Buhler and Co. – Queens of the Vegetable Age

What did you have for breakfast today? Oats? Cereal? A piece of toast as you rushed for the bus? Whatever it was we chance it wasn’t as arresting as a Buhler and Co. one. This gem of a vegetarian cafe, nestled at a busy intersection in Walthamstow has its share of footfall but it mostly…

The adventure begins…

So you’ve landed here and you’re probably wondering what this is all about. Well, it’s about you and the very best you can eat, drink and cook in three very special east London postcodes, E17, E10 and E11, via this hungry campaign. Formerly a resident of the vibrant Hackney borough with its diverse and bustling…

Perky Blenders – The Coffee Crusaders

Superheroes are great. They save people, rescue kittens off trees and zoom around the skies in fancy capes. But when was the last time you saw Batman employing the local community or Spiderman making sure the environment was protected while growing a business that nurtures, lifts and supports the surrounding economy? Never. Because that is…

Pappardelle with Meatballs

I don’t know about you but bad meatballs really annoy me. If they’re mushy like reconstructed toothpaste, hard as floorboards or packing the flavour equivalent of a washcloth, they have the potential to get me sulking, angry at the cook, for a whole day. This means I have often been on the receiving end of my…

Prawn and Kale Spaghetti

This is one of my favourite things to eat. It’s easy, doesn’t take too long and it’s umami paradise with its savoury hits from the lemon zest, garlic and parmesan. The kale is lovely and meaty, sweet and salty at the same time, offering a beautiful contrast to the prawns. The dill and chives add…

Tomato Orzotto with Courgettes

This midweek super hero can be whipped up in 30 minutes flat but does not compromise on flavour. A bowl of this orzotto, with a generous fresh grating of Parmesan on top is the perfect antidote to the Thursday fridge crisis and quick enough to allow you to Netflix and chill, half an hour after putting…

Lamb and Sweet Potato Casserole

This one is so easy it practically cooks itself but like most good things it needs a bit of time. Make it on a Sunday, leave it do do its thing in the oven and you’ll have leftovers for a couple of early week suppers. Serve with rice or couscous with plenty of chopped parsley…

Bombetta – Wanstead’s Puglian paradise

Let’s put it this way: If you dream in meat and lust over cheese chances are you have probably been to Bombetta. If you haven’t,  well, we’ll hold your hand while you cry and then we’ll get you on the Central line with a ticket to Snaresbook. Nestled within stumbling distance of the tube station,…

Pork and Fennel Meatloaf with Streaky Bacon

There are fewer things in life more comforting than meatloaf. It’s never gonna be the pretty star of the show but when it comes to good, honest comfort food, it’s up there with the best of the rest. This version combines pork with roasted fennel seeds and the holy sweet trifecta of celery, carrot and…

Mora – a Sardinian delight in Leytonstone

If there is one thing my parents taught me that has stuck with me through the decades is that it’s easy to do fussy and ostentatious, but it’s pretty hard to do simple. Mostly because you’ve got nowhere to hide. What you see is what you get and what you get needs to be pretty…