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What the Fattoush? Palestinian Night menus

PALESTINIAN NIGHTS Plant-based, Palestinian Plates


Fatteh £6 / £8.5 The Middle East’s answer to nachos – pitta chips loaded with South Levantine stew, Gazan guac (avo, harissalabneh,sumac and sesame seeds), pickled chillies and pomegranate seeds *£1 from every fatteh ordered goes directly to @Skate_Pal

Trio of dips £8.5 (gf option) Baba Ghanoush (smoked aubergine & tahini), Mahammara (red pepper, walnut & pomegranate molasses) & Hummus with Arabic bread.

MAZZEH All dishes come with bread & pickles

Kibbeh £6.5 Potato and bulgur wheat shells filled with spiced ‘mince’ Falafel & Hummus £4.5 (gf) Made the Palestinian way, heavy on the herbs! Mini Maqlubeh £5.5 Layered vegetables and spiced arborio rice, finished with toasted almonds. Literally translated as ‘upside down’, Makloubeh is one of Palestine’s favourite dishes. Dolma £5 Grape leaves stuffed with spiced ‘mince’, rice, nuts and herbs Tabbouleh £4.5 Zesty tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bulgur wheat and plenty of herbs

South Levantine stew £5.5 (gf) Slow-cooked aubergines, peppers and chickpeas in a rich and silky tomato sauce Bamiya – Tempura okra with a date & tam £6 Deep-fried okra in aspiced,lightlywhippedbatterservedwitha tangy date and tamarind sauce Za’atar potatoes £4.5 (gf) Crispy potatoes dusted in Palestine’s famous spice mix za’atar (dried thyme, oregano marjoram and toasted sesame seeds) Freekeh, aubergine & ‘feta’ salad £6 Smokey, young, cracked wheat with roasted aubergine, mixed leaves, coconut-based ‘feta’ and finished with pomegranate seeds and toasted pine nuts Mshaat m’a dagga £6 Cauliflower fritters with a spicy tomato sauce

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PALESTINIAN NIGHTS Plant-based, Palestinian Plates


Za’atar Arabic bread £3 Warm, pillowy Arabic bread dusted in Palestine’s famous spice mix za’atar (dried thyme, oregano marjoram and toasted sesame seeds)

Labneh £2 Cashew-based thick yoghurt Zhoug £2 Spicy green chilli, coriander and cardamom sauce


Kanafeh £6 Palestine’s most iconic dessert from the West Bank city of Nablus. Soft cashew ‘cheese’ soaked in sweet, orange blossom syrup and topped with crispy vermicelli noodles and pistachios.

Awameh £5 Sweet dumplings dripping in cinnamon spiked agave nectar

*What the Fattoush? work in partnership with @Skate_Pal, supporting young people in Palestine through skateboarding

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Five points brewery Pils Pale ale Porter

Cocktails Cardamom espresso martini Watermelon slushy Pomegranate punch

wine Red wine glass/bottle White wine glass /bottle

wine Red wine glass/bottle White wine glass /bottle

Hot Drinks

Espresso Macchiato Cortado Americano Long black

Fresh mint tea English breakfast tea Earl grey Herbal tea (please ask about type****) Hot chocolate

Latte cappuccino Flat white Cardamon long black Orange blossom latte

Latte cappuccino Flat white Cardamon long black Orange blossom latte

Soft drinks

Grapefruit Pomegranate and elderflower

Kiwi lime and mint Sparkling water

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Palm Greens March Supper Clubs

Palm Greens, Hornbeam’s current Test Kitchen, will be running three vegan, seasonal Supper Clubs in March to show off their amazing internationally-inspired cuisine…

Big flavours, made from organic, locally-sourced veg,

Fri 1 March, 7.30pm

Fri 8 March, 7.30pm

Fri 15 March, 7.30pm

Booking essential.

Chef Kali’s and Memby’s stories:

Kali has worked as a freelance chef for more than ten years, travelling the world for work and pleasure. She’s always been a lover of food and conscious of the treatment of animals and well being of the earth.

