Lunch Club – Food for thought
When it’s cold outside what better than treating yourself to a healthy homemade stew, casserole, hotpot or soup.
Stews are not all about meat, vegetarian recipes are also full of flavour and help get you on your way to five a day. The difference between a stew and a casserole is in how it is cooked. Stews use a saucepan with heat applied from a hob, whereas a casserole is generally baked in an oven.
A meat stew or Lancashire hotpot is often topped with sliced potatoes; however, any veg you like can be added to make a versatile stew. Hearty chickpea and spinach stew is becoming popular. Any root veg or squash can be added at the beginning of cooking, green veg towards the end and frozen peas or sweet corn at the last minute – whilst adding baked beans gives a little sweetness, plus fibre and protein.
Of course, no stew is complete without dumplings, easy to make with either shredded beef or vegetable suet, making a wholesome addition and something lunch club diners always enjoy when a casserole is on the menu.
What a great end to 2019 our lunch club diners had, enjoying a traditional turkey (or Nut Roast) Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in the Church Hall. The volunteer kitchen staff all worked hard to prepare the meal and they were duly rewarded with kind words and applause from the appreciative diners.
To all our diners thanks for your support in 2019. The Tuesday Lunch Club for seniors will continue in 2020, meeting once a month at 12.45pm. However due to increasing costs our three course meal with tea / coffee and a free raffle ticket will cost £5 with effect from this January.
The next lunch club meal will be served on Tuesday January 21st.
New Year greetings from Mick and all the Lunch Club team.