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Talk at WI Norbury

Last night was very exciting for me. I gave my first talk at a Women’s Institute (WI) meeting. The WI is an inspirational organisation, created in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and to help feed people during the first world war, its main aims now are to inspire women through access to educational opportunities, developing new skills and campaigning on issues that matter to them.

My first experience of a WI meeting could not have been with a more wonderful group; Norbury WI. They were very welcoming and kind. The group meets at Norbury Village Hall, near Bishop’s Castle in South Shropshire. A fantastic new village hall with great facilities, including a catering kitchen . The evening was very well attended with about thirty ladies gathered. I had prepared a couple of batches each of Shropshire Butter Buns and Chelsea Buns to share with everyone.  As they ran through their agenda I baked the buns. When my turn came I spoke to them about how and why I created Veg Patch Kitchen and my hopes for the business as it develops. I then showed them how to fold a butter bun, with the help of two very lovely volunteers, and then how to make your enriched dough into chelsea buns. There were plenty of questions about the bread making process, which was fantastic, as nothing strikes fear more into the heart of a speaker than a lack of questions.

As an introduction to the world of the WI I could not have asked for better.

So, thank you to the women of Norbury WI for giving me the opportunity to speak to them about my passion for teaching others the pleasure of baking. It was a great experience.

Cookery Course Launch at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

On Saturday 6th February the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are launching their spring cookery courses with a whole day of free activities. Come along to Craven Arms and find out about the fantastic courses that they have on offer.

The day starts at 9 am with the Craven Arms Farmers Market. At 11am 4-7 year olds can take part in a hands-on cookery course. At 12pm I will be showing you how you can shape your white dough into a whole range of wonderful breads from a focaccia or a fougasse, a turkish flat bread, a roll or a cottage loaf. At 1.15pm Melissa Rees will show you how you can cook a Shropshire chicken four ways. After that Sabrina Zeif will demonstrate the wonderful world of Cajun-Caribbean cookery. This will be followed by a talk on beekeeping with Tom Hall and a demonstration from Jan Morgan of fuss-free cooking with meatballs.

All of this is absolutely free and you will receive a voucher that you can use on one of the spring cookery courses. You can also enjoy a delicious lunch in the cafe and find out more about the Ready Steady Cook Community Cookery Project.

I hope you can come along, and if you do, please come over and introduce yourself to me.

If you would like to book a place on the bread making evening class that I will be running on Wednesday 23rd March at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, you can find out more about it here.