Foodie Group: Who ate all the pies?

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The foodie group met today for our usual monthly meeting and sampled pies created by Dave, Brian, Ann and Lillian. Thank you all for your contributions. For savoury we tried corned beef and onion pie; and an unnamed creation that had no specific recipe but developed as it was being made! It might not have a name but it certainly went down well!  For desserts we had offerings of quick lime pie, Jamaican crunch pie  and cake in a mug. It can certainly be said no one goes home hungry from the meetings. After all the carbs we are sampling salads next month and finalising our plans for the summer picnic in August.

Foodie group go foraging

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Well actually the title is not quite true! Foodie group members and guests attended a foraging menu evening at L20 restaurant, the hotel school of Hugh Baird College, last night. The restaurant is a firm favourite of the group, and as usual we dined in style. Using the definition of foraging, the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing or gathering of plant material, the students developed a menu using foods which they had indeed foraged this week. Continue reading

Foodie Group: Rice and Grains

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The foodie group met today to sample recipes of rice and grains. We sampled  Nasi Goreng, an Indonesian stir fried rice recipe made with chicken breast ; Help yourself tuna rice salad, a dish which the family can dip into whenever they wish; Old fashioned rice salad; a slimming world recipe full of vegetables and other delicious ingredients, and Cranachan; a traditional Scottish dessert of oats, cream, whisky, honey and raspberries, which is a delicious alternative to trifle. Although we only have “tasters” I doubt many foodie group members eat lunch after our meetings! Our topic next month is “pies” so forks at the ready!

Foodie Group: Desserts for our delectation

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The Foodie Group met again today and, as you can see from the slideshow, were treated to a veritable display of delectable delights which we demolished! Rounding off our 3 course menus the focus was on desserts and we certainly had a great time Thankfully, oops sorry, regrettably, quite a few usual members were missing, so those who attended had to were able to carry out the Oliver Twist tradition of ” please sir, can I have some more”! Thanks to everyone who served such a fine table of food.   Our focus next month is pasta dishes, which, hopefully, will be slightly less calorific !

Foodie Group: Gone all Scandinavian

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Several members of the Foodie Group, family and friends, dined yesterday evening at L20 restaurant, the hotel school of Hugh Baird College. The 3rd year students had recently visited Oslo, visiting Michelin starred restaurants, fish and vegetable markets and on their return created a menu of Scandinavian cuisine. We had the opportunity to taste cuisine combinations that we had not tried before and were all suitable impressed. Service, as ever, was impeccable and we were delighted when one of the young chefs came out of the kitchen to enquire whether we had enjoyed the evening and what we thought of the menu. Needless to say praise was heaped on the students, and, as an OFSTED visit was planned for today, took the opportunity to leave written feedback for the students’ portfolios. A Summer foraging menu is being planned for May and we have already signed up to revisit then.

Foodie Group: and the main course is…

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The foodie group met again today for our usual taster session. Following on from starters last month we sampled main courses today. A delicious red Leicester cheese flan, a very tasty Chilli con carne made to a Delia Smith recipe using chuck steak rather than mince, and a rather exotic dish of paella topped off with mussels. Thanks to the members who treated us today. Next month is a foray into desserts so we’ll have spoons at the ready. The group is proving to be extremely successful with the numbers now reaching 27. We have had new members join us at both meetings of 2018. We still have ( a little ) room for more people.  Pasta, pies and salads on the menus for further meetings so if you fancy getting involved, chat to me at a coffee morning or come along to St  James church hall, Green Lane, 10:30 on the third Thursday of the month.

Marg Kendall

Foodie Group : Xmas meal at L20

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20 members of the Foodie Group enjoyed a lovely Xmas Lunch today at L20 restaurant, the hotel school of Hugh Baird College. As can be seen from the photos we dined well on carefully prepared and beautifully presented cuisine. Served by students of the college, who have only been in training since September of this year, we enjoyed a very pleasant, rather long lunch, in ambient surroundings, with good company and very pleasant wines. An excellent way to round off our foodie year. Happy Christmas to all the group. We reconvene for our usual meetings on 18th January, 10:30 at St James Church Hall, Green Lane. New members welcome…just come along on the day.

Foodie Group: Vive la France & 2017 review

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The Foodie Group had the last full meeting of 2017 today as our next monthly meeting will be our Christmas lunch which we are celebrating at L20, the hotel school of Hugh Baird College. I know we will be well fed and “watered”  there. At the meeting today we celebrated French food with Sue, Cheryl, and Margaret A, providing tasters for us to share. These included a delicious lentil and Toulouse sausage cassolet, pate, cheeses, escargots, mussels, crispy French stick, followed by tarte tatin and crème fraiche. Delicious food with plenty of chat. I doubt anyone needed lunch  after the tasters. Continue reading

Foodie Group: Turning Japanese

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The foodie group met today and it was great to welcome 3 new members, taking the number in the group up to 20. Following the theme of sampling cuisine from different countries it was turn of myself and Jill today to provide tasters from Japan. Jill unfortunately  was not able to attend but sent some delicious Japanese Mochi for us to sample. This is a Japanese rice cake which is pounded into a paste and then shaped. We tried some containing chocolate and also some with peanut butter centres  coated in coconut (which can be seen in the gallery), both of which were delicious. Continue reading

Foodie Group : Newsletter error

Unfortunately due to a misprint in the latest newsletter the date for the foodie group meetings is incorrect. We meet at St James Church Hall, Green Lane, Maghull at 10:30 on the 3rd Thursday each month NOT the 1st Thursday as printed.

Apologies to the lady who attempted to join the group on the 1st Thursday. We hope to see you this week 19th October, when we will be sampling Japanese Food. New members are welcome…just turn up.