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Winter Warmers

recipes for some warming drinks to try this winter, including the perfect mulled wine

FURRYBOOTS we chat to local 4 piece cover band, Furryboots


your guide to what’s happening in our venues this festive season

20% off in January! discount voucher inside for Soul, The Bieldside Inn, The Stage Door and Zen Oriental





Christmas & New Year Issue

Winter Warmers recipes for some warm comfort drinks this winter, including the perfect mulled wine


events with a difference host your perfect event at The Forum in the centre of Aberdeen


Furryboots? Right Here! we chat to local band Furryboots, who you can catch this Hogmanay at The Forum’s Hogmanay Party


What’s On your guide to what’s on at our venues this festive season


CRANBERRY, ORANGE AND ALMOND MINCE PIES a mince pie recipe with a twist; try these delicious mince pies at home and never buy your mince pies again!

Mince Pie Recipe p. 16


The Portfolio

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Meet Furryboots on p. 9

Winter Warmers p. 5

Events at The Forum p. 7

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Winter Warmers try one of these delicious festive drinks to warm your Christmas spirit on the chilly winter evenings

You can get mulled wine by the glass in both SOUL BAR and the QUEEN VIC this Christmas!

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MULLED WINE YOU’LL need: Large pan or slow cooker, 1 large piece of coarse cheese cloth and ribbon. Ingredients: (this method should yield around 2 litres and all the spices can be used again) THE BOOZE 2 bottles spicy red, preferably Rioja, 50ml Grand Marnier, 50ml brandy, 100ml Ruby Port, 50ml sugar syrup or honey, 500ml cold water THE SPICE BOMB 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp allspice, 1 vanilla pod THE AROMA CROWN 1 orange, 20 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick (5 inch), 2 star anise

DECADENT HOT CHOCOLATE Ingredients 2 tbsp good quality hot chocolate powder, 1 mug milk, 25ml Kahlua liqueur, 25ml Frangelico liqueur, whipped cream, marshmallow fluff, dark chocolate shavings Method 1. Heat your milk either on the hob or in the microwave, being careful not to scald. 2. Stir in the hot chocolate powder and add the Kahlua and Frangelico. Stir again. 3. Finish with a spoonful of marshmallow fluff and whipped cream, sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

METHOD 1. FOR THE SPICE BOMB: Carefully split the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds out into the middle of the cheese cloth then add the ginger, nutmeg and allspice, tie with ribbon. 2. FOR THE AROMA CROWN: Stud the orange with cloves in two lines and break the cinnamon stick in two and place in either side of the orange. 3. Pour the wine and water into a large pan or slow cooker, place on a very gentle heat and add the spice bomb, aroma crown and star anise. Add the Grand Marnier, brandy, port and sugar syrup. The aim is to let the flavours infuse into wine for as long as possible, preferably overnight. 4. Serve in a glass mug or large wine glass with dried orange and star anise.

HOT TODDY Ingredients 50ml Drambuie, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 cinnamon stick , 1 mug of hot water Method 1. Put your honey and Drambuie into a mug or heatproof glass. 2. Add the cinnamon stick and top up with hot water. 3. Finish by stirring in lemon juice and garnish with a lemon slice.

Why not try a gingerbread or cinnamon latte? Invest in some flavoured syrups to spice up your coffees! Monin have a great selection: PB Devco News 6




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are you looking for the perfect private hire venue for your next event? Look no further than The Forum!


ituated in the heart of Aberdeen, The Forum is in a perfect city centre location for a range of events, from birthdays to weddings and dinner dances to corporate events. The building itself was once part of the city’s Union Hall and Theatre, which was later restored as an Art Deco cinema house. Now, it has had a contemporary refurbishment with many of the original features still remaining, and boasts a large balcony overlooking the main hall.

The Balcony offers a sophisticated lounge area, perfect for more intimate gatherings or VIP guests. The Main Hall boasts a theatre-sized stage, perfect for live bands, DJs, or for conference speakers, and has a full size cinema screen. Both the Balcony and the Main Hall have their own bar, meaning both areas can be enjoyed independently if required. Should your event require, catering can be provided from the neighbouring and highly reputable Stage Door Restaurant, with a variety of menus available. From delicate canapés to 3 course dinners, or a hot or finger buffet, The Stage Door can offer a menu to suit your requirements and budget. Of course, if you 7 PB Devco News

have an individual catering request for your event, The Stage Door chefs would be delighted to accommodate you in the best way possible. If you are looking for exceptional sound and lighting options for your event, The Forum offers an excellent sound and lighting system, details of which can be found on the website. Host an event with a difference; choose The Forum.

