As we had heavy rain last year for our Barbecue at Simon and Sarah’s House, and it had rained at the Barbecue the previous year as well, the committee decided to plan for all eventualities this year. We hired Botley W.I. Hall for the evening, which turned out to be a good decision.
Simon still proved his mettle as master of the barbecue, ably assisted by Chris, and wisely lent us one of his two new gazebos in case it was needed – it was!
We erected the gazebo and got the barbecue started before most members arrived, when – luckily – it was not too wet.
By the time hungry members started to arrive it was wet !
Luckily there was plenty of space for people inside – this picture was before most people arrived.
We carried on cooking burgers (meat on the left side of the barbecue), vegetarian kebabs (we kept the right hand side of the barbecue meat free), vegetarian sausages. Inside the W.I. Hall we were cooking Chicken, the non-vegetarian sausages and preparing salads, setting out buns for burgers and rolls for hot dogs, serving drinks etc. There were also a selection of cheesecakes and other deserts.
Unfortunately there are no pictures of this feast, and the next stage was loading the minibus, packing away the gazebo, clearing the kitchen, sweeping floors etc.
So that we could leave the W.I. Hall looking tidy.
We did a survey of our members to see what we should cook, asking everyone to rank the dishes in order out of these choices.
The winners were Noodles and Pizza (though we also cooked burgers for those who did not eat either of the group winners)
Before the start of the club night a small team prepared the ingredients for all the dishes we were going to cook, and made pizza dough.
Members chose their selection of toppings and put them on a pizza base. We had
chicken, which we had cooked in the preparation stage
sausages, also pre-cooked and chopped up
The preparation team had been busy ! The pizzas were put into the oven in batches. And were then enjoyed ! We also had mixed salad, and fruit salad for those who wanted to add some healthy extras.
After the pizza round we had a choice of vegetarian noodles, with mushrooms, broccoli and peppers, or a chicken and cashew nuts one – or a bit of both !
Many thanks to Maria who masterminded the event.