London-based artist duo Cooking Sections advance the cause of environmental justice using research, video and installation. Their ‘Climavore’ project gained major ground last year when 21 cultural institutions across the UK removed farmed salmon from their restaurant menus and introduced planet-friendlier ingredients such as seaweeds, sea vegetables and bivalves. Coinciding with ‘Back to Earth’, a Serpentine North exhibition responding to the climate crisis, they have created a special menu for its restaurant, The Magazine. Their tomatoes on toast starter features hemp seed pesto and is the perfect match for a Seaweed Seeper, a gin-based cocktail topped with samphire.

Cooking Sections’ recipe for tomatoes on toast

Ingredients

For the pita

150g YQ flour
5g salt
3g sugar
3g yeast
1 tsp olive oil

For the pesto 

20g basil, chopped
25g extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp Hodmedod’s hemp seeds

For the topping

120g British heritage tomatoes, chopped and seasoned with salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil
dried black olive powder and samphire, to serve

Method

Make the pita: mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add 100g water and the oil. Knead on a lightly floured flat surface for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for about 1 hour. Split into two pieces, roll out to 3-5mm thick and leave to rest for 2-3 minutes. Heat the oven to 220C, then bake the breads for 2-3 minutes until puffed up and golden.

Blend the pesto ingredients, then strain and stir into the chopped tomatoes. Spread the tomatoes on the pita and sprinkle with dried black olive dust and samphire to serve

Recipe for Seaweed Seeper

Ingredients

50ml gin 
3g rock samphire
15ml elderflower syrup
10ml lime juice
tonic water

Method

Add the gin and samphire to a cocktail shaker and muddle for 1 minute. Mix in the elderflower syrup and lime juice and add ice. Shake everything for 1-2 minutes. Double strain, then pour into a glass with ice cubes. Top up with tonic water and garnish with samphire.

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