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There was a definite buzz in the air as members and many visitors gathered  to join our open meeting with our speaker Paul Yaxley owner of the Fox and Goose restaurant in Fressingfield who was to give a cooking demonstration  for our edification. The evening started in good time as we sped through the routine business and presented birthday posies to seven of our members all of whom were able to join us in their birthday month. Our visitors and members then settled in for a splendid  evening  of culinary expertise.

Paul was introduced and explained that he would demonstrate how to produce a three course meal in somewhat limited circumstances. As the evening progressed he showed us simple ways of doing preparation and cooking and how to present simple food in such a way as to look professional and artistic.  His beetroot mousse was so easy with the quick baking of the beetroot in foil, much less messy and easier to peel and the preparation and cooking of  the pork , sealing it carefully before roasting it lightly was delightfully straight forward. This was complimented by a butternut squash mousse  all of which looked and smelt scrumptious. This was all topped by the production of a wickedly chocolate creamy tart some of which we were all able to taste test at the end of the evening ,oh my it was special.  Throughout the evening there were opportunities to question Paul who happily and wittily gave us the tips that we craved even on how to use a knife correctly and how to test the tenderness of the meat ,all good and useful help. The evening flew by and with a bit of Blue Peter work of here is one I made earlier to help with the restricted timing the evening concluded with more questions followed by refreshments and a sample of the chocolate tart . A vote of thanks from Jennifer heartily endorsed by all and the members and visitors went happily on their way licking their chocolatey lips.

Our next meeting is on November the 9th our annual meeting and with a silent auction to ease our way to Christmas. All very welcome as visitors or possible new members    Prue

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