If you’ve visited us at Eden this week for Halloweden, or are coming this weekend, you may have attended one of our pumpkin carving workshops.
So what to do with the leftovers once you carved your pumkin? How about some lovely Spiced Pumpkin soup.
Spiced Pumpkin soup…
- Approx. 900g of peeled, de-seeded pumpkin flesh
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
- 1 stick of celery, roughly chopped
- l litre stock (chicken or vegetable- from a cube is fine)
- 25g butter
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 bay leaf
- In a large pan, melt the butter and over a low/medium heat, fry the onions ‘til they’re golden
- Add the rest of the vegetables and spices and cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes
- Add the stock and simmer gently for 20 minutes
- Blend the soup in a food processor (watch out for hot splashes!)
- Season to taste, then serve with a sprinkling of herbs and/or a swirl of cream
Let us know how you get on!
We’re holding an open public meeting on Friday November 6 about our plans to build a geothermal power plant on our site at Bodelva, near St Austell.
The meeting will take place at our Visitor Centre between 6pm and 8pm following an afternoon meeting about the plans for local councillors, planners and community network managers.
The meetings will include Eden chief executive Tim Smit as well as energy experts from Eden and geothermal partners EGS Energy Limited.
The open meeting will be chaired by Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus.
It’s going to be an informal meeting with conversations taking place around the room before presentations followed by a q and a session.
Matt Hastings, Eden’s Energy Manager, said: “Anyone who wishes to come along and take part is more than welcome. This will be a great opportunity for people to find out what our geothermal plans are all about and to discuss them with those directly involved.
“The team is looking forward to meeting people with an interest in the plans and we hope everyone will go home with a better understanding of why we’re planning to do this and how we hope to achieve it.”
Eden’s partnership with EGS Energy is to establish an engineered geothermal system power plant from which Eden could take the electricity and heat to power its site and put excess electricity onto the national grid.
EGS Energy, a company based in Penzance, Cornwall, and Eden are working together to obtain consent for a site and to establish the power plant, in what could be the first installation of its type in the UK.
The power plant at Eden would consist of a two borehole system – one injection well and one production well, both around three to four kilometres deep. Water would be circulated between the two wells, heated by the hot rocks in the process and returning to the surface at approximately 150ºC.
There it would drive a binary turbine to create electricity, at a planned capacity of 3MW. It is intended that further development of the power plant could see the hot water being used for other purposes such as heating beyond the Eden site, before it is returned into the reservoir.
The partnership process began in June and is expected that it would be completed, the boreholes drilled and the power plant producing power, by 2012/13.
Engineered geothermal system technology has developed apace in recent years, with much of the key science and know-how having been developed at the Hot Rocks project at Rosemanowes Quarry near Penryn, Cornwall, in the 1970s and 1980s.
The skills of the EGS Energy team have been honed over a total of more than 70 years of working with reservoirs deep in granite rocks and circulating water through them. One of EGS Energy’s partners, BESTEC GmbH, operates a commercial plant in Landau, Germany, with a capacity of up to 3.8MWe.
Matt Hastings added: “The EGS Energy power plant could open up the Holy Grail of renewable energy: a secure, consistent, carbon-neutral source of both heat and power.
“The energy would be 100 per cent controllable and on an industrial scale. Above all, compared to other clean technologies, it has a small footprint above ground, and since it consists of a closed loop system its potential negative environmental impact is small.”
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Friday 30 October
Top TV presenter James Wong from BBC2’s Grown Your Own Drugs is coming to give a talk at the Eden Project. In the highly-rated show aired earlier this year he cooked up home-made herbal remedies to offer an alternative to over-the -counter medicines for a variety of common ailments as well as some great beauty fixes.
James has made his name as an ethnobotanist – a scientist who studies how people use plants in many different ways. James has joined BBC1’s Countryfile team and was also one of BBC4/2’s Fossil Detectives. He has appeared on Gardeners’ World, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and BBC Breakfast.
James is half Malaysian and was born in Singapore. He spent most of his childhood growing up in the jungles of Borneo and other parts of South East Asia. His grandmother used to teach him about traditional medicines and this is where James’s passion for plants originated – a passion that would see him travel the world in search of new plants and their fascinating uses.
James was trained to Masters level at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and graduated with distinction. He went on to work at BGCI the world’s largest plant conservation network, where he transformed information from botanical journals into engaging and relevant stories for the press, education projects and conferences as well as contributing to scientific journals.
We’re really looking forward to James’s visit. He recently visited Eden to record for his next series so he knows us well. His passion and untamable sense of adventure are infectious. He’s a unique blend of explorer, anthropologist, gardener and ethnobotanical adventurer.
We really do hope you will be able to join us for this exciting and unique event with James at Eden. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information.
Impress your friends and family this Halloween with these spooky edible Mummies – my very own recipe!
Mummy Muffins (makes 12).
All ingredients to be at room temperature.
For the muffins:
- 150g butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 175g self-raising flour
- 3 medium eggs
- 2tbls cocoa powder
- 1tbls milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the buttercream:
- 100g butter
- 100g icing sugar
- 1tbls cocoa powder
For the decoration:
- 200g fondant icing
- Red, yellow, green & black food colouring
- Icing sugar to dust
Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Line a 12 bun muffin tin with paper cases.
