Asparagus farm trip

06/05/2008 - 15:00
06/05/2008 - 19:00

The asparagus season has started a bit late here in Oxford due to the rubbish weather, but there's now a big crop of them just a couple of miles from Carfax. It's not your normal 3rd week activity, but if you want to procrastinate outdoors and find out some more about some local food, then hopefully this is your bag.

East Oxford Farmers' and Community Market

26/04/2008 - 12:00
26/04/2008 - 15:00

At the Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, just off Cowley Road


Pop down every Saturday for a great selection of produce (see Claire's post in the advice section). I'll fill this out with updates after I go on the 26th, but our own Paul Ylioja is selling his bread, and it's worth it to go just for that!

Bread baking (take 2) and thrifty chicken cooking class

20/02/2008 - 15:00
20/02/2008 - 18:30

We're going to try to run two classes at Paul's house. You don't have to go to both events, but spaces are limited so please let us know which you would like to do. There's no charge for either event, but Paul would be very grateful for any voluntary donations, as he is raising money for Oxfam.

3-5pm Baking

Seeing as there were so many disappointed wannabe bakers who couldn't get into Paul Ylioja's baking class last time, he has generously agreed to have another class at his place.

Learn to bake your own bread

25/01/2008 - 18:00
25/01/2008 - 21:00

Two bread-baking students - Paul and Aimee - are holding a hands-on bread baking lesson at Paul's house in Cowley.

First, Paul will demonstrate the beginning of a sourdough loaf, using his own starter to make a lean dough. This one takes too long to be produced in a couple of hours. He will also show a quick enriched bread that can be made from start to finish so that everyone can make their own and take a loaf that evening to take home. Aimee will take everyone through an old-school New York bagel recipe, which I'm particularly looking forward to!

Festive cooking tutorial

27/11/2007 - 17:00
27/11/2007 - 20:00

The president of the Gastro Soc has kindly invited SFS people along to their Christmasy cooking masterclass on Tuesday.

Allotment session

11/11/2007 - 14:00
11/11/2007 - 16:00

Me and Arabella (and hopefully Dillon - the one who knows what he's doing) are heading down to our allotment at the Trap Grounds on Sunday. Leave a comment below if you're keen to come along to help too. We'll meet outside the Anchor Pub (at the far end of Kingston Road) at 2pm and walk to the allotment together, otherwise no-one will find their way there!

Fungus Foray 2

28/10/2007 - 10:30
28/10/2007 - 12:30

For those of you that are going to miss this Sunday's foray and maybe even for people who just really like it, there's another mushroom hunt
happening near Oxford.

At Brasenose Woods in Shotover Country Park Peter Creed is going to help with identification of different fungi (including which ones to avoid, I'm sure) and will explore some facts and folklore.

For directions go to but this is definitely a manageable bike ride, so we should be able to set off together.

Cooking Classes

01/11/2007 - 13:00
01/11/2007 - 20:00

Through Slow Food Student at least 6 students are going to be holding cooking classes on Thursday of 4th week (1st November).

If you want to learn where to buy the best ingredients for your meals as well as how to prepare good food (that doesn't break the bank) even in college kitchens then sign up to take part by emailing

Mushroom hunting

21/10/2007 - 10:30
21/10/2007 - 13:30

There's a Fungus Foray happening at the nearby Harcourt Arboretum (a 15-minute drive away). I have access to an 8-seater people-mover so say 'sign me up' in a comment below if you would like to come along and we'll hopefully fill out the car.

It costs £2 each, but I'm hoping it's good fun and could potentially open up a way into very cheap and delicious (if time-consuming) meals, as there are those University woods around Wytham...

The Perfect Cheese Board

30/10/2007 - 18:30
30/10/2007 - 20:30

We're teaming up with the Slow Food Oxon group for a cheese tasting at the Vaults & Garden on Radcliffe Square. Robert Pouget (who owns the Oxford Cheese Company) will have a display of cheeses, including local ones, for us all to try, and we'll be talking taste, accompaniments, wine matching, cheese boards etc. Hopefully you will find some new cheeses that you otherwise would have ignored, which you could buy at either the Woodstock Road Deli or the Oxford Cheese Company's bar in the Covered Market. The entrance price is only £5 for students and you can buy your own drinks from the bar.

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