Lunch Club

Lunch Club – Food for thought

Our next Lunch Club is on Tuesday March 17, which is St Patrick’s Day. This set me wondering what the Irish would eat to celebrate their Patron Saint?

St Patrick was a Christian missionary given credit with converting the Irish to Christianity. Legend has it that he was not actually Irish but believed to have been born in Scotland. As a teen he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland to tend sheep and whilst there he learnt the Irish language. No doubt he would have eaten produce that was grown and farmed there.

He may have missed out on having the potato, which only became widely available in the 18th century and was just about the only food the poor could afford. Modern day Irish cuisine still heavily features the potato indeed the slang term Murphy has been adopted to refer to the Irish potato.

So perhaps it is no surprise that many Irish dishes that will be eaten on St Patrick’s Day contain the humble ‘spud’. These could include Irish stew (made with lamb, mutton, or beef), bacon and cabbage (with potatoes), boxty (potato pancake), coddle (sausage, bacon, and potato) or colcannon (mashed potato, kale or cabbage, and butter).

The lunch club team regularly has potato in various forms on the menu and it will be no exception when the cooks open the doors of Pakefield Church Hall to over 30 seniors.

Message from Rev. Sharon Lord regarding Lunchclub on Tuesday March 17th at 12.45pm :-

 Due to the Coronavirus we have made the difficult decision to cancel Tuesday Lunch Club next week (17th March).

  • It was a comforting to see a good turnout for the funeral of Bernie Cook – to pay tribute to a very popular man. We said goodbye to a good friend and someone who had been a regular diner at lunch club for many years. He not only called the raffle prize-winners each time but was also our source of Brussels sprouts for our Christmas meal and his friendship will be sadly missed.