All posts tagged: clapham

Growing Underground – An Underground Farm in Clapham!

I don’t normally write about a product or place unless I’ve had the chance to review or visit it, but in this case, I had to make an exception. This week, I learned about Growing Underground, London’s first underground farm (in disused WWII bomb shelters beneath the Northern Line at Clapham). That’s a pretty exciting concept for me! Growing Underground (why hasn’t this name been thought of before?!) is the brainchild of Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, along with Michelin-starred chef (and one of my favourites!), Michel Roux Jr, and it will start trading in mid-July 2015, after 18 months of research and development (and more than £750,000 of investment). The tunnels were used during World War II as a bomb shelter for London residents, designed to accommodate 8,000 Londoners.   The first phase of the farm, which includes a sophisticated lighting and irrigation system, is in the final stages of preparation for commercial supply.  Phase one crops include pea shoots, several varieties of radish, mustard, coriander, Red Amaranth, celery, parsley and rocket. The crops …

Juma Kitchen – An Iraqi Supperclub

Last week I was invited to an Iraqi supperclub. Two firsts for me – eating Iraqi food and going to a supperclub. Over the past six months of doing this blog, I’ve become much more aware of supperclubs, and some of the lovely food bloggers I’ve met so far even run their own. I was also intrigued to find out what Iraqi food would be like – I didn’t do much research into it prior to going, as I wanted it to be a surprise. I figured that there might be some crossover with the kind of food I grew up with in Cyprus, as the country is so close to Iraq. Cypriot food is really quite odd when I think about it, as it takes a lot of inspiration from Greece but whether it likes to admit it or not, a lot of it comes from Turkey and the Middle East. The supperclub was being held at The Jam Tree in Clapham, but it was hosted by Philip Juma of Juma Kitchen. He recently …

The Icing Cafe at Biscuiteers

Something I haven’t tried baking at home yet, is biscuits. In fact my last experience was aged 12 at school during food tech class, when we were asked to make cookies. While my friends made the usual chocolate, ginger, perhaps even vanilla for the particularly daring, I had to take it one step further – mint choc chip with green food colouring. What came out of the oven was a luminous green, melted, chocolatey mess. I think the experience scarred me. Following the rise of cupcakes, meringues and macarons, biscuits have recently been increasing in popularity, largely I believe, to Biscuiteers. I first became aware of them a few months ago when I saw their creations being featured in a lifestyle magazine. The second I went onto their website and saw their Beatrix Potter range, I was in love!     Biscuiteers offer a wide range of delicately hand iced biscuits for all occasions. What I love about their business is that whatever idea comes into their head, or whatever is happening in the news, …