friends of glass, cherry healey, cactus studios, glass jar
Last week sometime I was invited up to London by Friends of Glass to attended a cooking workshop presented by the ever lovely Cherry Healey. I was intrigued about what we would be doing and why glass was so important.
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After leaving Tom to the nursery run, myself and Lori who was also invited stocked up on large coffees and took the commuter train to the big city. We headed to Cactus Studios and were greeted with pastries and a warm welcome from Cherry and the Friends of Glass team.
We were given a cooking demonstration by Chef Cara and assistant Cherry on how to make two delicious meals that can be served in glass. The first item to make was a delicious looking Autumn Trifle and once we'd been instructed by Cara we were all sent away to our cooking stations to whip up our own versions. Tom loves cooking shows and I did feel a little like I was on one especially when they said there would be judging at the end! Cactus Studios is actually where they film Saturday Kitchen and where Michel Roux Jr presents his cookery school so it was a really fun space to be working in.
The second dish we made was a wild mushroom, spinach and butternut pie in a jar. The mushrooms had literally been foraged that morning so were amazingly fresh and so colourful. I loved making this dish and it's something I'm certainly going to re-create at home, I loved how you could see each layer so clearly by serving it in the jar. I love the idea of doing this for a dinner party!
After we had completed our dishes we headed downstairs to tuck in to our creations and also be served out cocktails (in a jar of course!). It was a lovely chance to get to chat to everyone that was attending. The dishes were so delicious but I don't think any of us actually were able to finish them as they were so filling, and perhaps a little larger than my usual portion size. Some of us even had to take our home in doggy bags.
So why glass? I was interested to hear that glass is actually the only material used for packaging that is 100% inert and 100% recyclable. Often other types of packaging can contain chemicals that are dangerous to your health and actually change the way your food that is stored in them tastes. It's also a material that is made from all material materials and be recycled. indefinitely.
Add to that it looks pretty cool serving things in glasses, call me a hipster already ;)
You can find out more about Friends of Glass and they work they are trying to do here.
oh and because y'know I kinda had to..
some images have been taken by the Friends of Glass photographer. I was invited to this event by Friends of Glass but all words and thoughts are my own