P.S. I will be updating the Facebook Group "Fulham WI" with our news as we go along. Feel free to join if that method of communication suits you.
Recipe (thanks to The Times):
Elizabeth Battenberg cake Ingredients Cake 180g self-raising flour
80g ground almonds 3⁄4 tsp baking powder 225g unsalted butter, room temp 225g caster sugar 4 large eggs, lightly beaten Red and blue gel food colouring Filling
65g unsalted butter, room temp 1⁄2 tsp vanilla bean paste 25ml double cream 125g icing sugar Pinch fine salt
6 tbsp jam
500g white marzipan Red and blue food colouring Method
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Take a 40 x 20cm piece of parchment paper and make a 5cm fold in the middle, this will act as a dam and prevent the cake batters running into each other. Grease a 20 x 30cm brownie tin and line with the prepared piece of parchment.
Mix the flour, almonds and baking powder together in a medium bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, slowly add the egg, beating until fully combined before adding more. Add the dry ingredients and fold until well mixed. Divide the batter in half and add red colouring to one half and blue to the other. Place the batters into the prepared baking pan and gently level. Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins.
Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely. Using a serrated knife cut five one-inch wide strips of red cake and four one-inch strips of blue cake. Slice each blue cake diagonally along the length to form the corner pieces.For the buttercream, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, slowly add in the cream, mixing until smooth. Add the icing sugar bit by bit and once fully combined beat until fluffy. Add in the vanilla and salt and beat to combine.
Assemble the cakes together to resemble a Union Jack. Use jam as glue to join the red sponge to red sponge and use buttercream where you join red to blue. To finish, roll out the marzipan until 4-5mm thick and brush with a thin layer of jam. Place the cake on to the marzipan and wrap with the marzipan to seal. Turn cake seal-side down and trim edges for a flush finish.
Where body and soul meet to eat.
Food and lifestyle concepts, styling and design.
Orchestrating events, tastings, micro festivals, pop-ups, social media managment and bespoke services.
For the producer: Promoting outstanding artisan foods by leg and by web. Making it simple for the small producer.
For the hosting venue: Increasing foot fall and engaging visitors through food knowledge, spectacle and innovation.
Building fruitful and sustainable connections through food, Gaby focuses on the social, aesthetic and cultural fusion of food and location. Masterminding enchanting site-specific food events, the aim is community and connectivity.
You will have wants and needs, but we will bring you more.
Gaby studied art and design at Camberwell School of Art and Kingston University 3-D Design (Interiors), as well as Food Styling at Leiths School of Food & Wine and WSET Award Wine and Spirits.
Gaby is an urban allotment grower, committee member of Slow Food London and splits her time between London and Sussex.
About Gaby: http://about.me/gabymartin
FULHAM WI – EVENTS UPDATE
Christian Louboutin Exhibition, Design Museum, Saturday 21 May 2012
Meeting at the museum at 10.30am.
39 Steps - Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly - Tuesday 29 May at 8.00pm
Tickets are bought £19.50, payment required asap!!!
Portobello Jubilee Market - Saturday 2 June - 10am to 4pm
We have been asked to man two stalls and will need to be there from 9am to set up and get the water hot! All we need to do is provide the cakes to offer people tea and a bit of cake for £1. Tea and everything else is provided and we keep all the funds raised which will go towards the full bursaries for a course at Denman College which two lucky members will win at our AGM. All cakes and biscuits are welcome, and cakes that we can cut up would be ideal. Beautiful cupcakes are always welcome and we can sell these separately but don't make them too big please! We can collate cakes during the week if that helps you and help on the day will be much appreciated.
Our stalls are at the Golbourne end of Portobello Road, near the craft market and the Portobello Green Vintage Clothes market. There will be lots of bunting and balloons and such like so will make a happy family day out with lots of things to look at and be tempted by!
Parsons Green Fair - Saturday 7 July - 12noon to 5pm
More cakes required and jams and chutneys and anything else you feel like!!! Another fun day which is very sociable and raises funds for us!
The Queen – Art & Image - National Portrait Gallery – Thursday 19 July 2012
To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this landmark exhibition brings together some of the most remarkable and resonant images of Elizabeth II made during her reign. From formal painted portraits to commissioned photographs and from press images to works by celebrated contemporary artists, the exhibition charts the evolving representation of one of the most portrayed people of all time, and the influence of this imagery on changing perceptions of the monarchy.
Exploring the startling range of artistic creativity that the Queen has inspired, the exhibition also reveals the radical changes in portraiture and profound social developments since the 1950s. Featured photographers and artists include Cecil Beaton, Pietro Annigoni, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Lucian Freud, Thomas Struth and Gerhard Richter. For more information go to http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/the-queen/the-queen-art-image.php
This exhibition is predicted to sell out quickly, so we will be booking tickets (£6.00 each) for the 6.15pm slot. Please can you let Toto know if you are interested in going to this by Monday, 28 May.
Saddlers Wells, Tuesday 18 Spetmber at 7.30pm
Tickets bought, £30.40 payment asap please!!!!
Other events we are considering for later in the year:
Please contact Toto on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07957 323 321 regarding any of these events or anything that you would like to do.
Greatly look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on Monday evening.
All good wishes
Katrina and the rest of the Committee
Fulham WI x
Just dashing away for the weekend but realise I should remind you all that we do NOT meet on the bank holiday and our May meeting, which is terribly exciting, will be on MONDAY 14 MAY 2012.
Unusally we will not be in the pub that night, but will be at the John Lewis of Hungerford showrooms on Wandsworth Bridge Road, starting at 7.30pm when Gaby Martin will be showing us how to present food in a variety of ways so we can glam up our summer offerings and stun them all at the cake sales various!
Promise I'll write properly next week with all the things we have on the go!
See you on the 14th and enjoy the weekend!