June Notes from the Kitchen - Thank you…

June Notes from the Kitchen - Thank you…

I found myself turning to Jane this afternoon and commenting that I could almost get emotional watching the Kitchen in full swing. The wetland dining area was full of people enjoying lunch, there was a queue ten-deep in the kitchen ordering cakes and salads, the kitchen team were fully focused on service and the gurgle of steam from the coffee machine was just a supporting note to the conversations and laughter going on around me.

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Friday Nights Out are 1!

Friday Nights Out are 1!

Friday Night Out is our partnership project, funded by Islington Giving, Argent and the Arsenal Foundation. It was set up to provide children and young people in the local area the opportunity to play sports on the King’s Cross pitch coached by Arsenal in the Community, and then, on a fortnightly basis, to learn cooking and healthy eating skills with us at the Skip Garden. By doing so, Friday Night Out supports children and young people to develop healthier attitudes to food and exercise, enabling them to build their skills as well as their confidence and sense of ownership for the decisions they make, particularly about the foods they choose to eat and the activities they participate in.

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Notes from the Kitchen

Notes from the Kitchen

Skip Garden Chef Sadhbh gives a run down of what we've been up to and what we've got coming up. We've catered a few daytime and evening events, including our very own lovely winter's evening of pizza and soup where the plans for the new Skip Garden site were launched. The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture presented their incredibly intricate and impressive models of the structures that are currently under construction for our new location. Pop by the cafe for a cuppa and a browse of these most practical, miniature works of art. 

Head chef, Andy, has been perfecting our signature sourdough recipe, similarly getting ready for our relaunch when we move to the new site, where there will be sandwiches galore in our new pool facing cafe! 

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Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

Some years ago the Youth Team at Islington Council who have been the main funder for our Generator programme, started noticing the words of young people appearing in our funding reports. They were curious. What were the experiences that led to the vulnerability, creativity and sense of purpose they felt in the writing? This led to a six month commission to share our practice with Islington Youth Workers, writes Jane Riddiford.

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Jan 2015: Notes from the Kitchen

Jan 2015: Notes from the Kitchen

This January saw the grand reopening of the Skip Garden Cafe!

The kitchen team have been working hard over the last few months, tearing apart the old kitchen and putting together the fantastic set-up we have now. Since the refurbishment, the kitchen is much better equipped to keep up with the volumes of tasty food to be cooked.

The Cafe may have been closed for the past few months, but our chefs have been constantly busy. We’ve had a stream of events here at the Skip Garden, from evening drinks in the yurt, to sit-down banquets in the 12m polytunnel, where diners can enjoy a candlelit feast, surrounded by beds growing rainbow chard, wild rocket and other salad crops. We hosted toddlers’ birthday parties with pizzas baked in our own wood-fired cob ovens, as well as corporate dinners and drinks, booked by companies such as Eurostar.

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Junior Chef Club

Junior Chef Club

In the dark cold winter months, there is nothing better than gathering around the fire telling stories and eating heart-warming food or getting a tray of freshly baked goods out of the oven to taste whilst still warm... especially when you have made it yourself! On Thursday afternoons,9 students from Mount Carmel and EGA made their way from school to the Skip Garden to take part in the Junior Chef Club, supported by 2 of our Senior Generators, Kaine and Kira. We wanted for the Junior Chefs to not only learn how to cook amazing food, but also to learn about themselves, how we are all connected to other things around us, where our food comes from and our role in helping plants grow.

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Nov 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Nov 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Well, it has been a busy couple of months in the Skip Garden Kitchen, writes Head Chef Andrew Isherwood. In the middle of September we took the decision to refurbish the kitchen as it wasn’t able to cope anymore with the demands that were being placed upon it. Originally designed to cook staff food and cater to the occasional workshop, the constant stream of events and bookings meant that the kitchen was groaning under the pressure.

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Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Dec 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Clothing crisis alert! The calendar says wrap up warm but the weather is so mild that even working in a Tee shirt feels hot – ridiculous! 

