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Baking Baguettes Brilliantly!

baguettes-7949-827x687Our community baker Alex Moran went to deliver the second of two workshops with Autism Sussex for Strike a Light’s Breaking Bread project in Brighton last week.

This part of our project was set up by project coordinator Natasha Padbury and funded by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, so thanks to them for that!

You can see what happened below:

Yesterday afternoon I went over to Autism Sussex in Brighton for the second of two bread making classes with a group of four. So our first session, two weeks ago was the very first time that any of the group had made bread, but the care, attention and quiet enthusiasm that they brought to the session resulted in really great bread. I was over the moon! At the end of the session I asked for requests or ideas for what we might bake next time… When Jason suggested we make baguettes I did wonder if that might be a bit ambitious?

But we decided to go for it so I got busy practicing; anyone who has tried will tell you that a good baguette takes good technique and practice. When it came to passing this on yesterday afternoon, I was again amazed by how carefully the group listened and observed and how quickly their skill with the dough developed….

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Bakers rise to bread workshop

Roll up Roll up- We made the Argus newspaper for our recent Bread Fayre as part of our Breaking Bread project! Our wonderful volunteer Lynn Tye who works at The Keep county archive is in the picture.

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Lynn Tye – Bread Fayre volunteer

A GOOD baker will always rise to the occasion – and that’s what organisers (Strike a Light) of a bread fayre did at a special workshop event. The fayre graced Brighton’s Open Market on Saturday with a selection of talks and workshops on all things bread baking.

As well as tasty dough treats and stalls, youngsters and their families were treated to storytelling activities and how-to guides on making brilliant batches of bread.

Traders were also invited to contribute to the event. They included cheery duo the Dough Brothers, who brought tasty offerings, and Alex Moran of Daily-bread.org.uk

Mediterranean bread workshop with Brighton charity Euro-Mernet

Some footage from a recent bespoke baking workshop run by our baker Alex Moran with Brighton charity Euro-Mernet (set up to promote good inter-community and inter-cultural relations in the Mediterranean regions of Europe) for Strike a Light.

The group made olive and orange bread with lots of olive oil – very mediterranean in flavour and very nice indeed!

Strike a Light will be running more bread baking workshops in the next month with Autism Sussex thanks to extra funding we’ve just received from the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.

Thanks to Umit Ozturk of Euro-Mernet and Anna of Anna’s Kitchen for the images.

Last call for free baking workshops! Bread Fayre this Saturday.

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We are now FULLY booked for Bread Fayre workshops this Saturday 25th April with exception of our FREE kids ‘Vege Rolls‘ making session by The Baking Society at 2.30-3pm. *See details below

There is still plenty to see and do at the Bread Fayre at Brighton’s Open Market so come on down between 11-4pm. You can download the full programme here for storytelling activities, exhibitions and stalls. We hope to see you there!

* Vege Rolls with The Baking Society
Family workshop making tasty and healthy vege rolls with the Open Market’s resident baking shop. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Suitable for 5+.

2.30pm – 3.00pm
Location: Baking Society opposite the Bread Fayre site in the Open Market

Bread Fayre – Programme of Activities and events

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FREE Workshop Activities ~ at Brighton’s Open Market 

Sat 25th April

11am – 4pm

Breaking Bread running order – printable version here

Announcing programme highlights for our Bread Fayre event featuring free…

Activities

  loaf-picture‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’ storytelling at the Food Shed

The wonderful Jo Oerton will whet our appetites with readings of classic illustrated story by Brightonian artist John Vernon Lord. No booking required but limited capacity. Suitable for all. Times – 12.30, 1.30 and 3pm. Location – The Food Shed shop (opposite Bread Fayre site)

Stalls

The wonderful Lewes Bread Club will be selling their delicious ‘Real’ bread so come on down to buy a loaf or three! Also visit Selcher who will be selling their German bakery wares.

Baking Heritage

 A growing collection of memories, photos and recipes from across Sussex, celebrating local baking With kind permission of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove (1)traditions. The charity Freedom from Torture’s baking resources and recipes will also be available here to view. Come and contribute to our work in progress!

Image used with kind permission of Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton & Hove

Contemporary Connections presents…

You are cordially invited to take a place at this musical dining table……Sounding Food and Music explores the connections between food, diet, gender and music/sound. Contribute your own story of food and music. Suitable for all ages throughout the event.

