I am excited to wish you all a Happy New Year 2017. Excited for new ventures to share in our love of food. I cannot help but go back in time with an overview of the last 3 years where we have had fun times and good food times at our various Pot luck Events. Our membership has grown and our events for 2017 are looking towards making more great memories and discoveries around and about our exquisite Cornwall. I would like to Thank you all for your enthusiasm and participation at our Fabulous Pot Luck Events past. Here's looking back at a list of where we have been over the last 3 years since we began. This means we have much more to look forward to this year and create an even longer list of sharing marvelous food and time together.
March 2014 began the 1st Chat and Eat at the WILDEBEEST.
ROSELIDDEN hosted a Mexican PotLuck night
KOTA KAI was a Meet and Eat
ROSELIDDEN hosted a Vegetarian Potluck night
JILLY BALLANTINE - Truro artist held WHERE FOOD MEETS ART event
GUY AND SARAH hosted a Vegetarian Italian Potluck in Falmouth
SECRET GARDEN CAFE hosted a Feast for our Chat and Nibbles event
FAT HEN hosted a Wild Food Taster Walk
REBEL BREWING CO. hosted a brewery tour in Penryn
We held our first Movie Night showing 'CHEF'
NATURE WORKSHOP hosted a Foraging for Health
We joined PHILLEIGH WAY COOKERY SCHOOL for their November SUPPER CLUB NIGHT
ROSELIDDEN hosted our Christmas HOLY and IVY Potluck event
MACKEREL SKY hosted Chat and Nibbles
We hosted a MOVIE & CURRY NIGHT collaboration with THE STAG HUNT INN at PONSANOOTH Usha's amazing Curry completed our event with A Hundred Foot Journey
LITTLE KITCHEN MAGICIANS hosted by our lovely Lizzie on Good FridayHealthy Cookery workshop with children and their parents - I can still smell those homemade Hot Cross Buns
JOHN AND VANESSA STRIKE hosted THE FEAST OF FISH POTLUCKevent at ROSELIDDEN
BONE CHINA in Truro hosted our High Tea and Tapas Soiree
THE BRIG in Falmouth hosted our Chat Eat and Tipple night
PEOPLES AND GARDENS in St Austell hosted our first BIG LUNCH
THE STAG HUNT INN hosted another delicious meal - our Indian Summer Roast by Usha
HOOKED in Truro hosted our Chat and Eat night
BEN PRESTON AND NATALIE FLETCHER hosted our Sushi making Master Class and Japanese Potluck event at Ponsanooth Hall
SCARLET WINES in Hayle hosted our Chat and Eat event
STAG HUNT INN at Ponsanooth began the first of our 'Discovery of Best Sunday Lunch' our perfect host was Usha again
Daughter and Mother (LEANNE AND MELANIE) did our first 'HOST A SUNDAY ROAST' event in Grampound
ROSELIDDEN hosted yet another wonderful Around the world Christmas Potluck event
NAOKO'S KITCHEN hosted the first of many Japanese Supper Club nights -OZASHIKI LITTLE TOKYO
THE VICTORIA INN at Perranuthnoe hosted our Sunday Lunch and Walk
LITTLE KITCHEN MAGICIANS and I hosted a Healthy Children's Cookery class and Movie Morning 'Ratatouille'
THE SQUARE at Porthleven hosted our Chat and Eat night
SECRET GARDEN CAFE hosted a Yallah Coffee Cupping night and The Best Cakes by Sasha
NAOKO'S KITCHEN hosted a Pork Ramen and Gyoza Japanese Night by the fabulous Naoko
LIZARD LIGHTHOUSE and TRELEAVENS ICE CREAM hosted our tasting Tour
NAOKO'S KITCHEN hosted a Mochi and Origami making night
BUSTOPHER JONES hosted a Chat and Canapes in the attic
THE WAYMARKER hosted an Incredible Afternoon Tea Evening
NAOKO'S KITCHEN hosted a Bento Box Night
PEOPLES AND GARDEN 2nd 'BIG LUNCH' EVENT with us
GROUNDED in Truro hosted a Seaweed Night
TREMENHEERE KITCHEN in the Sculpture Gardens in Penzance hosted aChat and Eat Night
ROSELIDDEN hosted a fantastic Curio Gin and Pizza Camp out Party Weekend
COURTYARD DELI & KITCHEN in Falmouth hosted a Small Plates Tapas event
7TH RISE hosted an Intro into Foraging evening
THE GREEN HEART CAFE in Newquay hosted a Vegan Indian Curry Chat and Eat
BREAKERS BEACH CAFE in St Agnes hosted our Christmas catch up 2016.
