July 20, 2011


July 20, 2011

and you shall find blackberries wherever you go!

stories and pictures of Energy Cafe at Strawberry Fayre, Spitalfields City Farm and Shoreditch Festival…coming soon!

For tasty recipes and tips on where to find edible delights along the Regents Canal right through to the Lee Navigation…

download the hand drawn foraging map here!



July 14, 2011

Wild Fruits by the Wayside with a bit of Spice!

This Weekend it’s Shoreditch Festival. Energy Cafe has been invited to take part!

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th we will be located on the lawn of Regents Court Estate. Open from 1pm  – 6pm. For this occasion we will be mapping and foraging as many wild fruits, berries and other edible delights that we find along the canal wayside….menu to be announced on the day!

On Sunday Energy Cafe Guest chef Mahesh will be adding a bit of indian spice to the Energy Cafe foraged menu …

we look forward to seeing you there! click on map for further info.

July 14, 2011

May 21, 2011

It’s the season for an abundance of Elderflowers.  A sign that the summer has arrived! We have been making litres of Elderflower cordial and Elderflower champagne . It will be ready to drink in a few weeks.

The flowers were picked from trees in Nunhead near the cemetery, at the top of Broadway Market in East London where there is a hidden edible forest garden and in the nature reserve near the adventure playground in Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green. (For cordial and champagne recipes see:  categories: seasonal recipes)

A few more days to go before all the flowers fall.

It is said that Elderflower is very strong as an emotional  healer – as it stimulates energy, vigor, resilience, joy, and our powers of recovery and renewal of energy.

May 20, 2011

On Powerstock Common we were lucky to have a constant supply of wood to burn in Henry Ranger. Ash Logs had been left in the car park for anyone to pick up.  We discovered the true qualities of this beautiful wood – as we cooked in all kinds  of ways; baked, stewed, steamed, roasted, fried and made pastry pies, baked bread, cakes and crumbles. Ash is a big favourite!

April 6, 2011

Sunday 27 March

On the road again

Vince’s landy tows the trailer past Haggerston Gasworks…

back to Hawkwood Nursery, Chingford just in time to open up to serve nettle and mint tea with a taster of cake to the open day crew and visitors. Today they have been learning all about sprouting.