Mrs Pat Minto opened the meeting, welcoming 19 members.
We commenced with David Turnbull, of Turnbulls Butchers of Alnwick, giving an excellent talk and demonstration on the preparation and cooking of meat and poultry. He had brought a whole chicken, a baron of beef and some pork.
Firstly, he showed how to split the chicken ‘spatchcock’, emphasising the necessity of using the correct tools, hygiene and speed. The chicken was opened, laid flat, stuffing was applied and it was brushed with olive oil and herbs. That was the raffle prize.
Next he showed how to stuff the loin of pork, and finally the beef, how the large chunk was cut, shaped, boned and presented.
The vote of thanks was given by Val Hart. We had all been fascinated by the speed with which David delivered the cuts. He generously donated his payment to Cancer Research.
The raffle prize was won by Sheila Dickson.
After refreshments the minutes of our previous meeting were approved. Correspondence consisted of invitations to Bamburgh on April 12, Beadnell on April 11, and a Social Club Disco on May 20. The spring council meeting in Newcastle is on April 8. A coach is being organised. This is always a large meeting, full of interest.
At Cresswell House there will be the ABC bee event, and Down Your Way at Corbridge on May 17. An Easter Bunny Event at Craster is on April 4, and a domino drive at Stannington on April 27. Our group meeting is on April 20 at the Social Club, Seahouses, at 7pm. All invited.
The competition for A Cruet was won by Mrs C Phillips, Mrs S MacFarland and Mrs Peggy Wood.
Our next pub lunch will be at the Joiners Arms on March 25, at noon.
Our next meeting is our annual meeting on April 5.