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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

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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Pear & stem ginger pudding-cake

Comfort food was the order of the day – rain, no sleep & a nagging headache could only be soothed by one thing: Cake! I flicked through a few recipe books, but to be honest concentration was not going to … Continue reading

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Sumo Fresh – Japanese restaurant & bar, Wanstead

Eating in Satsuma in Soho many years ago, I was introduced to Japanese food and boy was that an experience!  I learned the hard way (crying, coughing and spluttering) that the green lump of plasticine in my Bento box was … Continue reading

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56 St James – lovely new coffee shop, E17

We were slightly annoyed that a new cafe has just opened in the St James’ area of Walthamstow. Why? Well we lived just a stone throw away for thirteen years and now just when we have moved out, they move … Continue reading

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Gluten-free chocolate cake

Yummy chocolate cake – it won’t be around for long (First published March 2013, re-issued Jan 2014) I’ve been testing a wheat-free and butter-free chocolate cake over the last few weeks. I’ve really enjoyed it – getting up at 7am … Continue reading

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Oven-baked celeriac & swede croquettes (vegan)

Every week we get overly excited at the prospect of what we’ll find in our OrganicLea veggie box. Last week it included a gigantic swede and a small but beautiful celeriac. These croquettes, inspired by a recipe in the OrganicLea … Continue reading

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Sunday Roast in and around the Stow

We’ve been eating our way around the Stow’s Sunday Roasts and writing about them in this evolving post. It’s a tough mission, but someone’s gotta’ do it! One reason for this is that ‘best Sunday Roast’ is such a frequent … Continue reading

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Tayyab’s restaurant – Whitechapel E1

We’ve been saying for ages how much we love Tayyab’s restaurant in Whitechapel. This is our favourite place for tandoori meat grills and we’ve been visiting for years, ever since we first moved to East London. But every time we … Continue reading

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Khoresh sharam & zereshk – Persian venison & barberry stew with jewelled rice

This isn’t a typical Persian dish, so forgive me if the name doesn’t quite work in Farsi. But it is our adaption of a lamb and barberry khoresh (stew). It came about when we discovered a long forgotten piece of … Continue reading

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Simple pickles!

We are really lucky that our kitchen has been the drop off point for friends and neighbours excess fruit and vegetables this year. We’ve been busily turning cucumbers into chutneys, red onions into relishes, quinces into jams and green beans … Continue reading

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Cockney bhajis (spicy apples & pears)

This week we were given a lovely bag of home-grown apples and pears as well as a microwave by a generous Walthamstow Freegler – we have a kitchen crisis which is too long a saga to go into here. We’re … Continue reading

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Singburi Thai Cafe – authentic Thai food in Leytonstone

This week we needed a place to eat in Leytonstone on Friday night as we had tickets to watch a friend ‘s performance in Pygmalion with the Woodhouse Players. A quick google search led us to Singburi (Royal) Thai Cafe. … Continue reading

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Oat and banana ‘Breakfast Buffins’

I have invented the ‘Breakfast Buffin’ – it’s half way between a biscuit (think flapjack) and a muffin. Well everyone else is doing it these days – the cronut, the doissant, the ramen burger… The reason for this creation is … Continue reading

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Preserved Christmas pears

Today has been a day of leisure, because we are still reeling from the effects of exhaustion after yesterday’s bottling, pickling and jamming extravaganza! Our kitchen often seems to be a refuge for other people’s surplus fruit and vegetables. So … Continue reading

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Spelt tray-bake pizza

This is a big Saturday night tray-bake pizza and an absolute fav. There is nothing authentic or Italian about this pizza base! But it’s massive, wholesome, hearty, comforting and wheat-free. For the pizza base you need: 500g spelt flour 1/2 … Continue reading

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How to organise a street party

A neighbour and I organised a Big Lunch street party back in June, and yes, I’ve finally managed to write up our experience. If you find yourself living in a new environment and want to meet your neighbours then this … Continue reading

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Gluten-free bread workshop

It was one of our Supperclub nightmares – a gluten-free guest! But I know now that we’d manage if it ever happened, because when one of the Walthamstowfoodies had to go wheat-free for a while, we decided to sign up … Continue reading

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Simple fresh cheese making

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been so busy pickling and bottling chutneys, relishes, cordials and alcoholic delights that unfortunately the blog has been lower on the list of priorities. We’ve been rescuing over-sized, unloved marrows and cucumbers, dealing … Continue reading

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Grab the green tea: the Foodies go healthy!

