LAST CLUB NIGHT
Rob and Perpetua talked about the mysteries of Easter Island and the traditions of the people. This was accompanied by a tasting of a white Rioja of your choice and a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon called Anakena after the bay on Easter Island where the first inhabitants were said to have landed.
APRIL CLUB NIGHT 21ST APRIL
This will be a Zoom talk from Bill called “Munros, Scotland’s highest mountains, the first 50”. I know that Bill has taken some orders for Scottish beer to be sampled during the talk. If you prefer, and anyone has any Scotch whisky left in the cupboard after lockdown, then a nip of that would do. Some single malt distilleries relevant to the areas are Aberfeldy (Aberfeldy), Edradour (Pitlochry), Dalwhinney (Dalwhinney) and Royal Lochnagar (Ballater, near Balmoral Castle).
MAY CLUB NIGHT 19th MAY
This club night is to be Zoom talk from an outside speaker, Jim Williams entitled ‘The Life and Times of Casanova’. Giacomo Casanova was the great lover and adventurer, whose wit, intelligence and daring made him famous in 18th century Europe. The talk follows his extraordinary career and describes the world in which he lived. It is populated by outrageous characters including a lecherous cardinal, a cross-dressing French diplomat, and the remarkable Count of St. Germain who was believed to be immortal. This can be washed down with a couple of Italian wines. Details in the April newsletter.
JUNE CLUB NIGHT 16TH JUNE
David has agreed to give us a Zoom talk on the twin towns, Lymm and Meung-Sur-Loire. There will be suggestions for a couple of wines to taste during the evening.
AGM 21st JULY
As we still cannot meet as a group the committee has decided to defer the AGM from April until July 2021. The meeting will then be either a normal meeting or a virtual Zoom meeting depending on Government guidelines. The committee feels that an AGM is needed and by July there is a chance we can meet up in person which would make the procedure easier than over Zoom.
2 groups walked in March. One on the 29th and one on the 30th. We started from Arley Hall and after a very squelchy start it was a very enjoyable walk. Both groups were very lucky with the weather and it was so nice to get out into the fresh air and chat as we walked.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Here is your opportunity to air your opinions and create a discussion. Our first contribution is from Denis
The first item in our Constitution states that the name is “Lymm Wine and Beer Circle”. The document goes on the refer to “the Circle” in subsequent sections.
However, it has become the habit for some people in recent years to say ‘the Club’. I find this both strange and irritating. I struggle to think of another member-based organisation where people refer to it by something other than its correct title. They will say “the Society”, “the Association”, “the Union” or if appropriate “the Club”. BTW, there is another organisation of which I am a member where people do say “the Circle”.
This is the first time that I have come across this drift towards an unofficial name. Is it so hard to say “the Circle”? or to speak of “Circle meetings” rather than “club nights”. Would fellow members please get a grip of things and be proud of who we are!
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER – QUICK WINE QUIZ – George Washington’s Inauguration Dinner Wine.
Apparently, a high-end Croatian Zinfandel from the Benmosche Family Winery near Dubrovnik was served at Joe Biden’s recent Inauguration Dinner. What wine was served at the first Inauguration Dinner 1n 1789 for George Washington?
a) Claret b) Madeira c) Burgundy
The Answer is b) Madeira. This fortified island wine was a favourite among the founding fathers likely because it was less liable to deteriorate than unfortified wines when transported across the Atlantic.
MARCH NEWSLETTER – QUICK WINE QUIZ – George Washington’s Post Presidential Enterprise.
After leaving office in1797 George Washington retired to oversee his Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia. What alcohol related activity did he pursue?
a) Establishing a vineyard b) Setting up a brewery c) Setting up a distillery
Keith and Judy would like to share their favourite cocktail recipes with you, starting this month with a White Lady.
This a simple cocktail that is one of our favourites.
2 measures of gin
1 measure of triple sec or Cointreau
1 measure of lemon juice
Shake the gin, triple sec and lemon juice vigorously over ice in a cocktail shaker until well frosted
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
We suggest that 1 measure = 1 fluid oz or 30 ml
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Sylvia and Chris are inviting you to a Summer BBQ in their garden on July 10th.
Rob is organising walks in groups of 6 on April 12th, 13th, 14th. If you wish to join in please email Rob with all the dates you are available and he will allocate people to groups. Please let him know by Tuesday 6th April.
RECIPE from Jenny.
This cake is magnificent in its damp blackness. I can’t say that you can absolutely taste the stout in it, but there is certainly a resonant, ferrous tang which I happen to love. The best way of describing it is to say that it’s like gingerbread without the spices.
There is enough sugar – a certain understatement here – to counter any potential bitterness of the Guinness, and although I’ve eaten versions of this made up like a chocolate sandwich cake, stuffed and slathered in a rich chocolate icing, I think that can take away from its dark majesty. Besides, I wanted to make a cream cheese frosting to echo the pale head that sits on top of a glass of stout. It’s unconventional to add cream but it makes it frothier and lighter which I regard as aesthetically and gastronomically desirable. But it is perfectly acceptable to leave the cake un-iced: in fact, it tastes gorgeous plain.
Makes: about 12 slices
FOR THE CAKE
- 250 millilitres Guinness
- 250 grams unsalted
- 75 grams cocoa powder
- 400 grams caster sugar
- 150 millilitres sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 275 grams plain flour
- 2½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
FOR THE TOPPING
- 300 grams cream cheese
- 150 grams icing sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornflour
- 125 millilitres double cream (or whipping cream)
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/160°C Fan/350ºF, and butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch springform tin.
- Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter – in spoons or slices – and heat until the butter’s melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.
- Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.
- When the cake’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and cornflour and then beat to combine.
- If using double cream, add it and beat until you have a spreadable consistency. If using whipping cream, whisk first to soft peaks, add a couple of spoonfuls into the cream cheese mixture and once this is combined, fold in the rest.
- Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.
Caravan Season 2021
Here are the campsites that have been booked for the coming season. If anyone wishes to join the caravanners either for a walk or to stay locally please contact the organisers to let them know.
As we cannot go away over the Easter weekend this meet up has now been provisionally booked for Thursday 15th April – Tuesday 20th 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
GRANDPARENTS’ ANSWERING MACHINE MESSAGE: from Sue
Good morning . . . At present we are not at home, but please leave your message after you hear the beep. beeeeeppp ….
If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5 in order of “birth date” so we know who it is.
If you need us to stay with the children, press 2
If you want to borrow the car, press 3
If you want us to wash your clothes and do ironing, press 4
If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5
If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6
If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home, press 7
If you want to come to eat here, press 8
If you need money, press 9
If you are going to invite us to dinner or take us to the theatre; start talking …. we are listening!
WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own.
They like other people’s.
A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them…
They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colours of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’
They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don’t have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’
When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.
GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS, BUT I DON’T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS HIM!
It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.
Some interesting geography facts from Sue