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Welcome to Palm Greens – New Year – New Test Kitchen

We are delighted to announce that vegan pop-up Palm Greens has taken over from SpiceBox as the Hornbeam’s Test Kitchen from 5 January to end of March 2019.

You can experience Palm Greens amazing food from Thurs to Sundays:

Thurs, Fri 11am-5pm
Sat 10-5
Sun 11am-5pm
(kitchen closes at 4pm daily)

They are also holding a Supper Club on Sat 23 Feb 7.30-10.30pm. Book now
Or contact hello@palmgreens.co.uk

Palm Greens is run by vegan culinary duo Kali and Membe and they are all about food that is fresh and made from scratch, flavour-packed, veg-led cooking.

They explain: “We use whole grains & largely organic ingredients, using local suppliers. Flavours are inspired by our travels, but using seasonal and local fresh produce, we serve up modern international flavours while keeping food fresh, vibrant and nutritionally balanced.”

Favourites such as the Tostada bowl; punchy Mexican flavours, the Kale Caesar; a twist on the classic & 
Daal with lemon, ginger oil & fresh sourdough. 

“We aim to make this type of food accessible and easy for guests, without skimping on quality, ethics, taste and fun. Food that benefits the mind and body, while keeping connections with our community and our planet.”

Kali is all about flavour and good quality ingredients, she’s worked internationally as a chef for over 10 years. She loves big flavours and to create fun exciting dishes that are also food healthy, and cruelty free. 

Palm Green plateMemby has worked in the music industry for 20 years, but he’s also a big lover of food and hospitality, combining forces he brings the charm and smile to the brand.

We are so excited to have them start our new year off with a flavoursome bang! Great to have you with us Palm Greens!

Sample menu (this may change weekly with seasonal availability of veg):

SMALL PLATES
Sourdough with confit garlic oil £2.50
Chips & Dips £3
Caramalised onion salsa & dip of the day

GARLIC MUSHROOM ON SOURDOUGH roast portobello, confit garlic, nutritional yeast & parsley, cashew caesar dressing on toasted sourdough – until 1pm (N)

GARLIC MUSHROOM WITH CAULIFLOWER PUREE roast portobello, confit garlic, nutritional yeast & parsley with miso spiked cauliflower puree & garlic breadcrumbs (S, GFO)

TOSTADA BOWL quinoa, black beans, roast squash, shredded cabbage, kale, pickled onion, topped with roast cauliflower tostada, chipotle crema, toasted seeds, guajillo oil ( SS, N, GF, M)

BEET THE HEAT tempeh, quinoa, shredded beet & carrot, mixed leaves, basil & tamari seeds. Ginger carrot dressing (S, SS, GF )

ROAST CAULIFLOWER & BEET PESTO SANDWICH with chives, mixed leaves, toasted seeds on sourdough focaccia (N, SS)

CARROT TURMERIC CHILI SOUP carrot, ginger, turmeric soup with a kick. Served with fresh sourdough

TAHINI CINNAMON APPLE TOAST tahini, maple & cinnamon baked apple on toasted sourdough. ADD Black Milq cardamom ice cream (N, SS)

COCONUT BLACK RICE PUDDING coconut black rice topped with caramalised sesame, coconut banana (SS, GF )

EXTRAS/ SIDES:
Tostada with cauliflower & crema £1.5
Slice of sourdough £1
Side salad £3

Book now
Or contact hello@palmgreens.co.uk

Hornbeam JoyRiders become media darlings

Hornbeam JoyRiders basked in the media spotlight today, being featured on BBC London News (go to 4 mins 40 secs), ITV London News, and BBC Radio News (go to 1 min 25 secs) as a shining example of one of the 30 local community projects across the capital Transport for London supports through the TfL Cycling Grants London. We were also covered by local media.

Celebrating the TFL Cycling Grants London funding.
Celebrating the TFL Cycling Grants London funding.

Hornbeam JoyRiders has been running since Jan 2017 and has had around 250 participants take part in rides around Waltham Forest (including family bike rides with dads and children), particularly off-road in some of the borough’s most beautiful natural areas. The TfL funding has enabled us to reach out to women and their families in Waltham Forest to help them gain confidence cycling, learn from scratch or brush up their skills and enjoy cycling with a supportive group.

