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About walthamstowfoodies

We have a passion for good food – bought locally, cooked simply and shared with friends in Walthamstow, London and beyond

Grillstock Festival E17

We were gutted to miss the Grillstock festival, but a hol in Tenerife compensated well! So we sent along our guest foodie writer Raz Ahasan who describes himself as ‘friend of the foodies & native east Londoner, enjoying what’s to … Continue reading

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Best Sunday Lunch – our favourite places in and around E17

A classic British Sunday roast is one of our favourite meals of the week – it’s comforting and satisfying and marks out the weekend as special. And this must be a shared passion as it’s such a frequent search on … Continue reading

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Wild Walthamstow Jam

We love foraging – or “scrumping” as a friend still calls it. Free food, endless recipe possibilities, a chance of food poisoning if you get it wrong and the reminiscent childhood thrill of adventure! I’ve always got a carrier bag … Continue reading

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Ezo Gelin Corbasi – Turkish red lentil soup

Today was supposed to be the E17 Cook Book Club summer picnic – cue torrential rain! So a quick Plan B re-think led to an indoor get together and suddenly a warming lentil soup seemed more appropriate than cucumber sandwiches. … Continue reading

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Salvation in Noodles – Vietnamese in Finsbury Park

We were definitely NOT eating out this week after a whole weekend of indulging in street food at the Walthamstow Garden Party. But then it was Monday evening and after a virtuous swim outdoors in Covent Garden, we somehow really … Continue reading

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Slovak foodie surprises – Bratislava & Piestany

It certainly didn’t start well. The flight was delayed, our hotel room wasn’t ready when we arrived in Bratislava and we found the whole of the old town was swamped by riot police and anti-capatalist protesters, then to top it … Continue reading

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Copita del mercado, Petticoat Lane

I’ve been walking past this place for a few months on my way home from work. There’s a whole bunch of restaurants and quirky shops opening up in this area. On a whim I decided to book a table for … Continue reading

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Fancy a burger?

A good burger has to be a lip-smacking, sticky fingered, messy-plated feast. If you’re not wearing it, you’re not enjoying it. So we had a good time pulling together this post – it wasn’t a hardship! We’ve listed our favourites, … Continue reading

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Village Kitchen Restaurant, E17

Do you have days in the week that if you don’t prepare ahead for, you’ll never eat? Well Wednesday and Thursday are those days for us. We often have something quick late at night, but if we are ahead of … Continue reading

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Moroccan-style spiced preserved tangerines

Tangerines, satsumas, mandarins, clementines… boxes of these little oranges look so beautiful when they arrive in the Turkish supermarkets.  We bought a whole box recently, but after eating a handful every day for lunch we were beginning to tire of … Continue reading

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Provender – Wanstead, E11

We kicked off this weekend with a lunch at Provender cafe & brasserie in leafy Wanstead E11, although confusingly I had actually booked a brunch table at Providores in Marylebone. Arriving at 12.15pm we found the place quiet after the … Continue reading

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For the love of tea

I drink a lot of tea, mainly the herbal variety. I stopped drinking alcohol well over a year ago so I’m always on the lookout for interesting and flavoursome drinks. Chai tea was a recent revelation as was Tamarind sherbet. … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Kitchen, Liverpool Street

We both have a passion for Indian cooking, but ordering in a takeaway curry or popping out for tandoori lamb chops, however good they taste,  just wasn’t going to cut it for a 40th birthday celebration. So off we headed … Continue reading

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Roasted red grape chutney

I don’t know why, but every time I walk past the Turkish supermarkets I seem to be drawn in to buy a big bunch of grapes. Despite the protests of the other foodie, I promise to definitely eat them this … Continue reading

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Our Top Takeaways in Walthamstow – updated March 2017

The Stow has more eateries and takeaways than ever before – of course we don’t claim to have tried them all. There’s new rumours of a Chicken Town, a new Turkish restaurant and BoxPark! So we’ve updated our Top Takeaways list again: These … Continue reading

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Froth & Rind – cheese and beer in the village

We’re really happy that a particularly sexy combo of artisan cheese and craft beer – East London Cheese Board and E17 Tap Rooms got together to offer another new shop to the people of the Stow – Froth & Rind. … Continue reading

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Birthday Banana Bread – let’s see how this turns out!

