Last night the Heath Gourmet Club celebrated its 27th Anniversary – 27 years of serving ourselves really good food, lots of it very local. I made an apple tart with homemade applesauce from our own not very beautiful apples spiced with Calvados and topped with thin slices of Cortland apples from a new orchard in town. There used to be a number of orchards in Heath and the remnants are to be found everywhere, including our own fields where the deer happily feast.
Here we are at dinner (most of us are in the picture). For appetizers Sheila (barely in the frame on the left) who milks three goats made goat milk cheddar, marinated chevre, and fried goat mozzerella sticks along with mustard pickle. You should see Sheila’s cheese cave! Liz (final cook on the right) made a pear salad using her own pears. Our host Paul at the end of the table made a steak pudding with Stilton pastry in individual dishes. (We had leftovers for lunch today.) And then apple tart with whipped cream.
We used to stay up late, but after 27 years we are all ready to roll home by 10.