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Cooking for Swaledale, 25-27th November

This is a wiki (editable web page) to organise cooking for this weekend’s trip to Reeth.

There is an electric range cooker (5 rings, main oven, grill and a large warming oven). There is a microwave, an under counter fridge and large freestanding fridge freezer. The kitchen is equipped with all crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils for 24 people.

Cooking protocol on this trip

  • Cooking on this trip is going to be a little different from past trips (if you’ve been with us before) for we aim to cook Christmas dinner!
  • The club will provide crackers and turkey.
  • All the other dishes should be provided by you, and the cost will be pooled and divided between everyone (so please bring some cash).
  • You don’t have to volunteer to do something, but since it’s a small trip, it would be good to split the work between everyone.
  • There’s a list of suggested dishes to bring below, but this is by no means prescriptive! If you want to show off your family/country’s speciality, go for it! If someone’s already cooking your favoured item, sign up for it too, and we can see whose is best!
  • Of course, you don’t have to take part in Christmas dinner; you can sign up to be independent instead, but note that we can’t have loads of people all running round the kitchen cooking independently.


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Finalise dish allocations by Wednesday evening so everyone knows how much to buy and has a couple of days to do the shopping and prepare the dish.

Christmas dinner suggestions


Turkey (or similar approved), to be bought and cooked by the club (David H)
Naturally served with lashings of streaky bacon; other suggestions welcome.

Mushroom as an alternative to bacon? (SC) — sounds good! (IA). Why not mushroom AND bacon?! :P [AW]

People having Turkey main:

  • David H
  • Sebastian N
  • Matt H
  • Isy G
  • Fedir K
  • Yuze W
  • Alex H
  • Andrew W
  • Callum R
  • Vera K
  • Ben B
  • Sumita C
  • Ilinca A
  • Becky H
  • Chris H
  • Arthur G
  • Kymberley S
  • Louise T

Vegetarian Turkey alternative - nut roast type thing or any other suggestion from other veggies? (Sarah M)

People having veggie main:

  • Sarah M
  • Miriam G

Vegetables and side dishes

Selection of roast vegetables (e.g. potatoes, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, carrots) — who’s doing one each of these? (keep them veggie-friendly as far as possible)

  • Potatoes - roast and mash? — Ben B (with peeling assistants — Sumita, Ilinca, Sarah, Miriam)
  • Honey-glazed roast carrots and parsnips ? — Callum
  • Peas — David H
  • Sprouts (with optional bacon & chestnuts?) — Chris H
  • Pigs in blankets — Arthur G
  • Savoy cabbage with cream — Sebastian N.(I will get one cabbage)
  • Spicy sweet potato wedges (about 2kg) — Sebastian N., Louise T
  • Roasted sweet red peppers? — Ilinca


  • Cranberry sauce — Fedir K.
  • Bread sauce — nobody?
  • Stuffing — Becky H, Ilinca
  • Gravy — David H (it wouldn't be a proper meal without gravy)


  • White Vanilla cream with red fruits - SSebastian N. ( it will be enough for 8-10 medium sized portions)

    • Fedir K
    • Yuze W
    • Callum R
    • Vera Kle
    • Miriam G
  • Trifle — Isy & Matt

  • Mince pies — Alex H (sounds great!)
  • Roasted cinnamon apples?— Ilinca, Louise T
  • ANZAC biscuits - Kymberley

Mulled wine

  • Given the success of this in Caseg Ffraith, I'll repeat it. [AW]
  • Probably will be served after dinner, although maybe earlier depending upon how busy the kitchen is.
  • If you'd like to partake for a £2 contribution per person (entitling you to a couple of small-medium glasses), please add your name below.
  • If you think you'll want an extra glass, please state below and then plan to pay £3 on the trip.
  • Please sign-up by 13:00 on Friday.

People wanting mulled wine:

  • Andrew — paying £3
  • David H — £3 pisshead
  • Sumita C — (one small glass)
  • Chris H — £3
  • Kymberley — £2


  • Nobody (on the trip at least)