Jul 5, 2012
May 20, 2012
|a table full of baking possibilities - featuring brown bananas diverted from the waste bin|
|food waste info posted on a wall at the lab|
|sunny spring banana cake...waiting to be baked|
|first fire of the season, back in business (note: this is not usually the way to bake, i.e. with fire burning, but we were just itching to get our banana creations baked)|
|banana... ravioli?.... dumplings? delicious!|
|banana recipes were recorded, including this one for a banana dip, to be collected into a cookbook :)|
May 18, 2012
According to recent studies, 400 million kg of edible food are thrown out to waste each year in Finland, of which around 100 million kg are accounted to the food industry, 130 million kg to households, and 170 million kg to other parts of the food chain. Last year's Restaurant day's foraging quest led us to the forest, this time it will be the backyards of supermarkets, restaurants and homes. Our appointed food waste representative is: the banana!
We invite you warmly to participate in our outdoors laboratory to create and invent new recipes from unwanted bananas. Your creations will be baked by Archie the oven at Kalasatama's container square and shared on an open buffet table. The recipes will be compiled into a cookbook which can be downloaded, printed, and shared from an online self-publishing platform.
Open call: Do you have some food ingredients getting dusty in your shelves that you won't ever use again until they turn bad? Don't wait for that moment and bring them along to complement our lab ingredients!
Let's go bananas!
The Urban oven activists :)
May 2, 2012
Clearly first signs of spring!
Ouch, my teeth are missing
Mixing clay and sand to fix the cracks and Archie's arch
Hmm, where did all the bricks go?
Let's just break them in two!
Will the wonderous arch work again?
Aug 25, 2011
After a long summer of baking we've made the decision to give Archie a break. Thus we won't be taking reservations for the oven over for the next few weeks due to need for reconstruction. What's under construction you may ask? The roof and arch are the main areas for repair, plus the door (thank you to whomever made the latest one!) has seen better days...
And hey, if you could help in making Archie a new door (i.e. preferably with a metal and wood layer + handle) and or want to come help out at a fixing party in September, send us an email!
The Archie Tribe
Jul 21, 2011
May 17, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
Wondering how Archie has survived the winter so far? He is actually still alive, even if still covered with snow and ice and not quite awakened from his winter sleep. On yesterday's crisp and sunny Sunday morning, he was freed of his winterly burden in a communal effort of shovels and dustpans. Afterwards, the team went on a small excursion in the alpine landscapes of Kalasatama to check out the slopes and ski tracks (which are, to put it bluntly, in a rather icy and sandy condition - but: the incredible view over the city makes it all worthwhile, better than any Torni!)...
Let's hope for spring to arrive quickly so that the baking season can finally start again! According to rumours, the Kalasatama area will be filled with events and projects from a wide range of different people and organizations, so let's look forward to a lively summer 2011!
The Archie Team
Dec 6, 2010
We are looking forward to a new season of events in next year's spring!
Merry christmas & all the best for the new year!
The Archie Crew
Oct 18, 2010
In the October's eve, monday 11th, Archie hosted a Canadian thankgiving party. This time Archie was giving us so many different dishes that I don't think he's ever done that before: we had authentic canadian pumpkin pie (of course!), stuffing, german bread, indian naan-bread, apples in the oven, chickpea curry, egyptian cornbread, a truly finnish touch given by Carelian pies and what else..? A lot!
Winter's winds are starting to arrive and give their chill to the evenings, but if you'll dress up warm enough, Archie will do the rest and you'll survive (nearly) any blizzards! Hot drinks are highly recommended too and a guitar for music always adds to the atmosphere.
Sep 29, 2010
Archie gets a new door!
After making a template of Archie's arched opening, Katharina and Sarah spent an afternoon at the wood studio at TaiK, with some advice there from Martin (thank you!), then setting to work, very serious work, constructing a door...
- heavy duty thick and durable wood (~4cm)
- a souvenir of the original door ;)
- also can be used as a shield (ie. from hot flying pizzas)
Later testing on site was successful!
