Lydia’s Yam Soup – reheated

Our original Talking Food 2012 description – “Hackney food guru Lydia Bachelor leads a discussion about healthy eating, nutrition, shopping, markets, cooking, recipes – and any other food experience and knowledge that we would like to share”.

It was not a radio production. It was a live event, streaming what would have happened anyway – and considerably longer than this edited version.

Our budget

  • zero.

Our production values

  • everything must be done by older people (even if the result is below BBC standard)
  • use only the most basic equipment (available to everyone)
  • the background hubbub is just as important as the voices close to the microphone (the social context is vital).

Our message

  • “If you are listening to this – STOP. Turn off your computer NOW. Please accept this invitation to join us in the real world – we have food for your body, mind and soul – and none of it is digital. Real World First!”

Recorded 10 May 2012 at ‘The Lawns’, Matthias Rd, Hackney. Remixed June 2019.

The Lawns was a lively (but acoustically-challenged) digital and social inclusion centre for older Hackney residents.

The League of Meals was a fun project that did not survive contact with reality.


My note to self

  • Update description from 2012? (eg – we did something like this every week).