Over the last six months I’ve had a great time eating and drinking more or less just what I’ve fancied. But of course the pounds have crept on, slowly but surely and now I’m getting annoyed. Annoyed at myself for … Continue reading

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A find in Leyton – Chinese food in Leyton, Woo Lot

So there we were, hungry and annoyed having just walked down to Bakers Arms one afternoon with the aim of trying out an Indian restaurant which turned out to be firmly closed. We wandered around getting increasingly dismayed at the … Continue reading

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A little local knowledge goes a long way – Quattro Stagioni

Local knowledge is an amazing thing – at our Big lunch street party back in June we were privileged with a local secret – take-away pizza shop is ‘good for grills’.  On Sunday, tired out after a long drive back … Continue reading

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Kale crisps – a tale of E17 food swapping

I did my first food swap this week with someone that I’d never met before. Armed with a warm loaf of bread, a bunch of homegrown herbs and a bag of dried chillies we arranged to meet at The Bell. … Continue reading

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Our top 10 places to eat in Tarragona and Reus, Spain

The Catalan city of Reus is actually where you arrive on a cheap Ryanair ‘Barcelona’ flight. It is the gateway to the Costa Dorada resorts of Salou and Cambrils, but Reus and neighbouring coastal city of Tarragona are often over … Continue reading

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Our top 5 favourite cook books

The Walthamstowfoodies LOVE cook books. We have hundreds – one of the reasons we moved was to re-house all these books in a bigger kitchen space. A perfect summer Sunday morning is lazing around in the garden with a pot of fresh coffee, a … Continue reading

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Teras – new Turkish BBQ restaurant on Wood Street

We have been poked and prompted to go and check out Teras restaurant on Wood Street since it opened – but it’s only been open 8 days and there is such a stir, what are they doing!? We decided to … Continue reading

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Chilled gazpacho soup – E17 style

It’s too hot! So it’s time for a chilled summer soup. Gazpacho is the famous Spanish cold tomato soup, designed like a drinkable summer salad to cool you down when the weather just gets too much. We have Spanish neighbours … Continue reading

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The Chequers under new management

Well it has all been rather dramatic, sudden and a cut-throat business in the E17 pub world this week. Our lovely local pub on the high street,The Chequers, recently refurbished and managed by Antic Ltd over the last six months, … Continue reading

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Mulberry and spelt scones

We bought a packet of dried dark mulberries from our local 24 hour shop on Hoe Street. We’re always up for trying new things and love a culinary challenge, so we started to research what wonders we could create with … Continue reading

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Sunday lunch at The Bell

Last Sunday when the sun was shining we decided to treat ourselves to a well-deserved Sunday roast so headed to The Bell. We wrote a review of this pub back in the autumn when they first launched. You can’t reserve … Continue reading

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Rosemary and garlic marinated goats cheese

One of the most popular courses at our Appetite Supperclubs was the marinated cheese in a jar. We knew we were onto a winner when an enthusiastic Twitter feedback included: ‘@walthamstowfood Had a lovely evening at your supperclub…would happily eat … Continue reading

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Rhubarb and stem ginger sorbet

At every Walthamstowfoodies Supperclub we serve a sorbet, or looking at this week’s version, maybe it was more of a granita. Any way, this sorbet recipe is an easy, adaptable but time-consuming dish. It is a light and fat-free dessert … Continue reading

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Respect to the slow cooker – amazingly soft pulled pork belly

I’ve cooked pork before in the slow cooker, but not pork belly mainly shoulder, so this was a first. I love my slow cooker – it’s great for soups and stews plus it needs very little attention. From our experience make sure … Continue reading

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Summer pears poached in red wine

This week we were going to write about the Harringay Sunday market and a Green Lanes Turkish restaurant. But after a Saturday night Supperclub we were tired, we couldn’t find the market and when we got to the restaurant we forgot … Continue reading

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Elderflower cordial

Foraging on the Walthamstow Marshes is one of our favourite pastimes. This year the elderflowers are absolutely amazing, so aromatic and abundant. We picked two carrier bags full in only half an hour, our hands were turning yellow with the … Continue reading

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Handmade noodles in Leyton, Dim Sum cafe – NOW CLOSED

* April 2014, this restaurant in Leyton has now closed however the same people run Panda in Leytonstone. We decided at the last minute to join some friends for the preview opening of the Leyton Technical pub, it is going … Continue reading

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Our 1st Supperclub as part of the Appetite food festival 2013

There have been two momentous occasions this week for the Walthamstowfoodies. This is our 100th post; and we’ve survived the first of our Appetite 2013 food festival Supperclubs, so we thought we’d update on how we got on. The day … Continue reading

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Zahraa – new Indian restaurant in Chingford

We never go to Chingford. It is 10 to 15 minutes drive or bus journey away yet we never go there, how ridiculous is that? We’re still confused by the difference between Chingford Mount, Hatch and North – and I thought … Continue reading

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Cafe Bonito – beyond the hot chocolate!

A trip to the now trendy Wood Street is a regular Saturday event for us. We love the indoor market – packed with local creatives selling a range of second hand books, records, vintage clothes, jewellery and antique/retro  furniture. But … Continue reading

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Local veggie box scheme

I’ve only recently started to understand why people use supermarkets and the benefits of a ‘one hit’ shopping experience  – I now get that it’s all about time and convenience. In the past I’ve dismissed this argument, preferring to happily … Continue reading

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Walthamstow’s first food festival

We’re really excited to be associated with Waltham Forest’s first food festival which kicks off in June. The Appetite Food Festival will be opened by Gennaro Contaldo, celebrity TV chef of Two Greedy Italians and Jamie Oliver’s mentor, on 1 … Continue reading

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Handmade Croatian skampi ravioli with buzara sauce

While in Croatia we spent a couple of fun packed days with EatIstria who introduced us to some of the food specialities of the region including visits to various wine producers – it was a delight (more on the wine in a later post). We … Continue reading

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