Last Club Night
Thank you to Peter and Anna for a really interesting talk about your travels round the Baltic. It has made a lot of us have the wander lust and begin to plan our adventures when all this is over.
Over 40 members attended the Zoom meeting which shows the real commitment of members to keep the club going in these difficult times.
Peter sent me this message after the meeting :-
During our trip round the Baltic we were able to sample a fair number of beers both from major international brewers and local craft brewers. If anyone is interested in tasting any of these, they may be available in places such as Polish or Eastern European Shops. Here are the ones which seemed to be most visible in the bars and restaurants we visited or noticed
Finland OLVI, Lapin Kulta
Estonia Saku, A LeCoq
Latvia Mezpils, Lāčplēsis
Lithuania Kalnapilis, Švyturys
Poland Żywiec, Jasne Pełne
If you can find an Eastern European Shop, they may not have any of these brands but anything they do have will probably be quite palatable.
Anna has written out the story of the Riga Christmas tree which you will find at the end of this newsletter
If any of our members would like to volunteer to host a meeting the committee would love to hear from you. It could be a talk, not necessarily for an hour, or a quiz, or anything else you can think of.
FEBRUARY CLUB NIGHT 17th February
This will be a real treat. Geoff and Joan are going give us a talk entitled MADIERA MAGIC. People can either get in the mood with Madeira wine, Portuguese wine or a very cold light beer/larger.
They are also suggesting an Appetiser, Bolo de Caco, which is a Madieran Bread so our recipe this month is here for you to try.
Bolo be Caco
- 1 Flat parsley
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 375 g Sweet potato
- 9 g Active yeast
- 375 g Bread flour
- 1 Salt
- 1 small chunk Butter
- 220 ml Water
Boil sweet potato in slightly salted water for 20 minutes.
Remove the softened sweet potato from the water and keep the water for later use.
Mash the sweet potato and let it cool down.
Wait until the water that boil sweet potato to cool down to be warm and get 150ml water to mix with yeast. Leave the yeast mixture aside for 10 minutes.
Add the yeast mixture into the mashed sweet potato and mix well. And then add in a tiny bit of salt.
Mix the mashed sweet potato with the flour.
Add in 80ml sweet potato water gradually in the dough and keep kneading.
Sprinkle a bit flour on the top and cover the dough by a tea towel or clingfilm and let the dough do the first 40-minute fermentation.
When the dough is double sized, it’s ready for the further step.
Sprinkle some flour and divide the dough into 6 small doughs. Sprinkle more flour on the top of the dough balls and cover by a tea towel for 2nd 15-20 minute fermentation.
Add mashed garlic, chopped parsley and salt into a soften butter and mix them well. And then put it into the fridge.
Heat the pan and put one dough in. Flat the dough a bit and fry one side for 5-10 minutes (depends on the size). Make sure both sides turn into golden brown and get the hollow sound when patting the bread.
Cover the ready cooked breads by a clean tea towel.
Slice the bread and put some garlic butter inside of the bread like a sandwich and then cut the bread into quarters.
There will be no walks until further notice.
LYMM WINE AND BEER CIRCLE SPRING WATCH
Dave and Jenny have been putting up bird nesting boxes in their garden and putting camera’s in them. So we can follow the progress of any nesting activity.
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER – QUICK WINE QUIZ
What is PouillyFumé ?
a) A Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire
b) A Chenin Blanc from Anjou
c) A Chardonnay from Burgundy
The Answer is a)
Pouilly Fumé is one of the best know wines of the Loire Valley made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The Pouilly-Fumé name is composed of two parts. ‘Pouilly’ is short for Pouilly-sur-Loire, the village the wines come from. And ‘Fumé is short for Blanc Fumé, which is the local nickname for Sauvignon Blanc. The fumé in Blanc Fumé is French for ‘smoky’. And refers to the struck gunflint aroma that characterizes the local Sauvignon Blanc wines
JANUARY NEWSLETTER – QUICK WINE QUIZ
What is Pouilly-Fuissé?
a) A Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc-Roussillon
b) A Chenin Blanc from Anjou
c) A Chardonnay from Burgundy
Caravan Season 2021
Here are the campsites that have been booked for the coming season.
Thursday 1st – Tuesday 6th April
Organisers: Sue & Stewart
Thursday 29th April – Tuesday 4th May
Carsington Fields Caravan Park
Organisers: David & Jill
Spring Bank Holiday
Thursday 27th May – Tuesday 1st June
Upwood Holiday Park
Organisers: Rob & Perpetua
August Bank Holiday
Thursday 26th August – 31st August
New Forest View
Organisers: Rob & Perpetua
The organisers will of course pass on further information nearer the time.