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we chat to Iain Matheson, Iain McLean, Rohan Cree and Leigh Summers, who make up local 4 piece cover band, Furryboots! As individuals, you all have extensive experience playing in different groups. Why did you decide to form Furryboots? How did you all meet? We’ve all built up our experiences playing in a wide range of bands over the years ranging from blues to theatre orchestras. Rohan and Iain McLean used to play in one of Aberdeen’s leading Indie bands, Eskimo Blonde and Iain Matheson used to play in the same band as Rohan’s father which meant that pulling the three of them together was easy. The search for our bass player led to discovering Leigh who was keen to return to the gigging circuit after a hiatus raising his family. Furryboots were formed so that we could satisfy our collective desire to play totally live music to great crowds across Scotland. The added advantage of having a traditional accordion player in the band means that we play a ceilidh set which naturally drew us to the Wedding (and Hogmanay!) circuit. How did you decide on your band name? What was the inspiration? Choosing a band name can be difficult and we wanted something that reflects the fact we’re from the North East of Scotland. With the local dialect pronouncing “where abouts are you playing?” as “far ‘aboots are ye playin?” we thought Furryboots would work well. We have had to explain the name more the further south of Stonehaven that we go! You have a great large and varied set list; how do you decide which songs to learn/cover? Over and above our Ceilidh songs, our set list sits at around 50-60 numbers that we regularly play, which as any function band will tell you takes a lot of rehearsal. It’s mainly through these rehearsal sessions 9 PB Devco News

that you realise if a songs working well or not, it may gel straight away and be “in the bag” with others taking much longer, some just don’t work out at all. Our aim is to play songs from the 50’s through to the current decade and the real test of the set list is on the night in front of an audience. With gigs ranging from castles to caves under our belts, we have a good idea of which songs work best for us and the audience.

Do you ever get nervous? All the time! We’ve not seen anyone in either this band or the bands we’ve previously been part of that have not felt nervous before playing. Our aim is to please everyone on the night and that naturally makes you nervous. The goal is to turn the nerves into energy at every gig. You are a great group for wedding parties, as you offer a large set list plus the ability to play traditional ceilidh music. What is your favourite thing about playing to a wedding crowd? For us, even for a local Wedding, we’re pretty much devoting a whole day to put on the gig. From loading up, to setting up and soundchecking then playing and packing everything up and getting home, we could be looking at 12-14 hours, so


On the subject of ‘favourites’… what are your favourite songs to play together as a group? We love playing blues/rock and funk however we also try and throw in some unexpected song choices depending on the crowd. We’ve been known to play from Minnie the Moocher to the Everly Brothers to Metallica to Pink Floyd in the

same set if we can get away with it – it’s really down to the audience on the night.

Which artists/groups inspired you to become musicians? Iain Matheson: Gary Moore, Tom Petty, ACDC and Pink Floyd. Iain McLean: Bruce Springsteen, INXS, and Iron Maiden. Rohan: Buddy Rich, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and Pink Floyd. Leigh: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Status Quo.

If you could describe Furryboots in three words, what would they be? Versatile, Entertaining and Live! For more information about Furryboots, visit their website at:



we wouldn’t do it unless we thoroughly enjoyed it. Weddings are a special day where the main focus is on the Bride and Groom with the band being an integral part of the evening entertainment and are expected to play a wide range of music. It’s this wide range that we enjoy the most. One minute we’re using double bass, harmonica and one set of male vocals then it all changes to electric bass, keys and a different vocalist. It keeps us on our toes but it’s great fun!



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Your guide to what’s happening at our venues throughout December 2013. For up to date event listings and venue information, visit

THE FORUM’S HOGMANAY PARTY Dec 31st | 10pm - late featuring live band FURRYBOOTS, PLUS a Party DJ. Earlybird tickets are available for a limited time only at £15, Standard tickets priced at £20, available from The Stage Door Restaurant. Dress code is smart/casual; no trainers. Over 18’s only.

