W.I. - Fun, Foraging & Feasting
November 9th 2009
Foraging, fun and feasting were the order of the day for Lerryn WI’s October visit to Cotna Barton.
We left not sure what had been planned for us, but with baskets, gloves and boots at the ready we were “up for it”.
Rachel Lambert, the mastermind behind Wild Food Walks, had enlisted the help of Sara and David Readman, whose smallholding near Gorran Churchtown was an ideal setting.
We were to walk the land identifying and picking the plants to be used for lunch. Rachel and David were informative, knowledgeable and by the end of the morning session we had a selection of plants ranging from horseradish to nettles (apparently a super-food), black mustard, sorrel and watercress – there were more but you’d have to arrange a walk to find out about those!
After a refreshing cuppa we were let loose in Sara’s kitchen to prepare a lunch with the food we’d foraged. Sara was organised and helpful in supervising us all in the preparation of lunch.
Catherine helped produce some wonderful home-made pasta with nettles as a substitute for spinach, topped with a delicious watercress pesto. Jan grated horseradish and Sue grated beetroot for the beetroot, apple and horseradish salad. Anne, Flynn and Nina created a pudding, which would have rivalled Cranks, with blackberries, wild apples and meringue – eggs courtesy of the Cotna Barton chickens! Julia, Mary and Sue created two lovely green salads beautifully decorated with edible flowers. Sara served bread that she had baked earlier and the tangy sorrel and yoghurt dip was a wonderful accompaniment.
After an extended lunch there was just time for a walk to look for more wild food.
It was a happy, sated band of WI members who wended their way home from an innovative outing and one that we can certainly recommend.
Anyone out there who wants a taste of the same can contact Rachel at email@example.com or visit her website at www.wildwalks-southwest.co.uk.
Zombies Depart the Village
November 7th 2009
All decent law abiding villagers will be pleased to hear that the plague of Zombies has now moved on.
Despite outward appearances the undead residents of the village enjoyed a "live"ly night on Halloween. Anyone there will confirm it was quite a sight.
Thanks to everyone who made such an effort to die for the nights entertainment so successfully
Particularly those who shall remain nameless and shameless despite trying to swim across the river naked at 4.00am....and no.......we don't believe the tale of you falling off the stepping stones and your clothes being washed off you either .......
Thanks of course to The Ship for providing a much used bar and to the Village Hall for providing the temporary mortuary
The Band were very impressed with all your Michael Jackson Thriller moves although their posting on their own website the day after read
"Don't know quite how we managed to get out of that Crazy village alive last night" and thus perhaps summed their experience up more truthfully.
Anyway as everyone seemed to enjoy the Band (Shameless) so much they have agreed to pencil in another visit next Halloween...so be warned - book your holidays now if you are not attending.
Meanwhile if anyone needs anything to frighten their children with between now and next year please show them the Picture Gallery on this site which should do the trick (no treat)
The Recession Revue
November 7th 2009