A taste of the past

Our local hotel came up trumps on Saturday evening with an authentic 1811 banquet-style menu to start off the church’s bicentenary celebrations. The lounge-bar was laid up with three long tables to seat 50 of us and the food just kept coming. Wine, too if you so wished!

The first course was a hearty potato soup accompanied by a type of soda bread; I suspect the soup itself was enhanced with the flavour of marrow-bone stock. It’s amazing how olde-worldly it tasted. We were eating by candlelight which added to the atmosphere and being a church group it was rather a noisy affair – lots of fun and laughter. (Not nosy – that’s not allowed.)

Then came maidens and masters bearing grand dishes of chicken, salmon and mussels, stuffed pork, dough-balls, braised leeks, kale, apple sauce and gravy. Yes – all at once. There was much merriment as people helped themselves to the various dishes, and we ended up with an interesting  concoction on our plates.  Puddings followed: clootie dumplings, ginger cake, pomegranate tart, apple pie, custard and cream.

I haven’t dared go on the scales since!

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5 Responses to A taste of the past

  1. Mina says:

    Sounds grand – but I am sure you were glad of 2011 central heating at the venue and not a cold draughty 1811 hall!

  2. freda says:

    To be honest we all generated so much heat that they had to open the windows!

  3. LC says:

    Your Saturday BMT sounded spendid, with lots of dishes I had never heard of! And best of all is the shared merriment. Warm room and warm hearts!

  4. Anne Gibert says:

    My mouth is watering!

  5. Marcia Mayo says:

    You Scots know how to do the past!

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