Fascinated by the way food works with your body Kali trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, a school specialising in vegetarian health supportive cooking, this is where her style of cooking began to develop. Building relationships with local growers such as Growing Communities has encouraged Kali’s enthusiasm and belief in the need to be more in touch with where our food comes from and the impact the food system has on our environment and local community.

Pay-what-you-feel stalls popping up in Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Food Rescue are running pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stalls around the borough to highlight the fact that food is often thrown away while it is still good enough to eat.

Free baby food that would have been wasted!
Free baby food that would have been wasted!


Best Before Stalls

  • Every Monday, 12:00 – 15:00 out the the Hornbeam (weather permitting)
  • Every Tuesday. 14:30 – 17:30 at Friday Hill Tenants Management Organisation offices, Chingford Hatch  E4 6JT.
  • First Saturday of the Month, 11.00-15.00 at the Transition Leytonstone Market outside Matalan, Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HH.
  • NEW POP-UP: Every saturday in May at Walthamstow Town Square, near the library, 9.00-15.30
We welcome suggestions of new places for pop-up Food Rescue stalls and would love to hear from people who would like to volunteer. Contact Poppy

Food Rescuers – NEW AQA award in Social Action

Calling local Food Rescuers to take action on Food Waste

The Best Before Project, with support of the Hornbeam Centre, has an exciting new opportunity for volunteers to gain an AQA accreditation in Designing, Planning & Delivering a Social Action Project.  Taking part in this programme gives participants evidence of developing and improving important work and community skills.

The Hornbeam Pop-Up Best Before, Still Good After stall








Participants will work in a team and be supported to put on an event or multiple pop-up ‘pay what you feel’ stalls in the borough.  The aim is to raise awareness among local people and independent food retailers and  that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date.

Volunteers will practically help reduce preventable food waste and therefore save natural resources and enable people and small community organisations to save money.

There are many other ways to be part of Food Rescuing activities in the borough and we are keen to hear from organisations that can use or distribute food, or groups that would like to run their own ‘pay-what-you-feel’ stall.

See the volunteer role descriptions below for more details about the project and specific opportunities.

Best Before Campaigner – Volunteer Role Description

Pay-what-you-feel stall assistant – WF Food Rescue Stall Assistant, volunteer role description

Food Redistributor – WF Food Rescue Redistributor, volunteer role description

Contact Poppy on poppy@thisisrubbish.org.uk for more info.

Hornbeam Nights – the story so far


Hornbeam Nights: I really like it here!
Hornbeam Nights: I really like it here!

A taster and some useful links of Hornbeam Nights gone by…

Thurs 16th March, Open Decks
Bring vinyl. Spin some tunes. Buy records. Drink a cocktail. Mingle. Dance. Yeah.

Thurs 23rd March, DJ Night – Dusty Sneakers
Djs Science Man (Babuin) is back with his pal Wilfy G to take to the decks for a night of dusty vinyl, spaced-out house and sneaky, bleepy tech. Drinks, cocktails, lazers and a little dance floor action.

Thurs 30th March, Film Night – The Divide
The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. On general release in the UK from 22 April – we have a sneak, free preview! Plus glorious vegan food cooked by the Hornbeam Cafe

Thurs 19 Jan – Robin Grey and friends Folk Night
Inspired by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom, Robin colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys and a few other instruments! Family feast. Matinee family performance. Grown-ups performance and party.

Thurs 26th January – January Film Night at the Hornbeam – The Gleaners and I
Food served at 6:30, Film starts at 7:15. 80 mins film. Pay by donation. Award winner at Cannes Film Festival in 2000, this creative documentary film by director Agnes Vada explores the history, culture and contemporary laws of gleaning in France. The film is mostly in French with English subtitles.

….Also find out how to become a Waltham Forest Food Rescuer to help reduce food waste and redistribute food surplus in the borough. Contact poppy@thisisrubbish.org.uk

Thursday 2nd February
The first Thursday of every month brings the latest in independent soul & jazz. Fitzroy Andrew‘s  Soulfulized at East London Radio show. Neo soul, soul, jazz, funk and conscious hip-hop.

Live performance and pre-record conversation with local musician Hannah Ledgewidge a talented multi-instrumentalist. LIVE PERFORMANCE 8pm. Free.

