For goodness bake

Plenty of food for thought on this weekend’s show…

Fresh from the first ever Newark Vegan Festival on Saturday 16 February, Rachel will describing some of the goodies that were on sale in the Ballroom of the Town Hall.

She’ll have news too of her cookery demonstrations at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on the day – if you’re reading this before Saturday, there’s still time for you to go along and see her in action! – and hopefully there’ll be a few minutes in the first hour of the show for her to share at least one of her recipes.

Later on, Jill Hesketh will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about her bread-making courses – and she’s promised to bring some of her goodies to the studio too…

Jill be telling June and Rachel why and how she started Bake It and Take It, offering one and two day courses which, as the name suggests, give those taking part the opportunity to bake their own bread and then take it home to enjoy!

With just two clients joining her for each session, there’s plenty of time get hands-on with the dough and – with Jill’s expert guidance – make several different breads, from a white tin loaf to an Italian foccacia.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday for all this and more, including news of Jill’s new half-day pizza and tapas making courses and her plans to add cake and pastry making classes to the menu later this year…

All you knead to know

12186525_10153367135288558_6880246592293046059_oIf you were listening earlier, you’ll have heard June, Tina and Sue waxing lyrical about the croissants and morning rolls brought into the studio by today’s guest Gail Hooley.

Definitely a batch made in heaven – the smile on Sue’s face here says it all!

Between mouthfuls of buttery, flaky croissants and tasty little rolls, the Girls Around Town managed to find time to chat to Gail about her work as an artisan bread maker and the community group she runs at the Ecocentre in Screveton.

They were even given a quick masterclass in the right way to knead – no more aching arms and backs, it’s all in the way you position your feet!!

If you fancy finding out how to make your own clean bread in a convivial and social environment, Gail’s group meets every other Thursday and places are £5 per session.

eco_building-300x187It’s just one of a whole range of events and activities taking place at the Ecocentre, an amazing building of straw bale, rammed earth construction with a sedum roof which sits on a working farm close to Newark.

Since January 2015, over 3200 people have visited Screveton to take part in activities which, in addition to the fortnightly bread making group, include

  • Yoga for All
  • Seated Yoga for Seniors
  • Community Health Club
  • Quercus Community (for young adults with learning difficulties)
  • Men in Sheds
  • Community Allotment Club

Perhaps one of the special events on the menu over the next couple of months appeals to you? Take your pick from

  • Grow, Cook, Eat on Friday 30 October at 7pm – Chef Robert Reid will be in the kitchen demonstrating how to make the most of local seasonal produce, without it costing the earth. Tickets are £12.50 each, to include cookery demo, food and a glass of wine.
  • Turkey Tasting Event on Saturday 28 November
  • Christmas Event and Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday 12 December

Or why not just drop in between 9am and 1pm any Saturday and enjoy a full English breakfast with their own farm-reared sausages, for just £5? Like Gail’s croissants and rolls, breakfast at the Ecocentre’s Saturday Kitchen Café comes highly recommended – just ask Tina!!

For details of all events and activities at the centre, visit the website, email or call 01949 21261.

A batch made in heaven

breadNo cake on the show on Saturday – it’s all about bread this week!

After 30 years in finance and the motor industry, in 2008 Gail Hooley escaped to Southern Ireland to explore a firm belief that good, clean food and health are inextricably linked.

Working on a 100 acre organic farm in County Cork, where fresh bread was made every day, she began to question how such a simple and organic process has become so adulterated by industrial bread makers, who now take so many shortcuts to produce a more complex, less digestible, less nutritious loaf.

A course with Andrew Whitley, a professional organic baker, founder of Bread Matters and co-founder of the Real Bread Campaign, provided some of the answers. But it also generated a desire to get the message across to the local community so in February 2014 she returned to Bread Matters to learn how to run a community bread making initiative.

Gail will be joining the Girls Around Town after 11am to talk about how she’s now using her skills at the Ecocentre in Screveton, teaching people to make their own clean bread in a convivial and social environment, in the hope that they in turn will take those skills out into the community and encourage friends and family to eat good bread.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 1pm to find out more – June, Tina and Sue are crossing their fingers in the hope that Gail may even be bringing samples of the staff of life for them to try!