Now this couldn’t be easier, just put all muffin ingredients into a food processor and process ‘til you get a smooth, thick batter. Distribute mixture evenly between 12 muffin cases and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20minutes or until risen and browned. Once they’re fully cooled, you can get on with the fun part- decorating! First off, make your buttercream by combining together the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder- keep mixing ‘til it’s of a soft, spreadable consistency.
Take 75g of the fondant and split into 4 equal balls. Colour each one a different colour (red, green, yellow and black), then wrap each ball in a bit of cling film while you get on with making the ‘bandages’ (the fondant dries out quite quickly, so keep it covered whenever you’re not using it).
Separate the remaining 125g of fondant into 3 balls (it’s easier to roll out in smaller amounts), put plenty of icing sugar on your work surface & rolling pin and roll the white fondant ‘til it’s a couple of millimetres thick- lifting the icing and re-dusting your work surface between rolls will help stop it sticking.
Using a sharp knife, cut the rolled-out fondant into thin strips approx. 5 mm wide.
Spread the buttercream over the surface of the muffin & layer the fondant bandages on top, leaving a gap for the eyes.
Now make your eye balls from the coloured fondant and put them in place- the black fondant pupils might need a dot of milk on the underside to help them stick.
For a bit of fun, every Friday our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?)
So, over to Chris…
This week: Where the Wild Roses Grow by Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave
A rather sorrowful and haunting song ending in the demise of poor Elisa. The imagery in this video is based on the painting of Opelia by Millais. Roses have been used, and still are, in a great deal of art, music and theatre, from Shakespeares ‘a rose by any other name’ to ‘Roses’ by OutKast. These thorny beautiful blooms really seem to stir human emotions. The Rose Family, or Rosaceae, contains about 3000 species including Apples, Cherries, Strawberries and Raspberries, making it the third most important economic plant family, after grasses and legumes.
Have a good weekend.
We’re celebrating National Apple Day tomorrow (Wednesday 21 October) with apple and cider expert Keith Goverd who is coming to Eden for a Q and A session.
We’re big fans of Keith, a specialist with 40 years experience of the technological make up of cider and juice from different apple varieties.
He has established a successful business making a range of juice (including single variety juice), cider and cider vinegar.
Keith has advised people keen to establish orchards, juice or cider production on commercial production and processing of their fruit and is one of the people actively concerned about correct identification and recording of apple trees growing in Cornwall.
He established Bath Farmer’s Market of which he is chairman.
This man knows his stuff people!
If you’d like Keith to identify any of your applies, please bring along 4-6 representative apples. Or just come along for a chat.
This is a picture of a crane lowering the WEEE man’s grimacing head back on to his seven-metre body following a major refit.
With teeth of mice, ears of satellite dishes and a brain of computer parts, WEEE man is a three-tonne structure which represents the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) the average British person throws away in their lifetime.
His creator, contemporary artist Paul Bonomini, has given him a makeover, refitting mobile phones, mp3 players, lawn mowers and the like to represent his bones and sinews.
Says Paul: “I designed him to look like he’s dragging himself out of landfill, coming back from the dead. He’s there to remind us of this monster that we’re creating when we dump these goods rather than recycle them.”
Since the sculpture was installed here in 2005, the UK Government has introduced legislation that makes producers responsible for appliances at the end of their lives – and encourages them to design products which last longer.
So far, the regulation has seen over 850,000 tonnes of WEEE collected for refurbishment and recycling.
If you’re coming to Eden, you can’t miss WEEE man, he sits towards the centre of the site and you’ll spot him as you walk down the steps towards the Biomes.
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For several years now the Pepsi Pool in the Mediterranean Biome has been in hiding behind dense clumps of restios that have thrived in the boggy conditions around the pool’s edge.
But after some strenuous digging by the horticultural team the pool has finally been revealed and is now showing off its flowering aquatic plants.
You may be wondering why it is called the Pepsi Pool – well, the Cape mountain streams and pools in the Fynbos, a species-rich area forming part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa, are dark brown in colour due to natural tannins that leach into the water making it resemble a famous soft drink. The leaves of many Fynbos plants are packed with tannins to deter browsers and they are highly flammable. In the heat of summer, dry leaves often burn, releasing their tannins into the soil.
The plant you can see floating on the surface of the Pepsi Pool is Aponogeton distachyos, also known as Cape pondweed or Water Hawthorn. The flowers are sweetly scented and edible and can be pickled or used in salads, soups and most importantly, Cape stew!
For a bit of fun, our Plant Records Manager, Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on our plant collections, will do a regular blog slot where he recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant. (Do you see what we did there?)
So, over to Chris…
Green Onions by Booker T & the MG’s
The Alliaceae or Onion Family is an extremely important group of plants. The underground storage organs becoming the onions and garlic that we love and cherish. Not only are a lot of these plants tasty, they look great too, our Agapanthus and ornamental Alliums look stunning in the summer months.. I really like this track, and like to imagine onions and garlic wearing sunglasses…enjoy!
Plant Records Manager