I’ve never tried to bake a banana bread before – so maybe experimenting whilst needing to create a birthday cake wasn’t the best idea! After a lovely slice at Wynwood Art District cafe last weekend, I was inspired by some … Continue reading

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Yoghurt waffles

Do you have a cupboard full of kitchen gadgets? We do – the rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, deep fat fryer, juicer, whisk, blender… this Christmas we got an electronic waffle-maker too. We tried it out straight away but … Continue reading

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Lazeez Lebanese Tapas – Marylebone

Just around the corner from Selfridges is Lazeez Tapas, a quiet place to grab a drink and some authentic Lebanese street food after a day of shopping on Oxford Street. Lazeez Tapas is set over two floors with a large … Continue reading

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Turtle Bay – Walthamstow

Turtle Bay, is the newly opened Caribbean restaurant and bar loudly dominating the corner site of The Scene cinema complex, at the top of Walthamstow’s High Street. Interestingly the owner of Turtle Bay is Ajith Jayawickrema, also the founder of … Continue reading

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Dabbous – Whitfield Street, London

Dabbous, in central London, launched in 2012 to rave reviews. It was quickly impossible to get a table, with a year-long waiting list, especially after winning it’s first Michelin star in 2013. But it’s not about formal fine dining; the … Continue reading

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Hipster hangouts – the changing food scene in Palma de Mallorca

Palma, the capital city of the Spanish island of Mallorca has changed over recent years and eating out now has become an amazing culinary experience which really took us by surprise. There’s a tidal wave of Peruvian ceviche, Japanese fusion … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club – 28 January, Spanish theme

Our next E17 Cook Book Club get-together will be on 28 January 2015, 8pm in the back room at The Bell, 617 Forest Road, E17 4 NE. The concept for the Cook Book Club is simple: it’s a foodie social … Continue reading

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Last minute Christmas food shopping in the Stow

I love to be organised, so you’d think that all our Christmas food shopping would be in hand. Well it’s not. I’ve just started a new job and seem to be spending a lot of time travelling up and down … Continue reading

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Pizza Express – Walthamstow

We’ve watched ‘The Scene’ cinema complex develop over the past 15 years on the corner of High Street and Hoe Street, Walthamstow. A WW2 flying bomb first cleared the area in 1944, then the derelict 1960’s concrete arcade was demolished … Continue reading

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Tassili – Algerian cafe on Hoe Street

*Revision – Tassili was awarded a one star score by the Food Standards Agency in November 2014, previously when we visited they had a three score. Original post below. It’s not a glamorous location – sandwiched between a barbers and … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club

Ever since I heard about Thane Prince’s Cook Book Club in Islington, I thought it was a great idea. Being a bit shy I had put off attending and I wasn’t sure about taking food to complete strangers for their … Continue reading

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North Gran Canaria restaurants – a different flavour

Eating-out in northern Gran Canaria is different in many ways to the south of the island. The southern resorts with their beautiful beaches, shopping centres, hotels, holiday villages, marinas, bars & restaurants are tourist-focussed. Although we found some authentic Canarian … Continue reading

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Our favourite restaurants in Gran Canaria – the south of the island

With 350 days of sunshine a year, an average temperature of 28 C, budget flights from the UK and plenty of self catering accommodation – Gran Canaria ticked all the boxes for our late October holiday. It is one of … Continue reading

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The Culpeper – Spitalfields E1

Next to the magnificent Toynbee Hall, on a busy corner of Petticoat Lane and Commercial Street, The Culpeper is a recent refurbishment of an old East End Spitalfields boozer. It’s now a brasserie style gastropub with stripped back oak doors, … Continue reading

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Windfall Green Tomato Chutney

Our lovely neighbour dropped off a whole shoebox of green tomatoes, meaning only one thing – windfall chutney! For years my mum has made green tomato chutney in a bid to use up the last fruit on the vines from … Continue reading

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Coffee & cakes in E17

We have our old-favourite coffee shops, the new ones that we just love and those that we just occasionally pop into for a quick takeaway coffee before jumping on the tube. So after lots of difficult reseach & tasting, we … Continue reading

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It’s raining cakes!

