Week 10: A midsummer night’s dream feast, in pictures

Prologue: an abridged version events

Student 1: “How about we turn the cookery school dining room into a magical forest, and invite 70 members of the public along to a Midsummer Night’s Dream Feast themed three course pop-up dinner, sourcing the food almost entirely from the school farm, in two weeks time?”

Everyone else: “Yeah, why not? YOBO.” (You Only Ballymaloe Once. Yes, that’s a thing we need to abbreviate).

Exit, pursued by a bear.

Act 1, Scene 1: Drinks

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Sarah’s rose petal champagne ice bowl. Red berry sorbet and pink dusting waiting in glasses for the sparkling wine.

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Our menus… and Puck (Prateek), practicing his cute face and Shawnie, actually being cute.

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Son's vietnamese rolls

Son’s Vietnamese spring rolls (see recipe here!)

Pop up quote (3)

Act 2: Scene 1: The dinner

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Getting ready…

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John Pollards bread    Main course

John Pollard’s famous potato bread. Slow roasted shoulder of lamb with carrot puree

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In the kitchen Timmys photo

Feta cheese cake with raspberry spuma, chocolate soil and Pam’s meringue shards

Act 2: Scene 2 –  The confectionery competition. Everyone won.

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The final scene: closing soliloquies and the curtain call

The room (2)

The whole team

Encore… Laura singing an Irish folk song.

Laura singing

Everyone burst into tears. The end.

What I learned this week: Put 32 heads together, and it’ll be alright on the night.

Photos by Tim Allen, Pixie Iuel, Sarah Simpson and me!

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