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This Week
Every day is food revolution day here! I cook with natural stuff, I like going to the market and taking the pulse of what is fresh and good and I don’t take shortcuts and use pre made mixes, pastries and breads and frozen purees which make the life of a chef/restaurateur so much easier. Sigh!
I guess that my childhood diet of home made brown (“dirty”) bread, dried apricots instead of sweets, home made jams, yoghurt made in a vacuum flask, broccoli and beans cut fresh, carrots nibbled with mud on, potatoes dug out of the garden and straight into the pot (soooo embarrassing when you brought your school friends home), wine with water and beef with beer left a lasting impression. And while I railed against and begged for neat triangle sandwiches made out of “Sunblest” bread, packets of smoky bacon fluorescent crisps and “that” cola it turns out that indeed Mum did know best.

While the causes of large scale obesity  are composite and we won’t solve them all today Jamie Oliver’s stand for real food and his food revolution  is accessible and fun. We support him. We Essex girls and boys stick together ;)

“Kids in the Kitchen” is a major part of Jamie’s campaign so this weekend Saturday 17th  & Sunday 18th, 11am-1pm for all customers of the Bistro your kids can come and make bread with us upstairs at the Atelier.  Kids of all ages will make a variety of bread rolls and also take some home!

My food blog: Rachel’s Creative Kitchen
There is nothing wrong with feeling like a little tart sometimes…. Rhubarb, Orange and Almond Tart
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This is a good reminder of the health benefits of red wine plus a little bit on drinking wisely.

Michael Pollan’s book “In defense of Food” is so eloquent and compelling I recommend it to all who have an interest in real food and a nagging doubt in their head about just why “big food” continues to win over the public…  His guidelines are neatly summarized in this article:

Organic Flour: You know when you re connect with an old friend and how good that feels? Well here is a pioneer of organic grains that I first used three years ago and I always loved the products. Now they have a whole new range of convenient packaging and sizes and best of all easy ordering on line. We will now be using the products in the Bistro and Atelier. Well worth ordering from and using.
Wine & Food Events at The London Street Bistro & Atelier
Week #20 “Food Revolution” menu & healthy specials – click here to see more. Plus Wine Notes:  Introducing Catleya Wines this week

Ladies Night – “The Pays D’Oc ” - Tuesday 27th May 7.30pm.  The ground breaking “Les Jamelles”    collection will be presented by Monica Cretu of .  Here the South of France meets a little bit of New World directness with fresh full on wines labelled according to the grape variety.  Beautifully crafted wines, easy to drink and great value for money.  Wines available to buy on the night at retail prices. Get seated on the terasa and enjoy a warm summer’s night! Of the 125 Ron ticket , 25 Ron is donated directly to Casa Ioana. Please book places in advance. Click the thumbnail for full details.

Cook! Eat! Drink! –  Friday 23rd May 7.00pm – “Spring Herbs & Roast Beef”.  Cooking beef on the bone so its pink and infused with herbs is something worth learning indeed!  At this time of year there are wonderful herbs and leaves to use and gorgeous rhubarb too.  Down the meal with the impressive Caloian range of wines.   250 Ron pp  Please book in advance.

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