So, on Sunday September 9th, a small but perfectly formed group of very clever singing hinnies descended upon Pink Lane Coffee in Newcastle for an afternoon of excessive nomming, chatting and laughing.
It being our very first get together, I won’t lie, I was nervous that come 2.30pm I’d be sat with my bacon scones and banana cupcakes feeling more than a little sorry for myself and dying to drown my sorrows in something stronger than coffee.
Mercifully, that wasn’t to be the case, as over a dozen hinnies turned up bearing gifts over the next half hour. The table was creaking and groaning under the weight of all the goodies, many of us having brought more than one thing to try. It’s amazing how self-depreciating we all are – “it didn’t quite go as I wanted” – when everything tasted so delicious!
We had big cakes, little cakes, flans, tarts, muffins, brownies, blondies, scones and even a roulade gracing our plates on that fine day.
Being as we weren’t a huge group, once everyone had filled their tummies a little we were able to chat as a group. Mainly the pro bakers entertained us with cake talk, we of course talked about #GBBO and the crushes that several of us have on the one, the only, Paul Hollywood – surely a future honorary fat rascal in the making, I might add – and had a lovely afternoon.
All too soon it was over, time for us to pack up and leave. We all filled our respective tins and boxes with leftovers, and headed for the hills after a swift clean up. It was a lovely afternoon, I’ve met some fantabulous ladies (ahem – men – get your acts together!) and am looking forward to the next one very much!