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Not shy when it comes to eating cake, (yes, really), Ms Monkfish practically pole vaulted* off the sofa when presented with the opportunity to ‘take afternoon tea’ at the ‘pop-up’ Pommery Bar, just off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

*she’s been studying the technique during the Olympics and have to say has pretty much perfected it

After a very successful ‘pop’ last year and making the most of the Festival madness the Pommery Bar (based at the Signet Library) is back once again to satisfy the champagne quaffing, cake scoffing Edinburgh massive. And believe us, there’s plenty of ’em.

Not one to ‘take tea’ alone Ms Monkfish invited along Ms Convivium Wine to join her and share in the calorific delights that were presented. Turns out Ms Con-Viv is also not shy of chomping a cake or three (Marjorie, what a co-incidence) so between them they managed to see off most of the following….and in no particular order! Yep, no shame when eating with friends, and if that means cake before sandwiches then so be it!

Afternoon tea….DONE. Particular highlight for Ms Monkfish were the fruit scones with fresh berries whilst Ms Con-Viv was a major fan of the savoury variety featuring sun dried tomatoes, chomp.

If you like what you see then fear not, you’ve still got time to peg it up to the Pomm and enjoy a similar experience. Click the pic below to take you straight to a champagne afternoon tea discount voucher! See, we’re really making it easy for you now…ENJOY! Great venue, great cakes, and if you seriously can’t manage ALL the cake in one sitting then doggy bags are GO.


I think you can safely say we like our cake here at monkfish towers…doesn’t really matter what form that cake may take, cupcakes, cakes to share, cakes that will feed the entire city of Edinburgh in one sitting….as long as they are quality, home-baked and completely delicious, we’ll eat them.

GIVEAWAY!! From the generosity of Monkfish Towers combined with the lovely Cuckoo’s Bakery we’re doing a giveaway, yay! If you follow us on Twitter and Retweet our competition tweets which will go out on Wednesday and Thursday this week then you can win a box of 6 Mother’s Day cupcakes delivered to your door! More about that later, first up a review of our visit…

When Ms Monkfish was asked to sample a few cupcakes at Cuckoo’s Bakery certain criteria had to be met….could she phone a friend (check), could she ask for seconds (urm, clearly….check), could she have a nose in the kitchen to see the cake in ‘action’ (check). Game on, with Sister Monkfish in tow the Bakery was about to be taken by storm. Continue reading


Beetroot. Love it? Hate it? Not really sure….this might get your beetroot buds tingling, take a sneaky peak…

beet cake from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

If we had a zillion hours on our hands here at monkfish castle that’s the exact video we would have made to pronounce our love of beetroot! On a recent episode of the Great British Food Revival the self proclaimed ‘greedy Italian’ Mr Antonio Carluccio uncovered some beetroot facts and brought us the shocking truth about how this beautiful purple root vegetable is losing the plot in our fields.  Yes, in the last thirty years half of our beetroot fields in the UK have disappeared.

Please forget your childhood memories of pickled, over-cooked, vinegary slices! Get roasting, carpaccio-ing, baking and sautéing this amazing purple root veg, it has endless opportunities in your kitchen! Let your imaginations run wild…it’s earthy, sweet, nutty, versatile and delicious and it loves a salty accompaniment. Think smoked fish, goat’s cheese, capers, fennel, game and beef, the list is endless.

photo credit : GETTY

And don’t forget, it’s not all about eating these mighty purple ones – beetroot is now getting used in a proper grown up way too – as an ingredient to some of the finest cocktails shaken and stirred in the UK. Wow, happy days. Come on monkfish fans, get to your local farmers market this weekend and purchase some lovely beets – your life (and health) will be better for it. Bring back the beet!

“Beetroot is a remarkable, healthy and delicious vegetable that is fast becoming ubiquitous at the nation’s most fashionable dinner tables – the days when it was simply picked and served from a jar with salad cream have long since disappeared. It’s healthy, versatile and delicious – and finally gaining the popularity it deserves.” Mark Hix


A rather quick post from me and one that doesn’t really need much chat (you’ll be pleased about that….). Introducing Mymonkfish’s wicked three tier red velvet sponge cake with cream cheese frosting made especially for the lovely ladies (and the odd gent) of the ‘Edinburgh Cake Ladies’.

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It’s been a while since my last blog post so to make up for that fact what better subject to talk about than CAKE!

There’s a buzz in the air at the moment about ‘secret supper clubs’ so it goes without saying that sooner or later a ‘secret CAKE club’ would be born. Continue reading