Pillaton WI Report - February 2012

Excitement had been building for a couple of weeks. On everyone’s lips in Pillaton were the words “It’ll be Giovanni next meeting!” or “You know he’s coming next time, don’t you?”

So it was with heightened anticipation of a good evening in store that Pillaton WI members gathered in February for the welcome return of guest speaker, Italian chef Giovanni Sponziello once again ably assisted by our President, Liz Llewellyn-Jones.

Isn’t it amazing how evocative smell can be? As the aromas of garlic, olive oil, bacon and baby tomatoes, simmering away, filled the Village Hall it became easy to imagine the blue skies, sunshine and warmth of Giovanni’s native Puglia.

As he cooked he talked – of “What my mum used to do” or of “freshly made pasta drying on the kitchen table in Italy ready for Sunday’s family lunch”.

We hung on his words, enjoying the Italian accent, and waited greedily to taste the savoury dishes – Pasta con broccoli; Uova al tegame con fave verde; Tagliattelli con zucchini e limone and Tortellini con pomodoro e formaggio. (Not just a cookery demonstration, but an Italian lesson as well!)

As before, Giovanni gave lots of hints while he cooked. Use dried pasta – it’s better than shop bought fresh pasta, which should only ever be eaten home made on the same day. Make sure you squeeze the moisture out of the grated courgettes for the zucchini recipe before adding to the crispy bacon in the pan. Of course, he recommends only using Italian Extra Virgin olive oil – especially as it comes from Puglia, his home region!

Missed the fun? He has promised to type up recipe sheets, so we can all savour a taste of Italian sunshine at home.

The business meeting contained some important news to note. Our March meeting is the Annual Meeting and as yet we have no nominations for the all important role of Secretary. Liz reminded us that as this is a key position on the Committee, it absolutely must be filled to ensure that Pillaton WI can continue to function.

On the social side, village events coming up include Pillaton WI’s 65th birthday celebration dinner on 24 March – friends and partners are invited to join us for a meal cooked by Shirley Floyd and served in the Village Hall. County news and events included details of the Spring Countdown meeting, for which we need a delegate; “Let’s Party with Alison and Dot” on 29 March and the Gershwin Day on 30 March.

Our next meeting is the Annual Meeting on 12 March.

(Pillaton WI is a friendly group and welcomes new members. Come along and meet us! If you would like to know more about Pillaton WI, please contact me on 351289.)

Ann Henderson

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Last updated: 19 February 2012 Contact Us