On Wednesday night I trekked down to Aviemore for a Real Bread Night to tie in with Real Bread Week (did you see my attempt at Beremeal Bannocks earlier in the week?). It was co-run by Lindsay, one of our newer Let’s Bake Inverness bakers, and the Mountain Cafe (incidentally one of my absolute favourite cafes to visit when having a day out in the area). It was a glorious evening and I arrived a little early, so had a wander around the town and station to get some views.
Onto the bread though… and there was lots of it! It was a really informal event, with your £5 entry fee getting you a serving of soup, as much freshly baked bread as you could handle, and a drink. Not being the biggest ale fan around, I really enjoyed some cold strawberry iced tea.
Also on offer were loaves to buy and take home, a raffle, some sourdough starter kits to buy, and the exciting opportunity to shape and take home your own loaf of bread!
It was a great evening. I would have maybe liked to hear something (like a short talk with more details about the Real Bread Campaign) but we were given a great little leaflet with information about the campaign, which included some recipes, which I’ll definitely be trying.
I came home with a baguette and a focaccia that I had shaped myself, plus a ciabatta and finally one of Lindsay’s cranberry and pumpkin seed loaves which we’ve incorporated into every meal since! Spot also my raffle prizes – a bag of Golspie Mill Wholemeal Flour and a box of shortbread from the Blair Atholl Mill!
Thanks to Lindsay Douglas and the Mountain Cafe for putting on such a good event. I’m inspired to organise something similar in Inverness next year…!