All non-camping members are welcome to join us at these meetings whether it be for a day or even longer.
Please, let us hope that we have a season which is relatively free of Covid 19 restrictions.
The Story of the Christmas Tree
The Brotherhood of the Blackheads; an association of unmarried merchants, ship’s owners and captains, was a guild in Riga. Their name comes from their Patron Saint Maurice (also Moritz, Morris, Mauritius).
He was the leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion in the 3rdC and one of the favourite and most widely venerated saints of that group. As the Patron Saint of several professions, locales and kingdoms, he was also a highly revered saint in the Coptic Orthodox Church and also a Black Christian from Thebes, Egypt.
The Blackheads were very active in civic life, supporting various events and donating money to the church and city.
As the Winter Solstice approached in 1510, the men of the brotherhood went into the forest to find the biggest fir tree they could and set it on fire according to the age-old tradition of burning a log around the solstice.
The brethren found an enormous fir tree, but when they got it back to Riga, they decided it was too big to burn, because that would endanger surrounding buildings and people so they left it by the river. The men returned to their building for a thorough debate about the matter, and the discussion lasted well into the afternoon.
Meanwhile, local children found the tree and were so excited that they began to decorate the tree with anything that came to hand. There were nuts and apples. Children unravelled their mittens for the colourful yarn. There were chains and crowns of dried berries and flowers. When it started to get dark, the children said goodbye to the tree and ran home to get warm and tell their families about what they’d found.
It was nearly dark when the Blackheads ended their meeting without a decision. One of the tradesmen went down to the river and saw, from a distance, the miraculous transformation of the tree. The decorations left by the children were covered in silvery frost, and the fir tree sparkled in the moonlight. He brought his brethren to see the tree for themselves. They were amazed, and it was decided to install the tree in the city centre and decorate it for Christmas. “This will be a Christmas tree.”
The tree was brought to the central market square of the city, where City Hall Square is now. It was raised to stand as if it were back in the forest. The decorations left by the children were supplemented with ribbons, toys and ornaments. The tree was very beautiful. It was a celebration in and of itself. When the men of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads began to add decorations to the tree, people came out of their houses and were surprised. They told each other that the fir tree had transformed itself miraculously and soon enough the legend buzzed all around the town. People came running with decorations for the tree, and once the work was done, everyone was astonished at the tree’s beauty. “This is a Christmas tree – a gift which we should use to bring joy to each other at Christmas,” said one of the Blackheads.
A beer quiz from Steve
1. What does beer contain which ale traditionally did not?
2. What does CAMRA stand for?
3. What nationality is the lager giant Grolsch?
4. Who did Tolly Cobbold name their Tollyshooter after?
5. Which brewers sponsored the England cricket team in 1995?
6. Which beer was sad to be ?good for you??
7. Which Manchester brewery was acquired by Whitbread in 1989?
8. Which beer is made in Southwold in Suffolk?
9. Which has more hops, bitter or mild?
10. Which company traditionally sponsors a pre-Wimbledon tournament?
11. What is advertised as “probably the best lager in the world”?
12. On which brewer’s site in Chiswick has there been a brewery for more than 300 years?
13. For which beer is Rutland famous?
1. What does beer contain which ale traditionally did not? Hops
2. What does CAMRA stand for? Campaign for real ale
3. What nationality is the lager giant Grolsch? Dutch – Netherlands
4. Who did Tolly Cobbold name their Tollyshooter after? Sir John Harvey-Jones (had to google)
5. Which brewers sponsored the England cricket team in 1995? Tetleys
6. Which beer was sad to be ?good for you?? Guinness
7. Which Manchester brewery was acquired by Whitbread in 1989? Boddingtons (went downhill after that)
8. Which beer is made in Southwold in Suffolk? Adnams
9. Which has more hops, bitter or mild? Bitter
10. Which company traditionally sponsors a pre-Wimbledon tournament? Stella Artois
11. What is advertised as “probably the best lager in the world”? Carlsberg
12. On which brewer’s site in Chiswick has there been a brewery for more than 300 years? Fullers
13. For which beer is Rutland famous? Ruddles
Two of our members have been in the wars recently. Hilda slipped on the ice and has fractured one wrist and cracked the other. Kath tripped on a kerb and fell and has badly bruised her chin. We wish them all the best and a speedy recovery.
Stay safe out there