Friday 9 September 2016

Bury St Edmunds Clandestine Cake Club - Saturday 30th July

The July Clandestine Cake Club meet for Bury St Edmunds was a bit different this month as this time we held our very first joint meet up for the three Suffolk clubs, Bury, Stowmarket and Ipswich. Stowmarket organiser Lavinia did a great job finding us an ideal location in the middle of the county and we all got together at Mr Allard's Farm Shop cafe in Stowupland. The staff were all very welcoming and had provided us with a lovely big table at one end of the cafe, which was perfect for us.

In keeping with our venue we decided on a "Farm Fresh" theme and we had some fantastic cakes to share.

Lavinia's Carrot Cake

Amy's Lemon Verbena Cake

Diane's Adnams Spice Cake

Sarah's Aspalls Cake

Aurelie's Cherry Clafoutis

Gill's Rhubarb & Custard Cake

Helen's Gooseberry & Elderflower Cake

All in all it was a fantastic afternoon and there are already plans to organise another joint meet up at a later date. Thanks again to Mr Allard's Farm Shop for being so welcoming. For details of upcoming events in your area have a look here.

Friday 5 August 2016

Bury St Edmunds Clandestine Cake Club - Saturday 25th June

Our June Clandestine Cake Club meeting saw us return to a previous venue, Cafe Rouge in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, and their little side room again proved to be a perfect venue for us.

The theme of this month's event was "Cheesecake Challenge" and we had some really delicious offerings to share...

My Strawberry Cheesecake

Lorraine's Rafaello Cheesecake

Lindsey's Magic Cheesecake

Rene's Mango Cheesecake

Sam's Indian Cheesecake

Thanks again to Cafe Rouge for letting us hold our event there. For details of upcoming events in your area have a look here.

Sunday 12 June 2016

Bury St Edmunds Clandestine Cake Club - Monday 9th May

This month saw our meeting moved from our regular Saturday morning slot to Monday evening so we could try out a new venue in the centre of town. The Edmundo Lounge opened in Bury St Edmunds a few months ago and is a lovely spacious location that offers both food and drink for adults and families.

As the Bury St Edmunds CCC celebrated it's 4th birthday in May our theme this month was, of course, birthday cakes! Here are the lovely cakes we had to share...

Trish's Spicy Ginger & Lime Cake

Lindsay's Raspberry, Rose & Vanilla Celebration Cake

Lorraine Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

Sara's Boston Cream Pie

Amy's Great British Celebration Cake

Lynda's Seville Orange Marmalade Cake

Helen's Cookies & Cream Cake

Thanks again to the Edmundo Lounge for letting us use their lovely room for our meeting. If you want to find out more about events in your area then have a look here.

Friday 29 April 2016

Review - South Kiosk -Martello Park, Felixstowe

Last Sunday we took a trip over to Felixstowe which, although I've lived in East Anglia for twenty year, I've somehow never managed to visit before.

Our destination that morning was the South Kiosk in Martello Park, which is a lovely, family-friendly area right next to a row of beach huts overlooking the sea. The owner Kim was celebrating two years running South Kiosk and had invited me along to see what they do.

On arriving at the South Kiosk the first thing that confronts you (other than the sizeable queue that was almost permanently present during our visit) is a very temping array of goodies. Scones, sausage rolls and a variety of cakes are laid out ready to be served.

Kim gave us a lovely selection of food and drink to sample. Top of list has to be the freshly made sausage rolls, which were delicious with plenty of sausage filling. These were gone in moments!

Luckily we still had room for the delicious Lemon and Chocolate Cakes. Both were lovely but opinion was divided on which was best - two of us were sure that the lemon was the nicest, but the other two preferred the chocolate!

This was just a small selection of the lovely array of goodies on offer. The gluten-free apricot bars looked delicious, as did the basket of golden scones and tempting layer cakes.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Felixstowe and we will definitely be returning to South Kiosk when we next take a trip to the coast. Thanks again to Kim for inviting me over to visit. Hopefully you'll be serving up your delicious cakes and sausage rolls for many years to come!

Monday 11 April 2016

Bury St Edmunds Clandestine Cake Club - Saturday 19th March

The March meeting of the Bury St Edmunds Clandestine Cake Club saw us returning to one of my favourite venues, The Cadogan pub in Ingham, just north of the town centre. As always the staff were very welcoming and helpful and there was plenty of room for us and our cakes.

This month the theme was "Spring has Sprung" and we had a wonderful variety of cakes to choose from. Here's what we shared...

Amelia's Chocolate Loaf Cake

Amy's St Paddy's Day Baileys Cake

Lindsay's Rhubarb and Custard Cake

Sam's Cloud Cake

Hannah's Jamaican Bun Cake

Rosalyn's Chocolate Nest Cake

My Iced Lemon Curd Cake

Thanks again to The Cadogan in Ingham for letting us host another meeting there. For details of all upcoming Clandestine Cake Club events have a look here.

Monday 21 March 2016

Bury St Edmunds Clandestine Cake Club - Saturday 13th February

Our meeting in February was unfortunately plagued by illness and even I ended up delegating my organiser responsibilities as I was too ill to attend. Nevertheless, the remaining attendees did a great job and brought five lovely cakes with them, all in keeping with the "Colourful Cakes" theme (although Valentine's Day seems to have had a bit of an influence as well!).

This month our meeting was held at Oakes Barn, in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, which is a regular venue for us as their upstairs room is ideal and the staff are always so welcoming.

Here are the cakes that were shared on the day...

Trish's All You Need is Love Cake

Lindsay's Union Jack Battenberg Cake

Sam's Orange Marmalade Cake

Amy's Love Heart Empire Cake

Sarah's Pink Champagne Cake

Thanks again to Oakes Barn for letting us hold our meeting there.

Monday 4 January 2016

Meal Planning Monday - 4 January 2016

It's been a long time since I joined in with Meal Planning Mondays but I'm determined to write more blog posts than I managed last year and this seems like a good place to start.

I don't think there's much in the way of Christmas food that we didn't eat over the last couple of weeks so the meal plan for the next few days includes a lot more fruit and veg and a lot less chocolate! I recently purchased Jamie Oliver's Everyday Superfood book so have included a couple of recipes from that plus I'm using it to give me inspiration for health breakfasts and snacks.

Monday - Turkey soup with granary bread

Tuesday - Omelette and Salad

Wednesday - Jamie Oliver's Seared Turmeric Chicken

Thursday - Jacket potatoes and salad

Friday - Jamie Oliver's Crumbed Pesto Fish

Saturday - Chicken & Leek Pie

Sunday - Turkey Risotto

If you would like to submit your own meal plan or find some more inspiration then have a look at Mrs M's blog, At Home with Mrs M, and add your own link. You can also find us on Facebook and on Twitter using #mealplanningmonday.