At April’s meeting, we welcomed butcher Paul Graves and his wife Nicky as our speakers, having heard wonderful things about the talks they’d given to other WIs. Happily, they didn’t disappoint. They arrived with trays upon trays of pork, lamb, chicken and beef, bringing Graves Butchers to life in our humble cricket pavilion – and delivered a masterclass in butchery.
Of course, where huge carcases and knives that sharp are concerned, we all felt safer leaving the butchery to the experts. But Paul was armed with some brilliant tips for the home cook, taking us through how to prepare different types of meat and teaching us some excellent tricks of the trade. For some, the idea of a talk from a butcher might seem a tad dull, these people have never met Paul and Nicky. We heard the history of this family business and how important food miles and being part of the Norfolk food community is for HV Graves. The combination of Paul's stories and cheek, coupled with long-suffering Nicky’s sarcastic asides were hilarious, and plenty of laughs were had by all.
But the best moment was when Swallowtails president Claire closed the meeting so that we could rush forward to buy from the magnificent meat selection. Since then we’ve been swapping tales of the delicious meals we made, and planning to take Paul and Vicky up on their invitation to go and take a tour of their farm. We’ve heard from our sources at the Thorpe WI that it’s a day out to remember.
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