Sara Neasham reflects on the Family Fun Afternoon enjoyed by many in Emersons Green…
By Sharon Price
If you had come down to 208 Stapleton Road on Friday 28th March, you would have been greeted by a strange sight – a hundred or so people moving around the building every fifteen minutes, watching different demonstrations of how to prepare and cook dishes from around the world. If you have an interest in experimenting with different styles of food, then Gloriously Gourmet was the event for you! We had 10 different demos filling all the available space in the church, as well as the opportunity to learn how to chop like a real chef in the ‘knife skills’ demo.
We covered as many continents as we could on the night, including samosas from Pakistan, Malaysian fried rice, French Quiche Lorraine, sopaipillas from Latin America, authentic Italian tiramisu, the ever popular Jamaican curry, Japanese sushi, biscuit making from Holland and the great British favourite: how to make the perfect cake, with a further demo showing you how to decorate it for a special occasion. Everyone who watched the demos was able to try a sample of the dish they had just seen being prepared, and to take away a recipe card so that they could try it for themselves at home.
It was a non-stop evening, with the opportunity to see four of the demos arranged around an interval where you could sample a multitude of puddings from around the world, kindly prepared by different people from our church congregation. We also heard from Arpana, a member of our church, who has worked on food programmes for the BBC, and who shared her journey as a Christian. We heard that it was not about religious observance, but rather about a relationship with the person, Jesus Christ.
All in all, it was an enjoyable evening, which most people left feeling wider around the waistline, but hopefully having acquired some new skills, and with plenty to think about from Arpana’s words.