Tuesday, 1 May 2007


whole and partial octopi. yum!

Ploughman's meets Le Parkour

Founder of Le Parkour David Belle has stated that the spirit of Parkour is guided in part by notions of "escape" and "reach" and indeed it is used by many to reclaim staid urban spaces as their own in an unconventional manner.

Taking inspiration from the notions above, we wanted to radicalise and reclaim bread from its perfunctory role. To begin with we needed good bread; good bread comes in many forms and is hard to come by. We wanted bread, that metaphorically was equivalent to a juicily dangerous railing, or perilous wall. This bread came to us in the form of a walnut loaf.

The fact that bread is a staple food of virtually every civilisation to grace this earth in some ways symbolises human existence. Existentially, perhaps the fact bread rarely escapes it's sandwhich straightjacket means far more than you or i could judge. We took bread to task. We wanted to reaquaint the word bread with the word delicacy.

We roasted peppers, mushrooms and thinly sliced chilli. Our walnut bread was drizzled with olive oil, and crushed garlic was sprinkled on top. A remarkable salad dressing was created by mixing balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, honey and basil. Drawing on an old english classic, the ploughman's lunch, the meal was served in a DIY fashion, with goats cheese at the side of the plate. Parkour showed itself in our breads bilateral dissection and our unwillingness in joining the two disparate sections together.