Foodie Group – Visit to Chinese Supermarket

Today, 10 group members went to a Chinese Supermarket, and with Denis’s, help have purchased many items, so hopefully over the next month, we will all be producing some tasty Chinese dishes.  The focus of the group when we started was to encourage each other to try new dishes, and with this theme we certainly have done that.

We finished the day off by having a meal at the Tai Pan, which at £6.50 for a two course meal was very good value.  Our next meeting will carry on the Chinese theme and cover dim sum.  Check the website in a few weeks for some good dim sum recipes.


Foodie Group- Chinese Cooking

Denis Stevens demonstrated how to make 5 Chinese dishes, showing us how easy and cheap cooking your own Chinese dishes can be once you have the basic sauces etc.  We plan to visit a  Chinese supermarket at our next meeting to purchase some of the ingredients needed.  This will give us the chance to bulk buy and divide items around the group. We will finish the outing by having a meal at the Tai Pan Chinese restaurant. Lets hope they are up to Denis’s standard.

Some of the recipes Denis used today Stir fried Pork with Spring OnionsSichuan Prawns in Chilli SauceMushrooms in Oyster Sauce.  Beef and peppers in black been sauce, and stir fired mixed vegetables.

We looked at the produce from a local farmer who delivers fresh vegetable/fruits to your door,  we all agreed it was good value for money, if you want to have a look put the following into your search engine:

Two new members joined the group today, this means we now have 14 members, and a waiting list is now in operation.

Walking in Coniston

We had a walk in Coniston yesterday (9th May) and my usual run of good weather for the longer rambles came to a shuddering halt. Instead of wall to wall sunshine it was wall to wall rain. Forty four of us set out from the southern end of Coniston Water in a slight drizzle but by the time we arrived at the boating pier the rain was coming down in stair rods so we all migrated to the boathouse cafe for a very welcome bowl of soup.

After much discussion thirty three people opted for plan B and walked directly into Coniston while  the remaining eleven completed the longer walk as planned. We all eventually met up in one of the local hostelries where we stayed until the coach left for home.


Our recent Nordic Evening Walks have proved popular with members of the group.  We have been enjoying the lighter nights and improved weather conditions in the Lydiate countryside.  The circular walks, which start from Lydiate Parish Hall, are now longer, approximately 4 miles ( 1 hr 30 mins including exercises) using country footpaths, lanes, Liverpool Leeds Canal and the Cheshire Lines path.


Please note that whilst we have been meeting on various nights of the week, in order to facilitate our members personal commitments.  We will now be meeting on:

Monday evenings at Lydiate Parish Hall car park, Southport Road, Lydiate @ 6.30pm.

Sefton Active Walks have supplied me with details of the next Nordic Walking Technique Training Course, for members of our U3A who are not yet been trained.  The course will run from Monday, 3rd. June 2013,  1pm – 2pm,  at Sefton Meadows and will last four weeks.  There are 12 places available on the course and names have been drawn from the waiting list.