June 2009


Invisible Food at the Grove Adventure Playground

Invisible Food at the Grove Adventure Playground

On Saturday 27th June, the Grove Adventure Playground organised a wonderful summer fair for the children and families in the Loughborough area. Invisible Food and Ceri Buck had a stall where you could taste nettle tea (good for detox), peppermint, yarrow and elderflower (good for colds) and lemon balm and lime flower tea (very relaxing). 

Nettle beer, this batch boiled up with ginger

Nettle beer, this batch boiled up with ginger

You could also taste Ceri’s second batch of nettle beer, brewed and bottled a week ago.  It tastes a bit like ginger beer and you get the fizz from the yeast.

Rosemary: an aid to memory

Rosemary: an aid to memory

The Rosemary at the Wild Herb garden near Angell Town estate is beautiful at the moment. Here was a focus on the power of Rosemary to aid memory. You could take away a sprig and write on the space something you want to remember. Then keep the sprig or make tea with it or pop it in a bottle of wine for a couple of weeks to infuse its power there.

At 3.30, a group of 4 adults and 6 children explored the Elam Street space finding yarrow, mallow and nettles in abundance, some kind of cabbage, lime flowers, wild rocket, plantain, dead nettle amongst others.

While over at Elam Street space we played ‘Pinging the plantain’ – a game where you loop over the stem of a plantain around the seed head and ping it off. It takes a bit of practice. After this, 2 of the young walk participants invented their own game of popping the bindweed flower out.

The summer fair was held in front of the playground, taking over part of the street, reclaiming more space for play!

The summer fair was held in front of the playground, taking over part of the street, reclaiming more space for play!

 

Invisible food will be back at the Grove Adventure Playground over the summer for more play with plants and wild food. Thanks to all at GAP – Sonia, Tanya and Maureen + all the others whose names I don’t know – for all their hard work.

On Saturday 20th June, I did a forage together with Growing Southwark and residents from Cossall Park estate in the Kirkdale nature garden. Here are some of our findings which will be plotted on a map for the community to use and add to …

 

The Mulberry tree is still alive!

The Mulberry tree is still alive!

 

Our young foragers were picking nettles and not getting stung. We did use a glove as well. Karen mentioned a rhyme her grandparents had told her ….

The one glove treatment for nettles

The one glove treatment for nettles

 

Then after plotting nettles, wild rose, plantain, wild plums, wild pears, mulberries, wild rocket, mugwort, hogweed, daisy, hawthorn, elder, poppy, mallow, yarrow, chickweed, cleavers, blackberry on the map we are creating of the Kirkdale nature garden, we sat down and tasted some rowan jam, mulberry and apple jam, and hawthorn jelly. We also had nettle tea, lemon balm and lime flower tea and peppermint, yarrow and elderflower tea.

Arranging the oat cakes into a cool design

Arranging the oat cakes into a cool design

 

Hawthorn & cinnamon jelly or rowan & rhyme?

Hawthorn & cinnamon jelly or rowan & rhyme?

 

The space created by people in the community to come together & chat

The space created by people in the community to come together & chat

Nettle, lime flower, sea purslane and sea lettuce burger mix

Nettle, lime flower, sea purslane and sea lettuce burger mix

On Friday 19th June, I went on Becky Beinart’s Field kitchen wild food hunt as part of the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination’s CRASH contingency course at the 2 degrees festival http://www.artsadmin.co.uk/events/event.php?id=637. Few that was a mouthful, but not as much of a mouthful as the nettle and lime leaf burgers that we cooked up with sea purslane and sea lettuce as seasoning.

Nettle and Lime flower fritters and wild leaf and flower salad

Nettle and Lime flower fritters and wild leaf and flower salad

Becky has made a bespoke bicycle trailer which is a complete kitchen and she cycled round London for 5 days, each day starting out at Bank and cycling in a different direction to find wild food and cook it up. It was an amazing experience.

Becky lighting the rocket stove she made herself

Becky lighting the rocket stove she made herself

Bespoke bicycle trailer and us munching in the background

Bespoke bicycle trailer and us munching in the background

The drawers are huge toddler entertainment

The drawers are huge toddler entertainment

Check out the field kitchen here

www.fieldkitchen.net

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