Incredible Edible Wilmslow Herby Cooking Workshop

A couple of weeks ago I led a children’s cooking workshop for the brilliant community project –  Incredible Edible Wilmslow –  at Intoto Kitchen Showroom, Wilmslow.

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Grilled fruit kebabs with mixed spice, chocolate drizzle and lavender flowers

I wanted to use ingredients from the Incredible Edible beds dotted around Wilmslow town centre.

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One of the aromatic herb beds in Wilmslow town centre

It’s October, and although many of the vegetables were over, there were plenty of herbs so I decided on herby vegetable pizzas and fruit and flower kebabs –  both easy, fun recipes for children and, most importantly, delicious fresh food! P1010355ie picie pic 9ie pic 7 ie pic 6ie pic 8 We had a lot of fun – with children as young as 6 and a few grown ups joining in as well! Jay, director of Intoto Kitchens Wilmslow (http://www.intoto.co.uk/showrooms/view/in-toto-wilmslow) was incredibly relaxed whilst we created a lovely mess in one of his state – of – the – art kitchens. (I’ve never used such high quality appliances and they really were so easy and brilliant to cook with). All my workshop participants were very adventurous and creative – we ended up with calzones; nasturtium decorated pizzas and very heavily chocolate dipped kebabs…. So thanks to everyone who came along; helped with the washing up; took pictures or just joined in the fun! Incredible Edible is a brilliant community project that provides the town with herb and vegetable beds for anyone and everyone to enjoy and connecting us to our food from ‘plot to plate’. I’m now thinking of ideas for the next workshop….   ie pic 10

Incredible Edible is, well, incredible

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Urban planting transformed into edible produce. Simple as that, although of course the ripples of this simple and brilliant idea go far beyond.

Wilmslow in North Cheshire is host to one of the Incredible Edible projects.

http://www.incredible-edible-wilmslow.co.uk

Public growing spaces around the town are bursting with edible produce.

I took a few pictures the other day of some of the spaces.

ImageImageStrawberries, onions, beans, gooseberries, oregano and garlic are all flourishing.

Everything grown is available for anyone to enjoy – when I was there, two or three people picked some strawberries and herbs as they were passing.

The Incredible Edible project began in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, by a small, inspired group and is now spreading across the country.

I think it’s a genius initiative, especially when as a culture we are becoming more and more remote from the sources of our food.

Anyone can help out (it’s all managed by volunteers), and everyone benefits. A community initiative that is genuinely and wonderfully accessible.

If you’d like to find out more about Incredible Edible http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk