Foodie Group Regional bakes

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The foodie group met yesterday and 3 of our members presented regional bakes. Jill  (who sadly could not join us but sent the most amazing bake) made a Shropshire Fidget Pie. In spite of extensive research, the history of this pie is unknown, but it is a genuine regional bake but with no provenance. It is thought it might have evolved in the same way as Cornish Pasties and Bedfordshire Clangers….filling pastry with meat and vegetables to use leftovers. Whatever its origins it was delicious! Continue reading

Foodie group: Afternoon tea in the morning!

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The foodie group met this morning and as usual we had a great array of delectable treats to sample, made by group members. Traybakes of chocolate tiffin and lemon sponge were complimented by a vast array of scones. Members used different recipes, Mary Berry, Delia Smith and Good housekeeping, but no matter who the author was the results were delicious. We sampled cherry, lemon, sultana, strawberry and cream and cheese scones. A lovely afternoon tea as a substitute for lunch! Thank you this month’s bakers.  New members are always welcome at the group.

Foodie Group: No cooking today!

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The foodie group dined out today ay L20 Restaurant for a lovely Christmas lunch, prepared, cooked and served by the talented students of Hugh Baird college. As can be seen from the photos it was a very happy occasion, with great food and fantastic service as usual. Look at the concentration on the diners faces!! A good finale to our Foodie group year! Happy Christmas everyone!

Foodie Group 2018 Round up

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The foodie group met yesterday for our final meeting of the year as the December meeting will be our Christmas meal. Once again we had lovely tasters made by group members and as you can see by the photo gallery they were demolished with rapid speed. This year we have a picnic in Brenda’s lovely garden, been to a couple of guest chef evenings at L20 restaurant where we sampled foraged food and a Nordic menu, and dined on tasters at the meetings again made by group members. These have included dishes made with pasta, rice and grains, pies and salads, Continue reading

Foodie Group recipe swap

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The foodie group resumed our usual monthly meetings today. At the last meeting we did a recipe swap and exchanged recipes that members considered among their favourites. We drew lots for these, with group members then making the recipe they had drawn from the hat. Todays offerings were Chicken Jalfrezi, sausage parcels, cheese scones and lemon tart with crème fraiche. The tasters were well received and empty plates vouched for the success of the swap. Another 5 people are doing their recipe swap next month. New members are always welcome to join the group.

Foodie Group Summer Picnic

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The foodie group met today for our annual summer picnic, once again hosted by Brenda in her lovely garden. As can be seen, we had a tremendous spread of food, both savoury and desserts, all made by group members. Food was devoured, the drinks flowed, there was a buzz of good conversation and we were lucky to have such a lovely sunny day after the overnight rain. Thank you Brenda for allowing us to invade your garden and I hope we cleaned up properly!  Thanks also  to all the group members for their contributions through the year and we will meet again at our usual venue on 20th September.

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 !