Thursday 9th February DEEPER GROOVES – A night of dub, dusty house & downtempo electronic music with DJ’s Lounch & Noods. Lazers, grooving and happy hour.

Thursday 16th February OPEN DECKS Bring vinyl. Spin some tunes. Buy records. Drink a cocktail. Mingle. Dance. Yeah.  Free.

Thurs 23 Feb – February Film night: This Changes everything. Inspired by Naomi Klein and the issues raised in her brilliant book, Klein and impassioned protesters provide political insight but also hope for the future. Trailer: https://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/about/

Rosamund DJing at Hornbeam Nights
Bring your own vinyl and get your 15 mins of  DJ fame at Hornbeam Nights



Community Mondays in January


All are welcome to Community Mondays
All are welcome to Community Mondays

Weekly drop-in opportunity to help out or skill-up at the Hornbeam. Volunteers help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and have a free lunch too. Every Monday, 11am -2pm.

Jamming happens every week with Organiclea upstairs at the Hornbeam from 10am-1pm. To be a jamming volunteer please contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to book a place

Drop in any Monday between 10am and 2pm to find out more about our range of volunteering opportunities that happen each Monday. Everyone welcome.

Mon 9 Jan, People’s Kitchen, 10am-2pm. The first Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted.

Food is served at 1pm. Everyone welcome so come and share your lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbours or colleagues. To volunteer please contact Carolyn at volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk.

Eating together on Community MondaysEating together on Community Mondays
Eating together on Community Mondays

Pay-what-you-feel food stalls borough-wide
Waltham Forest Food Rescue are also running pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stalls around the borough.

  • Every Monday, 12:00 – 15:00 at the the Hornbeam
  • Every Tuesday. 14:30 – 17:30 at Friday Hill Tenants Management Organisation offices
  • First Saturday of the Month, at the Transition Leytonstone Market outside Matalan, Leytonstone High Road.

We welcome suggestions of new places for pop-up Food Rescue stalls and would love to hear from people who would like to volunteer. Contact Poppy.

Monday 16 Jan: Kids Kitchen 10-12pm, Cooking with the under fives, singing songs together and washing up. Please book to secure your place.

Mon 23 Jan Community Monday with Hedge Herbs, 10am-12pm Make your own herbal remedies for childhood ailments with Rasheeqa from Hedgeherbs.

Mon 30 Jan – Admin/DIY and Toilet Makeover! 9.30-1.30
Please join us for the tasks that keep this building ticking over and remaining an amazing resource for so many groups in the community.

The upstairs toilet needs some serious TLC! Mirrors, hooks, grout cleaner, and a plumber that’s handy with cisterns. Last Monday of every month, come at 9.30am, lunch at 1.30pm.


Stay, Play and Protest is NOT on in January, but will start again on Mon 6 February 1.30-2.30pm
Stay, play & protest is a new type of parenting group. It’s an informal drop-in for parents and their children with a twist – talking about things that make our lives difficult and how as a group we can make them better. Contact Esther
Join the Stay, Play and Protest Facebook group for more details. 


Kids Kitchen

Kids Kitchen
Kids Kitchen

As part of the Hornbeam’s Community Mondays, Kids Kitchen will be on the third Monday of every month. Join us with your little-ins –  prepare and eat fresh healthy food with while singing songs, playing and washing up.

Kids Kitchen is a collective of Parents and Vegan Chefs who want to share food with young children. Creating spaces for Kids and parents to get stuck in and explore cooking, local, organic, fun food with out having to worry how much mess they are making!

If you have a child or children under 5 come to Kids’ Kitchen, or tell your friends who do to, and cook a fun, healthy lunch while exploring, enjoying and learning about food.

10am-12pm at the Hornbeam Cafe.
£4 (£2 concessions) – includes lunch for your child.
Please book as spaces are limited.

Here’s a link to our facebook page, so please feel free to “like” us and share us with your friends on facebook.
See you soon

Cafe opportunity

Are you:
* passionate about fresh, healthy local food?
* able to cook delicious vegetarian and dairy-free food – or able to communicate with diverse people about good food and organise effectively?
* committed to community spaces and collective ways of working?
* interested in helping to create a viable enterprise that supports livelihoods?

