Category Archives: cakes

cakes

MR PREDICTABLE’S ROYAL BIRTHDAY SPONGE…

A very quick baking post while we’re perhaps still in ‘Royal Wedding’ mode! In true  Mr Predictable style my other half decided to share his birthday this year with the much anticipated marriage of Wills and Kate, honestly, the gall of the man!  So, in true Mrs Monkfish style I thought I’d better whizz him up a home made birthday cake to celebrate the whole affair.  Continue reading

MAMA MAMA MIMI AND HER GLORIOUS BAKEHOUSE


Of late this blog mostly seems to have been about cake….OK OK, I hear you, it’s been ALL about cake – so I thought I’d finish the ‘ongoing theme’ off nicely (for a while) with a review of Mimis Bakehouse, the new ‘cake kid on the block’ down in lovely sunny Leith.

What better way to spend a lazy sunday afternoon than with a pot of tea or two……. Continue reading

3 O CLOCK, TIME FOR TEA…..

3 o’clock, time for tea!  Mr Monkfish senior insisted on a good old cuppa char at 3pm EVERY day, come rain or shine, work day or school day, christmas day or any old bloomin’ day….3 o’clock was recharge battery time, kettle on, brew in the pot, relax.  I’m happy to say that this tradition is still with me and I try to pass it on to everyone I come in contact with, it’s part of my family tradition and long may it continue, it’s what us Brits do best after all. Continue reading

NIGELLA AND HER FESTIVE TOP COAT…


Saturday afternoon was spent with Nigella with one very important mission in mind, that of icing my lovely Christmas cake  – Nige.  Maybe a little over familiar considering I’m going to be eating him (!!) but we’ve become extremely close during the last few weeks.   Myself and Ms Lawson baked Nige a few weeks ago at our own stir up saturday party and he’s been tucked away in the Hillside pantry since then. Continue reading

STIR UP SATURDAY, OUR 2010 FESTIVE LAUNCH PARTY….

For some reason this year (more than EVER) I am super excited about Christmas (read: it’s all about the festive food) and on Saturday I officially launched ‘Christmas at the Hillside’!  The launch party involved me (natch), Nigella (special guest appearance), and Mr Predictable (for a change) and what fun we had!  The three of us threw caution to the wind and decided that Saturday was going to be our ‘STIR UP’ day.  I know I know, stir up day is usually Sunday but what the heck, we were going to live a little and bring it forward a day.

No particular reason for inviting Nigella to this party.  I’ve read various christmas cake recipes over the last few weeks, Delia is probably the obvious choice for most but I have to say she doesn’t use as much brandy in her cake (shocker!!) and this is the festive season after all so it was Nigella all the way for me!

Drum roll please….

16 hours to launch and counting :- approx 1kg of various vine fruit were brought to the boil in 600ml’s of brandy then left to soak overnight…divine smells all round the Hillside, who needs Glade?! Continue reading