I’m writing this on the last day of November but it feels more like October. Most trees are still holding onto their leaves and I've just read the news that frogspawn has been found on Dartmoor – a new early record – but I can’t help thinking that it will end in tears for those poor frogs!

Our Bees are being sensible at least and staying in the hive although we’ve lots of nice flowers in the crop skips if they fancy a snack.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

As Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry wrote, “There is a deep pull within us to discover and be true to the fact of our own interrelatedness.“ We experienced a new kind of togetherness in 2012 when we moved the Skip Garden, the Hoop Garden and our office onto our current location, writes Jane Riddford.

Bringing the different parts of the organisation together enabled us to see and experience ourselves more clearly as an ecosystem. A big factor in enabling closer collaboration was the fact that for the first time we had a kitchen on site. This meant that we began to regularly sit down as a whole team, to share a cooked lunch together.

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One King's Cross: Many Perspectives

One King's Cross: Many Perspectives

Please come and join us at our photography exhibition, 'One Kings Cross: Many Perspectives' on Thursday 20 November 6pm to 8.30pm.

For the third consecutive year, local young photographers will be exhibiting their beautiful artworks to the public at the Kings Cross Skip Garden. Food and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

Join us to celebrate the work of local young people, and take part in the auction to support next year’s photography programme.

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Oct 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Oct 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

The last month has seen the Skip Garden's presence at brand agency Karmarama evolving, as we've been asked to take on a few more hours on Tuesdays to do the baking for tea times. We're also getting the food waste and recycling situation in the kitchen up to scratch, sourcing more organic produce all the time, and sourcing organic and free range meats and MSC certified fish on the odd occasion when meat is on the menu there, writes Global Generation's Chef Sadhbh Moore.

We promised to bring the Skip Garden to Karmarama, so that's what we plan to do, not just in our menu and flavours, but in our ethos too. With over 150 scones made for one 4pm staff tea party, it was clear they were a bit of hit when only crumbs remained on the plates by 4.05pm!

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Skip Garden Cafe in Guardian's Urban Food Fortnight feature

Skip Garden Cafe in Guardian's Urban Food Fortnight feature

A two-page spread promoting the Urban Food Fortnight entitled "Capital Growth" appeared in a recent edition of the Guardian and included a montage of photos of the Skip Garden and Skip Garden Cafe.

Our executive chef, Andrew Isherwood is interviewed and quoted extensively in the article.

Click here to view or download the article.

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Sept 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Sept 2014: Notes from the Kitchen

Well the first kitchen notes from a new team at the Kings Cross Skip Garden...we should probably introduce ourselves. Andrew and Sadhbh are heading up the kitchen team. Sadbh splits her time between cooking for the lovely people at Karmarama, the branding agency that we collaborate with, and the Skip Garden whilst Andrew can be found at the Skip garden on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Do pop in to see us and have a chat next time you’re in Kings Cross.

Although the last six weeks have been a whirlwind of impressions for both of us, we’ve spent the time wisely; cooking all of the fantastic produce that has been coming out of the garden, getting to know some of the people connected with Global Generation and learning more about the work that the charity does with youth leadership.

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Susie’s reflections on our 10 year celebrations and leaving Global Generation

Susie’s reflections on our 10 year celebrations and leaving Global Generation

“Leap like a tiger, walk like a tortoise” is one of my favourite ever Buddhist phrases, and can apply to so many things we do - requiring a burst of courage and then lots of tiny steps and steady growth, to move on to making that first leap worthwhile. Throw the seed, then let it germinate in its own time, writes Susie Moss.

It took a giant leap to begin working with Global Generation in 2012, and now it’s taking a big leap to leave.

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July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Happy summertide to one and all, writes Paul Richens. I’ve been wondering what to write about – all our veggies are doing what veggies should be doing at this time of year – growing! We got our first aubergine flowers, first ripe cherry tomatoes some lovely lettuces and our first courgette – all of which are making our kitchen team very happy – phew!

But a visit by my daughter from Harrogate and one from a long-standing friend and family, all the way from Australia, has got me thinking about all the other lovely visitors to the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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