Kylee Newton of Newton & Pott talks about home preserves and why Londoners can't get enough of her tamarillo chutney.
Kylee Newton is passionate about preserving, the art of turning fresh produce into jam, sauces, relishes and chutneys. Asked to describe the food philosophy behind Newton & Pott, she shares that her approach to preserving is both traditional and modern. As she explains, “I’m using old-fashioned artisan techniques but in a city environment, working to a sustainable food philosophy and experimenting with new flavours.”
Based in Hackney London, she has been preserving for the last twelve months, using recipes from Edmonds Cookery Book (a New Zealand household classic first published in 1908) and fruits from her childhood such as tamarillos and feijoas (typically grown in abundance in backyards in New Zealand).
Newton has been impressed by Londoners enthusiasm for her chutneys, especially her more exotic ones. She sees this as indicative of London’s food culture with its fascination for new tastes and the home-made. For those unfamiliar with these fruits, tamarillo chutney combines the bitter-sweet taste of the tamarillo with the favours of ginger, chilli, cinnamon and lime. Indian spices are used again in the feijoa recipe, the taste of which Newton describes as “strongly aromatic, tasting somewhere between a strawberry and a pineapple”.
Newton is keen to expand her range with new influences, like mango salsa chutney inspired by a recent trip to Mexico and her lime and saffron jam. She has also just started making vinegars with the aim of expanding to cordials and syrups – “I feel like I am back in my grandmother’s kitchen”.
Just when you thought your love affair with Nordic cuisine was over, there's The Scandinavian Kitchen. Tucked behind busy Oxford Street, you'll find over 600 products from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland in this homely deli/ grocer. Started by two hungry Scandinavians back in 2006, The Scandinavian Kitchen remains true to its aim to stock “good food with love”. And it shows in the produce on offer, the hospitality of the staff, and the café menu. Order from the daily smorgasbord. The Swedish meatballs with beetroot and apple salad on stone-ground bread comes highly recommended. Make sure you leave room for a warm cinnamon bun before stocking your larder with rye crispbread, honey from Southern Sweden, and organic Lingonberry jam. On your way out, be sure to read the blackboard for some Scandinavian wisdom like “May the Nose be with you” and“Happiness is a warm bun”.
Address: 61 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PP
Tel: 020 7580 7161
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 08.00 – 19.00, Sat 10.00 – 18.00; Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
Online store: Available
Just look for the classic 1950s green façade and striped awnings to find Lina Stores, a long-time resident of Soho’s Brewer Street. Since opening its doors in 1944, this family-run business has been doing things the Italian way with its quality selection of pastas, delicatessen meats and cheeses, olive oils, fresh seasonal produce, and of course regional Italian wine. Famed food writer Jane Grigson used to buy her pasta here and its selection of fresh pasta including crab, aubergine and scamorza, and artichoke and truffle oil enjoy legendary status. Cakes and desserts are baked on site, including the Italian classic Torta Caprese (chocolate and almond cake), and the Italian pork sausages are also Lina Store’s own. In addition to the store, a small cafe menu is available offering a tantalising selection of cheeses and cured meats such as taleggio, pecorino brigante, parma ham and finocchiona. A perfect place to stock your larder and a true homage to all things Italian.
Address: 19 Brewer Street, London W1R 3FS
Tel: 0207 437 682
Opening hours: Everyday (Mon – Tue 08.30 – 19.30; Wed-Fri 08.30 – 20.30; Sat 10.00 – 19.30; Sunday 11.00-17.00)
Online store: Available
L’eau du Bouche is more than true to its name with its mouth-watering menu and larder of produce. Owner Stephane Cusset is man passionate about food and it shows. In the deli, you’ll find classic charcuterie and cheeses, wines, stocks and soups as well as cornichons and olives. Vibrant platters of sun-dried tomatoes, peppers and artichokes entice and seasonal produce of melons, beans, garlic, tomatoes, fennel, and peaches beckon. On the shelves, you'll find English as well as European produce with a slight but unsurprising leaning towards French products. Wine is sold by the litre as well as olive oil. There is freshly baked bread as well as patisserie to go. On a Saturday morning, the café is crowded with eager market-goers. The service is good and comes fast but people are allowed to linger. Just as it should be. Bon Appetit.
Address: 35-37 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
Tel: 020 7923 0600
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 10am-4pm