Exciting food events!

January does not usually belong to months when we celebrate food, bumper harvests or delicious recipes. Christmas indulgence is almost forgotten and there is 3still  long time to go for the first spring harvests. But coincidentally, this week University of Warwick (and us, shamelessly sayin!) hosts a number of truly exciting talks, panels and food celebrations!

Starting on Wednesday, One World Week, an annual student event, is hosting a forum on the Future of Food. It centres around the issue of feeding 9 billion people, looking at it from the different perspectives of individual agents in food system, such as retailing or farmers so lets hope the main narrative ‘we need to produce more’ and there will be place for some organic and sustainable debate. Chances of this happening increase substantially because our own infamous Chris Maughan is going to be on the panel! So get thinking, 28th January @ 18:00 in MS.02 (Maths and Stats building).

Next day on Thursday – no chance to take a breath! – Food Coop and Warwick Allotment organize a talk as a part of the Warwick Hub Series with a bit mysterious name, A Triumphant Calamity’?: The Ethics of the Global Trade in Food. Look forwards to the highest class of home-grown academics, including Ben Richardson and Matthew Watson and again, our food coop grown Hannah Wheatley who will share her insides into the social impacts of corporate control of seeds! 29th January @5pm, S0.18, Social Sciences.

And last but not least, Food Coop is 2 years old! Already! So join us for some home-made cider, Friday 30th, from 7pm in Grad Deck (on the way to Lakeside).

And if you cannot make it physically to any of these events, fear thy not. For some extra portion of mind-boggling ideas about our food system, alternatively take a bite of the Edible Education course, videotaped lecture series at the University of Berkley, ingredients including Michael Pollan, Raj Patel or Paul Rozin. Bon appetit!

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Happy New Coop Year!

New year, new order in (almost full stock!) but the same awesome Coop plus now we are also trialing Thursday afternoons, so come to say hi from 12 – 3pm on the usual spot. So we also very warmly welcome more volunteers – join our Facebook group for a once a term, once a month, once a week? quality time on the stall!

Since Week 2, you can pick up your bread and veg boxes as usual. One little change there is – don’t forget to really bring your own containers (bags, glasses, lunchboxes…) because otherwise in the name of the environmental sustainability, Coop now charges symbolic 5p per plastic bag for your weekly portions of any produce by weight.

Food Systems Academy launched by Food Ethics Council

Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between food sovereignty and food security? What is the relationship between gender, nutrition and poverty? If you ever wanted to get a better grasp of the theories (and practices) of the contemporary food systems, now you have a chance.

Food Ethics Council Trustee Geoff Tansey has just launched a new and exciting project, Food Systems Academy; an open, free education resource to transform our food systems. It hosts a series of 12 excellent talks in four threads by many of the world’s top experts on food systems, including Olivier de Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, Harriet Friedman or our very own Elizabeth Dowler.

Tune in and share your thoughts!

You can also follow Geoff on his twitter feed @FoodSystemsAcad.

Time Union and Food Union pre-launch

The Pod (a Coventry City Council resource for people that are striving to improve their mental health) is proud to announce the emergence of two exciting new projects. Firstly, ‘Time Union’, which aims to give people the opportunity to strengthen their social networks, individual skills, and community through sharing; and, secondly, ‘Food Union’, a project which hopes to generate discussion and action aimed at tackling the socially and environmentally unsustainable aspects of our food system.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the projects themselves and what they will mean for our community, but also for you to have a role in how they are shaped. The event will comprise short talks (including our coopers:) aimed at exploring some of the possibilities presented by these two projects, as well as break-away discussions, and a chance for all attendees to vote on a range of potential project logos.

In an attempt to involve as much of the Coventry community as possible, the event will be split into two repeating sessions; one in the late afternoon (3-5pm), the other in the early evening (6-8pm).Between these two sessions we will break for food and more discussion, a moment we hope will allow a cross-pollination of ideas and energy between the two groups.

Given the focus on food signalled by the Food Union (but also via Time Union’s emphasis on skill-sharing) the food we are providing will consist largely of ingredients from producers and distributors who would otherwise have wasted it. Both Food Union and Time Union wish to make it a core part of their function not only to draw attention to the things that are wrong with our society (like food waste) but also to highlight positive alternatives which can help to make our community more healthy, equitable and environmentally sound.

And if you are free earlier, you can come and help out with peeling, dicing, cooking, mixing… and potentially bring some spare veg from your allotment.


For more information email thepod@coventry.gov.uk or call 02476786680.

To book a free place follow this link:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/time-to-digest-food-union-time-union-pre-launch-tickets-13750144051

FB event where this text was largely taken from: https://www.facebook.com/events/961096490583677/   

VEG OF MONTH – Fun Pumpkin Facts + Recipe

Bit of pumpkin trivia: did you know that…

…. pumpkin has lots of vitamin A and potassium?
…. pumpkins are 90% water?

And wait, this is going to blow your mind…

…. pumpkin is fruit, berry in fact.

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Halloween Leftover Pumpkin Soup

Did you get that tiny pumpkin too small to carve? Don’t worry, you can put it to a better use in the kitchen. You’ll need only veg you can find in your weekly veg box + some spices you’ll surely find in your flat’s cupboard:

1 pumpkin (any size, the bigger the pumpkinier)

1 medium onion

2 potatoes

1 – 2 carrots (someone likes it sweet…)

garlic

oil, salt, pepper, spices (chilli, paprika, grounded cumin, coriander, marjoram… whatever is in yours or housemate’s cupboard) parsley, chive

* Dice the onion and garlic and fry it in a soup pot.
* Persist patient & peel the pumpkin. Cut it into smaller pieces, do the same with carrots & potatoes.
* Carefully take out the pumpkin seeds, clean them and roast them in the oven with bit of oil and salt.
* Put all the veg into a big soup pot with some water and cook until soft with salt, pepper and spices to taste.
* If you like it denser, pour out some/most of the water and blend it with hand mixer.
* Tadaa! Pour it into a bowl, decorate with some yummy roasted seeds and add some chive or parsley to add a green touch.

New term, new produce, new software, newish blog!

The Food Coop entered in its second full academic year! Come and say hi every Tuesday from  12 – 5 in the SU Atrium and see our growing offer. Check out Yogi teas, Hazelnut or Almond Spreads and different alternatives to milk – classic soya, soft almond or cheeky hemp.

Also, our newest addition is delicious breads from Haddie & Trilby bakery in Leamington Spa, Regent Street. Come and taste some yummy samples and pre-order for next week. Plus we can’t forget the aweeesome software developed by Ondrej which now will help us process your orders faster.

We are always hunting for more volunteers since we are planning to open on Fridays as well, so come to the stall or just pop us an e-mail 🙂 It’s so much fun, you meet lovely people and hey, you can wear this awesome Food Coop-tailored apron. Who has that?

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Last but not least, we plan to post more things here, not only about Food Coop but also some recipes to inspire you with recipes (or just offer a simple answer to the ‘what the hell I am supposed to do with that green thing in my veg box’ question). And since Food is one of the University of Warwick Global Research Priorities, we’ll update you on exciting events/reports/projects/workshops going on in Coventry/Leamington Spa area as well.

See you soon!