Well, only we would end up moving house in the middle of a January snow blizzard!
It was beautiful, but not fun. Shovelling snow so we could unload our removal van wasn’t how I had envisaged our arrival at our new home.
But we made it, and now we are battling with the arduous job of unpacking boxes and finding a place for stuff that I’ve not seen for years and then unpacking another box and having to move the stuff from the first box again – our possessions are dizzy and we’re tired and snappy. Next time we move it needs to be a bungalow – we so hate stairs now! The boiler man is booked for tomorrow – boilers never misbehave in the summer how do they know when it’s freezing outside?!
We have tried to turn the last few days into a bit of a holiday so have enjoyed eating out around Hoe Street, E17.
The Rose & Crown Theatre Pub has become our local – they have wifi (we don’t yet), real ale, live music and a smashing Sunday Roast at £9.50 for 2 courses. We had roast beef and all the trimmings with real yorkshire puds and gravy followed by bread and butter pudding and custard – just what we needed on a snowy Sunday. We knew this before, but now we’re round the corner we’re becoming a permanent bar fixture.
The New Dragon Chinese take away next door to the Rose & Crown has proven to be a winner. It’s got 4 stars in the hygiene Scores on the Doors scheme – which persuades one of the foodies with a cleanliness obession to entertain the idea. An order of satay chicken skewers, duck with vegetables, house special rice, and king prawn chow mein was about £15. The food took 10 minutes and we sat reading last week’s The Sun to the background noise of crashing and bashing of woks and ladles. The food was fresh, hot and crisp. To top it off were given free prawn crackers, a calendar and plastic forks as we still hadn’t found the cutlery box!
Eating out at breakfast time is a challenge in our household as one foodie loves the traditional fry-up (well grill) and the other protests all the way to the cafe. Le Delice on Hoe Street seems to be the answer – the Breakfast Tagine is fantastic and no toast in sight. It’s a layer of garlic potato slices, chickpeas in spicy tomato sauce, merguez sausage and a poached egg. Equally successful was a breakfast muffin topped with fava beans, spinach, green beans and a runny poached egg again. As they also do more traditional cooked breakfasts, pannini, mint tea and scrumptious cakes this is popular with all.
So – no photos and very few posts this week – we can’t find the camera, we haven’t any internet connection and we’re up at 6am unpacking boxes. Hopefully normal service will resume next week, and once we find the kitchen underneath 34 packing boxes we can start cooking again. Until then – have fun and take care in the snow. Love from the Walthamstowfoodies on the move.