Delna Boyce, an experienced cook originally from India, volunteered to put on an Indian cooking class for the Grange, and did a great job! 15 participants learned about recipes, ingredients (and where to buy them), spices and the difference between supermarket spices and “real” ones, ways to include more whole grains, and many “tricks of the trade” for making a list of traditional Indian dishes which she has sold at farmers’ markets. “Delna’s Hits” were hits for the cooks who came to the workshop, and also for the Grange members who enjoyed some of the leftovers at the Community Potluck later that day.
Delna mixes the whole-wheat flour and water for the parathas.
Class members knead the dough.
Delna explains the vegetables cut up for aloo gobi (potatoes & cauliflower).
Participants get their hands into the ingredients.
Frying the pakoras gets started.
Freshly fried pakoras cooling down.
Delna talks about spices–what you can use, and how much: making it taste right to you!
Mixing the ingredients for dal.
Dal ingredients are ready to cook.
Rolling out the parathas and rotis.
Everyone gets into the role, and the rolling.
Green herb chutney, and other ingredients.
Dry-frying the parathas gets started–with many more to follow.
Parathas pile up, ready for cooking.
Aloo gobi goes into the pan for cooking.
Delna starts the cooking of the aloo gobi.
Dinner is served: mango lassi, pakoras, chutney, aloo gobi, rice and dal.
And dinner is enjoyed–and talked about.
Delna’s visual aid for the many kinds of legumes used for dal.
At the Grange Open House on April 1st, 2017 a new art gallery opened in Berlin, featuring art from the collection of Lynn Spencer, Berlin Elementary’s art teacher. In a partnership with Capital City Grange, Lynn found a place to display artworks she has collected since 2002. The storage space in the Berlin Elementary School needed to be emptied due to upcoming reservations, and CCG is happy to show off the colorful, lively and inventive works. Look for an opportunity to come by the Grange Hall to see them in person!
The Friends of the Capital City Grange Hall sponsored the 2nd edition of the Family Fun Day which we first held a year ago. Once again, families of all ages enjoyed face-painting, balloons & hula hoops and much more. Experienced community dance caller David Kaynor, with about 18 members of the VT Fiddle Orchestra, which he directs provided wonderful music and energetic dancing for a mixture of kids, parents, grandparents and friends. After we worked up our appetites, Alison Forrest and her crew of kitchen workers dished up a very tasty dinner of macaroni & cheese, with sweet-potato fries and carrot sticks, cookies and more. She even provided choices for those who can’t eat dairy or wheat products! The event finished off with movies shown in the Main Hall.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the event work so well. Most of them worked from set-up through clean-up! These included main organizer Joanne Garton, plus FCCGH chair Patty Giavara, head cook Alison Forrest, Tim Swartz, Merry Shernock, Ann Pearce, John & Fran Mallery, Elizabeth Templeton, Nancy Turner, Liz Benjamin and more. Stan Carlson & Marj Power pitched in on the kitchen clean-up. If you want to be part of the “in-crowd”, there’s always room for more!
We also want to thank donors: George Gross of Dog River Farm (just down the road) donated 25 lbs. of carrots, and Cabot Cheese donated 10 pounds of their trademark cheddar cheese!
We are pleased to have a newly improved driveway and parking lot. We contracted with Matt Dwyer, who previously filled in a gully that was developing in our parking lot to fix up the eroded driveway, and to improve the parking lot to reduce the chance of more erosion there. Matt works on getting water to spread out and slow down as it runs off, rather than concentrating in channels which can lead to more erosion. On Friday, Nov. 18th he added crushed granite to the parking lot outside the new entrance, and created a shallower, flatter slope to spread out the flow of water. He re-graded the driveway to slope gently sideways–to the Hall side at the top, and to the road side farther down. We appreciate getting the work done before the winter storms that started on the 20th! Here are a couple of pictures: