on top, instead we added more almonds. It turned out really good. The tart was soft, flavourful and decadent. Once you have one slice, you want another!

Bakewell Tart Slice with Raspberry Jam

To make the Swiss Roll, we used a recipe from The Glasgow Cookery Book that my mom has had since she was in the Dough School in Glasgow. A similar recipe is on the Delicious Magazine website. We used Strawberry jam in the recipe. The trick is to roll it as soon as it’s out the oven so that it doesn’t crack. If at first you don’t succeed, well…. just pick up a fork and eat it anyway!

Swiss Roll with Strawberry Jam

The Pear & Cherry Tarts are the simplest thing to make and can be whipped up in under 10 minutes, well…. add another 10 minutes of fidgeting around, trying to find your knife and trying to not slice your fingers off. With only 5 ingredients, you can get a wonderful warm tart that is perfect with a scoop of ice cream for added wonderfulness.

Pear and Cherry Jam Tarts

Pear & Cherry Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Jus Rol Puff Pastry
  • 1 jar of Mackays Morello Cherry Jam
  • 1 tin of Del Monte Pear Halves in Juice, sliced into quarters or keep whole if you wish
  • 1 tbsp Cinammon sugar (or mix 1 tsp of Powdered Cinnamon with 1 tbsp Caster Sugar)
  • 1 tbsp Butter, melted

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C (Gas Mark 4 / 350°F)
  2. Roll out the ready made puff pastry and divide into equal rectangles
  3. Brush the edges of the pastry with the melted butter and then place the rectangles onto a non-stick baking tray (or line a baking tray with some non-stick baking parchment)
  4. Scoop a tablespoon of Cherry Jam into the middle of each rectangle and pat down ensuring there is approx a 1.5cm border on each side
  5. Place the sliced pears on top of the jam, overlapping one another. Ensuring you do not place them near the border. Sprinkle the Cinammon sugar on top.
  6. Bake in the oven for approx 15 minutes or until golden brown.
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This was a rather bumper post but I had to showcase the different varieties of jam in all of their glory. Now who is for a tart? Have you tried baking with jam before? How did it work out for you? What’s your favourite thing to make with jam?

Mackays Hand Stirred Conserves Range

Disclaimer: The Hand Stirred Conserves range was given to me by Mackays for review. Whilst the jam was complimentary, I was under no obligation to write a positive review and my comments reflect my true experience tasting and baking with the jam.

It’s been rather fun working alongside American Express to help discover the most inspiring hidden places in Glasgow and also to help inspire people to fall in love with Glasgow again. Glasgow is a wonderful city and at times, we all take it for granted. With the Commonwealth Games just finishing, the spotlight is on Glasgow at the moment and it’s the perfect time to discover new surroundings or reacquaint yourself with your old favourite spots.

Some of my favourite gems in Glasgow & the surrounding areas are Duck Bay Marina in Loch Lomond, a corner on Sauchiehall Street listening to some of the wonderful buskers Glasgow have to offer (and the occasional superstar!), sitting on the steps outside GoMA with coffee,  the fairy lights twinkling and people watch.

Royal Exchange Square Glasgow

After my endless social media hunt, I managed to get some great suggestions from you all including Baird in the Botanics, Sixty Steps, Necropolis, Zen Garden, Mansfield Park Farmer’s Market and Cathkin Braes. I had never heard of a lot of these locations so it was a rather educational experience for me. One that is sadly coming to an end after all of these months.

This wasn’t just a campaign in Glasgow, bloggers in London, Manchester , Leeds and Birmingham all took part to help discover their own hidden gems which were created to reconnect people with their home cities and discover new places of inspiration.

In total, 50 of the UK’s best hidden gems were added to a guide by American Express. From all of the locations that were submitted, a former custard factory, a unique 15th century garden space in Glasgow,  a brutalist concrete tower block and a Birmingham bog feature alongside famous beauty spots Kensington Gardens and the Royal Observatory in the list. Familiar names in the guide include Isabella Plantations in Richmond Park, Little Venice in West London and Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square, with Salford’s media city a new arrival on a list that also includes many historic hidden gems from Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

The  digital interactive maps are alive over on Pinterest. I’d recommend you check it out (you can click on the widget below too for all you lazy bums!), especially if you’re planning on exploring a city, just like I am with London. The map has been a welcome addition to the plans I’m making. So far, they are mostly food, coffee and museums…. but I aim to add some more culture into my life!

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I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to London. I’ve never really visited any attractions, unless you can call Selfridges an attraction? It’s a shame really as it’s such a beautiful city and I know nothing about it. At the end of the month, I’m heading to London for 3 nights and I’m going to use that opportunity to get out and explore. Sure you have all the famous tourist attractions, but what else does London have to offer?

World renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight collaborated with American Express to create #MySecretCity, a real-time photography exhibition hosted live from London on Twitter recently. Nick is one of the world’s most influential photographers, winning numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.

His mission was to leave the comfort of his studio, take to the streets and capture photos of the hidden inspiration he sees in the places he passes every day, shared in real time via @AmexUK. The exhibition aimed to uncover the hidden beauty in these unexpected places – including city gardens and urban habitats, brutalist architecture and metropolitan playgrounds to help people realise the full potential of London. Part of London that are generally forgotten about.

The exhibition comes after a study by American Express, which I’ve been involved in, suggested that Brits are stuck on ‘Urban Autopilot’ when it comes to exploring their day to day surroundings, failing to take advantage of everything that’s on offer. The research revealed that when out and about in their nearest city, seven out of ten Brits are looking down, distracted by smart phones and tablets. Just one in five take the time to look at their surroundings.

And explore Nick did…..

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Nick Knight stated “We get so stuck in our familiar ways around the city that we miss the sheer beauty and inspiration all around us, which is why I’m working with American Express to celebrate this wonderful city and help people see its hidden beauty.”

As stated above and in a few blog posts, I recently took part in my own mission with American Express to explore Glasgow from a different angle which I talked about here and here. It’s been rather enjoyable exploring new places in Glasgow and I cannot wait to explore must see locations that have been suggested by Nick and London bloggers.

Do you have any favourite places in London that I need to go visit? Let me know! I have a whole list ready and waiting!

Last Saturday I attended my first Commonwealth Games event at Ibrox Stadium sitting through almost 10 hours of Rugby Sevens. I had never watched that much rugby in my life and to be honest, I thought I would have been bored out of my skull as I didn’t know how it all works. However, after a couple of matches, I was hooked. I started screaming at the players, shouting the way they should have passed the ball, booed the opposition and cheered when tries were successful. I caught the bug.

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My highlights?
  • The stadium cheering for the underdogs, in particular Uganda.The crowd loved them and you could tell how much it meant to Uganda as well when they ran over to the crowd thanking them for their support.
  • Watching Scotland through their ups and downs, silly mistakes and then triumph.
  • New Zealand. What can I say? It was amazing to watch them (and later meet a few of them!). If only they did the haka…
  • Cecil Afrika. Damn. He can run. He was THE best player throughout the whole weekend.
  • Samoan fans approaching Ross & shaking his hand as he was wearing a Samoan rugby shirt. Later on, Ross got his photo taken with some players too!

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We didn’t go to the Sunday event but I managed to watch quite a few of the matches including the final between South Africa and New Zealand. Once again, Cecil Afrika for South Africa and D J Forbes for New Zealand stood out the most for me. In the end, South Africa won crushing New Zealand’s record for being unbeaten in the Commonwealth Games. Well deserved!