Part of the busy Monday Activities programme here at College is a Cookery Club which is run in the kitchen of Boyne House with Mrs Penny. The group consists of 12 budding chefs from three year groups who, this term, have been learning how to make a variety of delicious canapés.
The main purpose of the club though has been to plan and prepare for a Christmas ‘Meals on Wheels’ delivery to nine members of the local organisation Contact the Elderly. Members of Boyne House have been entertaining the ladies and gentlemen from Contact the Elderly over the past two years for occasional tea parties. The members range from 84 to 99 years old are always delighted to spend time with pupils from Cheltenham College. One of their favourite things, though, is the food. The Cookery Club decided to deliver a selection of their finest canapés to each of the ladies and gentlemen to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. Each person received an individually wrapped food box containing a homemade sausage roll, a basil and goats cheese croustade, a mini chocolate brownie and a mini mince pie. All the members of Contact the Elderly were absolutely delighted to receive the Cookery Club canapés; in particular, a charming Old Cheltonian who was once in Christowe!
One member of the club, Imogen Cutts (3rd, Q), explained, “I have really enjoyed Cookery club this term. I have made lots more friends and tried foods that I never thought I would. It’s been very rewarding planning and cooking canapes for the members of Contact the Elderly. I have loved making the sweet canapés the most as they are more complex; the Portuguese tartlets (featured in the picture) tasted like heaven and they weren't too hard to make. My favourite savoury canapés were the filo parcels, which we filled with mozzarella and chorizo, and brie and cranberry sauce. I have learned many techniques throughout this term; including pastry making and how to tell when sugar has caramelised.”