26 October 2011

#OccupyDameStreet - #MasterchefDameStreet

A veritable cornucopia arrives at #OccupyDameStreet
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Wednesday 26th October
This evening I was mostly... chopping cauliflower.

Life on Occupied Dame Street takes more than the occasional strange turn, so tonight in the midst of media meetings and General Assemblies I found myself on kitchen duty helping to feed the five thousand (note actual numbers may very, past performance is not an indicator of future success, closed course, professional driver). The loaves and fishes out of which today's bountiful miracle was produced were kindly sourced and provided by the amazing Natasha of Natasha's Living Food, producer of some of the tastiest raw sprouted houmous and raw chocolate cake (sperate items, I must stress) I have ever had.

In addition to sourcing all today's food, and properly organizing the kitchen and food prep area, Natasha came back this evening to oversee the food prep, and by oversee I mean "essentially do all the work aided by two very clumsy assistants, one of whom wouldn't be trusted with a knife and the other who was, and shouldn't". I was the one without the knife, and coincidently enough I am the one still in possession of all my finger tips tonight. Natasha was very patient with us, and I learned more about Raw/Living Food from her in an hour than in all my previous trips to Saf in London. Encountering a Raw Foody made me understand what it must be like for a meat eater encountering a Vegetarian for the first time, it just seems all sorts of wrong and I'm still not sure I completely get it, but it has to be said the end results were delicious.

I may, however, never be able to rid the smell of cauliflower from my hands.

The new kitchen area in mid-transformation
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Wednesday 26th October
Patrick Bond takes questions from the audience during his workshop on the IMF
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Wednesday 26th October

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