Recipe kindly shared with us from Stuart Woodman.
You asked for it and your wish is granted. Following on from the very scrumptious tasty dessert we got to enjoy at our 'Intro into Foraging' evening at 7th Rise, Stuart Woodman has kindly given us the recipe you were all asking for. So here is is - Easy-peasy and delicious.
400ml double cream
100g golden caster sugar
juice of 1 lemon
Liquidise the blackberries and pass through a sieve to remove pips.
Pour the blackberry juice into a pan with the cream, sugar and lemon juice and slowly bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
Simmer for a couple of minutes to thicken, cool slightly then add to glasses/ jam jars/ bowls and place in the refrigerator for a few hours to set.
To finish - Garnish with a blackberry and enjoy!
Rachel Hammond reviewed our recent Chat and Eat evening – a delicious and informal cream tea hosted at The Waymarker near Constantine.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Potluck Cornwall evening. I’d heard good things about the Cornwall foodie club and was inspired to attend a Persian evening after reading Taor’s blog back in January. That turned out to be one of my best 5 minutes online – it led to a really memorable evening with delicious food and new friends made.
And that is the ethos of Potluck Cornwall: people making new connections and a room humming with glorious tastes and lively chatter. And all of it born from a shared love of food. As a self-confessed cream tea connoisseur I was delighted to be invited to the event at The Waymarker. This is a lovely restaurant in a stunning location with a strong reputation for good food – and a top-notch cream tea. I was not at all disappointed... but more of that later!
The Waymarker situated outside Constantine, between Penryn and Gweek, The Waymarker is set in one of Cornwall’s secret rural locations. Wildlife thrives and Rhiannon has done a fantastic job of making nature welcome. The birdsong was loud and a heady backdrop to a warm spring night and we were lucky enough to be treated to the sight of a red woodpecker soon after our arrival.
Potluck Cornwall Nights offer a chance to sample lovely food, but Taor also arranges for a guest speaker to join the group. Often with a foodie focus, the talk lends an additional dimension to the evenings and are great conversation starters themselves!
Our food on this night was a Cream Tea, and the guest speaker was Neil from Bordh Tables, who makes bespoke tables using surfboard technology. This was a hugely entertaining interlude and my own take-away from the night was simple. JFDI*: a mantra for anyone with a bright idea. Especially if it comes after a night with friends on a beach and fueled with beer. And yes, I have had a couple of those over the years…
No cream tea in Cornwall is complete without an assembly discussion. And, having spent many of my early years in Devon, I sometimes forget to fly the flag for team Jam First. And it turns out Neil is Plymothian so our table talk gave way to some lively debate about the merits of jam first – or otherwise.
Whichever way they were eaten, the scones were met with universal approval – and I can see why The Waymarker has won awards! As you can see from the photographs, portions are generous and the cinnamon version delicious beyond belief. Boddingtons Jam and Roddas cream are, for me, the very best toppings for a scone and so I was delighted to see both of these on the menu.
With teacups refilled and drained and with the night drawing in, our evening was coming to a close. Friendships were formed, the chatter was light-hearted and it seemed a shame for the night to pass. I spoke with several people who were regulars at events and others, like myself, who were first- timers. We all agreed that it was a fantastic night and a lovely way to informally meet people.
Taor’s enthusiasm for shared food experiences and Rhiannon’s pride in her cosy restaurant were infectious. The evening was a treat from start to finish and very well organised, it ran without a hitch. And now that The Waymarker is on my map, I will certainly be making return visits, for bird watching, for cakes or cream teas – and most likely for a roast with visiting friends!
This was my first taste of a Potluck Cornwall foodie evening – but it certainly won’t be the last.
*JFDI: a mantra to live by. Just ****** Do It!
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Thoroughly enjoyable evening at Arjomandi Kitchen supper club in Truro.
My first experience of a Persian supper and what an amazing taste-bud explosion of flavours. Highly recommend. Lovely to see some familiar faces and make some great connections for Leopard Print Ltd and Potluck Cornwall.
Who knew a supper club night would be a great place to network!
(Served as canapés)
- Persian herb omelette -
with lemon marinated cucumber and seasoned yoghurt
Strained, set yoghurt balls on homemade naan with a Persian inspired Salsa Verde
Khoresh -e- Fesenjan
A revered Persian stew of chicken, walnuts and pomegranate
Khoresh -e- Bademjan
Aubergine and tomato stew with lentils
Iran’s most popular salad - Cucumber, tomato and onion with lemon and mint dressing
Traditional Persian bread, glazed and topped with Nigella seeds
Lime and rosewater infused cake served with yoghurt
A traditional Persian sweet - Yoghurt fritters soaked in rosewater and saffron infused syrup
Coffee & tea
Since my move to Cornwall end of 2012 and then starting up Potluck Cornwall in 2014 I knew I needed to start doing some exercise to counter balance all the good food I have been consuming. Since the move down and all the food I am eating I have gone up 3 dress sizes and have to wear high waisted jeans now to hide the bits I'm unhappy with.
I can't remember how I came across the rounders summer sessions Cornwall Sports Partnership were running but I started to attend the 6 week stint and haven't looked back.
I loved rounders at school and have always wanted to play again. I bought the whole rounders kit about 9 years ago hoping to start up a rounders networking group in Kent, I had interest but the numbers never stuck so I never got the group off the ground. My kit has collected dust ever since.
I don't like running and haven't stuck to a gym class or anything similar since I left 10 years worth of dancing (Modern Jazz, Ballet and Tap - 5 times a week) at the age of 15.
15 years too late maybe but I have now found something I love doing weekly, so much so that when the free 6 week sessions ended I took to Facebook and Twitter and made a small but on-going group out of some of our Potluck Cornwall members to carry on the sessions. Once the nights drew in we moved inside and once the nights get light again we will head back outside.
It has been amazing to meet new people who also share the love of rounders and to watch how far we have all come in 5 months is incredible. I used to scream when the ball was thrown in my direction, now I can catch some with one hand. It sounds crazy but not putting these practices into action for 15 years had made me fearful. Fearful if anyone ran close to me, fearful of catching in case my glasses broke, fearful of maybe slipping over if the ground is wet. In these 5 months all of who attend have worked on our weaknesses and have really improved on the skills we weren't very good at in the beginning. I also lost 5 pounds which I think is a huge achievement considering this is the only bit of exercise I do.
Yesterday we started back after the Xmas break and I stayed on afterwards to attend a netball session 7:30-8:30pm. Grace our coach has been asking and asking if I would come along and give it ago. I didn't like netball at school at all but I gave netball a go last night and I have to say playing school sports as an adult is so much more fun and you put the fears that you had at school behind you.
If anyone would like to join our rounders group or the netball group through Cornwall Sports Partnership just turn up. It is a great way to meet new people of both sexes, have fun, get fit and let your hair down.
Potluck Cornwall Adult Rounders Group - All abilities welcome, aged 16 +
Professional coaching by Grace Clayton. Kit Provided. All you need is trainers & a bottle of water.
When: Every Monday starting back on 18th Jan
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Where: Penair School St Clement, Truro Cornwall, TR1 1TN
Also Adult Netball same place at 7:30pm - 8:30pm - £2.50
I can personally recommend her sushi nights as we went to a braised pork belly and garlic sushi roll evening last month and last night I went to her Tuna sushi session. These sessions are a lot more then just making sushi. There is a lot of detail that goes into these evenings, you arrive, you introduce yourselves to the other guests attending (make new friends), you then have at your place seating a menu of what you are going to make and recipe sheets for each dish. Naoko then gives a demonstration and then you get making, once everything is made we dine together eating the items we have made with added extras made by Naoko. Highly highly recommend.
We are really lucky as Naoko has agreed to host her first ever supper club night with us. Totally excited!
Naoko loves cooking and she wants to share her passion with all of us.
Made by Taor for our Japanese Potluck evening. The recipe was taken from the BBC Good Food site and tripled.
1KG trimmed sirloin steaks
1 bottle of Kikkoman Teriyaki marinade sauce
1 whole cucumber
6 Tbsp corinader, chopped
Juice 2 limes
18 Little Gem lettuce leaves
1 red chilli, desseded and thinly sliced
1 red onion thinly sliced
Put the steaks between 2 sheets of cling film, take a rolling pin and beat until half its original thickness. Thinly slice the steak, removing any fat then mix with the teriyaki marinade in a bowl. Leave to marinate for 30mins.
