The kitchen was buzzing with
conversation over coffee and hoppers, cooked by Mick Fletcher
(above),. They are a cross between a crepe and a crumpet, and tasted
delicious dripping with melted butter and honey.
Buffy sat and sold
raffle tickets so well that she completely missed out on the
hoppers, and we were all spurred on by Simon's running total
displayed on the laptop. A big thank you to our helpers - Janet,
Nicky, Annie, Shirley, Jo, Elizabeth, Jon, Verity and Ray, and to
everyone who came, bought, sold and donated.
The money has been
donated to Merlin, and to an
appeal being held by a school in Sri Lanka with contacts in badly
hit areas. They have organised the provision of cooking equipment
and utensils, as well as school books, paper, pens, etc., for two
badly damaged schools in the south east of the country.
TASTE OF SRI LANKA
A memorable Sri
Lankan dinner in the village hall on 22 January raised almost £1,000
towards the Tsunami appeal.
Barbara Calverley, Janet
Fisher, Sue Isherwood and Buffy Fletcher provided five authentic Sri
Lankan curries and a range of accompaniments.
Sue, wearing a traditional sari, explained a little about Sri
Lankan cuisine and Peter Bright showed slides taken while working in
the country recently. He
also explained how some of the money would be channelled directly to
local self-help groups, and how some Westbury people had aspirations
to forge a longer term link to aid development.
are due to those in local shops who gave us the generous discounts
that supermarkets never offer:
Butchers for the meat
The Good Earth for spices and pulses
Julian Graves for nuts
Hartleys also for spices
Kevin the fishmonger in Wells market for tuna
And not forgetting
Buffy’s 3 little ducks for their major contribution to 60 portions
of crème caramel !
The recipes from
the successful fundraising dinner are now available from the village
shop price £1.00 or by post from Barry Lane, 2 Glencott, The
Hollow, Westbury-sub-Mendip, Wells BA5 1HH
The recipes and
illustrations were selected from the following books by Janet
Fisher, Buffy Fletcher and Sue Isherwood and thanks are offered to
the authors and publishers.
Cookery Book by Doreen Peiris 2003
Eastern Vegetarian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey 1983
Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible 2003
Sri Lankan Cooking by Manel Ratnatunga
The Curry Cookbook by Charmaine & Reuben Solomon 1980