Wild Food Walk

I have been running wild food walks for nearly two years now that quite a few of you have come on. They are a lovely day out (if I do say so myself) and Autumn is my favourite time of the year for them due to the sheer abundance of food out there. 🙂 I have two coming up in October that are aimed at beginners on the 11th and 18th. I will be covering a variety of wild fungi and edible greens as well as teaching you how to identify fungi in a systematic manner to make it as safe as possible. As usual the walk will cost £10 per person for a three hour walk but this time, there is the option of coming back to my house afterwards so we can cook up what we’ve found and have dinner together. The cook part of the walk will cost an extra £5 per person and due to the size of my living room, is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

A sample menu of what we could make using what is available at this time of the year is:

Starter: Nettle Soup
Main: Hazelnut and garlic mustard risotto served with a salad of wild greens tossed in a blackberry vinaigrette
Dessert: Autumn fruit Crumble (filled with sloes, blackberries, apples, and any other fruit we find!)

I will also be serving a selection of wild fruit cordials with the meal.

We will be leaving from Leeds university campus at 10am on the Parkinson steps and ending up on campus again 3 hours later at 1pm. Walks of this type and length normally cost in excess of £40 per person but I do mine for just £10 so that more people can afford them and join in the fun!

Anyone who wishes to come on these walks must email me in advance to book a place. Demand is quite high for them and I try to limit the numbers so that everyone gets as much out of the time as possible. If there are enough people interested, I tend to add an extra time slot and do one walk from 10am to 1pm and one walk from 2pm to 5pm that will end at my house where we shall cook dinner. Otherwise, we shall be going back to mine at 1pm to cook lunch with all our foraged goodies.

All the money raised on these walks goes to fund the work we do in Kenya. It will either be used to pay the teacher’s salaries, rent on the school house, food for the children or other running costs.
 

Wild Food Walk

I have been running wild food walks for nearly two years now that quite a few of you have come on. They are a lovely day out (if I do say so myself) and Autumn is my favourite time of the year for them due to the sheer abundance of food out there. 🙂 I have two coming up in October that are aimed at beginners on the 11th and 18th. I will be covering a variety of wild fungi and edible greens as well as teaching you how to identify fungi in a systematic manner to make it as safe as possible. As usual the walk will cost £10 per person for a three hour walk but this time, there is the option of coming back to my house afterwards so we can cook up what we’ve found and have dinner together. The cook part of the walk will cost an extra £5 per person and due to the size of my living room, is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

A sample menu of what we could make using what is available at this time of the year is:

Starter: Nettle Soup
Main: Hazelnut and garlic mustard risotto served with a salad of wild greens tossed in a blackberry vinaigrette
Dessert: Autumn fruit Crumble (filled with sloes, blackberries, apples, and any other fruit we find!)

I will also be serving a selection of wild fruit cordials with the meal.

We will be leaving from Leeds university campus at 10am on the Parkinson steps and ending up on campus again 3 hours later at 1pm. Walks of this type and length normally cost in excess of £40 per person but I do mine for just £10 so that more people can afford them and join in the fun!

Anyone who wishes to come on these walks must email me in advance to book a place. Demand is quite high for them and I try to limit the numbers so that everyone gets as much out of the time as possible. If there are enough people interested, I tend to add an extra time slot and do one walk from 10am to 1pm and one walk from 2pm to 5pm that will end at my house where we shall cook dinner. Otherwise, we shall be going back to mine at 1pm to cook lunch with all our foraged goodies.

All the money raised on these walks goes to fund the work we do in Kenya. It will either be used to pay the teacher’s salaries, rent on the school house, food for the children or other running costs.
 

Climate Camp Gathering

The Climate Camp National Gathering and Common Place Re-Launch Party!

The Common PLace is licensed once again and the Climate Camp are in town – the night is young the beer is cheap (and organic) so come on down….

Line up so far….

The Calliope of the Future – accordian punk with a glockenspiel, saw and pandeiro, a dancing mandolinist and a double bass….. touring  the UK on bikes

Forty Million Mexicans – autumn leaves and pots and pans

Nick Rasle – joyful Reggae, somewhere between the Toots and Devendra Banhart

Matt Dunne – ace

 

AAAAND rockin out throughout with DJ Defunkt

 All proceeds go to making the Common Place better.

23-25 Wharf Street

LS2 7EQ (near The Corn Exchange)

The Common PLace is an amazing radical social centre with so much going on to get involved with. To enjoy its licensed events you must be a member or be signed in by one. You cant join on the door! Join now for two pounds and a year long membership. Pay by Paypal or send a cheque..more information www.thecommonlpace.org.uk/membership

 

 

 

Buy Nothing Day (BND)

Buy Nothing Day is not asking you to buy nothing today, but instead every time you buy something, think about it and the consequences.

 

 

See the images to make other flyers, check out our [[Alternative gift ideas (Buy Nothing Day)|alternative Christmas gifts]] and alternative [[Christmas carols]].

 

What is so bad about shopping?

As consumers in rich western countries we should question the products we buy and the companies who produce them. The idea is to make people stop and think when they buy how they effect the environment & developing countries. The world seems endless but we are using resources and polluting it more than ever before. Why? In part, it is to provide you with DVD players, new T.V. e.t.c. They use natural resources only to be thrown in a tip. Large companies use factories abroad where workers face constant danger from unsafe conditions.

Shouldn't I shop today?

Buy Nothing Day is trying to make people think about the goods they buy – think before you shop!  We are NOT asking you to go without milk if you run out. Instead, before you buy think about where things come from, how they got here, what resources were used to make them and: do you REALLY need them?

What about the environment?

There are two mains environmental costs for each present you buy: The energy and toxic chemicals used to make the thing you bought.Plastic production uses 8% of the world's oil and involves many toxic chemicals.
(Acrylonnitrile: cause cancer and birth defects. Ethylene Oxide: cause cancer, changes in genetic material, and reproductive problems.  Tetrahydrofuran: Toxic by in ingestion and inhalation, causes potential damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys.  Cumene Hydroperoxide: acutely toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorbtion. A suspected mutagen and terotogen).
Plastic bags, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes are mistaken for food and end up in the stomachs' of dead birds.