LIVE SESSIONS Live music every Friday and Saturday, plus selected Thursdays throughout December. Dec 7th | 9.30pm - 12am | MYKE BLACK Dec 12th | 9.30pm - 12am | MYKE BLACK Dec 14th | 9.30pm - 12am | OLIVER RICHARDS Dec 21st | 9.30pm - 12am | MYKE BLACK Dec 28th | 9.30pm - 12am | CODA

Your favourite nightspot, after some maintenance work and refurbishment throughout November, will be open as usual, and will be open selected Thursdays throughout December. THE SAX MAN - BEN BARNETT DEC 13TH & 20TH Babylon welcomes the return of internationally acclaimed nightclub musician, The Sax Man! From 12.30am at Babylon. For guest list and VIP requests, apply via the Babylon Facebook page. Hogmanay events to be announced soon. 11 PB Devco News

LIVE SESSIONS Live music every Friday and Saturday, plus selected Thursdays throughout December. Dec 6th | 1pm - 3pm | MYKE BLACK Dec 7th | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | MYKE BLACK Dec 12th | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | MYKE BLACK Dec 13th | 1pm - 3pm | MYKE BLACK Dec 13th | 3pm - 6pm | KIRSTEN SMITH Dec 14th | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | OLIVER RICHARDS Dec 20th | 1pm - 3pm | MYKE BLACK Dec 21st | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | MYKE BLACK Dec 28th | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | CODA With house DJ Barry Clarkson playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout December. THE SAX MAN - BEN BARNETT DEC 13TH & 20TH Soul welcomes the return of internationally acclaimed nightclub musician, The Sax Man! From 10.30pm at Soul Bar. Plus Serving special Christmas Cocktail menu throughout the festive season. Drinks packages are available for drinks only bookings starting from £200: view the packages online at:

The College Bar will be open as usual throughout December, with live music, drinks promotions, cocktails and live sport across 11 plasmas and 2 HD projectors. Hogmanay events to be announced soon. For more information, just visit:

THE PARTY BEFORE CHRISTMAS Dec 7th | 9.30pm sponsored by Brewmeister, including tasting bar and beer sample buckets. Featuring live band TOY GREEN. LIVE SESSIONS Dec 21st | 9.30pm Aberdeenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highest Energy Rock Covers Band BYHOOKORBYKROOK. Plus Serving Hot Drinks menu from 1st December until the 7th of January, including mulled wine, spiced jam hot toddy, flavoured lattes and more. Also being served is a brand new Craft Beer Menu, with the option of beer & cheese pairing sessions, booking essential. Visit for more info.

Continue your festive nights out at Soul Casino this Christmas, with breakfast being served daily until 3.45am Sunday to Thursday, 4.45am Friday and Saturday. Also serving special Christmas Cocktail menu throughout December. Menu will be available to view online in December at soulcasino. Plus Open New Years Day from 7pm - 5am.

The Stage Door is open for festive lunches (booking only) throughout December. Also open from 5pm - late Tues - Sat (see over the page for festive opening times). Booking is recommended throughout the festive period. Festive menu and party night options are available to view online at: To book, just call the restaurant on 01224 642111.

Zen will be open as usual serving up elegant Asian cuisine. Closed selected dates over the festive period (see over the page for festive opening times). Booking recommended, call 01224 212702.

After receiving a fantastic new refurbishment throughout November, The Howff will be open throughout December serving up traditional pub grub. Christmas menu available, booking essential; call 01224 211670. PlEASE NOTE:

These listings are subject to change and are a guide only. For the latest information about our venues, visit:

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Festive Opening Times

Your guide to when our venues will be open throughout the festive season

Regular hours: Mon - Thur: 10:15am - 12am, Fri & Sat: 10:15am - 1am, Sun: 11am - 12am Dec 24th: Open til 12am, food served until 6pm (5.30pm last orders) | Dec 25th: Closed Dec 26th: Open from 5pm (bar only). Hogmanay: Open til 1am | Jan 1st: Closed

Regular hours: Fri & Sat: 11pm - 3am Thurs 12th & 19th (Free Entry): 11pm - late Fri 20th (Mad Friday): ÂŁ10 entry, 11pm - 3am Hogmanay: 11pm - late

Regular hours: Mon - Thurs: 5pm - 12am, Fri: 4pm - 1am, Sat: 12pm - 1am, Sun: 12pm 12am | Dec 25th: Closed | Jan 1st: Closed

