Priest feast

Father Ben Lodge from Newton Stewart''Pic McEwan/Dumfries'Story Ryan/Dumfries
Father Ben Lodge from Newton Stewart''Pic McEwan/Dumfries'Story Ryan/Dumfries

A CATHOLIC priest with a passion for cooking has offered his services as a raffle prize at his church bazaar.

Father Ben Lodge, of St Ninian’s in Newton Stewart, will provide a luxury meal for two, serve it in style and even do the washing up.

Father Ben said: “I’ve always been interested in cooking — I could serve up a full Sunday meal by the age of nine. I’ve cooked for Cardinals, archbishops and MPs at various parishes where I’ve served.”

He decided to use his culinary skills to boost church funds at the Christmas bazaar tomorrow, (Saturday, November 19).

Father Lodge added: “I’ll cook the prize dinner in the winner’s home and at the end I’ll take the dishes away to be washed. That way, the diners don’t get involved with the cleaning up.”

The 60-year-old clerical chef has already drawn up his menu. For starters, there will be melon marinated in Pernod with yogurt and stem ginger followed by Highland filet steak with honey-glazed carrots, garlic mushrooms, asparagus and onions.

For dessert, there will be cranachan laced with a choice of brandy or whisky and served with a blueberry and red wine jus. The meal will be rounded off with a selection of cheeses.

Raffle ticket to win father Ben’s meal will cost only 20p each.