Love of Food

To read about the food from before 2019 which might be beyond its eat by date click here

October 7th 2019

This afternoon we tasted the delights of South American Cuisine.

We made a start with Sopaipillas & Pebre Sauce.   A Chilean Pumpkin Pastry served with Pebre Sauce, ( the Sauce is similar to a salsa but with chunky cut ingredients, mint and coriander).  Absolutely delicious.

We then progressed to Spicy Egg & Minced Lamb Rolls, a delicious South American dish, with combination of spices, curry, egg and lamb, topped with coriander and encased in tortilla.  Yum!

The next dish was from Brazil, Coxhinas, the main ingredient being chicken, with a , Cabana Spicy Malagueta Marinade, when ingredients are combined, made into rissoles and deep fried.  Served with a spicy tomato sauce and a Mexican salsa.  Had a delicious kick but not too hot, again a yummy dish

Then on to Aji de Gallina a dish from Peru.  Another dish with chicken, but couldn’t be more different.  Made with chicken, walnuts, Parmesan, chillies and spices, a beautiful rich combination a delicious blend.  This was served with a Quinoa Salad with Mint and Mango, a Cuban special, the two dishes went together perfectly.  Once again a delicious combination of ingredients.

To quote those in the know, some wonderful plates of food.

 

 

August 5th 2019

Due to members taking holidays we were only a small group of four, nevertheless we had some wonderful African Food

We started with Baba Ganoush, a dip similar to humus but made with aubergine instead of Chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and seasoning, served with vegetables or pitta bread, delicious.

Followed by, West African Chicken Kebabs, the main ingredients being breast of chicken, roasted peanuts and seasoned with spices, then grilled.  Would also be good on the BBQ.  Very very tasty, and very, very moorish, served with a garlic dip.

The next dish was a Moroccan version of a warm cauliflower salad served with a tahini sauce and Moroccan spiced lamb leg fillets.  The salad was a delightful combination of riced cauliflower, cranberries, pomegranate seeds, spring onions together with herbs and spices.

Last but not least a Moroccan Chicken baked in harissa paste, with potatoes lemons, bell peppers and passata  a beautiful blend of herbs and spices.  A fabulous end to a foodelicious afternoon.

If you fancy a cooking challenge why not join us?  Contact interestgroups@bdu3a.com

Our next  theme is Greek dishes!  Can’t wait!

 

July 1st 2019

Today we were a group of four, those on holiday are going to be so jealous when they know what they missed.  The food theme was European and we started the afternoon with a delicious delicately flavoured French Tartiflett, made with potatoes, cheese, cream and bacon.  After a breather we moved on to a Spanish tortilla served with a yogurt based dip with chives and lemon, well seasoned, light and fluffy, another delicious dish.  After a short break, we were served with a Spanish paella, or at least a variation of, it included prawns, scallops, chicken, pork sausage, various vegetables and of course rice.  A yummy finish to the afternoons savouries!  Then, came the piste de resistance!  A glorious Norwegian Cake, made with meringues (20), chocolate, cream, mmm, mmmm, mmm, heaven, glad there was only four of us, we all managed more than enough for those missing!  A wonderful foodelicious afternoon.

We were joined by one of our group, who didn’t think she would make it, just in time for cake.  She brought with her a Latvian sweet, big enough to cut in to five small pieces, it was a milk chocolate log shape filled with a soft nut flavoured caramel, a very nice little treat to finish the afternoon.

Next months “challenge”?  Food theme is African cuisine.  We have decided to cook and eat our way around the world!  We have two places available for any members who enjoy cooking, love food and like a challenge.  Please see Bev Crofts

June 3rd 2019

Six of us today, and another fabulous spread.  Today was picnic food, once again not one duplication.  So we had little Puff  Pastry  Parcels, crescent shaped with smoked salmon, triangles with cheese and fingers with ham, scrumptious.  Glamorgan Rolls, with Caerphilly Cheese, and Coronation Chicken Drum Sticks, spicily delicious.  Scotch Eggs, with spiced homemade sausage meat, served with a homemade tomato sauce, asparagus pate and brown toast,  a tasty combination.  A crustless Spanish Tortilla with vegetables and cheese, beautifully seasoned yummy!  We then had two very delicious deserts, the first, individual Mint and Chocolate Cheesecake divine, followed by Rhubarb and Almond Cake, could be served hot or cold,  another superbly delicious dish.   Absolute superb plates of food, and not much to take home.  Once again forgot to take a photograph at the beginning with all the food laid out on the table.  However I did manage to get something of everything together in a smaller group, just wish you could smell the delicious aromas, see below.

Next time Monday 1st July our monthly menu will be European Dishes!

March 4th 2019

Another fabulous food filled afternoon, and once again not one dish duplicated.  This month it was starters and although a few of our members were unable to attend we certainly didn’t starve.

The afternoon started with the most delicious Sweet and  Sticky Wings, beautiful tender wings served in a sweet sticky sauce, wonderful.

Then, we had Beetroot and Feta Patties, served with Tahini and Yogurt dressing, and Balsamic Glaze on a Chicory Salad, absolutely yummy.

We then enjoyed Spicy Corn Fritters served with homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce.  The fritters  were delicious, served cold, but best eaten straight from the pan when the batter is nice and crispy.

After a little break we had hot Muscles served in a Guinness and Cream Sauce, with homemade Soda Bread, super delicious.

Time for a cup of tea before embarking on our next starter.

It was time for Crab and Prawn Cakes, served with a Mayonnaise Sauce, a very delicate flavour and absolutely delicious.  Served with Melba Toast.

Then the penultimate dish, Greek Filo Parcels  with Tzatziki,  served warm.  The parcels were filled with Feta Cheese, Spinach, Spring Onion and homemade  “Sundried” Tomatoes.  Delicious!

Finally we had, Tuna and Curried Egg Pate!  Creamy, smooth and very, very tasty.  Served with Savoury biscuits.

All recipes are available on request, so please ask.

Once again too busy eating to think about photos!  Will try and do better next time.

 

February 4th 2019

What an afternoon of tasty food!  This month it was a potato dish.  We munched our way through eight different dishes, all featuring potatoes.

A take on an Indian style Vegetarian dish of Spicy Pickled  Potatoes,  and  some delicious Spanish Potatoes.

Good old fashioned Homity Pie, yum

Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad x 2, one with mayonnaise the other with vinegar and an added touch of tarragon.   Then an unusual, but delicious recipe was Dauphine potatoes, cooked in a choux  pastry, served with gravy.

We then had “Tornado Potatoes” taking their name from the spralisation of the potato, together with some baby baked potatoes stuffed with Brie.  Mmmmmm

We dined on Sweet Potato and Chicken tray bake and finished with:-

A Sweet Potato Cake, (substituted  sweet potato for the carrot in a carrot cake recipe delicious!)

A very interesting, tasty and absolutely wonderful  array of food, who would have thought there were so many different ways to cook potatoes?  And not a chip in sight!

Once again, our adventurous troup of intrepid cooks excelled.  Can’t wait for next month, we will be producing a starter!

Sorry for the lack of photos, too busy eating!

 

Bev