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Food & Drink with Suzanne James

Here is a wonderful recipe from Suzanne James from our latest magazine. Peaches & Brioche (serves 4) Ingredients 2 peaches or nectarines 4 brioche slices 150g Mascarpone 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out, pod reserved 150g caster sugar, plus extra to taste pinch Cinnamon 50g Butter 50ml double cream Method Bring a pan of water to the boil. Make a cross in the bottom of the peaches with the tip of a sharp knife, then place the peaches in the water and leave for 30 seconds. Drain, peel away the skin of the peaches and set aside. Cut the fingers of brioche in half and toast them on a griddle pan until golden-brown. Remove from the heat and set to one side. Mix together the mascarpone and vanilla seeds in a bowl, adding sugar, to taste. Set aside. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Sprinkle the caster sugar over the base of the pan and allow it to melt and caramelise – do not stir the sugar, just shake the pan. Once the …

Eat Out to Help Out

We are delighted that the Government has launched a scheme to help out our local bars, cafes and restaurants.  Below we have listed all the participating venues who have registered for the scheme.  But more may take part, so do check the list on the Government’s website if you see if more have been added. The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme opens today until the end of August.  Here is how it works: You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a participating establishment: to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner) every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August as many times as you like You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend. You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges. The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments. Establishments …

August Magazines Out Now!

Our August magazines are being distributed today.  Each magazine (SE21, SE22 & SE23) is available to read as a flipzine on the right of this page.  Please do free free to share them with your friends and family. We know more and more businesses have now either opened or given the go-ahead to open, which is great news for the area.  The #eatouttohelpout scheme goes live on Monday 3 August and we have details of who is taking part in the area.  Click here. All our regular columnist have contributed to our August issues including Suzanne James working wonders with peaches.  Garden Talk with Janine Winlaw talks about plants adapted to climate change.  Leanne Spencer talks about exercise snacking.  Becca Teers has written a very interesting article on the cure for procrastination!  Pets Corner with Leonie St Clair highlights the lockdown and separation issues for pets and their owners. This is just a selection of what is in store for you in our community magazines.  Please do take time to look at our advertisers.  They …

Food & Drink

I know lots of you have been growing your own this year whilst in lockdown and by now you should be seeing the result of your hard work. Our allotment is bursting at the seams right now. We are picking raspberries and strawberries daily they are delicious straight from the punnet, served with cream and sugar or even chocolate cake.  Our cherry tree is loaded with fruit and ripe for picking too. In the vegetable patch July is particularly good for legumes, with peas at their sweet, snappy best and the first long leggy runner beans dangling from their vines.  Thin skinned new potatoes should be around for a little longer too; boiled and buttered they go with almost anything. Recipe: Couscous with broad beans, mint & lemon, topped with baked fish Serves 4 Preparation 20 minutes Ingredients: For the Couscous 1300g (10oz) shelled fresh broad beans 200g (6.5oz) couscous 2tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint Zest and juice of 1 lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional) For the fish 4 Portions (150-175g/5/6oz each) fish, such …

The Last Word – Bercem Budak

In the June issue of SE23, local student Bercem Budak had the last word.  See what she had to say: I’m Bercem Budak, a student studying Media at Sussex University who is very interested in journalism. I also love music, I sing as well as play a Turkish instrument called the ‘baglama’. I’m the daughter and niece of the owners of the family run business Lazy Chef and currently manage their social media, create their menus and work part-time as a barista for additional income.   How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in Forest Hill for my entire life; I was born here and grew up to be a part of the lovely community. What has changed most during that time? Growing up here I have seen some lovely changes, businesses have improved, there has been an addition of some lovely cafes, bars and pubs. What do you most value about the area? There is a lovely sense of community in Forest Hill, which I have found to be more important and …