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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 …

Prizes for creative bakers in Horniman’s Great Walrus Tea Party

Clever cakes and creative cookies could win you a prize in the Great Walrus Tea Party on 24 June. The Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London is looking for keen bakers and Horniman Walrus fans to host their own socially-distanced Great Walrus Tea Party – at home or online – and is offering two prizes for their favourites. The most creative cake will win a year’s Family or Gift Membership to the Horniman – giving free entry to paid attractions and access to special Members’ only events. The most creative biscuit or cookie wins a £50 voucher for the Horniman’s gift shop. Both prizes will be valid for one year from when the Museum reopens. The Great Walrus Tea Party invites people to bake walrus-themed and ocean-inspired cakes and biscuits, add in some fishy treats such as sustainably-sourced fish finger sandwiches, and hold a tea party for their household, or online with family and friends. Inspired by the Horniman’s iconic taxidermy walrus, the Great Walrus Tea Party is also asking for donations to support …

Afternoon Tea

Suzanne James writes about the importance of a perfect scone recipe for Afternoon Tea. There is nothing like a good Afternoon Tea to lift your spirits!  Here is the perfect scone recipe for you, and if you are feeling really brave you can make your own jam too!   For the Scones; Makes 6-8 good sized scones Ingredients 225g/8oz self raising flour 55g/2oz butter 25g/1oz caster sugar ¼ pint of milk 1 teaspoon of baking powder for rich scones add 2oz dried fruit for cheese scones add 2oz grated cheese plus a teaspoon of English Mustard Powder and omit sugar Method Heat the oven to 180C/360F.  Lightly grease a baking sheet. Sieve the flour and baking powder and rub in the butter with the fingertips. Mix In the sugar (and dried fruit or cheese and mustard if making the rich or cheese scones). Using a knife stir in the milk to make a soft dough. Turn on to a floured work surface and knead very lightly (be careful not to over-knead).  Roll out to a …

Buy Them A Coffee – Community News

The BuyThemACoffee_KCH fundraiser was set up on March 23rd.  I have lived in this area for nearly 20 years so I know a lot of people who work at Kings; my eldest son was born there and a number of friends have received essential and sometimes lifesaving treatment from the hospital. When the pandemic started, I searched to see if there were any local initiatives set up to support Kings during the crisis, and not finding any, I decided to do it myself.  Early on, I was advised to speak to the hospital to find out what support they needed:  King’s was already handling covid patients when we spoke to them – and the management quickly decided that staff wellbeing needed to be an essential part of their response to the crisis. They centralised all the wellbeing through the hospital boardroom which was set up to serve staff with a growing set of support services: within a week meditation, massage, counselling support, chaplaincy; meal deliveries and food donations were all being centralised through the hubs. BuyThemACoffee_KCH was lucky enough to speak to the …