Today, Mercato Metropolitano welcomed a group of children from Friar Playscheme for some half term fun! Inspired after their previous trips to the MM Cookery School, when they made pizza and participated in a mushroom growing workshop, the children wanted to try their hands at pasta making.

Led by our chef, Davide Rossi, the class started with the children weighing out the ingredients to make the pasta. They then moved onto kneading the dough; we were so impressed by one little boy who joined in even though he had a broken arm! The group then chopped all the ingredients to make the delicious tomato sauce, which simmered away in the pan to go with the pasta.

Davide then talked to the children about the ingredients needed to make a fresh pesto sauce; basil, nuts, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Next he got some of the children crushing the basil and garlic, old style, using a pestle and mortar. They loved the aroma that came from the tasty mixture! We also had two very willing volunteers to grate the Parmesan cheese.

It was then onto the really fun part- rolling out the dough, ready to be put through the hand-operated pasta machine. An orderly queue was formed and everyone watched in fascination as tagliatelle came out. After a few minutes in a pan of hot water, the pasta was ready and was tossed into the fresh pesto for some and, tomato, for others, sprinkled with yet more Parmesan. Silence fell as everyone tucked into their delicious lunch! We’re looking forward to welcoming the Friars Playscheme back to MM soon.

HOP TO IT!!

Watch this space for a new community gardening project that we are going to be launching soon. Fancy helping out to grow hops on our site to make the delicious beers that will be made in our sustainable brewery and sold at MM? We are working in conjunction with the amazing Lamlash Gardens, who are based a stone’s throw from us in Elephant and Castle, to start growing hops on our site. Join us on Sunday 3rd December from 1.30pm to start this amazing project. More information to follow….