We arrived home one evening this week soaked to the skin – squelching sandals and soggy T-shirts and jeans. What happened to the summer sunshine? So – time to bake a comforting ‘cheer-me-up’ cake. A quick raid of the fridge … Continue reading

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The Ferry Boat Inn – Tottenham Hale, N17

Like lots of Walthamstowers, one of the foodies was caught out on Friday night by the tube disruption and was forced to do the long walk home across the reservoirs from Tottenham Hale. But this reminded us that we’ve been meaning to … Continue reading

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Bygga Bo – Scandinavian cafe

We love Bygga Bo (meaning ‘to make a nest’) – how did we live without it? We waited months for it to open, and when it did we were there! It’s in an old hairdresser’s shop just near The Bell. The décor … Continue reading

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Sodo – Sourdough pizza cafe

Fancy an amazing pizza this weekend? Get yourself to Sodo in Clapton or in the George & Vulture pub in Hoxton (they have a branch in Honor Oak Park – but that’s south of the river!). We went to the … Continue reading

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Mussel Men Sunday seafood roast

This is my kind of Sunday Roast; when the sun is shining and the seaside is calling, Mussel Men in Dalston is the place to eat bucket loads of seafood. Mussel Men offer a short menu – focusing on what … Continue reading

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Brazilian food & football fever

With the football fever of the World Cup 2014 about to kick off, I thought this would be a good time to post about our local Walthamstow Brazilian butchers and deli, Boi Na Brasa and Ki Delicia. Everything seems to be … Continue reading

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Lithuanian Zeppelin dumplings

A trip to Lituanica, the Lithuanian supermarket on the High Street this week led to lunch… usually we only stay for a coffee and one of their amazing curd doughnuts. Today I decided to try Cepelinai, the Lithuanian dumplings named … Continue reading

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Rotorino – an Italian night out in Dalston

In a converted old bank on Kingsland Road, Dalston is Stevie Parle’s new East London restaurant. It’s only been open since mid-April but already seems to have developed quite a following. Stevie was the youngest ever chef at The River … Continue reading

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Beetroot & horseradish meatballs

We were so excited when our recipe for beetroot & horseradish meatballs appeared in The Guardian ‘Cook’ Readers’ recipe swap on Saturday 3 May 2014. These meatballs bring back happy memories of lazy days exploring Berlin in our 20’s. Beetroot … Continue reading

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Hummus with lamb & sumac

Recently we changed our Supperclub starters to sharing platters and they’ve been going down a storm – especially the hummus topped with lamb and sumac, so I promised to share the recipe. I need to credit Silvena Rowe’s cook book ‘Purple Citrus & … Continue reading

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Morrocan beef & date stew

The weather has been so unpredictable lately that it has been a challenge to decide in the morning what we’ll be wanting to eat by the evening. Saturday was quite warm with a hint of sunshine so fish was on … Continue reading

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Date & walnut black bread triangles

On a mission to find good cheese we walked over the Marshes to Stoke Newington, and picked up a lovely blue cheese from the Growing Communities Farmers Market. On our return we called in at the Spar in the village … Continue reading

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Pheasant schnitzels

We have a real fondness for Stepney City Farm, near Whitechapel in East London. I think that it is the beautiful mix of old and new – the old village church next to the high rise student living, the cockerels … Continue reading

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Walthamstow Sunday Farmers Market

Every Sunday we try to get to the Farmers Market. This week was the judging of the Kelmscott School Farmers Market poster competition – we couldn’t agree of course! But it seemed a good chance to wander around with the … Continue reading

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Ham & purple sprouting broccoli spelt tart

I don’t know where I picked up my pastry making skills but it’s something that I’ve always been able to do. It’s a good job really as I was put to the test last year when we were on a … Continue reading

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Clam, chorizo & butter bean Portuguese stew

With early spring daring to peer through the grey days it put me in a rather optimistic culinary mood  – memories of warm summer days came flooding back. A trip to Davies Fishmongers in Bakers Arms, Walthamstow this week resulted … Continue reading

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Exploring the Turkish bazaar – the International Supermarket

Fruit salad anyone? I’m not sure how long the International Supermarket has been in business (about 15 years ago it was an antique’s shop) but it’s a great place to buy bargain priced fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, olives … Continue reading

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Eat like a local in Lisboa

To celebrate one of the foodies’ birthday we headed to Lisbon, Portugal last week for a few days. It’s  a culinary heaven where you can discover the traditional and the bang on-trend within a few doors. Below is our list … Continue reading

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