After an abundance of love, care and hard work by residents at the No.7 garden we were left with a plethora of herbs, fruits and vegetables on Westbury Estate.
Over the past six months the garden at No.7 Fovant Court has been a hive of activity. We, along with some keen Westbury Residents have been tending to it weekly and watching the fruits, vegetables and herbs we've planted thrive! Over this period together, we have planted and harvested a variety of beans, potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, strawberries, squash, chilli, beetroot, broccoli, herbs, cucumber, and edible flowers such as marigolds, sunflowers & pansies!
With the garden flourishing, many of our conversations have revolved around around food and plant growing. The importance of flowers, plants and food has been an ongoing dialogue between residents over the past few months. While these conversations were happening, the tomato and bean plants were producing food at an incredible rate. With enough tomatoes to feed the entire estate, it brought up conversations around what can be done with home-grown vegetables like these.
As we began sharing and harvesting the produce with residents at our Coffee and Cake sessions, it lead to discussions about ingredients and recipes. On August 25th we held a Recipe Swap at No.7, where residents shared some of their favourite cooking secrets and home made specialties. We discussed and captured these tasty recipes, which included Chocolate and Beetroot Cake, and a Pumpkin Pineapple Cooler, over some delicious apple cake made by a resident at Welford court. We recorded all of these recipes down and some of them were even made for the Westbury Garden Feast.
After glowing reviews and requests for recipes of the home made dishes at the feast, we started putting together a Westbury Recipe Book, which will contain some of the culinary secrets of Westbury residents. Over the next couple of weeks we will be running workshops, using the same ‘cutting with scissors’ technique that was used to design the mural, to create icons and imagery to decorate the Westbury Estate Recipe Book.
If you would like to contribute to the Westbury Recipe Book email us at [email protected] or join us in No. 7 Fovant Court every Friday from 3-5pm where we will be designing, adding to and putting together the book. See more events happening on Westbury Estate here.