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Baby it’s cold outside! … quick Thai sausage stir-fry

When it’s cold, wet and dark outside it’s time for comfort food, the stuff that warms you up with a big foodie hug. And for me that means chilli and sausages! So a trip to Parsons butchers lead to this … Continue reading

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Tenerifan tapas – Papas Arrugadas and Mojo sauces

‘Papas Arrugadas’ are small, salty, wrinkled Canarian potatoes in their skins. Along with the red spicy pepper and milder green coriander mojo sauces they are served across the Canary Islands with meat and fish dishes or as tapas. Traditionally the … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Wild garlic pesto

I was so excited when I spotted wild garlic for sale (£1 each) at the Sunday Farmers Market this weekend – so of course had to buy two bunches. I love supporting local shops and markets but I felt a … Continue reading

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Homemade sunblush tomatoes

Our usual Saturday walk down Walthamstow Market seemed to take forever this week with all the disruption from Thames Water digging up the road. But there were lots of bargains on offer, strawberries are flooding in at 2 or 3 … Continue reading

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Multi-seed sourdough bread – a labour of love

I’ve been practicing the ancient art of sourdough bread making, inspired by a day spent with the Hornbeam Bakers. I love bread making especially the kneading and playing with new flavours and techniques, but I was left confused by the … Continue reading

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Finding Rosemary in the Stow

We went for a wander around our new neighbourhood yesterday since the sun decided to pay us a well overdue visit. On our way to the Clapton Hart pub we found a brown Habitat bag full of fresh rosemary with … Continue reading

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Handmade Easter chocolates

I’m a bit of a late starter when it comes to chocolate. I’ve never really liked it. A couple of years ago I was given a lovely box of artisan chocolates with flavours such as Earl Grey, chilli and cardamon – … Continue reading

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Sri Lankan spring onion flower curry

Winter in England is cold, grey and snowy so we are dreaming of hot and sunny places, of tropical heat and exotic food – fragrant rice, spicy curries, pickles and  chutneys, mangoes, papayas, coconuts, chillies, lemongrass, ginger … all sound exciting, warming and inviting. So we found … Continue reading

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Banana blossom curry

This is just so beautiful. Banana flower (musa, or vaizha poo it seems!) The shopkeepers in our local Sri Lankan supermarket  just smiled and said it was ‘difficult’, well in that case I’m definitely in the race. So I bought … Continue reading

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Simple homemade organic spelt bread

Life in London is so hectic, seem to be running around all the time even at the weekend trying to fit in things that we ought to do, want to do and need to do. It feels like there isn’t any time to … Continue reading

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Shepherds Pie with an African twist

We love Ethiopian and Eritrean cooking – so when faced with half a kilo of lamb mince (no horsing around I hope from Akdeniz supermarket!) we took this on as a challenge – an exciting Shepherds Pie. After frying the … Continue reading

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Broccoli, Gorgonzola & Buckwheat Pilaf

All this talk of horse meat has made me want to eat more vegetarian dishes. This is an adaptable, simple one-pot recipe. It made a great vegetarian dinner main course, but would also be ideal as a side dish served … Continue reading

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Beef and pinenut burek

Our foodie weekend commenced this morning as we finally began to get the hang of living in a new house. We started with a civilised breakfast of a pot of fresh ground coffee, hot brown pitta bread with boiled eggs … Continue reading

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Easy wheat and yeast-free Chickpea flatbread

This cheap and simple to make flatbread is yeast and wheat free. It is adapted from Maggie Beer’s brilliant book ‘Maggie’s Harvest.’ We were given this book for Christmas and it’s one of the only cookbooks that we’ve unpacked in … Continue reading

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Product of the Week – A pound of fresh plums

In keeping with these times of financial crisis, double-dip recession, austerity and cuts, Product of the Week took on the challenge of ‘how far will a pound stretch on Walthamstow Market?’ A pound being a £1, a quid, 100 pennies, and at today’s rates: … Continue reading

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Barley, beetroot and dill pilaf

I bought a bunch of fresh beetroots from Mark’s stall which is just on the crossing by Sainsbury’s on the St James’ end of Walthamstow market. I often buy typical British veggies from him, such as potatoes, parsnips, cabbage, Brussels … Continue reading

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