Regular hours: Tues - Sat: 5pm - late Dec 24th: Open 5pm - late | Dec 25th & 26th: Closed | Hogmanay: Open 5pm - late (set menu) | Jan 1st - Jan 7th: Closed

Regular hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 12am, Sun: 12pm - 12am Dec 25th: Closed | Dec 26th: 11am - 12am Hogmanay: 11am - 1am | Jan 1st: 4pm - 12am

Regular hours: Mon - Thur: 2pm - 5am, Fri & Sat: 2pm - 6am, Sun: 7pm - 5am Dec 24th & 25th: Closed | Dec 26th: Open from 7pm | Hogmanay: 2pm - 5am | Jan 1st: Open from 7pm - 5am

Regular hours: 12pm -12am daily Dec 24th: Open til 1am (last orders for food 5pm) | Dec 25th: Closed | Dec 26th: Open from 12pm for food and drinks | Hogmanay: Open til 1am | Jan 1st: Open from 5pm (bar only).

Regular hours: Tue- Fri: 12pm - 2pm, Mon Sun: 5:30pm - 11pm | Dec 24th: Open as usual Dec 25th & Dec 26th: Closed | Hogmanay: Open as usual | Jan 1st & 2nd: Closed

Regular hours: Opening hours vary depending on events ( Hogmanay: (Hogmanay Party) 10pm - late

Regular hours: Mon - Thur: 11am - 12am, Fri Sat: 11am - 1am, Sun: 12:30pm - 11pm Dec 24th: Open as usual | Dec 25th & 26th: Closed | Hogmanay: Open til midnight | Jan 1st & 2nd: Closed

These opening times are subject to change.

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We offer a large function room downstairs from the main restaurant with its own discrete bar, perfect for: DINNER PARTIES • WINE TASTINGS • BIRTHDAY PARTIES FUNERAL TEAS • CORPORATE SEMINARS Buffet options available. For more details and menus, visit

The Bieldside Inn | 37 North Deeside Road, AB15 9DB T: 01224 867891 | |

Elegant Asian Cuisine

PB Devco were awarded SLTN’s Independent Multiple Operator of the Year 2012. View Zen’s menus online at: |

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CRANBERRY, ORANGE & ALMOND MINCE PIES A wonderful twist on traditional mince pies; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never buy mince pies again after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried this delicious and simple recipe at home!

Ingredients (serves 24)


400g plain flour 200g butter, chopped 100g golden caster sugar 100g ground almonds 100g frozen cranberries 400g jar of good quality mincemeat zest of 1 orange 2 tbsp orange juice handful flaked almonds 1 tbsp icing sugar, for dusting

1. In a food processor, whizz the flour, almonds and butter until the butter disappears. Add the sugar and orange zest and pulse. Add the orange juice and whizz until a dough forms. Empty onto worktop and knead into a smooth dough. Chill for 30 minutes. 2. Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Roll out your dough to around 5mm thick, and using a round 8cm cutter, cut out 24 circles and place into 2 x 12 hold cupcake tins. 3. Heat oven to 200C. Mix your cranberries and mincemeat, and spoon in to cases. Scatter flaked almonds on top. If you wish, use any leftover pastry; cut out star shapes and place on top. 4. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the pastry is golden. 5. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve. PB Devco News 16

20% off Food throughout January!

Simply cut out this voucher and present it to your server when ordering at any of the above venues to receive your 20% discount on your food bill. Terms and Conditions ALL VENUES: This offer entitles you to 20% off your bill up to the value of ÂŁ100. For any bills over ÂŁ100, the remainder will be charged at full price. 1 voucher required per party. Voucher is valid from 02/01/2014 31/01/2014. Discount applies to food only, drinks not included. Voucher must be presented to server before ordering. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Only valid for use once. SOUL BAR: Includes lunch and dinner menu. Excludes The Grill. THE STAGE DOOR: Discount applies to orders from the Signature menu only. ZEN: Valid at lunch time (12pm - 2pm Mon - Fri) and dinner time. Not available for take away orders. THE BIELDSIDE INN: Excludes The Grill.




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PB Devco News Nov/Dec 2013  

• Listings of what's on throughout the festive period at the venues • 20% discount voucher for The Stage Door, Soul, The Bieldside Inn and...