I hope all will agree that in spite of the absence of our leader, we had an agreeable ride today and were acquainted with many interesting features of Aldington, St Rumwold's Church, and the art of making a good batter. The crepes were truly excellent Norman, mouth meltingly delicious and needed only a grain or two of demerara and a squeeze of lemon to make them historic.
Tonight's menu at Millstone's Caff was Crapeau dans le Trou (Toad in the 'ole). The batter was much better than usual, thanks to the use of self-raising flour (only joking Ruth!!), and - Norman - the addition of some gently fried onion was also much admired. However, not wishing to be eclipsed in the palmares of Escoffier's disciples, I also added a handful of lightly fried lardons. They worked rather well, I have to say.
I have put the photos onto the site, and I'm thinking that this email may have to serve as this week's blog, because I am working all day tomorrow at my volunteering, and then Dydiane has some internal renovation plans lined up for Friday, after which I will have completely forgotten what happened today!
Anyway, it was fun, windy, and a bit hilly at the end (for some of us!) and, Judith, lunch was very affordable (£3 for a four course meal and as much wine as you could drink, at the Plough, New Romney; thanks Martin for allowing us to use your canteen).
Finally, thanks to Christine for her kind hospitality!
Oh, and in the words of the well known Chinese proverb, "May your bottles cover your pipes until the new floor arrives".
Best wishes to the Capetown Crew for a safe, enjoyable, and successful event!