We have just received planning permission for the designs for the kitchen and have gone out to tender for the construction costs.
As you may be aware, for the last four years Rhyl Primary School has been working to build a community kitchen in the school grounds - a hub for inspirational food education for our pupils, parents and people who live in the local area.
This note is to update you on the progress of this exciting project. We have just submitted a planning application to Camden for the new design of the building – see here for a full set of images. There have been several important changes since the first design, which proved too expensive to build. The key features of this new design are:
We have commissioned a totally unique design, including natural ventilation and sustainable features to reduce energy use.
We have removed the roof garden at the request of a neighbour who was concerned about privacy.
We have chosen timber cladding for a friendly and natural look so it blends in with the surroundings.
If you have any question about our plans or want to discuss them in person, please feel free to get in touch with the school: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7485 4899.
self raising flour
light brown sugar
butter (not margerine)
For the icing
500g Icing Sugar
3 tbsp of milk
Edible flowers (optional)
- Set oven to 180 degrees or gas mark 4
- easure the weight of 4 eggs - this will give you the weight for the other ingredients
- Cream together the butter and sugar until all of the lumps of butter have gone and you have a smooth and creamy mixture
- Next add the self-raising flour
- Crack in the eggs one at a time folding the flour in so that lots of air can get into the cake
- Add the remaining egg and vanilla essence.
- Grease two circular tins 20cm in diameter. Line these tins with greasproof paper
- Share the mixture between the two tins equally and bake for 20-25mins. When you stick a skewer or knife into the sponge it should come out clean.
- Once removed, take the cake out of the tin and rest on a wire cooler.
- hilst the cake is cooking make the butter icing by creaming together the butter and icing sugar with the back of a wooden spoon (add the icing sugar slowly as it can get quite messy)
- Add the milk to make the creaming easier.
- Your cake needs to be completey cool before icing otherwise the butter will just melt.
- Use half of your icing to sandwich the two layers together.
- With the remaining icing spread it on top of the cake.
- Decorate your cake with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. If you have edible flowers then these look really good too!
- Eat your cake with friends with a cup of tea. Yum!
We often make pizza in our wood fired oven. In fact, it's become something of an obsession! Here is our recipe for pizza dough.
1 kg '00' flour (we use Caputo blue)
Add the flour to a large mixing bowl. In a separate measuring jug, add the water - this should be warm but not hot. Add the yeast and sugar and stir. Leave this for the yeast to activate - after ten minutes or so you should start to see small bubbles forming on the surface. Add the liquid to the flour and mix with your fingers and knead to bring it together into a dough. This kneading process should take 5-10 minutes.. Cover the bowl with a tea towel for 20 minutes. Then add the salt and knead again. Form into a large ball and cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave to rise overnight - for at least four hours or overnight.
A friend dropped round with the first of the year's wild garlic - knocked up in a pesto. She whizzed up the leaves with walnuts, almonds and olive oil. Then added grated parmesan, salt and pepper and perhaps a touch a lemon juice to taste. For an all-British version, you can switch for rapeseed oil and a hard cheese such as cheddar. For other uses, it’s a good idea to wash the leaves well first. Then blanch for ten seconds or so in boiling water to soften them up.
Other tips for wild garlic:
– Stir strips through scrambled eggs or add to omelettes.
– Thread through pasta.
– Whizz in mayonnaise, add to aioli, or skordalia.
– Add to bubble and squeak.
– Add to Welsh rarebit.
– Infuse some leaves in olive oil to for a garlicky hit later in the year.
This was a twist on a Sophie Grigson recipe from her book ‘Vegetables’ – orange zest adds a bit of magic. They loved it.
Cavolo Nero (or kale) on toast with chilli, rosemary, garlic and orange zest
Fry finely sliced onions until soft.
Add garlic, red chilli and a sprig of rosemary.
Stir around for a minute.
Chuck in the chopped cavolo nero (washed but not dried) and salt.
Cover with lid.
Cook on low heat for about fifteen minutes, checking every now and then to make sure it’s not sticking.
Grate in orange zest about a minute before serving.
Served it up on sourdough toast, rubbed with half a garlic clove, drizzled with olive oil and spread with goats’ cheese.
If you can’t be bothered with this faff, a simpler recipe is to chop, steam (keep crunchy), toss with olive oil, a touch of salt and a squeeze of lemon.
Check this out for good fortune. One of our parents, who we shall call F, has brought in her mother and grandmothers' recipe collection - we will select one for the cookbook we are compiling.
Many are from wartime and the age of rationing. Her mother, she says, used to salivate over the images of food in cookbooks as she had scant supplies. F was cooking full meals from the age of 9. Her mother, she says, struggled with that task, although one of her signature dishes was her Red Soup, made with lamb and beef, which would sit unrefrigerated on the hob all week.
Check out these pictures ....
The team at Rhyl is thrilled that we were voted the Greenest School in Camden just before the summer holidays!
We are grateful for a pledge of £10,000 towards the project from Garfield Weston Foundation.
"We are a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years. From small community groups to large national institutions, our aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.
The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence."
Just been running our stall outside Wholefoods, Camden as part of a food education project with School Food Matters.
Our wood fired oven at Rhyl is already a big hit. But #rhylkitchen will help us to take it to the next level, once local community groups and partner schools can come in to use the space. We have been doing our homework, too - here is a pizza chef showing off his skills.
It was an epic journey - 250 miles over 3 nights. We raised around £3,000 for #rhylkitchen. We travelled via Newhaven, then down through Normandy to Paris. It rained heavily for the last few days, but that made not a smidgen of difference. It was a great trip - never to be forgotten. We ended under the Eiffel Tower.
Final preparations are underway for our epic cycle ride to Paris to raise money for the kitchen. A team from the school are setting off tomorrow morning. To donate, please see www.rhylkitchen.org/donate.
A team of staff are gearing up for a sponsored bike ride to Paris at the end of May. It's a three day trip, raising (of course) more funds for #rhylkitchen.
One of our favourite chefs, Giorgio Locatelli, came to visit the school for a briefing about our #rhylkitchen project. He holds a Michelin star for his restaurant Locanda Locatelli in Marylebone. He will be helping in the school as part of the brilliant Adopt a Chef scheme. Sarah Howard and Helena Houghton also came for a tour of the school.
We have exciting plans for the roof garden above our kitchen, which will allow us to grow a wide range of crops previously tricky due to the semi shady aspect of our site. Our school gardener Tom is working with the children and wider community to finalise design ideas. Here her shares some top tips for gardening with children in a recent podcast for The Guardian.
The school has been granted planning permission for the project by Camden Council. This is excellent news!
As part of our enterprise project 'Growing Ideas'. a team from school visited Wholefoods in Camden to sell our homemade products to the public to raise money for #rhylkitchen.
A group of intrepid staff from Rhyl cycled to Brighton to raise money for #rhylkitchen. So far we have raised over £500.