We’ve also recruited and trained 20 Ride Leaders, four women have become instructors and at least at least 50 have been inspired to buy their own bikes. Anyone who doesn’t have access to a bike can hire one of Waltham Forest’s bikes for free on rides and ride with us, including more stable three-wheeler electric-assisted bikes, cargo bikes for carrying children, and specialist bikes for disabled passengers. 

TfL is committed to increasing the number of women and diverse groups that cycle, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and people with disabilities. Hornbeam JoyRiders has reached out to Muslim women in particular, but women from all backgrounds are welcome.

Cycling Grants London funding particularly helps groups that are traditionally under-represented among those choosing the healthy and sustainable way of travelling. By breaking down the barriers to cycling and making it safer, TfL aims to diversify cycling and make it accessible to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

The other winning projects stretch across London and range from schemes that train young people in bike maintenance, a project that encourages women working in hospitals to cycle, training for young offenders to become bike mechanics, cycling groups for disabled and homeless people and a cycle training and maintenance project for the Hindu Bengali community.

Carolyn Axtell, Hornbeam JoyRiders Founder and Project Lead explained the backround of the project to the TV crews on a ride today at Jubilee Park, Leyton: “Hornbeam JoyRiders aims to empower women through introducing them to the joys of cycling, which can also help to build their confidence in other areas of life.

Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.

“I started taking my three kids to school by bike about three years ago and we found that it liberated us as a family. The school run became a pleasure rather than a stressful experience.

“Two years ago I discovered that at least 90 per cent of the other local mums would love to cycle but hadn’t had the opportunity, or had barriers preventing them, such as lack of confidence and not knowing how to cycle. This is why I started organising informal, social bikes rides once a month for women during school hours, and once a month for families and women-only group training for those who couldn’t cycle.

JoyRiders can borrow accessible bikes on rides if needed
JoyRiders can borrow accessible bikes on rides if needed

“The Cycling Grants London funding has enabled me to build a strong, ever-expanding network of participants and volunteers, as previously we didn’t have enough Volunteer Ride Leaders to accommodate all of the demand.”

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner who came to join the JoyRiders today was definitely impressed by our project and explained how he feels projects like these are essential to help broaden the appeal and benefits of cycling: “By giving Londoners of all abilities, ages and backgrounds the confidence to cycle, we can improve their health and quality of life, as well as reducing toxic air pollution, which improves our city for everyone.”

TfL offers free Cycle Skills training to give people of all abilities the chance to improve their confidence on the capital’s roads. 

To book free cycle skills training please use this link:
You can request Carolyn Axtell by name by clicking the ‘training preferences’ box and stating you preference.
For more information about Hornbeam JoyRiders follow them on Facebook:

 

What the Fattoush? pop-up 24-27 Jan

What the Fattoush? are trialling their first ever brunch menu at The Hornbeam Cafe with dishes including a typical Palestininian breakfast and shakshuka with vegan ‘eggs’.
Why not pop in for the kanafeh and coffee deal? Sweet cashew ‘mozzerella’ topped with vermicelli and drenched in orange blossom syrup. Try Palestine’s favourite dessert and a cup of Arabic or filter coffee for £7/£7.50
The What the Fattoush? small plates menu will run on the evenings of Friday 25 Jan and Saturday 26 Jan  with dishes including beer battered okra with a date and tamarind sauce as well as aubergine and bulgur kefte balls.

What the Fattoush? opening times:

Thursday 24 Jan 11am – 5pm
Friday 25 Jan 10am – 4.30 & 6 – 10.30
Saturday 26 Jan 10am – 5 & 6-10.30pm
Sunday 27 Jan 10am – 4pm

 

What the Fattoush? donate 10% of their profit to @Skate_Pal, an NGO supporting young people in Palestine through skateboarding.

Menu:

Aubergine kefte & freekeh, pomegranate molasses salad
Shakshuka fried ‘eggs’
A typical Palestinian breakfast

Kanafeh – Palestine’s favourite dessert of sweet cashew ‘mozerella’, vermicelli and orange blossom syrup

Hornbeam Xmas Food Drink and Crafts Market

Sat 22 Dec, 10am-3pm

We’re having a Xmas market popup at the cafe to share seasonal festivities, mulled wine, mince pies, gifts and more.

