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The Cake & Bake Show, Manchester

18 Apr

On the 5th April we visited the Cake and Bake Show at Manchester Central. I’d previously snapped up tickets for only £7, which I think was a bargain considering all of the free samples we rounded up!

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We took the tram into Manchester, stopping to assist a man, lost with a delicious-looking tray of bread covered in grapes. I suggested he come with us seeing as we were all heading to the same place. He chatted to us about baking at home (and the lack of signage in Manchester..), and we later realised it was Brendan Lynch of The Great British Bake-Off fame. He was so down-to-earth and my son is now his biggest fan! He kindly stopped for a photo with my very enthusiastic son.

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The arena was full of stalls boasting squidgy brownies, cupcakes, occasion cakes, cake decorating equipment (hundreds of different types of sprinkles and cake cases) marshmallows, pies, breads, cookbooks and baking paraphernalia.

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Of course, we found the ideal photo opportunity in a giant icing sugar box…
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Brendan Lynch and Catherine Dresser in action:
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A giant gingerbread house:
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It was a fantastic day out, especially after the so-busy-you-can’t-push-the-pushchair-even-one-inch-ness had passed. I may even have bought a new cookbook (psssst it’s ‘Glamour Cakes’ by Eric Lanlard..), so I’m looking forward to trying out some new recipes and techniques!

Spinningfields Duck Race, Manchester

18 Apr

On Good Friday, we went into Manchester for the annual duck race. We try to go to local family events as often as possible, and we were determined to make it to the duck race after missing it last year.

Our day started with hot chocolates and sweet treats, before we walked across to Spinningfields for the race.

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There was a small area with a couple of fairground games (hook a duck, obviously..), stalls, a bouncy castle and a giant inflatable duck. Our 4 little ducks joined thousands of other little ducks in the race down the canal! We were clearly on the wrong side of the canal as there appeared to be a BBQ on the go on the other side.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but we all had fun watching the ducks make their (rather slow) way to the finish line.

Giraffe @ Spinningfields, Manchester

23 Jan

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We’d eaten at Giraffe a couple of times in the past, but this was the first time we visited for brunch.

One of the things I really like about Giraffe is how welcoming they are to children. A children’s meal costs £4.95 which includes the main meal and a drink. They also provide a colouring sheet and pencils, and a little plastic giraffe! There wasn’t a children’s option on the brunch menu, but the staff offered to make one for us if we wanted (our children then decided that they just wanted something from the lunch menu, but a kind offer nonetheless).

A massive bonus is that the brunch is served until 4pm! Not quite an all-day-breakfast, but it means you can wake up late (no chance with my two ‘angels’) and still treat yourself to breakfast! The options for brunch start at £5.95 for a Deluxe Toastie and go up to £8.50 for a Full Brunch. It’s not cheap compared to other breakfast-providers in the city, but they do offer something a little different to the regular Full English.

I chose the Huevos Rancheros Mexican Breakfast – as pictured (they describe it as “free range fried or scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, black beans, melting cheese, adobe sauce, avocado & tomato salsa on warm soft corn tortilla”). I had been craving a ‘proper’ breakfast all morning but saw this on the menu and decided to give it a go. I’m glad I did as it was delicious (I may have stolen some of the sausage from my husband’s plate though – they were good too!).

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