Happy Easter Monday.
Category Archives: Muswell Hill, London, UK
But I really want to, for my tiny business so I’m going to keep persevering. I haven’t done a blog post for a long time and sometimes I’d pay a lovely local lady called Estelle to do them for me as I’m severely dyspraxic and it’s getting worse and find this soooo difficult. I’d tell her what to write and I’d give her the photos but she’s moved 700 mikes away to Orkney quite possibly to get as far away from my irritatingly special needs as possible !!
So with my nice new second hand phone I’m going to try again. I don’t know what I’m doing and all these signs, symbols and information don’t go into my brain so I’ll ignore them. I’m actually scared of them.
I’d hoped in the year I’ve been away from my blog that WordPress would have become simpler but alas not.
So I don’t know how to make the writing closer to the photos and I don’t know why this is in a box, but I’m scared to touch anything in case I lose/delete it and then it’ll be another year till I try again. This has already taken me half an hour as I get so distracted. It’s bloody ridiculous and unbelievably frustrating.Continue reading
These are some of the stalls which caught my eye last Saturday.
Above is the most amazing cross stitch by Emma Congdon http://etsy.me/194kKdp This photo doesn’t do it justice at all. Emma sells the kits for people to do themselves and this Muswell Hill one is brilliant.
Look at these beautiful dresses !!! https://twitter.com/Yarnsulike
There was a stall run by a mother and daughter from Margate who sell postcards and little mirrors etc of photos they’ve taken. I bought some of the ice cream and flake cards which are absolutely adorable. http://www.curlabouttown.com/
Frances Cronin makes these sweet and lovely little rabbits !! There were lots of them but I like the ones in dresses best. I love taking pictures of people’s things for my blog because I like chatting to the lovely people who make things. It’s something they do because they (and me) love making things. It’s for love, not money. https://twitter.com/franwen
Annemarie Fearley had a stall outside and makes bright colourful owls and other animals with vintage fabric. Lovely for a child’s room or anywhere in the house. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shes-Got-it-Made/158449937537923
There were lots more stalls and it’s a lovely atmosphere but it’s never as busy as it should/could be. It’s quite a new market so hopefully word will soon spread http://muswellhillmarket.com/
This won’t be a very wordy post because I’m in a rush and want to post regularly about this place because it’s so good so it’s mainly just photos and I want to do it quickly so you can see this and then hurry on down there !
Anyway i’ve just had lunch at Chriskitch again in Muswell Hill. You can read my full blog post about it here Fantastic new cafe/deli .
On offer today, amongst other things is the most amazing leek & potato soup with unbelievably delicious homemade cornbread.
There was also olive oil & balsamic vinegar to dip it in…
Roasted chicken with roast vegetables ……..
No words are need here….
Everything is home made on site by the owners Chris and Bibi. The atmosphere is lovely, the prices are very reasonable and it’s just a nice place to be.
Next to Fortismere school,
Open till 6pm
Closed on Monday.
Last weekend something very exiting happened in Muswell Hill. A new cafe opened. That it has opened a few doors from where I live and I can almost yell my lunch order from my front room is amazing enough, but the fact that it serves some of the best food I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve eaten lots) is a very rare treat.
It’s owned and run by Australian born Chris and his Polish born wife Bibi. They make absolutely everything themselves and it’s divine. Chris trained in Australia before moving to London where he worked with Gordon Ramsey in his signature restaurant in Hospital Road.
He’s worked in some of the finest restaurants in Indonesia and in Egypt where he had a staff of 170. He also worked as number 2 head chef at London’s Dorchester Hotel for four years, was executive chef for at the Edwardian Hotel in Mayfair and executive chef for two years at The Hilton Tower Bridge.
Chris and Bibi have just converted what was the chocolate shop on Tetherdown into the most convivial cosy, modern little eatery complete with fantastic antique furniture.
The counter at the back came from an old paper mill in Essex and is stunning.
In front the food stands on an old joiners bench which was sourced in Holland by antique dealer Drew Pritchard.
The wooden floor boards are from an old textile factory in Islington and you can see where it’s been worn down by the trolleys
and the main table at the front is a very well worn butchers block from an old French Country house.
As for the food, oh my God the food, well I’ll eat anything and have just had mackerel and sweet corn straight out of the tins while writing this but I do know and very much appreciate exquisite home made food when I see it and that’s what you get at Chriskitch.
I went there on Saturday (first day it was open) and we were kindly given a big plate of desserts to try. Chocolate and wild strawberry tart, orange cake,
baked cheese cake to die for, look at them all in their own little baking tins, banana cake and a scrumptious cake made with polenta. My friend and I were literally in a quiet cake euphoria and couldn’t believe how good it was. We were barely aware of Chris chatting away enthusiastically about his ingredients and cooking methods. We were very happy in our little cakey worlds.
The next day a friend came over and we went there for a proper lunch as I was desperate to go back and show off my virtually en suite cafe to her. Well what joy….we had beetroot, orange and feta salad with pomegranate, and aubergine and chilli salad, with blue cheese and beer bread and corn and chilli bread, all of which Chris had made.
With the most delicious baked cheese cake to follow, coffee and the most delicious home made peach juice. I know I’ve used delicious twice in one sentence….but it was.
It’s been Chris and Bibi’s life long dream to have their own deli one day and now they have, in my lovely Tetherdown in a beautiful Victorian building which has………
it’s very own OUTSIDE EATING AREA !!!!! How lovely will that be in the Spring and Summer. ( No pics of that because it hasn’t been beautified quite yet ).
Chriskitch is open every day till 6pm and opens at 12pm on Sundays.
London. Just by Fortismere school
This is where I walk my dog most days. It’s a sweet little park that most people don’t know about because it’s tucked out of the way.
Every Spring a new pair of geese raise a family on the little pond. There were eight goslings this year and they all survived. It was a few short weeks before the eight tiny balls of downy fluff became strong and independent and it was a joy to watch their progress every day for a few minutes. Sometimes they were all closely tucked up tightly down the side of the bank protected from the wind with the parents keeping a beady eye out for danger and if felt threatened they quickly all jumped in the water.
Those geese are the most amazing parents. Fiercely protective and guarding their beloved offspring every waking minute. Eventually the babies were independent enough to fly away one by one every couple of days and I wondered if the parents were sad…..I was.
The poor old ducks by contrast all seemed to be one parent families and it looked much harder lonelier work. There’s also a lone turtle who live in the pond. You see it sunning itself on hot summer days and it’s lived there for years. I didn’t see it this year though. I don’t go when the sun is high as it’s too hot for the dog to run.
There is also a stork who lives by the pond and is often there standing alone. It’s very jumpy and flies to the other end of the pond at the sight of a dog careering down the hill.
There is also the odd rat which I don’t mind at all as they are at home where they belong. The sight of a couple of them jumping into the pond sent shivers the other day though as there is something very unappealing about a rat swimming somehow.
Well that’s my handy little haven and the best part is…………….
that there’s a busy 2/3 lane road close by on one side and a drive thru MacDonald s even closer on the other side. Not that I’m particularly partial to fast food extractor fans ( though I do find them strangely alluring & comforting) but I’m a city girl and if I don’t see a shop or a car for more than 10 mins I start to panic.