Just under a year ago, in a secluded summerhouse in the centre of town, the Clandestine Cake Club held it’s first Tunbridge Wells meeting… 20+ people who didn’t know each other, getting together for the love of cake. It was a great event with a fantastic variety home-baked creations. Except for one thing… there is only so much sweet stuff people can consume in the space of a couple of hours. Believe me, 10 slices (albeit thin slices) of cake is enough to challenge even the sweetest of palates! And so, Tweet and Savoury was born – the same great concept, same location, but with the addition of savoury food.
And what a success it was! Sumptuous salads, delicious seasonal pasta, homemade bread, still-warm ‘pigs & prunes’ in blankets, followed by tarts, tortes and fruity flapjack cookies – all washed down with Cava, wine and freshly hand-squeezed orange juice. And a decent helping of good conversation. That’s my kind of afternoon!
For my entry, I decided on a seasonal Rhubarb & Custard Crumble Tart – thanks to a suggestion from Justin Spain and a 5* ‘moderately easy’ recipe on BBC Good Food. I rarely make pastry-based recipes, and despite having had a jar of baking beans in my cupboard for well over 3 years, I’ve never blind-baked anything in my life! Still, there’s nothing like learning a new skill, especially when you’ve got a team of willing volunteers/guinea pigs all eager to sample your creation! All joking aside, the recipe was a resounding success, despite a nerve-racking moments. I’ll definitely be making this one again!
As I sit here writing this, just hours after the Tweet & Savoury meet-up, I’m already thinking that I hope the next one is not too far away. Tweet & Savoury is a get-together of like-minded people who like to cook and share food. But that doesn’t mean you have to be an excellent chef to attend – relaxed food is what it is all about – whether it’s simple, or not so simple recipes. And despite the name, you don’t even have to be on Twitter to come along – although, of course, using Twitter is a great way of keeping up-to-date and taking part in all the banter that follows. As indeed has been the case this evening!
If you’d like to take part in the next event, please leave a comment below, together with your email address, and we will keep you updated. Twitter users can follow @TweetAndSavoury.
I hope to meet you at the next Tweet & Savoury…
P.S Apologies for the ‘demolished’ look on some of the photos. Now a resident of Crowborough, I’d forgotten what a nightmare it is to find visitors parking on a Saturday afternoon in Tunbridge Wells. After giving up and resorting to the carpark, I got back to find half the food gone!