Roughly dice the cucumber and mix with the chopped coriander and lime juice. Season with a little salt.
Heat a frying pan until very hot, then fry the steak slices for 4 mins for medium to well, turning the slices.
Lay the lettuce leaves in a fan of 3, top with beef, the cucumber mixture and add a few finely sliced red onion pieces and chilli slices on top.
Made by Laura Ward at our Vegetarian Potluck Night last year. I finally got my hands on the recipe and have cooked it twice this week for my Vegan sister. It is sooo good I just had to share with you all.
350g Butter Beans (2 tins) so you don't have to soak over night
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
2 tsp dried Oregano
3 tbsp Groundnut oil
2 onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (the pamperchef garlic slice comes in handy here)
1 red deseeded and sliced chilli (more if you like heat)
400g chopped tomatoes
450ml vegetable stock (I used 2 Kallo gluten free stock cubes and added water)
175g shredded Kale
5 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
juice of 1 lime
sea salt and pepper
Drain the beans put them in to a saucepan and cover with water. Boil on a high heat for 15 mins. Then reduce the heat for 30-45 mins until tender. Drain and set aside.
Put the cumin seeds in a small dry frying pan over a medium heat and fry until fragrant, then add the oregano and fry for a few seconds and set aside.
Heat the groundnut oil over a medium heat in a large flameproof casserole dish or I just used a large saucepan. Add the onions and the cumin and oregano mix, fry for 5 mins until the onions are clear. Add the garlic and chilli and fry for a further 2 mins.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes, butter beans and veg stock. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cover for 30 mins., stirring occasionally.
Increase the heat and stir in the kale. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins then stir in the coriander and lime juice.
I served this with wild rice and avocados splashed with lime juice.
I would like to take this opportunity to Thank everyone involved in Potluck Cornwall over the last year and a half, that we have been organising events. It is wonderful that our events are getting larger and very well supported. I have loved meeting new fellow foodies and have made some amazing friends along the way too.
It has been fun, exciting, fascinating learning new tips, ideas and facts about the food we enjoy and most enjoyable of all is the variety and excellent quality of food we are tasting along the way.
We started this year with a Chat and Nibble at Mackerel Sky Cafe in Penzance which included a most enjoyable talk by John Strike former owner and award winner of Quayside Fishmongers in Porthleven. We then went onto holding a Seafood Master Class with John at Roselidden (Peter and Jos' beautiful long barn in Helston).
We met the incredible Usha from The Stag Hunt Inn who collaborated with us when we showed the movie 'The Hundred Foot Journey' as it is an Indian movie and Usha cooks the most amazing Indian food in Ponsanooth, her and Garry put a fantastic buffet together for us and served it at Ponsanooth Village Hall for us. We enjoyed her food so much that we ended the year enjoying an Indian summer Roast at The Stag Hunt Inn where we were joined by Ally Watkins from Nature Kitchen Spice Merchants in St Austell.
The Good Friday Children's cookery with Little Kitchen Magicians was another great success including the younger generation to get hands on with food. My Mother was very, very impressed with the professionalism, effort and attention to detail from Lizzie when she attended the event with my nephew, who loves all the events that Lizzie has put on. The standard of excellence in Cornwall regarding food in our experience is Amazing.
We enjoyed a high tea tapas at Bone China in Truro where we enjoyed some tiered platters of yummy-ness.
No meal is complete for many without a bit of alcohol so the Rum tasting at The Brig in Falmouth was a fantastic learning experience about the history of it, complimented with some amazing alcohol infused food.
This year saw us collaborate our first 'The Big Lunch' Potluck Picnic event at the Watering Lane Nursery in St Austell hosted by the Amazing Ken, his wife Lorraine and the wonderful team there. Everyone made a huge effort to bring a dish to share and we got to wonder around their beautiful nursery.
This is the reason we all get excited about trying new places and sharing a common love of great food delivered with great love too.
Thanks to all of you for your support and enthusiasm to try new things.
Have an awesome summer. Do not forget to share details of places that you discover so we can share future events.
Love and Happy Tummies
Taor and Peter x