Category Archives: Shopping in E17

Happy Chinese New Year at Sheng High

  Happy Chinese New Year – welcome to Year of the Rooster! Have you tried Sheng High at the E17 Village Market? Felix Tse has been cooking outdoors every Saturday since October, and he’s still there braving the freezing January temperatures … Continue reading

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Wok a week! A visit to Hoo Hing & new cookbook from Ching-He Huang

It’s been a funny old week with a Chinese theme. It started with a Stow-at-home day on Tuesday when we decided to try out the restaurant in the Hoo Hing Chinese supermarket hidden on a trading estate in Leyton. Maybe … Continue reading

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And now the other end of the market – St James’ Street food stalls

After writing all about the changes on Hoe Street, this week I took a walk down the market to St James’ street and discovered some exciting foodie stalls I can’t wait to check out. It was too early for lunch … Continue reading

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The changing face of Hoe Street E17

  Hoe Street has for a long time been a bleak, bus-choked thoroughfare, famous for a disused cinema and numerous estate agents, Algerian coffee shops, indistinguishable fried chicken shops, working men’s clubs, hairdressers, tattoo shops and Turkish supermarkets. It’s a … Continue reading

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Do we want to be the next Brixton?

    I went to Brixton this week for the first time in over a year and couldn’t believe how fast the place has changed. Brixton is racing through it’s gentrification, as shops, market halls and houses are redeveloped, bringing increasingly affluent folk to this once dilapidated urban area. There’s the cafes and … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bocadillo de Guayaba – South American food in E17

Today we were out searching for dried barberries following a query about where to find them in Walthamstow – we failed in this mission but were amazed along the way to find a shop with South American foodstuff that we … 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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Product of the Week – Luscious Lithuanian Lollipops!

The aim of Product of the Week is that the item should have been bought locally and be in some way interesting, unusual or exciting and have inspired us to make a new recipe. However – occasionally life should be more frivolous and fun … Continue reading

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Product of the week – Celeriac, used in Turkish chicken Buğu Kebabi

We always try to do a cookery class when we are on holiday so this recipe was inspired by cooking with the chef at the Three Cheers restaurant in Ovacik, near Fethiye in south west Turkey. Leave all ideas of … Continue reading

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Product of the week – Sunday leftovers

With the Xmas turkey on the horizon this post on leftovers is timely. I’m a fan of a Sunday Roast lunch but the other half of the foodies isn’t so keen. We managed to agree to have a chilli roasted … Continue reading

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Product of the week –Za’atar (blend)

We have liked Za’atar for a while but it is a bit of a trend at the moment thanks to chefs such Yotam Ottolenghi, Mourad Lahlou and Silvena Rowe. In Morocco, Za’atar is a herb which apparently looks like thyme … Continue reading

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Product of the week – lobster

Last week I was writing about how cheap chicken livers are, so this week as a contrast I decided to blow the budget and put pen to paper (well fingers to laptop) and talk about lobster. I bought a fresh … Continue reading

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Product of the week – striped aubergines

We bought these striped aubergines, known as eggplant in the US and Australia, from the International Supermarket.  I usually buy the heavy dark purple ones but I was attracted to these and they were only £1 for two. I’ve tried … Continue reading

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Product of the week – Sizzling sausages

Walthamstow really is a great place to buy sausages. We are spoilt for choice. Over the last few weeks we have been trying all different sausages, well Autumn is here so it would be wrong not to. I like bangers … Continue reading

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Gozleme – fresh handmade Turkish pancakes

St James’ Street, Walthamstow is predominately Turkish.  It made me laugh to hear a local estate agent refer to this as the ‘Coppermill Village’ recently! There are a couple of restaurants, Urfa and Delight Cafe, a bakery and the International … Continue reading

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Product of the week – Venison Salami

When talking about the blog last week, we came up with the idea of writing every week about a foodie gem that we’ve bought in E17. I was brought up eating game.  My very first post about a ‘product of the week’ has to be Bishop’s … Continue reading

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Real Bread part 2

In Walthamstow we’re so lucky to have bread from across the globe available on our doorstep; Turkish bread from International Supermarket and Yildrim Bakery on St James’ Street, and Moroccan bread at Maghreb on Hoe Street. We love the Fresh … Continue reading

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Giant couscous

I love Giant Couscous. I buy it from the International Supermarket at the end of the High Street, Walthamstow, from TFC in Highams Park or the kosher shops in Stoke Newington where it is known as Israeli Couscous. Is it me or is … Continue reading

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Spiced Moroccan Kesra bread

We are lucky to have two Moroccan shops in Walthamstow – Maghreb on Hoe Street and Bella Halal Butchers on the High Street. Both have good butchers and make their own merguez sausages; chicken, lamb or beef, all products are … Continue reading

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Where do you buy your meat?

I was asked this question while munching on halloumi salad with veggie fritters at the Scarlet Kitchen last weekend, a pop-up restaurant and cafe part of the E17 art trail.  We only went for tea and cakes on our way … Continue reading

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Chanterelle Mushrooms

This week we bought Chanterelle Mushrooms from the Lithuanian shop on Walthamstow High Street – Lituanica. This is a great local Eastern European shop where we buy black rye bread, salted fish, salami, sauerkraut and cheeses. It also does a … Continue reading

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Benefits of herbal tea – for your wallet and your health

According to BBC Radio 4 this week, the price of black tea has risen by 41 per cent since the beginning of 2012 due to lack of rain in Kenya, India and Sri Lanka resulting in a poor harvest. So … Continue reading

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Kefir – a yogurt-type drink

This week I have tried Kefir for the first time. I bought Polish ‘Kefir Naturalny made by Milko’ in Dominik’s, a Polish deli on High Street, Walthamstow (opposite Lidl). It says on the kefir carton that it is 1.5% fat, natural pasteurised buttermilk … Continue reading

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