As we quickly enter into summertime, our days together experimenting with food and bread at e5 are slowly drawing to a close. We have enjoyed a wonderful course with our eight incredible students, who have been committed, enthusiastic and kind students from the first day onwards.
Over the duration of the ten weeks, the collaboration between the social enterprise bakery, e5 bakehouse and the Refugee Council has grown stronger as ideas and initiatives are suggested and experimented with.
It has been a very exciting week as we put on our first pop-up event providing nourishing and delicious food for the general public. The wood-oven was fired and brought to a beautiful glowing temperature, ideal for baking our two unique kinds of flatbreads in; the Turcoman flatbread and the Tibetan snow shoe, not to mention the scrumptious tahini cookies!
Stuffed inside the breads was a choice of pulled beef and baharat spices with lemon pickle and sprigs of fresh coriander and dill while the vegetarian option consisted of wood-oven roasted vegetables, labnah, and zatar famous reminders of the tastes of the Middle East. The warm stuffed breads made absolutely ideal lunches and there were many a happy customer enjoying the original and flavoursome tastes of our labour.
The pop-up event on Saturday was a great chance to test run our recipes for the forthcoming Secret Cinema beginning this June. After considering if this is the right direction to be taking our trainee Just Bread women in, it feels that there is enough enthusiasm and commitment from the students to be able to say yes! to this huge opportunity. The Secret Cinema will run over 100 nights of the summer and will open its doors to over 1,500 cinema goers every night. Not only will we be offering choice foods for the customers to enjoy, we will also be swept right up into the fantasy world of the film showing this summer so both customers and vendors will be transported out of their ordinary lives and into the sounds, smells and ambience of another imaginary world. However, as much about the Secret Cinema remains shrouded in mystery, we cannot reveal the details of this event as the air of secrecy is key to its success.
As for the Refugee Council’s involvement at e5, we are currently well under way recruiting for the next course which is scheduled to begin early June. We are very excited to welcome another group of women onto the scheme and help them progress into work on completion of the ten week course. This will be our third cohort of refugee women to have received this opportunity. With all of our talented graduates we really hope to be able to keep the group together and work with them towards an inspired start-up of our own.