Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!
If you have been good, you will have received presents from Father Christmas. If you have been naughty, you will have enjoyed the entire year, so it’s win-win really!
Thanks Maxine!

Edinburgh Diva

Edinburgh Diva

Unsurprisingly I received nothing from Santa but Mr Mac has been very generous and, amongst other things, I have a gorgeous new dress to wear to the Grand Hogmanay Ball.

Have a wonderful time!

Lots of Love




Diva’s diaries… The Most Magnificent Gingerbread House

Hello Darlings!

I’m way behind with Diva’s Diaries. Too much doing and not enough writing! I will rectify this very soon and all my comings and goings will be posted here in due course. Meantime I must tell you about this recent highlight. A most auspicious and delicious day. A day I will remember for some time.

The Most Magnificent Gingerbread House

The Most Magnificent Gingerbread House - Mmmmm

It was the day on which I was gifted The Most Magnificent Gingerbread House. Miss Bea presented this masterpiece towards the end of a most traumatic day (readers of my Sunday Brunch Club blog will know about the dognap attempt).

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Diva does… Afternoon Tea at The Sheraton Grand

It was lovely to be invited along to the Sheraton’s Festive Afternoon Tea hosted by the Stuart and his colleagues at The Sheraton to raise money for Maggie’s. Ladies do look out for this fabulous Ladies Love Lunch event in February in aid of Maggie’s. I’ll be taking a table so drop me a line if you’d like to go.

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Sheraton

It tasted even better than it looks!

Miss Golden Blonde and I went along today to indulge. What a relief to be offered tea or coffee. So much champagne lately! And I’ve heard it is possible to overdo it.

The food was just gorgeous. And I have to say, very moreish. There was an assortment of finger sandwiches and milk rolls. I recall ham & mustard, salmon and the sandwich Miss GB named ‘Christmas on a roll‘ turkey, stuffing and cranberry. I’m assuming they had some vegetarian offerings elsewhere.

The scones were controversial. Oh yes the pronunciation wars started. Scone as in gone v Scone as in hone.

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Diva does… Christmas Masterclass at The Atrium

Atrium Chef Neil Forbes is the kind of man who knows his way around a turkey. He’s the kind of man who gets excited about making bacon. He’s the kind of man who ‘gets on well with’ sprouts. He’s absolutely crazy about food. Some might say he’s absolutely crazy fullstop. He’s the kind of man I like.

Earlier in the year I was wowed by his Seafood Masterclass and Feathered Friends Masterclass so it was with much excitement that I went along to the Christmas Masterclass at The Atrium with 5 friends at the beginning of December.

Lunch menu

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Diva does… Foodies Christmas

I’ve been to most of the Foodies Festival shows in Edinburgh over the last few years and really enjoyed them so I was looking forward to Foodies Christmas at the Assembly Rooms last Friday.

For me the highlight was the Codorníu Sparkling Wine Masterclass. Our host  was Jo Sorenson, the Brand Manager. 

Jo Sorenson, Brand Manager at Codorniu

Jo Sorenson, Brand Manager at Codorniu

She was highly entertaining and guided us through a most amusing and educational hour, during which I learned some new tips on how to pop a cork with panache…

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