I am a member of the women's ministry team at church. We put on a conference every two years for women around the region, have events for the women in each congregation to get to know each other and also that we can bring friends to. For the last three years we have had an event at Christmas called Cafe by Candlelight where we have had coffee and dessert, done something crafty and someone has given an evangelistic talk. This year, having discovered this book, we decided to do something different. We called it A Taste for Life and my friend Sara and I were like the cook and the chef only we both said that we would rather be Nigella. We cooked a lot beforehand, did demonstrations on the night and I gave a talk, based on the book, about Jesus, the bread of life, who satisfies our spiritual hunger.
Liz took the picture above, you can just see me and Sara. That's me with the shining head :) I didn't let the fact that I was giving a talk to 80 women stop me from getting photos for my blog. Below is the view to the right from where I stood. It does look like there were only old ladies there! Actually, they just arrive early and sit at the front.
We started by showing people how to make hummus and they all had hummus and pita bread at their tables. The talk was interspersed with three food demos, the second of which was how to plate up your flourless chocolate cake, restaurant style. This is Sara's arm showing people the Persian fairy floss and dried rose petals.
The women really enjoyed doing this. They all had squeezy bottles of coulis and cream and shakers of cocoa and icing sugar. I took a few photos of people's handiwork. This one belonged to my friend Maame.
Another good effort.
This one is for Lorraine on Hallowe'en. It isn't the best photo but that cake has been stabbed and is clearly bleeding to death.
Sonja brought her new friend Jesse.
It was a great evening and while it did generate an awful lot of washing up in our old, sad little church kitchen, it wasn't too much work as far as these things go and the feedback was very positive.