Saturday December 13, 1pm
Adults and kids (7 and older) are welcome.
Children under 10 must be accompanied by a
The Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities, and Country Villages across the British Isles by Brian Yarvin is a proper traditional foods cookbook of Great Britain.
|The thought of a full English breakfast makes me long for Dorset in South West England again. But alas, I am here in Southern California, but this lovely cookbook is available, so I headed for the kitchen and whipped up some British grub. The choice was difficult. Would the dish be savory or sweet? My savory choice was Welsh Rarebit, the sweet choice was Spotted Dick. Time would permit the creation of only one of these treats. I fancied sweet so I went with the Spotted Dick! The Spotted Dick recipe was appealing for the following reasons: simplicity, a colorful name, and I had most of the ingredients on hand. One ingredient—beef suet—would be a challenge to procure, but the recipe had an alternative ingredient—shortening—so I chose the alternative.|
|In addition to the Spotted Dick I planned to go whole hog and make my own custard from scratch—no Bird’s custard powder for this bold Englishman! Just to backtrack and clarify the recipe's name and what it is, the English tend to have strange names for foods, “Spotted Dick” being one of them. Spotted Dick is a raisin pudding that's steamed and usually drenched in custard. I know that wasn't much of a clarification of the recipe's name; you'll have to do your own research on that. Getting down to business, the pudding mixture was a snap and the custard sauce was a breeze, but steaming the pudding for two hours and being ever vigilant so that the pan didn't run dry was a bit of a pain! The end result was fine, and the custard sauce improved it to excellent. I dare say the Queen would approve. Knighthood, perhaps?|
Check out the book at Foster Library, or put it on hold—we will send it to you. If there are any cookbooks in Foster Library's collection that you would like me to try out, please leave the title on our Facebook page and I'll get cooking!
You can call or drop by the library for additional information on these or any of our other events. We're lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the state, so come learn how you can get out there and enjoy it!
We've been doing some additional testing with our new laser cutter and engraver, trying it out with various designs on a number of different materials. It's been a lot of fun!
So far we've tried everything we could get our hands on, including leather, stone, glass, and several types of wood—and we're still looking for more test materials.
We're very excited to be bringing this technology to the library as part of our makerspace. Remember to join us on September 30, 2014, at E.P. Foster Library for a demonstration of what the laser can do!
Know about the great work our adult literacy READ staff and volunteers are doing? Perhaps you know an adult who may benefit from reading instruction.
"What is more basic than the ability to read?"
-- Jackie Griffin, Director of Ventura County Library
"Your library is really a welcoming place and no one is going to judge you ..."
-- Christy Aguirre, Librarian at Sacramento Public Library
"We're a nation of second chances. And the library is a place to provide that second chance."
-- Rivka Sass, Director of Sacramento Public Library
On Wednesday, September 24, E.P. Foster Library will present a talk by Alan Salazar of the Chumash Maritime Association.
"The Chumash Maritime Culture, Past, Present, and Future" will focus on the seafaring tools used by the Chumash of the Santa Barbara coast and Channel Islands regions.
The talk begins at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room. We hope to see you there!
E.P. Foster Library will be hosting an early literacy workshop on Tuesday, September 23.
Read Me a Story & More is an event for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 years old, and will provide information on the literacy skills children need to be reading-ready.
Registration is required for this event, so contact the library for more information. The workshop is for adults only, and starts at 6 p.m. in the Topping Room.