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Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies

Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies Makes 9 Brownies In October we cooked for a wonderful Bride and Groom at a wedding that was attended by Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Derek Jacobi, Ben Elton and many more. To accommodate quite a few special diets we created this wonderful Gluten Free Vegan Brownie! Ingredients 2 batches of flax eggs (2 tablespoons (14g) of flaxseed meal + 5 tablespoons (75ml) of water) Half a cup of melted coconut oil Half a cup of coconut sugar Quarter of a cup of maple syrup (or agave nectar) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Three quarters of a teaspoon of baking powder Quarter teaspoon sea salt Half cup unsweetened cocoa powder Three quarters of a cup of Gluten Free Oat Flour Quarter cup of corn meal One third of a cup of pecans or walnuts (optional) One third of a cup of vegan chocolate chips (optional) Method First preheat the oven to 3500F (1760C) and lightly grease an 8”x8” baking dish with coconut oil, then line with parchment …

The Begging Bowl to pop up in East London this November

The Begging Bowl, Peckham’s neighbourhood Thai restaurant, is heading North of the river for the month of November to set up camp in Hoxton based café, The Bach. The Begging Bowl is about to undergo an exciting extension and refurbishment project that will see the restaurant close for five weeks from Monday 29th October, so Hoxton is opening its arms and welcoming Head Chef & Co-owner Jane Alty and her team into its East London community during this time. The Bach and its 50-cover café in Hoxton is the perfect choice for The Begging Bowl pop-up. It’s laid-back vibe, top quality & innovative food & drink offer, and local neighbourhood feel, are all attributes that resonate highly with The Begging Bowl. The Bach’s aim of bringing a touch of Kiwi hospitality and sense of fun to its cafes was a further attraction, with Jane having grown up in New Zealand. The Begging Bowl pop-up will launch at The Bach on the evening of Thursday 1st November and will take place every Wednesday – Saturday evening …

Sausage, Pumpkin and Chilli Casserole

Sausage, Pumpkin and Chilli Casserole Preparation Time: Less than 30 mins Cooking Time 1-2 hours Serves 2  Ingredients 50g/1¾oz butter 6 good-quality sausages, pricked several times with a fork 1 onion, peeled, thinly sliced 3 shallots, peeled, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped about 1 tsp red chilli powder 1 small pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, cut into equal-sized pieces 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 200g/7oz canned chopped tomatoes 400g/14oz canned cannellini (or borlotti) beans, drained, rinsed 500ml/18fl oz chicken stock salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, to serve Preparation Preheat the oven to 1800C/350F/Gas 4 Heat half the butter in a large casserole over a medium heat and fry the sausages for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown all over. Add the remaining butter, the onions and shallots and fry for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and chilli powder and cook for a further 3 minutes stirring well. Add the pumpkin and stir the mixture well until combined. Increase the heat to high …

Salon announces Levan, a new restaurant in Peckham

This October, following the success of Salon, Nicholas Balfe and his team, Mark Gurney and Matt Bushnell, are heading to Peckham to open their second restaurant, Levan. Inspired by the new wave of bistronomy that began in the quartiers of Paris and has spread through the neighbourhoods of Copenhagen and Barcelona, Levan will be open all day, with a focus on contemporary European dishes, and low-intervention and natural wines. Housed in a converted warehouse block with large wooden sash windows allowing natural light to stream in throughout the day, Levan will be split into two parts. One side is dedicated to the bar, with diners able to perch at high tables and window ledges, and tables kept aside for walk-in guests. The other part of the space will be home to the dining room, with low mahogany-topped tables and mid-century modernist chairs. Levan will throw open its doors early in the morning for breakfast, seasonal pastries, freshly baked on site as well as sourdough tartines with house cured salmon, goat’s curd & pickled elderberries as …

The Catford Gin Festival Returns for 2018

Due to popular demand, South London’s premier gin event returns from Friday 5th – Sunday 8th October 2018 at the Broadway Theatre in Catford. Hosted by the Forest Hill Gin Club and Team Catford, and sponsored by Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water, the three day festival in the main auditorium of the theatre will showcase local distillers such as Dulwich based Fatty’s Organic Gin alongside those from further afield like Colonsay Gin from the Hebrides in Scotland. Other distillers in attendance include HMS Spirits, Hidden Curiosities, Tappers, Griffiths Brothers, Hayman’s, Old Bakery, Sherlock & Sons, Brentingby and our very own Tom Cat Six. The Old Tom gin distilled in conjunction with Foxdenton is a smooth slightly sweeter style gin that has six botanicals including the unique hint of Scotch bonnet pepper for a real warmth. Tickets for the event cost £25 which gets you entry to a session, a commemorative copa balon gin glass, a tote bag, a brochure to guide you through your gin festival journey and tasters from each of the distillers. Full gin and tonics …