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Diva’s week of deliciousness and peaks – Part II

Last week was a delicious cocktail of cake, Martin Wishart, prosecco, beautiful peaks and lots of glorious sunshine. It was so big I decided to spread it over several posts. You can read Part I here. It’s all about the cake!

So on to Part II in which I meet Martin Wishart and climb Ben Nevis and Buachaille Etive Mor.

On Wednesday 25 of us went on a Sunday Brunch Club dinner at the new Martin Wishart brasserie, The Honours. You must go. We went for the Prix Fixe menu which was a real treat and amazing value at just £19.50 for 3 courses. Steve and his team looked after us brilliantly.

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The highlight for me was the bavette of beef and of course meeting Martin. Both very tasty.
You can read the full post over on the Sunday Brunch Club blog here

Last weekend was an absolute corker. It was our Sunday Brunch Club weekend staying in Bridge of Orchy to climb Ben Nevis and Buachaille Etive Mor.

They are such iconic walks and we were incredibly lucky to have two days of glorious sunshine for our trip.

Here I am at the top of Ben Nevis.

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Gorgeous views as we begin our descent of Ben Nevis

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Buachaille Etive Mor – steeper than it looks!

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Here we are at the summit of Buachaille Etive More but it was the descent that was the tricky bit!

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You can see more pictures on the SBC blog or on the SBC facebook page.

It was a great weekend. Now looking forward the next SBC weekend in Speyside in September.

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Diva’s week of deliciousness and peaks – Part I

Last week was the type of week I love – a delicious cocktail of cake, Martin Wishart, prosecco, beautiful peaks and lots of glorious sunshine. The kind of week when you really believe that the words Scottish and Summer were meant to be together and are not some kind of cruel joke.

So first up, a taste of sweet, sweet heaven at the Clandestine Cake Club set up by the very wonderful Lynn Hill. The Clandestine Cake Club meets in homes across the country for people who love cake. This particular Edinburgh event was organised by Edinburgh Cake Queen Alison who LOVES cake. Alison has a facebook and twitter account for fellow devotees. She has also written the definitive Edinburgh Cake Trail. I have to warn you though that following either account could have you drooling into your keyboard at 11am on a Monday morning.

The Clandestine Cake Club is responsible for my recent foray into baking. I now adore it. Delia and I have become very close. Following a very shaky start I whipped up some lovely wee numbers…

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Yes that’s two Victoria sponges, no mirrors were involved in the making of this photo. Well, why bake one when you can bake two.

And another Delia cake – the uber creamy passionfruit cake, with a filling of mascarpone cheese, fromage frais and passionfruit. Mmmmmm

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Therefore I was somewhat dismayed when I fluffed it. The Vic sponge I presented a Clandestine Cake did not look like the ones above. I was so agitated by this that it seems I don’t have a picture of it on its own! Here are just some of the cakes. Mine is second right next to the chocolate cake.

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There were so many highlights that I don’t have space for them all. My faves (and even I couldn’t taste all of the cakes!) were Lea’s fantabulous cake top (the white one), Lisa’s carrot cake the size of a pillow which was iced with the words C’mon Girls Dive In! As though we needed any encouragement.

And the rainbow cake made by Aoife – 7 layers! Legend. Aoife also runs My Home Supper Club where we had the most amazing tower of profiteroles. You too could enjoy dinner with Aoife, there are a few places left for her August events. Get in quick!

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The altar of cake. Worship daily at Fredericks Cafe. Clandestine Cake Club’s Edinburgh venue and a lovely wee cafe on Frederick Street.

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Cake Queen Alison set a new record for Clandestine Cake Club. 12 slices at one event. Now that is commitment! If you want to reacquaint yourself with your baking genius or unleash the cake fiend within you, keep your eye on the Clandestine Cake Club and for Edinburghers, Edinburgh Cake Ladies.

Part II involving Martin Wishart, prosecco, beautiful peaks and lots of glorious sunshine will be posted very soon. Watch this space.

CLANDESTINE CAKE CLUB
Clandestine Cake Club website
Clandestine Cake Club on facebook
Clandestine Cake on twitter

EDINBURGH CAKE
Edinburgh Cake Ladies on facebook
Edinburgh Cake on twitter

FREDERICKS COFFEE HOUSE
Fredericks Coffee House on facebook
Fredericks Coffee House on twitter

MY HOME SUPPER CLUB
My Home Supper Club blog
My Home Supper Club on facebook
http://twitter.com/myhomesupper

The Diva lives on!

Yes she’s been away. Or rather she hasn’t been writing. And now she’s writing about herself in the third person. Well she is a diva!

I can hardly cover in one post all that has happened since my last post on er [mumbles] 26 April. I’ll do that over the next few weeks as there have been many wonderful things

I’ve been to two secret supper club – Kitchen Porters and My Home Supper Club
Cycled around Arran and eaten Arran cheese
Attended Clandestine Cake meetings and eaten lots of cake
Completed the Etape Caledonia without even a hint of sweeper van!
Lunched and dined at The Spice Pavilion, Iris, Hamiltons, The Living Room, Edinburgh Larder, Le Marche Francais, The Pillars of Hercules, Mark Greenaway, La Garrigue, Indigo Yard and others
Spent all afternoon in a vodka bar on the Isle of Bute
Danced to Europop in Spain
Seen Ben Jovi at Murrayfield
Climbed Ben Lawers and Ben Ghlass
Rocked to the Lift Shaft Incident at Whistlebinkies
Drunk bubbly at Ladies Day at Musselburgh
Cycled from Edinburgh to St Andrews. And back
Cryed at Stuart & Vivienne’s most magnificent wedding
Paintballed (yes it does hurt!) and driven in a tank
Drunk lots of Pommery at the launch of the Signet Library’s new popup champagne bar
Been to barbecues
Visited my wonderful sister in London
Tried on armwarmers
Eaten curry goat and spit roast deer on the Isle of Cara while dressed as a pirate

But more on all that later. For now I’ll stick to last week:

Lovely lunch at La Garrigue with Ann. A super menu of three courses for less than £20, I had squid to start, rabbit salad for main and cheesecake to finish. Excellent. And to whet your tastebuds…

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The highlight of last week was our Sunday Brunch Club dinner at My Home Supper Club. One of the wonderful new supper clubs in people’s homes. We enjoyed a delicious evening a la Francais. I am still salivating, indeed dreaming about, the croqenbouche. The mountain of profiteroles in all their creamy, chocolately glory. Mmmmm….

Read more about this on the SBC blog here
To book your date with My Home Supper Club check their events page Don’t wait too long though, these dinners sellout quickly.

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The croqenbouche and I, it was love at first sight

On Sunday I was out with the Sunday Brunch Club again to visit Jupiter Artland. The contemporary sculpture garden in the grounds of Bonnington House, just 30 minutes drive west of Edinburgh. It was a wonderful afternoon.

Read more about this on the SBC blog here.
It’s well worth a visit.

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The 20 metre high Love Bomb Sculpture at Jupiter Artland

Some things to try:
La Garrigue
14 Eyre Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5EP
0131 558 1608
La Garrigue on twitter

My Home Supper Club
A Secret Edinburgh location
My Home Supper Club on facebook and twitter

Jupiter Artland
Bonnington House, Kirknewton, City of Edinburgh EH27 8BB
01506 889900
Jupiter Artland on facebook and twitter

More soon dear readers. I’ve missed you.