So I’m into my third month in London at the Royal College of Art (RCA). It’s been great fun living in a new city, meeting people from all over the world, and continuing my practice with food. Thought that I’d take some time to type up some of the things that I’ve been up to and share them here.
Last week was AcrossRCA week and as the name suggests, it is a week where we get a chance to collaborate with people from different disciplines across the college on a project. The project that I’m involved in is called “Edible Communities”, and what we’re trying to do is to foster a community through – you guessed it – food! The title picture is how our mobile kitchen looked like, which we built from scrap material scavenged throughout the college ^-^
On the first day, we had breakfast together and a potluck lunch (my kind of bonding session ;p) and drew up plans for how we wanted out mobile kitchen to look.
Waffles cooking for breakfast!
Tada! Our potluck lunch – everyone made something (I made the dumplings with the help of my Singaporean friends at Lee Abbey ^-^).
Day 2 – We had Finn from MA Sculpture a couple of years back to help with some serious building. Yay!
On Day 3, we visited Duchess Farms (http://www.duchessoil.co.uk/) and learnt a lot about sustainable farming practices from Oscar, which I won’t repeat here. I’m not a farmer, but I was very inspired to do my part as a consumer to make better choices…
Taking the overground to Duchess Farms at Hertfordshire…
On Oscar’s wagon!
This barn is 200 years old, and it’s a really good painting studio as you can see in the background ^-^
Max feeding vegetable scraps to the Dexters on the farm.
Oscar and his rapeseed crop – and Cam ^-^
That is John Lennon’s house in the backgound 🙂
On Thursday, we put finishing touches to the mobile kitchen, bought groceries… and we’re ready for our opening on Friday!
Our mobile kitchen collapses into this handy little thing ^-^ The legs become trolley handles and Xiao Mo here is trying it out.
We tried to use quality organic ingredients…
We made our pasta from a scratch, dyeing it pink with beetroot juice, and blue with purple cabbage 🙂
Our noodles ready made, and our vegetables neatly chopped for the opening at 5.30pm!
Guests can snip off bits of ingredients from this hanging rack as toppings for their noodles.
Our guests are here!
We also made vegetable dumplings out of pasta skin! Our noodles are meat-free 🙂
That concludes our project! I hope we can take our mobile kitchen more places ^-^ And this is the most complete photo I can find of all the people in our wonderful group:
Clockwise around the table from left: Sara Ozvaldic, Smriti Prasad (from whom I stole some of the photos on this blog post), Ni Wangxia (from whom I stole the photo of the dumplings :D), Wang Keren, Joseph Gabriel, Ryo Tada (who took the photo of the pasta making process), Nora Silva, Ines Neto dos Santos, Kathleen Reilly, Henriette Holz, and last of all, yours truly ;p
I’d like to conclude with this picture of us walking around the farm with our blue shoes (photo by Ines) 😀