Phab South East Fun Weekend – Saturday

After breakfast and an introduction session we split into groups. I went for Food !

Morning Workshop – Cookery

wp-1448103260014Paul taught us to cook a range of tasty dishes, using simple ingredients and – for the cooked dishes – a single ring portable gas cooker.

wp-1448107614251Simple deserts – cheesecake and banoffi pie

Paul also cooked Chicken in mushroom sauce, a Paella, and a Chorizo, New potato and Haddock One Pot – all within 2 hours on a single ring, from scratch.

wp-1448107679428Unfortunately I had eaten most of the One Pot (and all of the Paella and Chicken), before I remembered to take a picture !

This was followed by a buffet lunch – people who had other sessions were probably hungrier than I was.

 Afternoon Workshop – Amazing Animals

The guy from Amazing Animals brought a range of animals for us to see, or  – in some cases – touch.

wp-1448116620645Anyone who wanted to could hold a Hissing Cockroach

wp-1448117140046This is a giant stick insect

wp-1448117488206This is a Cane Toad – which we were not allowed to handle, as it secretes a toxic fluid.

wp-1448117933938And this a giant bullfrog.

wp-1448118789690Here is a friendly Boa Constrictor

wp-1448120704694and a very friendly parrot !

There were also hedgehogs, a tortoise and a giant rabbit.

Wine tasting

wp-1448126645477As well as the Cookery demonstration Paul ran a most informative wine tasting session – he took us through six wines from a light fruity white to a full bodied red, and we were all surprised at what good value his choices were.

Evening Dinner

wp-1448134672113Our evening meal was accompanied by a raffle, party poppers, gift bags and balloon rockets – most of which were aimed at our good natured entertainer, who encouraged the various tables to take their best shot.

There was also wheelchair dancing and a disco.



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I was born in Edinburgh, and studied Physics at Southampton University. Now retired, I maintain my interests in Science, Open computing, and many other areas. I have been a member of Oxford Phab for a many years, and maintain their web site.