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 Рall 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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