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Eco Club Bonfire Cookery

Saturday, October 25th 2014

Last year this meeting had to be cancelled due to rain and severe muddy conditions around the bonfire site.  However today was just right.  First thing this morning Matt checked the fire and cut and stripped the willow ready for our lunch.  Ruth, Felicity and Brian slaved away in the kitchen wrapping potatoes, coring apples and generally getting really sticky!

Our walk to the Scrapes, took us through part of the woodland, looking at the trees in their autumn colours. 

Walking through the woodland

We took the steps down to Risedale Beck and up the quad bike track as we made our way to the Scrapes.  The bonfire was doing well and the food was ready.  Potatoes were handed round, enough for everyone!

At the bonfire

Felicity, Gordon and Matt were expert cooks and were ably assissted by Ruth and Brian.

At the bonfire

After jacket potatoes, apples with sultanas, raisins and honey, the children tried their hand at cooking savoury twister dough on the stripped willow stems.  These have now been squirreled away for the volunteers to use on the 4th.

Cooking twister dough

The food was enjoyed by everyone. After trial runs to achieve just the right amount of cooking time and temperature of the bonfire (!) the food should be excellent on Tuesday 4th November for the volunteers.

This was the last Eco Club of 2014. Thank you to everyone who helped today and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have supported Eco Club during the year. 

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