As the weather in July is not very conducive to gardening and outdoor activities, a slightly different meeting was held this month where the members of Aberdeen’s Garden and Social Club were introduced to the intricacies of making doughnuts.
Host Richard Davison started work in the baking industry at the age of 15 in Torquay, England. He moved to South Africa with his wife Ann in 1972, and for many years the couple ran their own bakery in Mayfair in Johannesburg. From there they moved around the Eastern Cape and KZN, where Davison was a regional manager of Pick ‘n Pay, a bakery consultant for Unilever, a bakery technician in Durban, and had his own consulting company for three years.
In 2009 they retired to Aberdeen, where Davison has always been willing to share his expertise (and delicious products!)
On arrival at the Davison’s home, guests were welcomed with sweet Danish laminated doughnuts. A new batch of these spicy treats was the first delicacy to be demonstrated and fried, followed by fresh apple doughnuts.
Throughout the morning, Davison patiently answered the many questions from members.
Jadre Lategan then gave a short informal demonstration of finger knitting, using mega chunky solid wool. The ladies were amazed to see how quickly a knitted strip took shape and grew.
After the demonstration, a selection of hot soups was enjoyed, accompanied by French bread.
There will be no meeting in August, but interesting “away” trips have been lined up for spring, including a braai in the Camdeboo National Park and a visit to a local farm.