Thursday, October 13, 2011
Who ate all the pies?
We had a cooking demonstration night at the village hall yesterday. Organised by the parents of the Croilegean ( playgroup) to end our healthy eating project. It was a great success.
We all contributed a pie or two - this is a small selection, there must have been around 20 pies altogether.
My offerings were - a bacon apple and onion pie (no, not yet...) Just bacon, onion apple and sage cooked together until nice and soft and melting, then sandwiched between two sheets of puff pastry - delicious. The other was a bit more time consuming - Rainbow Chard and Feta in a filo pastry. The recipe can be found here - well worth the effort , I have to say.
But - oh my! What a feast was in store for us before all that. Sneaking into the kitchen where some frantic food prepping was going on, I found a veritable rainbow of delicious colours.
And then it was time for the demonstration - we are so lucky to have such talented people in our community. The food was wonderful - and the taster-size portions were - well - Hebridean sized. As plateful after plateful of vegetarian picadillo with pancakes and salsa, followed by creamy kedgeree, macaroni bolognese, chicken princess, summer pudding and chocolate roulade were passed around, I began to wonder how we were going to be able to even look at a pie. But, somehow, we managed to do them justice.
It was great to see the children getting involved - handing out the plates, welcoming guests and just being part of it all.
And the Croileagan children had worked hard setting up their displays, making vegetable printed seed packets and collages to decorate the hall.
And the answer to the original question? Well - me, of course. Two slices of leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast - sshh, don't tell anyone!
p.s If anyone want the recipes from the cooking demo, drop me an email and I will send them as a word doc.