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Fascinating Fascinators

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Last night 6  Brunchers joined a group of other women at a Fascinator Workshop. If you are wondering what a fascinator is, read on!

It was a brilliant evening organised by Suzanne O’Brien and Sam Prophet of Party Craft. They are so enthusiastic and knowledgable, it was a joy to be there even for those of us who didn’t know our netting from our veiling.

In a heady whirl of feathers, flowers, sequins, pearls and all manner of fascinator fabulousness we set to work. Using the glue guns is similar to using a soldering iron and since my soldering has previously been described as ‘neat’ (a high accolade), I felt at home.

However, it has been some time since I last used a needle and thread. And millinery is a fiddly business so the evening was not without its challenges! With Sam and Suzanne on hand though we all go there in the end with great results.

So without further ado, a couple of pictures…

Fascinator
Ann's amazing peacock feather and pearl fascinator.
Fascinator
Judit channelling Ingrid. Beautiful fascinator made in record-breaking time
Fascinator
A fascinator or an insect eating plant? Be afraid, be very afraid...

We just need somewhere to wear them now! We’ve decided to wear them to dinner at First Coast on Friday

Unleash your creativity
If you are now chomping at the bit and keen to make your own creation, get in touch with Party Craft. As well as fascinator workshops Party Craft run a wide range of fabulous workshops for adults and for children. You can find them on facebook or call 07505 471831 or partycraftscotland(at)gmail.com to find out more.

Brunch at Malmaison

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We’ve had a lot of brunches and dinners at Malmaison. I like it there, good food, relaxed ambience and great bar area and patio (when the sun’s shining) to while away an afternoon.

Our visit at the end of January was no exception. We were treated to a very tasty 3 course lunch.

So here we go. I ordered the eggs benedict. I just love eggs benedict on a Sunday and this one didn’t disappoint.

Eggs benedict at Malmaison
Eggs benedict - A lovely start

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Dinner at The Bonham Restaurant

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The Bonham Restaurant has an excellent reputation. We went there last some years ago and decided it was about time we went again. And with the unbelievably good Boozy Snoozy offer now being extended to a Thursday evening we couldn’t resist. Boozy Snoozy offers diners 3 courses and half a bottle of wine for around £20 with 4 options for each course.

So last Thursday 16 of us (this is the most that The Bonham could accommodate for this 4/4/4 menu) went along to enjoy this weeknight treat and kickoff our weekends early.

I like the restaurant’s decor. Very simple with wooden floorboards, dark wood and statement light fittings.

So to the food! It was very good. 

Ham and potato terrine at The Bonham
Ham and potato terrine. A little out of focus

I opted for the pigeon was was very good and worked really well with the black pudding.

Pan-fried pigeon supreme at The Bonham
Pan-fried pigeon supreme with black pudding salad

Main courses

Chicken supreme at The Bonham
Roast chicken supreme wish mash potato petit pois a la francaise
Seared sea bream at The Bonham
Seared sea bream with fettuccini and chorizo fricassee
Pan fried rump steak at The Bonham
Pan fried rump steak with dauphinoise potatoes

There were other delicious options – including vegetarian – not pictured here. 

A wonderful evening of good food and company. The quality of the food and inclusion of wine make Boozy Snoozy exceptional value. Well worth a visit.

Our next brunch is at Angels with Bagpipes read Edinburgh Diva’s review here. If you’d like to join us book here.

RESTAURANT AT THE BONHAM
35 Drumsheugh Gardens Edinburgh EH3 7RN
0131 274 4444

SUNDAY BRUNCH CLUB RATING 9.2/10

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Love Walking

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I’m writing about what is a love for many people including me: walking.

Walking has become hugely popular in the Sunday Brunch Club. January’s walk was a beautiful coastal walk in East Tyninghame. A bumper turnout with over 30 people walking with us that day. The Club’s walks are very sociable with an emphasis on fun and enjoying the beauty of the Scottish countryside.

Tyninghame walk - 16 January 2011
Beautiful coastal walk in Tyninghame, East Lothian

Huge thanks to Robin who led the walk.

Robin our Walk Leader
Wonderful Walk Leader, Robin

February’s walk is a walk in The Pentlands led by Ian.

Hillwalking pictures
See pictures of past walks on our flickr page

Want to walk with us?
Visit our hillwalking page for joining details and dates for all our hillwalks this year.

What are your favourite walks?

Dinner at Prestonfield House Hotel

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It is becoming something of a habit. The sort of habit one doesn’t want to give up.
This is my third visit to Prestonfield House Hotel in four weeks! You can read about my previous visits for champagne afternoon tea with the girls and the Sunday Brunch Club Christmas Dinner.

I looked forward to this dinner with some excitement.  Sixteen of us went along to enjoy the delights of the Prestonfield experience.

Dinner at Prestonfield House Hotel - Table
The table

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Cooking Mania – Demo and Dine

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Recently we had a lovely event at Cooking Mania’s Cookery School in Stockbridge.

Cooking Mania's lovely kitchens
Cooking Mania's lovely kitchens

Graziella, our chef for the evening, did a demonstration for us of butternut squash soup, goats cheese and caramelised onion tarts and sausage rolls.

The caramelised onion and goats cheese tarts go into the oven
The tarts about to go in
The results
Deliciously addictive

The step-by-step approach was very helpful. Everything was prepared and cooked in front of us and Graziella gave us recipes to take away.

At the end, I decided even I could give it a whirl! You can read about my tart-fest on my Edinburgh Diva blog.

If culinary adventures appeal, try Cooking Mania. They organise a wide range of cookery demonstrations and classes.

COOKING MANIA
1/2 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh  EH3 6ST
0131 220 2040

Book Group – Latest update

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Our March book is One Day by David Nicholls See it on Amazon here
Hope to see you at our March Book Group on Wednesday 2 March. One Day by David Nicholls

See our April, May and June books on our Book Lovers Group here 

February book The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by T E Carhart
Last night’s discussion of this book really divided opinion between those who while enjoying the start found that the book quickly became dull, uninspiring and unconvincing to those who thought it refreshing, enjoyable and a joy to read. Fifteen people attended and scored the book an average of 6.1. 

Free service for Book Groups
City of Edinburgh Libraries has launched a marvellous new scheme for local book groups. Over 100 titles are available for loan to book groups. Fifteen copies of each book can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. This means we’ll no longer need to buy or borrow books individually – it’s a great idea!

 Find out more about Edinburgh City Libraries via the blog, facebook and twitter

We’ve decided to choose some books from the scheme for our Summer reading. You can see all Book Collection titles at the link below. Leave a comment below this post with your top 3 and we’ll make choices from the suggestions at next month’s Book Goup

VIEW BOOK GROUP TITLES HERE 

Remember to leave a comment below with your top 3 preferences for our July book from the choices here.

Sunday Brunch Club Grand Hogmanay Ball Video

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The Sunday Brunch Club’s Grand Hogmanay Ball is our biggest event of the year with around 300 people attending. It’s absolutely our favourite event of the year and you seem to love it too.

With live music from The Strides, haggis neeps and tatties, a piper, a great view of the fireworks and an amazing party atmosphere at 5 star venue The Sheraton Grand Hotel, it really is a night to remember.

And we’re so excited this year to have a video of the event!

 

 See pictures of the event here

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Sunday Brunch Club Grand Hogmanay Ball 2010-11 Photos

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Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a fantastic year from the Sunday Brunch Club.

We’re making 2011 the Year of Yes.
Because Yes is more exciting than no.
What new things will you say yes to this year?

Thanks to everyone who came along to our fourth Hogmanay Ball and made it a night to remember.

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I’m sure you’ll agree our fabulous photographers Howard Elwyn-Jones and Istvan Magyar have done a superb job. I highly recommend them if you are hosting an event or require photography for business.

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Happy Christmas from the Sunday Brunch Club

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Have a wonderful Christmas!

Billy the Sheep at Christmas
Happy Christmas from Billy the Sheep and the Sunday Brunch Club

See you at Hogmanay!

There are just a few tickets left for our
Grand Hogmanay Ball

* Live music
* Haggis, neeps and tatties
* Piper
*Fireworks
* Fantastic party atmosphere
* Fabulous 5 star venue

Sunday Brunch Club Grand Hogmanay Ball 2009
Sunday Brunch Club Grand Hogmanay Ball 2009

See more pictures from last year below