Happy New Year. It was a back to work, back to school kinda week. No complaints here: My first assignment involved ducking down to the Edible Schoolyard to cover Jamie Oliver, the British chef and TV personality. It was his first visit to the much-lauded public school cooking and gardening program in Berkeley, founded by fellow restaurateur Alice Waters.
As luck would have it, the pro photographer Erin Scott, who also pens a popular food blog under the moniker Yummy Supper, was on site to document the visit. Scott’s son Otis, who attends King Middle School, home to the Edible Schoolyard, was on hand with other students to show Oliver around and introduce him to the gardens’ chickens.
In the kitchen, Oliver listened to a lesson with food, culture, and history connections. Then came enthusiastic produce prepping, spice blending, and pot stirring, followed by gathering around the table for a bowl of black-eyed peas, a traditional good luck dish for the new year.
Read my report on the founder behind the Food Revolution campaign’s visit over at KQED’s food blog Bay Area Bites. The story includes recipes for those Ghanian black-eyed peas, spiced butter, and the Ethiopian spice blend known as Berbere, adapted from recipes by acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2014 to all.
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