Through the foodcycle free days of the Easter holidays, here’s something to tide you over until the next Student Restaurant.
Waste Land is a new documentary about the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who travels to the world’s largest landfill in Rio to “paint” the portraits of the catadores who work there picking rubbish from the dumps that can be sold on and recycled. Using only waste materials from the landfill, Muniz, along with the catadores themselves, creates huge portraits of the workers, photographs of which are sold at auction to raise money for the Association of Recycling Pickers of Jardim Gramacho- a community association set up by Tiao Santos, a catadore himself, to protect the catadore’s rights.
The characters Muniz meets are inspirational, and it shows what incredible things really can be done with waste products. Despite doing a job that is often looked down on as dirty,the catadores are proud of what they do. As Tiao Santos says- they are not garbage pickers, but recycing pickers.
Heres the website to find out more:
If you’re in Bristol at the moment head down to the Cube tomorrow night to see it- I couldn’t recommend it more highly!
People and Planet hosted our last Student Restaurant, and here’s the latest recipe from the night…
Upside-down mango cake
For the topping:
For the cake mixture:
Self raising flour
For the base
- Cream together the butter and the sugar (by mixing it thoroughly for about 10 mins)
- Spread over the bottom of your cake tin/baking tray (and a little up the side)
- Skin and finely slice the mangoes (remove stone in middle)
- Layer mangoes over the butter/sugar base of the baking tin
For the cake mixture
- Beat together the margarine and sugar.
- Add the eggs and continue beating
- Add the self-raising flour, a spoonful at a time
- Add the baking powder
- Spoon baking mixture on top of the ‘topping’
- Cook until a skewer is clean when the cake is prodded (around an hour depending on size of cake!)
Help support our friends down at Coexist, who are in the process of setting up a new community kitchen in Stokes Croft. With plans to provide educational sessions on all types of food issues- from nutrition to food waste- its definitely a project we’re getting excited about!
Find out more here: