Wedding Planning Update

Since becoming engaged my evenings have been filled with endless flicking through various bridal magazines after stock piling them- because when else can you buy them?- and pinning centrepiece ideas and flower arches onto my many Pinterest boards. I have loved wedding planning so far, and everyone I speak to seems to be amazed by how much I’ve gotten done in such a short space of time.

We have booked our wedding for May next year, there is no reason to have it so soon, we just found the perfect venue with our perfect date free for next year. So we decided to grab it while we could.

We are getting married at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. As soon as we drove up the drive to the venue I instantly knew this was the place I wanted us to say ‘I do’. The house is gorgeous, full of history, and has lovely quirky interiors which really made it stand out to me. The grounds surrounding the house make you quickly forget you’re right in the city centre. To the left of the main house are the stables, where we will be having our dinner and reception for our wedding. For me, this is the best part of the venue, as you get a stunning view of Arthurs Seat, my favourite part of Edinburgh.

If you want to have a nosey at our wedding venue you can check it out here.

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After we booked and secured out wedding date, the fun began! So far we have organised our flowers, entertainment (a ceilidh is a total must for a Scottish wedding!),  favours, photography, and cake (one of the most important parts to me!).

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The cake tasting has to be one of my favourite parts so far. It was just such a lovely day for Dino and I to spend together. We went to Mimi’s Bakehouse on the Shore in Edinburgh for our tasting and decided to order our cake from here as well.  Our coordinator , Fran, was extremely helpful and friendly and made the process so easy. They have over 10 flavours to chose from so they definitely stood out for me. I couldn’t recommend Mimi’s enough if you are looking for your wedding cake, or just looking for a nice place for lunch or afternoon tea.

I’ll definitely be keeping you all up to date with our wedding planning process as we go on. Only 7 months to go!!

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Tea & Cake at Eteaket

What’s better than a cuppa and a piece of cake on a Saturday afternoon? I can’t think of many things to be honest!

Last weekend my Sister, Fiona, and I were browsing the shops in Edinburgh, and decided to stop for a little break, but we didn’t want to go to your usual chain coffee shop (as much as I like them) so we decided to head just off of George Street to Frederick Street to Eteaket, the ‘leaf tea experts’! I had never been there before, but Fiona had heard really good things about them.

They offer more than just hand crafted leaf teas, you could have a spot of lunch, tea infused cocktails, which I am definitely going to try next time I’m not driving! As well as a selection of home made cakes (they also have gluten free and vegan cake options).

We decided to go for a classic option of English Breakfast tea, and since we were so indecisive we ordered a scone with fresh clotted cream & raspberry jam, and a slice of lemon sponge to share. For the tea they gave you an egg timer that timed how long to brew your tea for. They recommended that after the 2 minutes were up, you’d have the perfect brew! (and it really was!)

 

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The staff were so friendly and welcoming, despite them being ran off their feet because it was so busy. I will definitely be going back to try the rest of their menu, and I can see it becoming a favourite!

For more info visit  Eteaket‘s website. 

 

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Beach Day

On Monday I had to take my Sister through to Edinburgh. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shining (for once!) and I didn’t have to wrap up in a scarf and winter coat!

img_0468We drove through to Portobello Beach, and we went to the Beach House Cafe for a quick cup of tea before my Sister had to go for her interview. I would love to go back there for lunch. They had a huge table full of freshly homemade cakes. It felt like you were in a little beach hut. The walls were wooden panelled and decorated in bright colours. I could sit there for hours looking out at the Forth, with the waves crashing, and seagulls cawing.

I went for a little walk along the Promenade.. It was a little bit windy, but felt so nice to be able to walk along the sandy beach, watching people walking their dogs as they paddled in and out of the tide. Made me wish I had a little corgi on a day like that!

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At around half 12 we hopped back into the car and heading along the road to the Shore. We managed to squeeze into a parking space and went to Mimi’s Bake House for a bit to eat. I had only been here once before, but it is one of the best places for a lazy lunch in Edinburgh. Their moto is “It’s all about the cake”, and they mean it! As soon as you walk in, your eyes are drawn to the glass cabinets filled with stacks of freshly made tray bakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and sponges. It’s almost impossible to make up your mind as to what to have!

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I got the French Toast with cherry tomatoes, sausages, and of course, maple syrup. Followed by a cup of tea and the most Easter goodie you could think of, Cream Egg Rocky Road!

If you’re in and around Leith, I’d definitely recommend that you pop in to Mimi’s (unless you haven’t already!)

 

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Ultimate Chocolate Cake

You might think I’m a bit of a chocoholic- and I’m not going to deny it- as so far the only recipes I’ve posted on my blog have been cocoa filled. But who can blame me? Chocolate is the best thing ever, but I do promise I’ll begin to share a wider variety of recipes!

I just had to write about this recipe I stumbled across years ago, I made some minor changes to it as I found it a bit bitter at first, but every time I make it, the cake turns out perfectly! I find that adding coffee to the batter really brings out the cocoa and intensifies the taste of the sponge, so please don’t be put off if you aren’t a coffee lover.

You can make a full cake with this recipe, or evenly divide the mix into muffin cases if you fancy. The choice is yours!

As for decorating- you can go simple with a nice frosting or glaze, I’d recommend a nice lemon icing. Or you can go all out with it.

So, here’s the recipe: 

Pre-heat oven to 180 °c.

Line and grease baking tins or place cases in a baking tray.

In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

In a separate jug or bowl, place the dark chocolate and then pour the hot coffee on top, stir until the chocolate has melted fully, then add in the cocoa powder. Mix until it is a smooth paste, and then slowly add in the milk and vegetable oil. Once this mixture is cooled, gently beat in the eggs and then add in the vanilla extract.

Combine the dry and liquid mixes together until smooth.

Pour the batter into baking tins or cases.

Bake for around 30 mins- keeping a close eye on it!

To check if the cake is ready, insert a metal skewer or ‘cake tester’, and if it comes out clean, it’s ready.

Ingredients: 

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

Half a medium size bar of dark chocolate

2 cups caster sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup hot coffee

1 cup milk

2 eggs (large)

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

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