This year I’ve been a few times to the Cossall Park Estate to help Growing Southwark with their project to encourage the community to get growing and foraging for food. This first photo was taken in June when we foraged in the Kirkdale Nature garden and mapped it for food.
And we kept the nettle theme for our nettle burgers for the Feast on October 3rd.
We mixed the nettles in with a vege burger mix. It’s possible to make burgers just from wild leafs too … mallow (heaps of protein), yarrow, lime tree leaf, nettles, dandelion leaf. Just avoid dog walking areas and by the side of a road. Parks are the best places because they haven’t had Victorian lead pipes leaking into their soil from previous buildings there.
We patted and shaped and firmed and squidged. Ready for the barbecue!
We thought Jerk sauce might go well with the Vege burgers so we had a little competition. Kids from the Estate made the large pot on the right a week before the Feast and it was voted the best. This sauce is called CHK (Cossall Healthy Kids) Steve, local resident and drummer/singer in the band made the one on the left so well done Steve for making it into a competition!
There were tables to eat at and gather today.
And these bees are from a Walworth Road apiary. Cool!
Fresh juice was available all day. You had to press it first though.
Jacket potatoes, vegeburgers, barbecued sweetcorn, pies, salads. All the food was vegetarian and most was vegan. No one complained.
Sarah from Growing Southwark demonstrating apron fashion.
Karen was fantastic preparing the crumble, completely on the spur of the moment.
I’d visited Cossall in August and was delighted to find all these delicious purple plums in the nature garden. I collected, stewed and froze them for the feast.
It looked and tasted great!
Josh had been on the walk in June and turned up to sing It’s a wonderful world. Very Louis Armstrong style!
And we washed up in front of the band. No more being banished to the kitchen!