Please come along and enjoy a relaxed afternoon, grab a few extra stocking fillers, and join us for a drink and a snack.

Can you sell pickles, jams, chutneys?

Can you sell pickles, jams, chutneys?If you’d like your own  vegan food or drink or craft stall book here before Thurs 18 Dec. Only £10 for a table, or contact Anne at anne@hornbeam.org.uk

Arts and craft stall holders welcome.
Arts and craft stall holders welcome.

Please note the normal cafe service will be closed.

This is our chance for people to buy, sell, eat, drink, chat and be merry together – do join us!

Have a SPICY Xmas!

We’ve absolutely LOVED being part of the Spicebox journey into East End celebrity status and will be so sad to see them go but delighted they have a permanent venue now elsewhere in Walthamstow opening after the new year.

Have a scrumptiously spicy Xmas!
Have a scrumptiously spicy Xmas!

Their last day at The Hornbeam Cafe is 20 December. Get your Xmas dinner outings in now to avoid disappointment! See SpiceBox’s Xmas menu

Want to do your own Vegan Weekend Hornbeam Residency? Get in touch.

Hornbeam’s ‘Skill-Up’ Training facility

At The Hornbeam we support people to ‘skill-up’ and follow their dreams in low-cost, healthy, sustainable living.

The Hornbeam Cafe is a central part of our training facility. If you’d like to learn the secrets of running a vegan cafe but have never had the opportunity or investment to do so, we can help train you and provide you with a space to work from and to be part of a supportive team.

Contact Anne  to talk things through.

 

 

Venue Hire and Events Coordination Volunteer

Do you love making things happen?

We’re looking for a volunteer to help us book and organise events at The Hornbeam in E17 and our Hornbeam Learning Lodge in E4.

We’d love to have you for around 5 hours a week, working from our office at the Hornbeam Centre (Mon, Tues or Fri), or at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge in Chingford on Thursdays. You’ll need to be good on the phone and on the computer (email, Excel, online booking systems) and be a great organiser. If you also have social media skills that would work well too, but not essential.

This would be particularly suitable for someone who’s already got good contacts in the community with artists, workshop leaders, etc, and could help spread the word about our facilities and venues.

Contact Anne at anne@hornbeam.org.uk with your details or call 07492 915531.

 

New cafe hours

The Hornbeam Cafe is open Tues-Sun serving vegan quiches, salads, hotpot, soups, cakes and various drinks, PLUS vegan Indian-inspired food by SpiceBox Thurs-Sun (see below) day and evenings.

Our organic coffee is amazing tho we say it ourselves...
Our organic coffee is amazing tho we say it ourselves…

SpiceBox are running their exciting Indian-inspired Test Kitchen at the Hornbeam from 21 Sept and NOW EXTENDED due to popular demand to end of December 2018 on Thurs and Fri evenings and weekends during the day and evenings.

More about SpiceBox

Monday: Normal Cafe closed, but The Hornbeam Centre is open for People’s Kitchen – come and learn to cook a vegan meal from 10am or just come for a Pay-As-You-Feel lunch at 1-2pm. Get involved.

Tuesday-Friday:
10am-5pm: Hornbeam Cafe open  – drop-in

Thurs and Friday:
5:30-10.30pm : SpiceBox Test Kitchen. Drop-ins possible, but bookings preferable  Book online or email hello@spicelabs.co.uk

Weekends:
SpiceBox Test Kitchen takeover
Drop-ins possible, but bookings preferable.
Open 10am-10.30pm / 9pm on Sundays. 

 

Weekend Cafe Residency opportunity

We will have a cafe weekend residency coming up in the future (date to be confirmed soon). 

This is an excellent opportunity to trade as a vegan catering business from Friday nights to Sunday evenings. Ideal for a catering start-up or pop ups and you’ll be part of our amazing group of people providing healthy and scrumptious food to the community.

If you are interested or would like to be kept informed contact anne@hornbeam.org.uk 

And please help us spread the word!

Current an past pop-up chefs at the Hornbeam….

Jack Coulson Nomadic Supper Club
Jack Coulson Nomadic Supper Club