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Thread #132290   Message #2993028
Posted By: Matthew Edwards
24-Sep-10 - 02:35 PM
Thread Name: Sue Van Gaalen
Subject: RE: Sue Van Gaalen
Sylvia said something about a song...

The Eating of the Manchester Tart

Listen all you loyal heroes to my tale of Lancashire pride,
(An' you con even join in if you live on t'other side,)
Its of our gallant balladeer; Sue van Gaalen and her sweets,
Who faced great competition with her trio of Lancashire treats.

On the twenty-fourth of September the nation had its wish,
It had to choose the winner of Britain's own Best Dish;
The prize went to Johnathan Davies for his seared masala lamb,
But a worthy runner-up was our Lancashire's Sue van.

Let's also praise Stephen Holding; its a pleasure to relate
His smoked salmon with pea puree was summer on a plate.
The judges were delighted by the dishes they digested
And Jilly Gooden's tastebuds were most severely tested.

Host Mark Nichols he admitted he was on a sticky wicket,
To have to choose between them really wasn't cricket;
But you can't influence the umpires in this kind of Test,
And he had to announce that Johnathan's lamb it was the best.

Now the water down in London is too soft for proper brew,
So Sue boiled her Lancashire tea in some Lancashire water too;
Her Lancashire tea ice cream it simply can't be beaten,
While the pastry of her Eccles cake is just begging to be eaten.

Sue served up to the panel of culinary experts,
If I had been a judge she'd have got her just desserts;
But lets raise a cheer for Sue vG who well deserved the bounty,
For the best of English cooking comes from the Red Rose County.

(Dedicated to Sue vG, a great ballad singer and cook)

Matthew