Food, Nutrition and Art!


This week the UIV groups have been exploring the close link between Food, Nutrition and Art!  They have been given the opportunity to design and make their own focaccia bread using their own design.

Wow!  Look at these wonderfully creative examples.  There were gardens, trees, flowers, sea scenes and all made to eat and enjoy with friends.  As you can see the groups enjoyed making the focaccia, the flourish to the end of their course this year.

On Tuesday 18th June, U4C Food & Nutrition has been making Focaccia Bread with an art design composed of different ranges and varieties of colourful vegetables, creating Focaccia Art that would be judged by the Director of Art and the department for a winner in design of each Food class by taking a photo of the bread before going into the oven and after it is baked.

First, we had to wash our hands and prepare our ingredients on the white tray, and preheat the oven to 210 Degrees Celsius. Then we would peel and crush the garlic and chop the rosemary and add the garlic and rosemary into a small bowl of olive oil. And then in a large bowl, we would add ½ tsp salt into strong bread flour and stir through. Then in a measuring jug we had to add 100 ml of cold water and another 100 ml of boiling water and some yeast and ½ tsp sugar, then stir well and allow the yeast to activate for a few minutes. And then in the large bowl of bread flour, we had to pour in the water/yeast mixture and half of the infused oil, then stir well so it’s fully mixed and then turn dough out onto a floured work surface to knead to dough for 5 minutes to allow the gluten to develop, until the dough is stretchy and smooth. Place the dough in a baking tray and flatten out the bread evenly to allow the dough to prove whilst we decorate the bread with the colourful vegetables we choose uniquely according to the design plan we created for homework. After the design is finished, drizzle half of the oil onto the top of the design to prevent it from burning when baking it in the oven. Cook the bread in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

We took a photo of the results to be judged by the Art Department for a winner in each class! The focaccia bread didn’t only have a unique and creative appearance, but was also very delicious at the same time!

By Kimberley UIV

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