More tea, Vicar?

 This month has been a time for the Church of Ireland, with a diocesan lunch in Jordanstown, and a training day for clergy and their Continuing Ministerial Education group, this last event held in the beautiful St Anne's cathedral, Belfast. Here the season demanded hearty pumpkin soup with its spicy warmth, balanced by the cool but tasty sweet potato and beetroot salad, shown above. I served these with my special wheatenand focaccia breads, proving below with its autumn blanket of olive oil, garlic and thyme. It's a shame the blog doesn't relay aroma!

This month has been a time for the Church of Ireland, with a diocesan lunch in Jordanstown, and a training day for clergy and their Continuing Ministerial Education group, this last event held in the beautiful St Anne's cathedral, Belfast. Here the season demanded hearty pumpkin soup with its spicy warmth, balanced by the cool but tasty sweet potato and beetroot salad, shown above. I served these with my special wheatenand focaccia breads, proving below with its autumn blanket of olive oil, garlic and thyme. It's a shame the blog doesn't relay aroma!

 Sweet things came in the form of miniature fig, almond and rosewater cakes. There were also chocolate chip and caramel squares, but again you can't always get photographs of food that moves fast! We refrained from actually asking, "More tea, Vicar?" but we were thinking it with a smile!

Sweet things came in the form of miniature fig, almond and rosewater cakes. There were also chocolate chip and caramel squares, but again you can't always get photographs of food that moves fast! We refrained from actually asking, "More tea, Vicar?" but we were thinking it with a smile!

In Jordanstown a little while after, we served a variety of sandwiches with Mizuna soup, which is I think of South African origin. It is bursting with interesting combinations of flavours: sweet potato, chick pea and spices all finished with a kick of soy sauce, lime and coriander. It melts together into an unexpected and deeply satisfying bowl. The recipe for this was given to me by the fabulous Becky Dudley who has unfortunately moved to New Zealand. She has long been so generous with her talents and time and is still sorely missed. Obviously the clergy of Jordanstown didn't know all that about the soup, but Becky was certainly much in my smile as I endeavoured not to ask, "More tea, Vicar?"

Posted on November 15, 2015 .