The Hornbeam Cafe is run by Organiclea workers’ cooperative and we are looking for a team of people to take on running the café with us. This is a great opportunity to create additional livelihoods in our co-operative for people who are excited by good cooking and want to tap into the support and connections Organiclea can provide, rather than working alone.

We’re looking for energetic committed people who can

  • Work as a co-operative to run the café and catering enterprise, producing high quality vegetarian and dairy-free food and ensuring there are customers to benefit from it
  • Consolidate the existing café operation and develop the café and catering’s potential, particularly through increased volunteer roles, marketing, and events
  • Take responsibility for the café’s overall business plan and financial sustainability
  • Operate as a team, sharing tasks flexibly and learning from each other’s skillsets, whilst also taking lead individual responsibility for key roles and supporting each other to carry out work effectively
  • Share their passion for food that’s grown and prepared with integrity!

The opportunity – resources on offer
1. Organiclea is a community food growing cooperative in northeast London, where we have London’s largest productive market garden, distribute food including through our own market stalls and box scheme, and organise food growing training and support. Through the café we want to support an increase in the beneficial connections between the food we grow, the surplus from our box scheme and market stalls, and good cooking. To ensure this we can offer initial start up grant support and future loans from Organiclea.

2. The Hornbeam Café uses Organiclea’s supply of locally grown and organic produce to make quality organic vegetarian and dairy-free food more widely available to the local community, promote healthy eating, and promote and support sustainable local food production. The Hornbeam Centre welcomes Organiclea’s input into the café and is able to offer a substantial rent-free period to allow the café to develop.

3. Thanks to three years of support from Sustain’s Making Local Food Work programme, the café is already a vibrant, well-equipped and well-run space. Now it needs extra worker capacity to cook more food, grow the customer numbers and build the catering business in order to achieve financial sustainability. Organiclea is committed to supporting this process by offering financial and administrative support, connection to other parts of our work and support for the development of a co-operative model to operate the café.

The team
The tasks and responsibilities and personal qualities we think are required to run the café are outlined in this document. We are looking for a team of people to fulfil these roles, rather than one person, so you do not need to fulfil every aspect of the responsibilities and experience/skills requirements outlined. It is envisaged that each member of the team will take the lead responsibility for certain aspects of the café’s work (eg menu planning, marketing) but that team members will share in the actual delivery of tasks as appropriate to their skillset.

We expect the café to be able to generate enough income to support at least three part-time paid roles, and some sessional work. The café will also support a wide range of volunteer roles. Exact role descriptions for each individual will be developed as part of the team building process, alongside creating a business plan for the café and agreeing what initial financial support will be provided by Organiclea.

Howto apply
If you are interested in being part of this café enterprise, whether in a voluntary or paid capacity, we want to hear from you! Please send a letter of application outlining how your experience and commitment matches the café’s requirements and what role you feel able to play in the café team. You can email or post this to:

Marlene Barrett
Organiclea Community Growers
Hornbeam Centre
458 Hoe Street
Walthamstow, E17 9AH

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 16 August.

We will invite suitable applicants to meet with us for an interview on Friday 19 August. Successful participants will then need to commit to a number of team development meetings facilitated by Organiclea in late August and September to confirm the allocation of specific roles and responsibilities within the café team, finalise a business plan and establish the team’s relationship to Organiclea. We expect the team to trial working together from the beginning of September.

We may not be able to respond individually to all applicants, so if you do not hear from us, please accept our appreciation for the time you have put into your application, and we’re sorry that you haven’t been successful this time.

Download the roles and responsibilities document

Sunday Lunch at The HORNBEAM

Veggie Wellington Roast Lunch

1pm or 3pm

Served with all the trimmings – £5 a head – bookable in advance either by cheque or drop by the cafe. We have a choice of two sittings 1pm ‘til 2.45pm and 3pm ‘til 5pm so please state your preference when booking.

Also available to buy – yummy pudding, cakes or biscuits, organic red/white wines, soft drinks and a warm spicy winter mulled wine. Please phone for further details. Book in advance by contacting The Hornbeam through the website (www.hornbeam.org.uk) or emailing cafe@hornbeam.org.uk or phoning 020-8558-6880