The idea of creating a space for people in the village and beyond to meet over a great coffee and a slice of cake or a light meal has been gathering pace for some time - we want to make 2022 the year that it takes shape.
The long term aim is to identify a space that can provide a full-time home, but that's going to take considerable time, effort and funding.
So in the short term we are planning a couple of pop-up cafés in the existing village hall committee room to showcase a few of our ideas, to find out what yours are, and to see what demand there might be.
The first event was held on the 22nd January - you can see pictures and comments below! But first.....
how you can help
1/ By volunteering - for the pop-up hub we need help
in advance setting the committee room up as a welcoming space, in the kitchen prepping food and preparing drinks, as well as
front of house help setting up and clearing tables. We also need a few people to make cakes/biscuits for sale - payment available to cover ingredients!
2/ Kit - the village hall has a well equipped kitchen, but we want to go a step further. We are looking for things like (portable!!) barista coffee machines and/or milk frothers, panini grills, smoothie blenders and anything you think might be useful that we haven't thought about!
3/ Going forward - depending on the success of the pop-up, we will be looking for a way of creating a permanent home for the hub. We will be looking for people to join a committee to fund raise and help identify funding sources, to liaise with planners, designers and service providers, and to help design a space that will be welcoming to all. Assuming we are successful, the committee would run the hub by managing the daily business, promoting it within the village and beyond, and co-ordinating with volunteers to keep it staffed.
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Butternut Squash Curry
Peel and deseed one butternut squash - cut the flesh into strips, then dice into approx 1cm cubes.
Cut one pepper, one onion and two medium chilli peppers into strips.
Toss all the vegetables in olive oil, then place on a roasting tray in a 200C oven for 30 minutes to brown and soften.#
Fry 2 garlic cloves and 1cm ginger (finely chopped) in olive oil.
Once the vegetables have browned off, add them to the garlic and ginger.
Add one tin of chopped tomatoes, half a tin of coconut milk plus a teaspoon of cinnamon and simmer for about 30 minutes to further soften the squash.
Add (to taste) vegetable stock and chilli powder/flakes.
After 15 minutes, add 100g of desiccated coconut and a good handful of spinach leaves.
Serve with couscous, naan, and a dollop of yogurt, and sprinkle freshly chopped coriander on top.
Cheese Apple (and Sausagemeat) Flan
Roll out one 500g pack of puff pastry as thin as it will go. Make sure you use a well-floured base, and once you are happy with it pop it onto a piece of non-stick greaseproof paper.
Spread the base with creme fraiche, then cover in 150g of grated cheddar.
Core and peel three apples, cut them in half, then thinly slice.
Cut half a leek into rounds.
Place both in a bowl with a desert spoon of balsamic vinegar, a little honey to bind, salt and pepper and and a good handful of chopped rosemary.
Mix these ingredients together, and if you like, add 250g of sausagemeat and distribute it through the mix.
Place the apple mix across the flan base, then top with another 150g of grated cheddar.
Roll the edges of the pastry base up to form a `crust' around the flan.
Bake in a 200C oven for 30 minutes, and allow to cool before serving.
gallery from the first pop up cafe
some of the comments left on the tablecloths!