Sep 28, 2010
Saturday had the Old Student House on Mannerheimintie full of community-spirited folk gathering for Dodo's annual Megapolis event, where the theme this year was "The Rhythms of Cities". One of the talks was a slam-style "battle" between representatives of developers for two of Helsinki's decommissioned harbour areas Jätkäsaari and Kalasatama. The showdown ended in a cliffhanger, with the MC stating that "the winner will be revealed over the coming years", presumably when the grafitti wall and containers have long been replaced by blocks of flats. But it was fun watching Jätkäsaari's temporary use for concerts featuring certain megastars being parried with the Dodo city growers' harvest party (pictured below) where Archie was officially launched. I don't know what role developers have in the pre-construction phase, but hopefully they will continue to capitalize on local values rather than bending to global forces. The audience was most vocal with their concern over the presence of malls and the impact that would have on the ability of small businesses to thrive (photo). We look forward to hearing the topic for next year's Megapolis!
Sep 12, 2010
We had the freshly baked buns with butter (of course!) and home- made jam made from self-picked aronia berries from Herttoniemi (thanks to Felix, Anna, and Ville for the good hint where to find them!). Unfortunately, I was so busy baking and talking that I forgot to take pictures. We will upload the movie-file here soon, so stay tuned if you cannot see it tonight!
Sep 6, 2010
On Saturday and Sunday, Archie produced loads of tasty food! First, about 60 pizzas and some cake and cookies on Saturday night during dodo's harvest feast, then about 12 different kinds of 'rieska' and oven vegetables (leftovers from Saturday in the leftover heat from Sunday) during yesterday's experimental food and art event 1/5, which is part of Katharina Moebus' MA thesis at the Aalto University School of Art and Design (there is 4 more events to come!).
Curious? Check the links to see pictures of both events! Stay tuned - and make a reservation for the oven if you would like to get a taste of it yourself! :)
Picture gallery of the dodo-feast
Picture gallery of 1/5 event
Sep 2, 2010
The dodo harvest event will be followed by another happening during the same weekend. Here the description of the event (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113585698695682):
1/5: FERTILIZE// First happening of the food event series "5 - The dish"
“5″ is a series of food events and workshops taking place between June - November 2010 in Helsinki, each one symbolizing one step of the production process. Basic food is bread, the rest is a metaphore. The five steps consist of 1) fertilizing, 2) harvesting, 3) preparing, 4) consuming, and 5) salvaging. The basic idea is to inspire thought about culture, identity, and the objects we consume, with a shared experience of eating. Food as an ephemeral product, consumed by our very own bodies, represents an everyday experience that connects people and memories. We are what we eat – so, who are we?
If at hand, please bring a recipe for "Rieska" (Finnish flat bread) that you know from your family, friends, cookbook, or invented yourself. The first 25 recipe bringers will receive something in return. Welcome to an experimental autumnal afternoon outside!
Location: next to the cob oven at the container square, Kalasatama in Helsinki (follow the green "ranta-reitti"-markings on the floor/ check out the map here: http://www.uuttahelsinkia.fi/kalasatama/perustiedot/kalasatama-temporary the oven is situated close to #4)
Time: 5th of September, 3 pm- 6 pm (the evening may be continued @ Ptarmigan with a movie screening of the short film "Cities of Preferences", starting at 7 pm)
More information about the whole project can be found on its blog 1234viisi.wordpress.com. Welcome!
Aug 30, 2010
Tonight, we had our first private cob oven building team experimental pizza baking night and it was just incredible! It actually works perfectly and nicely!
The firing took around 3-4 hrs, with a first experiment at 175 degrees and a second firing after which the oven reached a temperature of about 250 degrees and just made one tasty crunchy but juicy pizza after the other! We had a wheat sourdough and topped it with ingredients everyone brought, with some veggies harvested from the dodo-garden which had really nice flavours. As tools we used a used oven peel that was donated to us by dear neighbours (big mama, thanks so much!), with the help of a saw (you shouldn't let the dough suck in the tomato sauce for too long, otherwise you have difficulties getting the pizza off the peel). The wood was found in the surroundings and brought from private homes equipped with fire wood. Even a beautiful oven door was built today, which makes Archie almost complete, since a bunch of people built an impressive roof for him on Saturday to protect him from the upcoming (winter?) season.
The pizza was enjoyed in a little pop-up park (grass mats left over from the Flow festival), under the shadow of a carrot tree (carrots grow on trees, right?). Everyone went home with a warm and full stomach, some sand between the teeth, and the aromatic smell of burnt wood in the clothes. What a night. More to come! :) Put down next weekend in your calendar! (dodo and 1/5 event coming up!)
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 24, 2010