July | Picnic in the Park

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Well, you can’t say our tastes aren’t varied.

One month we’re celebrating all that is Eurovision, the next we’re enjoying an alfresco picnic in the park while taking in a live performance of the Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

We’re well posh, don’t you know.

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For the past couple of years, we have timed our Picnic in the Park event to coincide with BP’s Big Screens, where a live opera is beamed from the Royal Opera House in London to outdoor screens throughout the UK.

The weather had been miserable in the the run up to our meet, and we had pencilled in Soul as a back up venue just in case there was a torrential downpour.

On the day however, the sun shone on Aberdeen and we ploughed on with our plans.

By 7pm, the skies had taken on an unmistakable Granite City tinge of grey, but if anything, the clouds added to the atmosphere of the opera – the tense Il Trovatore.

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At this point I’d just like to say that I don’t think one of us could tell you what actually happens in Il Trovatore. At one point a very angry lady came out of a caravan, which had baby dolls nailed to it, looking very angry. Who knew opera could make Eurovision look normal?

We set up relatively near the screen, and very quickly garnered the interest of passers-by who were clearly intrigued by our spread. More than a few did a double take, looking at our delicious nibbles before looking down in disappointment at their own sarnies and back again.

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Just as we settled in, with some people grabbing a hot coffee from a nearby stand, and some enjoying a sip from their flask of wine, an Aberdeen Bake Club first occurred.

That moment will forever be known as (drumroll)… Dog-gate 2016.

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You’ll never see a group of baked-good fans move as quickly as we did when we suddenly realised this (actually, very cute) four-legged thief was heading straight for Sophie’s savoury pastries.

The suspect, who was described as approximately 3ft long with blonde curly hair, made off with a few bites, looking remarkably chuffed with himself. It’s safe to say he’s not been invited to any future events…

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Despite the fact that the weather soon turned arctic, forcing us all to head home after the first act (which, mind you is 100 MINUTES LONG), we all enjoyed some truly great bakes.

Thanks to those who popped along for the first time – it was great to meet you (especially Maree who finally made it along after turning up to one of our earlier events a day late!)

We’re proud to say there were no soggy bottoms at our picnic – neither pastry nor posterior 😉

And best of all? We made an appearance on the big screen ourselves, wearing our edible Parmesan and Olive Shortbread Opera Glasses, made by Colene (who also had a horrendous watermelon cheesecake fail, but we won’t talk about that.)

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Amanda’s Caramelised Onion and Courgette Tart

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Sophie’s Savoury Parcels

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Joyce’s Parmesan and Chive Madeleines, and Raspberry and Pistachio Friands

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Ruth’s Raspberry and Lemon Curd Madeleines

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Ruth’s Coronation Chicken Sandwiches (homemade with poached chicken)

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Ellen’s Haggis Sausage Rolls

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Julie’s Spicy Veggie Samosas

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Jenna’s Lemon Cupcakes

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Julie’s Strawberry Tarts

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Morag’s Chocolate Brownies

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Maree’s Leek, Gruyere and Ricotta Quiche

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Maree’s Salted Caramel Brownies

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Corinna’s Garlic Oil Focaccia with goats’ cheese, roasted red pepper, basil and rocket

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Corinna’s Manchego and red onion focaccia with Serrano ham, cherry tomatoes and rocket

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Lara’s Cheese Puffs

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Emma’s Party Rings
 

 


Don’t miss next month’s meet – our Savoury event. This is a theme which has been requested for a long time, so we’re really looking forward to it. Especially as we may see the results of our first Aberdeen Bake Club offspring – Ruth and Joyce are now proud parents of this sourdough starter – we can’t wait to see what it becomes!

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  • Want to come along? Take a look at our events page
  • Our last event was Guilty Pleasures – take a look at what we made
  • Want to know more about Aberdeen Bake Club?
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