Workshops

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‘Extraordinary Dough Shaping’ with Anna’s Kitchen

Suitable for beginners and enthusiasts. Adult only (16yrs+) 11.00 – 12.15pm
Location: Bread Fayre site in the centre of the Open Market

‘Daily Bread’ with Alex Moran

Suitable for beginners and enthusiasts. Adults only (16yrs+).

1.00pm – 2.00pm A Delicious Daily Brown
2.30pm – 3.30pm The easy 10 minute Ciabatta
Location: Bread Fayre site in centre of Open Market

Kids pizza making with The Dough Brothers

Suitable for 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Slices or full size pizzas also available to buy.  No need to reserve – just come down anytime between 11.00am – 12.30pm Location: London Rd entrance to the Open Market

Vege Rolls with The Baking Society

Family workshop making tasty and healthy vege rolls with Open Market’s resident baking shop. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Suitable for 5+ 2.30pm – 3.00pm Location: Baking Society opposite the Bread Fayre site in the Open Market

Free Bread Making Workshops

***We still have places on our free workshops at the event…for details check our website and get signed up!***

Plus we are proud to be partnering with Autism SussexEuro-MernetThe Food Shed and Jiva Healthcare as part of our outreach programme aimed at helping improve diet and nutrition.

Get in touch!

To find out more about this event and others in the Breaking Bread project, please contact Natasha Padbury, Project Coordinator via email: breakingbreadinfo@gmail.com

To find out more about the arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light please contact email: strikealight@rocketmail.com
web: http://strikealight.org/projects/breaking-bread/

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Strike a Light funded to create new Breaking Bread project!

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Strike a Light in partnership with creative producer Natasha Padbury is delighted to hear that we’ve just received funding from St Peters & North Laine Community First funders in Brighton.

This new project is due to start in January and run til May 2015 and is called….

Breaking Bread

Arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry.—1 Kings xxi. 7

The loaf is at the heart of our lives. It’s our connection with sustenance, community and creativity. It is the unsung hero uniting us in more ways than just providing us with a basic meal. Since time immemorial it has formed the heart of our communities.

This unique project brings together North Laine and London Road’s past, present and future bread baking traditions to create a bespoke public collective memory, a means of expressing ourselves and enabling people to connect through the physical act of Breaking Bread together.

Breaking Bread will deliver-

  • 2 x Community Workshops for members of local organisations.
  • Heritage archive display of recipes and reminiscences of London Road baking provided by residents, bakers and businesses. Material to be made into virtual postcards and accessible viewing on the Strike a Light website.
  • London Road Open Market Bread Fayre:                              
  • With: Sharing of a large scale communal bread  * 2 x 40 minute free participatory workshops for the general public * Local Trader Contributions * Baking demonstrations

Breaking the Bread

The making of a large scale communal bread baked in a wood-fired mobile oven. To be broken and shared for free with visitors to the event. T his is an homage to the local literature cult classic The Giant Jam Sandwich, illustrated by John Vernon Lord (University of Brighton).

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Heritage

Archive display of recipes and reminiscences of London Road baking to be provided by residents, bakers and businesses, with pop-up display for notes and postcards. Members of the public will be invited to add to the collection.

Samples of collated and archival material to be made into virtual postcards for free and accessible viewing on the Strike a Light website.

Local heritage providers Queenspark Books through their Brighton and Hove Photographic Collection, Screen Archive South East and MyBrightonandHove have already agreed the non-copyright use of a variety of related London Road images from archives to support this event.

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Objectives

Showing the objectives this project would meet and how:

  • Celebrates the local history of the London Road Open Market with an event in keeping with its original use
  • Promotes trade for North Laine and London Road businesses and organisations
  • Encourage local existing residents and new residents (through Hyde Housing Association and local universities) to engage with key aspects of London Road’s past, whilst learning new skills
  • Collect, record and create a unique archival product which can be promoted digitally and through a variety of media. Material will be used to further promote the Breaking Bread project, in turn promoting London Road as a cultural hub
  • Promotes cultural, social and creative activity in the area
  • Offering healthy eating/lifestyle promotion and creativity, by encouraging home baking and buying products from local suppliers
  • Invite public from outside the area to visit the area
  • Enhance community cohesion

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Business/organisation significance

 Strike a Light is a not-for-profit community arts and heritage organisation using people’s life stories and memories to engage a wide range of groups in creative and heritage activities, and making art to transform public and private spaces. Strike a Light believes in the idea of life skills and education through creativity, and aims to generate greater social inclusion by working with marginalised and vulnerable groups alongside all sections of the community.