Monday, 10 October 2016
This afternoon, Poppy was kind enough to give a cookery demonstration at Little Bunting Village Hall. She freely gave up her time, her food, and her skills to amuse, entertain and inform a group of us, golden oldies, silvertops, call us what you will.
On second thoughts, village elders will do.
The hall quickly filled with tantalising aromas as garlic, ginger, onions, star anise, chillies both wet and dried and yellow bean paste cooked merrily in the (extremely heavy) wok.
There were two dishes - a deliciously spicy beef one and an extremely popular mixed vegetable dish, all served with perfectly cooked rice.
Chopsticks were offered round and everyone got stuck in. Some people with slightly less dexterous fingers soon abandoned the chopsticks and used a fork, but other people got a free lesson in how to use chopsticks correctly and were soon proving to be very adept and cleared their plates right down to the last grain of rice.
Fair to say that we all really enjoyed our plate of food and several people came back for seconds!
I don't think our little village hall has smelled so wonderful for many a year, if ever. The atmosphere of gentle friendship and simple fun was very special. This small gathering, designed to winkle people out of their own homes and into the company of other people for an afternoon of social chit chat and new interests, has definitely started to fulfill the brief.
Poppy, you are a brilliant cook and a superstar for producing such delicious food, especially under these difficult conditions, and for being so generous with your skills and time.
Thank you. xxx