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!


2 thoughts on “WASTE LAND

  1. Being a foodcycle volunteer is really a rewarding experience.It a busy fun chill out environment to explore the creativity within yourself.What you gain is all the culinary skills and all that gorgeous food to melt those taste buds.you create anything whether it is some delious deserts or a beef bollioN.And do that all in an amazing three and half hours!If you never been a cook into gastronomy in anyway then your be suprise how busy it is running around at hundred miles a hours pots ,pans,preparing foods,serving guest, threw im getting dizzy just talking about it.hundreds and hundreds of our recipes have gone into a foodcycle cookbook.Although those recipes may be a delight and inspire those who want a quick meal on those exhausing evenings.I always believe that a good cookbook should contain every recipe from a holistic,lifesytle and individual health benefits point of view that we all wish for.So to leave you on a good note here is one of my personal favourites.

    Chinese stry fry

    You need
    Three carrots diced to 1inch square
    Two medium potatoes to 1inch Square
    1 or two green and red peppers
    Swede diced 1 in square
    King prawns
    One whole onion cut roughly
    Broccoli but only a tiny amount
    Califlower but only a tiny amount

    1)Put half the mackerel oil in the pan and immmediately add the onions and cook until shiny.
    2)Then put in the peppers until shiny and then add the mushrooms.(This combination is so important to the meal working.if it don’t taste amazing you done something wrong.)
    3)add all the other ingredients one by one and cooking for a little each one you add but turning down now to a low flame.(You don’t want to destroy those delicate flovours just sweat eveything in the wok.)Remmeber to add the remainder of the oil when you feel it necessary and that some moisture from wash veg sizzle in the pan.
    4)At the end you add a dash of slice tomato and some tomato juice from that and serve then season.
    If you done everything right it will blow you mind so much the flovous your want to cook it all over again and get fat!

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