WIN FREE Tickets to Tesco Wine Fair Edinburgh

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Sunday 21 October 2012
Tesco Wine Fair
Now in it’s 5th year, the Tesco Wine Fair has always been a hit with us.
If you like wine, then it’s the perfect event for you whether you’re a complete novice or a wine buff. 
* Over 250 wines to taste
* Free wine walks
* Exclusive discounts and lots more
We’re giving away tickets on twitter, facebook and this blog. Enter on all 3 to increase your changes of winning.
Choose one or do all 3
1. Like our post on facebook
2. Retweet our post on twitter
3. Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog
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3. Geoff Kennedy on this blog

C’est Magnifique: A thoroughly lovely evening with My Home Supper Club

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Picture by My Home Supper Club here

What a deliciously fun evening we spent with Aoife of My Home Supper Club and her husband Damian
I simply adore these wonderful secret supper clubs, hosted by people passionate and food, cooking and entertaining. There’s something intimate and special about dining at someone’s home rather than a restaurant. I know many of you love them too as the spaces are booked within hours when we add a supper club outing to our events list.

In a beautifully candlelit room, on a dark and thundery Summer’s evening we enjoyed super food in the Behans’ beautiful home. Here’s our Bastille Day inspired menu in pictures.

To start, chicory, apple, walnut and roquefort salad

Coq au vin de bourgogne

A delicious warm green salad and roast potatoes (not pictured)

And the highlight for me, the croqembouche. Made with lots of love over 2 days a tower of cream filled profiteroles. Over 150 of them! The chou pastry, the cream, the chocolate, the spun sugar combined to produce food heaven.  It was love at first sight.

Picture by My Home Supper Club here

If you’d like to experience My Home Supper Club you’re in luck as new dates were released today! My Home Supper Club can seat up to 12 people at 2 tables of 6, so why not get a few friends together?

Book early though, as these events are very popular. Find out more here

For up-to-date news of My Home Supper Club find her on facebook and twitter.

Snow, Sunshine, Skiing and Spa-ing on SBC SKI 11

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We’ve just come back from a fantastic ski holiday in Myrhofen, Austria. After many years ski holidays in France, we absolutely loved Austria.

We were lucky to have two days of snow before we left and glorious sunshine while we were away.

Our hotel Sporthotel Strauss was fantastic, the rooms were big with balconys, we were served 5 course dinners every night by the wonderful Marcio, we were right next to the Penken lift, in the heart of apres and of course there was the naked spa. What can I say? I’m a convert!

Next year we’re looking at Austria again, or perhaps Switzerland or Italy.

This year’s trip sold out in just two weeks. If you want early alerts for next year’s ski trip email info@sundaybrunchclub.co.uk

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…

Ann's amazing peacock feather and pearl fascinator.
Judit channelling Ingrid. Beautiful fascinator made in record-breaking time
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.

35 Drumsheugh Gardens Edinburgh EH3 7RN
0131 274 4444


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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?