An appetising alphabetical adventure is about to reach its 100th country’s cuisine.

Five years ago, Stuart and Georgina Taylor, who are passionate about food and cooking, decided to spice up their culinary repertoire by travelling the world, metaphorically, and creating authentic dishes from countries around the globe.

Having two small children, Freddie and Sophie, they wanted to encourage them to eat well, taste new flavours, and learn about the world at the same time.

And so began their Around the World Food Adventure.

Stuart researches the recipes, sources the ingredients and cooks the dishes, and has also done some blogging about their experiences.

Each time they prepare a new dish, the children find out about the country, geographically and culturally, reproduce the flag, and take a photo of the meal and flag as a reminder.

Sophie, who was 18 months old when the adventure began, has become a keen cook and likes to help her dad in the kitchen whenever she can. Along the way, the family has been joined by baby Charlie, now two years old.

The family have now reached their 100th country, Liechtenstein, and are planning a meal of Käsknöpfle - triple cheese pasta with sweet onion.

Georgina said: “We have enjoyed all of the dishes, for their flavours and unique tastes.

“We find ingredients locally where we can, but we have had to be creative about where we find some things, like the Mahi Mahi fish we needed for our dish from Kiribati, which Stu had to source online.”

The children have identified their favourite meals, with Freddie enjoying making and eating sushi, from Japan, whilst Sophie said her favourite dish was the jerk chicken and festival with mango salsa from Jamaica, as it was the tastiest and she loved eating outside.

For his first Around the World meal, Charlie had Shakshuka from Israel, which has now become a firm family favourite.

Stu and Georgii plan to continue what they have begun, and to create a book from all the recipes, photos and flags, to present to their children when they are adults.

Fundraising fun with numbers

Pupils at Montgomery Church in Wales school took part in the NSPCC Number Day on Friday May 7, dressing up with digits and raising funds for the child protection charity at the same time.

Organised by teacher Mrs Mansell, the day included a special assembly, where the pupils learned about the work of the charity, as well as fun tasks in class, and pupils in key stage 2 discussing palindromic numbers.

Head teacher Anna Griggs said, “We had lots of fun, and it was a really colourful end to the week. Diolch to Mrs Mansell for organising.”

Model car museum set to reopen in May

The Cloverlands Model Car Museum in Montgomery will reopen from mid May.

The museum will be open to its Friends of the Museum and collection sponsors on two special days, Friday May 14 , and Saturday May 15, from 10.30am to 4 pm.

Thereafter it will be fully open every Friday and Saturday, and some bank holidays.

Bruce Lawson, a custodian of the museum, said, “Two welcome donations have been recently received. Firstly, we have a splendid new collection of Formula One cars, from a donor in Shrewsbury.

“There are also some historic framed pictures received from Montgomery’s own Marathon Man, Trevor Pugh, who previously kindly donated his military vehicle collection last year.”

The museum is looking for new volunteers to join the team in a range of roles.

For details on this or any other matter, contact Bruce Lawson on 01686 668004 or 07891 696844, or see

Familiar faces to feature on ITV

Following on from Bunners in Montgomery and the Andrew Logan Museum in Berriew, which featured in an episode last week, some more Montgomery familiar faces will appear in an ITV programme on Thursday May 13.

The Wonders of the Border series features Sean Fletcher making his way along Offa’s Dyke and the episode airing on May 13 at 7.30 pm will include Monty’s Brewery and Ifor’s Wagyu.

Tree hunter Rob McBride’s piece on the great trees of Offa’s Dyke is also part of the same episode.