Yes, you can grow apricots in this country! They may have come originally from China or Armenia but they have been adapted to grow in colder climates. Normally, the tree on our allotment gets hit by a late frost and that’s usually just about the end of the fruit for the year. However, this year the conditions must have been almost perfect and we had a bumper crop. So once we’d eaten some fresh and frozen some for later we still had a stack left. After a bit of experimentation the decision was – let’s make apricot butter. Fruit butter, like fruit cheese, is a perfect accompaniment to cheese (the dairy sort). The difference is simply the amount of boiling involved. Fruit butters spread like butter and fruit cheeses need slicing.
If you fancy a treat then drop in to Cheddar Deli on Northfield Ave and buy a jar of our apricot butter and just taste how good it is with cheese. It works best, in my view, with hard cheeses and creamy ones. You may want to think twice before putting it with a blue cheese but no harm in trying it.
Cheddar Deli are also selling our elderflower cordial, apple juice, chutneys and lemon elderflower marmalade. Some of our produce is also available through Edible Ealing’s box scheme and we’ve just delivered some to The Fox Craft Barn next to The Fox pub in Green Lane, Hanwell. So, you’ll find our Abundance produce somewhere near you. If you can’t get to any of these outlets then do please email us – email@example.com – and we’ll see how best we can help.
Saturday is the longest day of the year so there’s plenty of time to come and visit our Abundance stall in the Artisan Food Tent at the Hanwell Carnival this Saturday from 12noon – 6pm. We’ll have elderflower cordial, lemon and elderflower marmalade, and a selection of chutneys on sale. All our produce is made from locally sourced ingredients and hand-made in small batches.
There’s loads more to enjoy at the carnival:
- craft tent
- dog show
- children’s activities
- live music
- sports zone
- animal zone …and much more
Full details here
There will be a pop-up market in Melbourne Ave by Sainsbury’s from 11am -4.30pm today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday). It’s backed by the newly established West Ealing Business Improvement District and is part of the ‘Love Your Local Market Campaign’.
Do please come along on one of the days and have a look. I know there’s a stall selling vintage inspired dresses and on Friday we will have our Abundance stall there selling the first of this year’s delicious elderflower cordial along with apple juice, lemon and elderflower marmalade and more locally sourced and made products.
A group of us went for dinner to The Grosvenor on its opening last night (Tuesday). We expected it to be busy but it was packed- luckily we had booked a table. The decoration, inside and outside, has been carefully thought through with the highlight colour being the green from its stained glass. It’s interesting how they have refurbished it with many original features retained. They have created a very pleasant atmosphere which worked well both when it was packed out last night and at luchtime today when we dropped in for a drink and lunch when it was much quieter, though a steady trickle of people dropped in, perhaps curious to see what it looks like.
I’m very wary of attempting to review its food as the first night was a bit of a dry-run to see how it all worked. Even so, I can say that all six of us thoroughly enjoyed our food and would very definitely go again. We also all thought the staff in the dining area did a great job with a real sense of enjoyment and that helps create a very pleasant experience.
A lot of thought has been put in to the refurbishment and the owners have put in a hefty investment to transform this once run-down pub. The choice of colours works well, the stained glass windows are now a stand out feature and the tables in the dining area have been cleverly set up at various angles, and not too close together, to avoid any sense of being jammed together. All in all, I’d definitely recommend you go and try it for yourself. It’s got off to a fantsastic start and has the potential to be a great success and an asset to our local community and beyond. I wish it every success and we will certainly be going back soon.
Details of booking a table etc are on their website
We’ve had a bumper crop of Marjorie Seedling plums this year. Other plum varieties seem to have suffered from last frosts but our tree is fairly well protected so must have avoided the late frosts which hit the blossom and stop any fruit developing. So, it’s been a busy weekend cutting up plums and making jam. The jam has an added ingredient to give it a little bit of a special taste -star anise. I’ve tried it and its delicious – a slightly sharp edge to the plums with a hint of aniseed.
It will be on sale at the SoundBite Festival on 21st September along with blackberry jam, elderflower cordial, lemon and elderflower marmalade and more.
For all the latest on SoundBite – stalls, bands, children’s entertainment, food follow the SoundBite Facebook page
We’ve been warned! I saw the blackboard sign outside Luckhurst’s this morning saying they’re closing on June 8th whilst a new shop is built as part of the hotel build. They will re-open in their brand new shop in October. That’s pretty quick so let’s hope the build goes to plan and we can welcome Tony back in good time for Christmas. In the meantime, just enough time to stock up the freezer to see out the summer.
I’ve just had a flier through my door for the new Sushi and Noodle Bar in West Ealing. So, the renovation work must be finished and the one-time Joey’s cafe in Leeland Road next to the Salvation Army is now the Sumo Sushi & Noodle Bar. It’s open from 12noon -3pm for lunch and 6-10.30pm for dinner and they do take-away and home delivery. If anyone tries it do please come back and write a review here for us. Their website is www.sumooriental.com and has their menu and prices on it. Good luck to them.
Sad to see the end of Blockbuster. It’s now closed down and we await to see what comes in its place. The betting seems to be on Morrisons. I’m trying to get this confirmed but no luck so far. A few streets away in Leeland Road I saw a sign on an empty cafe announcing the arrival of a noodle bar. It’s taking over Joey’s cafe next to the Salvation Army hall. I can’t remember a previous noodle bar in West Ealing so it will be intertesting to see how it does. I wish it well.
If you’ve seen enough of your kitchen stove and sink this Christmas and New Year then give yourself a break and come along to Sally and Steph’s Supper Club at the W7Emporium in Hanwell on Saturday. Sally and Steff met at OPEN Ealing and out of this was born the supper club. It’s a chance to get out and enjoy someone else’s cooking in good company and accompanied by music from two musicians from one of West Ealing’s best bands – Blushing Bones.
Their three course menu is based on the recipes of Yotam Ottolenghi with live acoustic folk-based music from singer Tess and guitarist Jibs, of the Blushing Bones.
Date: Saturday January 5th 2013
Time: 7.30p.m. for 8.00p.m.–11.30p.m.
Place: W7 Emporium, 60b,Boston Rd,Hanwell,London W7 3TR (Opposite Wickes)
Price: £30 per head for welcome glass of Prosecco and nibbles, 3 courses + coffee.
Wine and cheese at an additional charge will be provided by the local W7 cheesemonger Claire.
Booking: Please contact Sally on firstname.lastname@example.org Stephanie on email@example.com or book through the W7 Emporium directly. Please mention when booking if you have special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies) so that we can take this into consideration. N.B Some recipes contain nuts, and will be present in the food preparation areas.
Menu available shortly from W7 Emporium Facebook page.