It is with great pleasure and a lot of enthusiasm that I launch the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series of producer interviews.
Last week I interviewed the very delightful Kath Dickerson about her memories of childhood baking, her favourite recipes, and what makes London such an exciting food city.
London Food Essentials from its very inception has been about supporting local food producers and artisians. Discovering London and all of its food destinations is as much about the people behind the food as the food itself.
So to read about Kath and her cakes, go the my london interviews.
Golborne Road is a neighbourhood that wears its heart on its sleeve. Vibrant, colourful and staunchly local, it is a community passionate about its diversity. So whether you are drawn to the smells of its Moroccan food stalls, its chorus of Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic voices, or its British street traders, W10 is always unique and true to its own identity.
To experience the most of this corner of London, begin your walk at Cambridge Gardens close to Ladbroke Grove tube station heading towards the tail-end of Portobello Road. Look out for The Cloth Shop for its collection of antique fabrics and linens, and La Plaza Delicatessen for Spanish produce for your london larder. Continue along Portobello Road absorbing the market stalls of vintage clothing, CDs, secondhand wares that appear every Saturday before reaching Golborne Road.
Over the last few weeks, I have felt a deepening appreciation for the handmade - the inspired crafting of miniature tableau, whimsical creatures of a freed imagination, cards and letters, handmade ceramic sculptures exploring the everyday, hand-made brochures inspired by British garden birds. Some have been crafted anew; others remade through the use of vintage fabrics, founds objects - discovered, re-created, revealing at every stage, a new imprint that of the maker.
Handmade London takes me beyond my original idea of a London table and a website based on a series of walks dedicated to eat, drink, cook, ware. So from time to time, I will collate these finds as a part of London Food Essentials but in the meanwhile, I encourage you to visit the following:
Cornercopia, 65 Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PS. Tel 07919542233
Brixi, Unit 7 Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR Tel: 07919 162428
Circus, Unit 70, Brixton Village SW9 8PR Tel 07736 679676
Loop, 15 Camden Passage, N1 8EA, Tel 0207 288 1160
Etoile, 41 Cross Street, N1 2BB, Tel 020 7354 1396
Maud & Mabel, Hampstead Antique Emporium, 12 Heath Street NW3 6TE
Kirstin Stride, www.kirstinstride.com
Kaori Tatebayashi, www.kaoriceramics.tumblr.com/
I will continue to update this list but I recommend the beautiful blog, Makers Market, for inspirational handmade finds.