Stanhoe and Barwick WI members had several treats at their December meeting. Not only was there a speaker to hold our attention, but all members were given a handmade Christmas card from the WI; the committee provided us with a delicious looking range of cakes to sample with our tea; and we had our Adviser, Coral Batchelor, here to introduce herself and guide us on procedures.
Our speaker Junya Lewis gave a talk entitled “Spice up your Christmas”, during which she demonstrated making a spiced butternut squash soup, a vegan spiced main course of a pasty using soya mince and vegetables; a spicy side salad; and a marinade.
Along the way she gave us hints and tips on the spices available to us, telling us that Garam Masala means “warming spice” and every mixture is different, but the most expensive ones are best; spices should be stored in glass jars and not tins, and must be kept in a cool, dark place.
Our Adviser followed this by telling us of her role and responsibilities with the Norfolk Federation as an Adviser, and inviting us to visit the Norfolk Federation headquarters, Evelyn Suffield House, in Norwich. She had also helped to make a beautiful card from 17 separate pieces of pre-cut card, illustrating the welcoming front door of Evelyn Suffield House, which opened up to show a Christmas tree and decorations and a Christmas message to us all.
It was a happy meeting enjoyed by a large group of members on a chilly wet day. We are all now looking forward to meeting for our Christmas lunch together in the near future.