Made in Hackney | Hackney Food Photographer

May 26, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
The Made in Hackney Local Food Kitchen is a pioneering eco-community kitchen which promotes food growing, cooking and composting skills in Hackney. The project ethos is that "without a healthy planet, how can we be healthy people" and so it works with local people, support and community groups, and charities to teach fun and inspiring ways to eat healthily alongside environmental best practice.
 
On 17 May 2014 I was booked to photograph a masterclass on 'Live Cultures and Ferments' given by Åsa Simonsson. The process of fermenting foods is long-established and it makes the food more digestible and nutritious. The masterclass included the following:
  • Nutritional benefits of fermented foods
  • making nut cheeses
  • Fermented salsa and chutneys
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
Even though I was concentrating on my shots, I was able to follow what the group were being taught, and was even invited to sample their fabulous buffet made entirely from fermented foods. At 4.5 hours in length, the masterclass was comprehensive and represents excellent value for money.
 
The most fascinating thing I encountered was a 'scoby'. This is a culture of bacteria and yeast which lives in a container of sweetened green or black tea, and is used to make the drink Kombucha. It tasted a lot better than it looked!
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