Meredith and I travel SOUTH!
A skip and a jump from chez nous–about a two-and-half hour drive.
We are heading for Corneilla-del-Vercola–a handsome, wine-producing village south of Perpignan, not far from the Spanish border.
I have been invited by the members of the local branch of the University of the Third Age to join them for their monthly get together.
On the first Monday of every month the group assembles for a shared meal–with a theme.
A recent event involved them learning how to make a pork pie.
This month was to be a bit different.
Jane, the host for the event, invited everyone in the cooking group to bring something they have prepared from one of my cook books–or this blog!
She says that Type 2 diabetes has an increasing presence among the retirees in the area.
Be that as it may this is some ego-trip and I don’t have to cook!
Jane and her partner Chris live in a prettily painted house on the village square with a magnificent view of the mountains from the loggia of their sitting room.
As the evening progresses the sunlight on the fine brick church across the square turns it a glowing red.
The guests (twenty of them plus us two) start arriving at 7pm and it’s clear from the animated chatter that the group s’entendre bien [gets on together well] and looks forward to these convivial evenings.
Each arrival proprietorially clutches a food box, as they mount the narrow staircase to the sitting room two floors up.
Jane has emailed the list of dishes we are going to be sampling.
Healthy eating/pre diabetic cookery with Robin Ellis
Janet’s guacamole & babaganoush dips (Jane & Chris)
My contribution was the black olive tapinade from Delicious Dishes for Diabetics and Mediterranean Cooking for Diabetics.
Smoky cauliflower Soup (Morag & Mike)
Chilled Curried apple soup (Lesley and Joe)
Spinach and red onion frittata (Gill & Chris)
Salmon fishcakes (Margaret)
Charlotte’s chicken tagine and whole grain rice (Genny & Giles)
Chicken with leek and lemon ( Mike and Morag)
Sausage & bean one pot wonder (Paul Jackson)
Pork loin in balsamic vinegar (Gill, Chris & friends)
Cauliflower & chickpea curry with rice
Asparagus risotto (Derek & Marjorie)
Chickpea and cumin salad (Jane & Chris)
Fennel salad (Gill, Chris & friends)
Tomato Salad (Tonia)
Strawberries (Lesley & Joe)
Mango surprise (Marian)
Peanut butter swirl chocolate brownies (Jim)
(Not sure how the Peanut butter swirl chocolate brownies snuck in there–but nobody objected.)
After a half hour of anticipation we got stuck in…
The food was delicious (but I would say that!) No, it really was!
The only problem was knowing when to stop–we were spoilt for choice on a laden table.
Thanks everyone–for the very fine effort!
And no one asked a single question about POLDARK!!
I’m rewarded with a box at the end of the evening–excellent wine from the village and some fine local olive oil.
As the French say–on s’est regalé (we’ve enjoyed them very much!).
Next day we set off further south–for Spain and ancient Catalonia–where the Romans trod before us.
Heading for Cadaqués–where Salvador Dali built the house of his fantasies.
The heart of ancient Catalonia.
Hasta la vista!