In Summer 2016 The Hidden Gardens embarked on a pilot project that brought together participants from all of our programme strands with some others who had never visited the Gardens before. They embarked on a 12 week programme of activity that centred on arts and creativity, horticulture and the environment and health and wellbeing.
Allotmenting, Ceramics, Foraging, Cooking, Walking Mindfulness and spoon carving were some of the activities tried, and Artist Ewan Sinclair worked with the group, producing a series of beautiful digital drawings which were collated into a keepsake publication for participants.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Mela on Your Doorstep event on Saturday. We had a great time, and we hope you did too! Lots of fun events took place, including some cookery workshops where you could learn how to make your own chapatis, soda farls, and piadina. Delicious!
For those of you who were unable to make it, you can take part in one of our flatbread making workshops in your very own kitchen by following these recipes. Which flatbread is your favourite?
1. Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt.
2. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough.
3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside.
You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.
Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.
1.If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls.
2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven.
3. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
4. Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /Gas Mark 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf.
5. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon.
6. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season.
7. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp.
Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.
The Men’s Cooking Group kicked off another enthusiastic season of learning,
and making last week, with some Moroccan-inspired dishes packed with herbs, spices and a whole lot of taste!
The group enjoyed a lively discussion about their favourite foods and recipes, and have devised a series of weekly menus that will take in both new and favourite cuisines including Scottish, English, Italian, Greek, American, Indian and Thai.
Moroccan spiced chicken kebabs or (halloumi kebabs)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large handful (15grams) flat leaf parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
4 skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size chunks ( or halloumi)
If using wooden skewers soak them in water for 30 minutes
1. Put oil in blender and add the parsley, garlic, paprika, cumin, lemon zest and juice and whizz into a paste.
2. Put chicken or halloumi in a medium sized shallow dish and add the spice paste, then rub in, and leave to marinade for at least 20 minutes.
3. Preheat grill to high.
4. Thread the marinated chicken or halloumi onto skewers and grill for 10-12 minutes, turning every now and then, until the meat is cooked. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
Watch this space for more mouth-watering recipes, updates and cooking tips. The Hidden Gardens Men’s Cooking Group meets on Tuesdays from 12.30pm-2.30pm. The group is currently fully booked; if you are interested in future workshops please contact Natalie Davidson, Community Programme Manager, to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0141 433 2722.
Thursday 23 October, 5-7pm
The Hidden Gardens
Join us for a twilight bike-powered film premiere, followed a discussion and home-made soup, at The Hidden Gardens
Produced by local young people, these short films depict community events that took place in The Hidden Gardens over the summer: our Mandela Celebration, and the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival. The screenings will be followed by a lively discussion over tasty homemade soup, made by our Cultural Cookery volunteers!
The young film makers have captured the atmosphere and significance of the two recent events: our Mandela Celebration, a celebration of volunteering; and the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in which 500 young people from across the Commonwealth performed in Tramway and the Hidden Gardens. The films have common themes of ‘welcome’, ‘friendship’ and ‘peaceful togetherness’.
The discussion will include time for us all to reflect on the impact of the ‘call to action’ launched at the Mandela Celebration to “Pledge 67 minutes to your community through volunteering”. We will be asking what are the needs of the community that volunteering can fulfil, what creative ways there are to use volunteers, and what action people want to take next. We hope you can join us for this fascinating event.
Update 23rd October 2014: The Men’s Cooking Group is now fully booked for this block. If you would like to be the first to hear about future blocks, please email Natalie – email@example.com
Our Men’s Cooking Group returns for its second block on Tuesday 28th October. Running from 12.30pm-2.30pm for 8 weeks, it’s a group for local men to improve their cooking skills and share recipes. No experience needed.
In addition to a focus on supporting people to make healthier choices and improve their cooking skills, The Hidden Gardens has also been using food as a way to explore cultural heritage and identity, and to build bridges between different communities.
It’s been exciting in The Hidden Gardens this week, as we welcomed the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival performers to The Hidden Gardens. We’ve been cooking up a storm for them, and a lovely smell of food lingers in the air. Ahh!
Our Young Film-makers are documenting the event, and we look forward to sharing the footage with you soon.
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The goings on at The Hidden Gardens on Glasgow Southside