Earlier this week No.15 was buzzing with music and chatter from the Knight's Garden Party, a chance for residents to get together and celebrate the harvest from the garden and the end of summer. Read more about it here.
When we all started growing vegetables together at No. 15, we were very excited to see our seedlings develop into plants, but little did we know back then in March how much food we would actually produce together over the summer - kilos upon kilos of tomatoes, courgettes, chard, spinach, beetroots and a delightful selection of herbs to complement them.
Over the following weeks at coffee and cake, when residents couldn't fill their fridges with any more produce, it became apparent that there was only one way to put all this extra food to use - to hold a harvest garden party! A chance for residents to get together and celebrate the fruits of their labour. No pun intended.
The preparation for the garden party at Coffee and Cakes in the preceding weeks was industrious to say the least. Over cups of tea and conversation, residents dried herbs in a dehydrator to create fragrant flavoured salts, tried familiar and new recipes (even the most harsh of food critics enjoyed a healthy veggie sausage roll), created dried flower centrepieces, made conversation starter crackers, covered in beautiful historical images of Knight's Walk and even hand printed invites on an old fashioned printing press, inspired by the local typographic legend, Berthold Wolpe. During this time, make:good were also brewing up home made chutneys and delicious tomato ketchup from the garden bounty.
Preparation for the Garden Party at coffee and cake sessions, drying herbs from the garden, preparing a pressed flowers centre piece and making conversation starter crackers from historical imagery of the area.
As fast as our courgettes grew, the evening of the party was upon us - and what a party it was. Residents were greeted by the sounds of a local accordion player, serenading us all from the garden and the table setting was a sight to behold, the homemade decorations all came together beautifully. But all who attended agreed the main highlight was the food.
Almost every item of food on the table was home made with love and included something from the garden - not one, but two types of chutney, red and green tomato ketchup, veggie sausage rolls, spinach rolls, courgette spirals filled with cheese, beetroot dip and scotch eggs with thyme - the list goes on. Residents brought their speciality dishes and shared their secret cooking tricks and tips.
The party finished on a high note, laughing about the questions and answers given from the conversation crackers. All who came went home with full stomachs and questions about when the next celebration will be.
Look out for the Knight's Walk Recipe book coming soon which will include some of the favourite recipes from the party!