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Full Pot!

Take one very large stew pot, a collection of vegetable stories and an enthusiastic Priory Primary School, mix them all up and finish up with soup for 170, a retelling of stories and four rather beautiful banners.
This was an interesting brief from DAISI to link the SEAL theme of “Good to be me” with healthy cooking and storytelling over two days of workshops. I had a thoroughly good time. We explored how a school is made up of individuals who all have their own special qualities in the same way that a soup is made up of vegetables all with their own stories and properties.


I was impressed with the way Year 1 and 2 chopped, grated, scrubbed and peeled enough veg for the whole school, the Year 6 rap version of the story of Antoine Parmentier, the speaking and singing carrots of Year 6, the retelling of the “Old Woman and the Pumpkin” by Year 3 and 4 and foundation class’ enacting of the “Tortoise the Hare and the Squash Field. So much sharing, creativity and teamwork. Fantastic. I hope to post the lyrics of the two songs soon.
I am intrigued by the way that food and stories can be linked, cooking and telling, sustaining body and mind. I feel I need to get researching and collecting snippets of story and fact to add into the recipe. It can be tricky finding the right stories to enhance and draw out a theme without being too contrived. There is a real lot of learning to do!

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At the Green Fair

Exeter Green Fair

Exeter Green Fair

Finally the Green Fair has come onto the Cathedral Green out from the beautiful, but rather secluded surroundings, of the Bishop’s Garden! So many people wandering through the range stalls covering recycling, local food, green initiatives and more! OrganicARTS and Love Local Food were there and a very fine time it was with conversations ranging from the changing state of the staple food of Britain – is it potato or pasta now? – through to the possible links of projects at the farm with those in India!

Antoine Parmentier

Antoine Parmentier

I did a couple of story sessions featuring the Potato Tales. For those listeners who doubted the veracity of the story of Antoine Parmentier and the introduction of potatoes to France then  check this Wikipedia article! These stories have a good mix of history, biology and folk tradition!

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