Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Great Pink Bake Off - in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Some of you may know, my 'real life' job is Fundraising Manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Scotland.  It's an amazing charity, funding life saving work across the UK, including here in Edinburgh and in Dundee.

To my delight, the new breast cancer awareness month (October) fundraising campaign was launched last week and the theme this year is....The Great Pink Bake Off!  My work and personal lives have finally collided in a cake filled frenzy!  Finally, I get to talk about cake at work and not be told to shut up!

So, here's how it works.  Friday 18 October is the date (or any date really!). It can be at school, at work or at home with friends - anywhere.  You might be a member of a local baking club, golf club or other social group.  Let's face it - cake is always welcome!  So, ask your friends to get baking and then ask people who attend to make donations for these goodies.  Simple right?!

The money you raise will go towards funding world-leading breast cancer research.  Guilt-free cake - what could be better!?

Please register today for your free fundraising pack by visiting and anything you can do to encourage your foodie friends to hold their own bake off events would be amazing.  You can follow the charity @BreakthroughSco on twitter using the hashtag #GreatPinkBakeOff.

Go on.  Fire up your oven, get baking and raise some dough for a good cause!

Friday, 5 July 2013

It's been a while!

It feels like I haven't written anything on here for ages! 

For those of you who don't know, I'm 6 months pregnant.  So many people have said to me recently that they thought I'd be blogging furiously about all things related to food during pregnancy.  But in all honesty - I've been more 'off' food and haven't had any weird cravings - although I have been partial to more than my fair share of ice cream... I've certainly not really felt like cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

One place I did visit recently was out in Midlothian, where I now live, called The Howgate.  It's a really cute place hidden in the hills (about a mile from Penicuik) - a converted stable block I believe.  Think candles and log fires.  It's a really cosy welcoming place, lovely atmosphere and the food was great.  I had stuffed my face earlier that day at Frankie and Benny's (!) so didn't go for a starter.  But my dining companions had the mussels and the Cullen Skink and both were very happy!  I opted for the beef stroganoff which I've not had for years, and it was really tasty - the beef melted in the mouth.

I was delighted that the Lucas ice cream on offer didn't contain raw egg, so I went for 3 huge scoops of ice cream to finish off.  Delicious! 

Worth a visit if you're out that neck of the woods.

The Howgate Restaurant and Bistro
Howgate, Midlothian, EH26 8PY
Tel: 01968 670000