ST CHRISTOPHER’S CELEBRATES A FANTASTIC FUN WALK IN ITS 50TH YEAR
In glorious sunshine over 3,500 walkers took part in St Christopher’s Fun Walk in Keston, Kent, on Sunday (14 May).
Lots of walkers wore t-shirts featuring the names or photos of loved ones who were cared for by the Sydenham-based hospice, and many more were walking simply to support the hospice’s work across five south east London boroughs (Bromley. Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham).
With over 900 participants signing-up on the day, it’s hoped that this year’s Fun Walk will top the £200,000 raised at the last walk – a fitting tribute in the hospice’s 50th Anniversary year.
The atmosphere on Keston Common was made extra special by several large groups of family and friends who came to walk the miles together.
One group, walking in memory of a young lady from Beckenham, had members who had travelled from as far afield as Birmingham, Worthing, Spain and New Zealand to raise a magnificent sum in the region of £20,000 for the hospice in her memory.
Routes ranged from three to 11 miles through picturesque woodland, fields and Keston Lakes. Marshall points along the way were staffed with enthusiastic volunteers including nine local Rotary Clubs and 5th Beckenham South Scout Group, who kept walkers going with water supplies, sweets, music, cheering and dancing.
Keston Common itself, where the walks started and finished, was buzzing with live music, a mix of street food and lots of groups having picnics to celebrate their walk and fantastic fundraising efforts on behalf of St Christopher’s.
Ginny Hearn from Forest Hill was walking with a group calling themselves ‘Team Dynamos’. Ginny says, “This is just such a lovely event, the atmosphere is so warm and so many people are walking to remember someone who was cared for by the hospice.
“It’s an amazing testament to the work that they do, that so many people raise sponsorship and come out walking to support St Christopher’s.”
Sean O’Leary, joint chief executive at St Christopher’s says, “We want to say an absolutely huge thank you to all our amazing walkers, volunteers and Rotary Clubs who came together to help us have such a brilliant day.
“Stagecoach have been fantastic, providing a free shuttle bus, and Host catering produced some wonderful food.” (Source: St Christopher’s press release).
FROM ROOT TO SHOOT – IT’S ON THE TABLE (and this week’s food market menu is here)
Don’t miss this weeks MARKET TABLE from Rachel de Thample.
Sat 20 May 2017 19:30 – 22:30 BST
Antenna Studios Bedwardine Road London SE19 3AY
This magical Market Table, featuring a 4-course dinner inspired by market produce. This time the focus will be on eating every part of a vegetable from root to shoot. To further celebrate all things veg, the menu will be fully plant-based. Joel Brook from local farm, Calabaza, in Sutton will join us and be supplying an array of stunning produce for the menu. Many locally foraged finds will also feature, including the first full wave of elderflower, lime blossom and dog rose. There’ll be a little hands-on learning and cooking, too. Don’t miss out… Places strictly limited. Booking essential. Book here
Crispy fig leaves
Radishes & asparagus, broad bean tops whipped with coconut, pistachio & cardamom
Fennel-smoked potato & apple wood mushroom galette
Kale florets with tomato leaf vinaigrette & crispy sage
Roasted baby artichokes, porcini salt, foraged garden salad
Smoked cashew butter & oolong tea brownies, preserved Brambletye pears
Sugared beetroot stem laces with rhubarb & raspberry leaf tea
Crystal Palace Overground Festival are looking for volunteers. Would you be interested? Find out more here.
We’re also really happy to welcome back Patchwork Farm and have truly locally grown produce available again. If you have any gluts from your garden/allotment please bring them in and swap for other local produce. If you’re on twitter, tweet about it using the handle @CPPatchworkFarm.
Staff wanted London Smoke and Cure are looking for happy friendly people to join their stall staff. No experience necessary, must have a good heart and kind eyes. Range of hours available. Contact Ross on 0783 783 8241 [email protected]
Check out the new walk through
We’ve connected the upper and lower markets with a walk through thanks to Cosmo, who is renting us the space on a Saturday. Check out his great recycled lights and the other makers we’ll be rotating each week.
Guest stalls this week
Guest lunch – Jerky Fridays Patsy says, “Jerky Fridays will be at the wonderful Crystal Palace Food Market this Saturday 20th May from 10am until 3pm. On the menu is: Rice & Peas, Plain Rice, Curry Mutton, Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Callaloo, Ackee & Saltfish, Fried Dumplings Macaroni & Cheese and Fried Plantains. THE DAYS SPECIALS: Curry Chicken, Saltfish Fritters and Oxtail & Buttered Beans. **All served to you in our NEW Bio-degradeable containers.** Love to see ya. xx”
Free-from – Elvira’s Secret Pantry Elvira is cooking up “Cakes: carrot and pistachio, pumpkin and chocolate, bluebeery and almond tart, lemon and poppy seeds polenta, berry tartlets (now also vegan), vegan chocolate sandwich. Savouries (vegan also available): asparagus and artichokes, spinach and leek, tomato and olive, peas and courgette; and sausage rolls.”
Olive oil & more – Mar de Olivas Mar says “I will bring some olives, extra virgin olive oil made with different varieties , fantastic and yummy artisan chocolates made with extra virgin olive oil and olive pate. I will give a free 100ml bottle of extra virgin olive oil for the first 15 customers who spend more than £6. ”
Central Hill – help support our neighbours in their fight to save Central Hill.
Bags, cushions covers and purses – with Jeanette. Find her in the courtyard.
Chocolates (and ice-cream maybe!) – Blowing Dandelion
Intoxyque – hot chilli sauces
NEW STALL Preserves – Intoxyque – gourmet sauces that are hand-made in small batches in Epsom, Surrey using only the finest fresh ingredients. Our sauces are used as a table sauce or in cooking. Add to stir fries, soups, omelettes or use as a condiment for chips or crackers. Our sauces are free from added sugar, preservatives, additives and nasties. In addition, our range is gluten free and vegan. Uniquely, we do not use vinegar which can alter the taste of food thus allowing our sauces to compliment food without overpowering it. Visit our stall this Saturday for a free taster and join our growing tribe of INTOXYQUE lovers.
NEW STALL Curry powders – Beji’s – homemade blended spices.
Second hand clothes – from Sarah & daughter Lolly.
Shawls – Anoushka
Art and Crafts – Palace Makers If you’d like to get involved in this weekly market stall please pay us a visit and have a chat.
Weekly stalls – courtyard site
The Store Cupboard: herbs & spices
Storecupboard refills – The Store Cupboard Sarah says “Tea time at The Store Cupboard: This week our lovely glass tea infusers are reduced in price. Made from toughened glass & dishwasher safe. Mugs reduced from £19 to £15 and tea pots from £21.50 to £16. While stocks last. Back in stock: bioD laundry liquid, fabric softener and washing up liquid.
Lunch – Return to Shashamane Emilia is making us “Salads & sauces – chickpea salad with wakame seaweed; kidney beans with cardamom seeds and fresh tarragon; butter beans toasted with seeds and herbs; Mexican cabbage salad with herbs, chillies and onion; polenta chips; coriander chimmichurri sauce; quinoa salad. Hot – butter beans puree; spicy sauce with cayenne pepper; lentil tikka masala stew.”
Bread & patisserie – Claude’s Boulangerie and Patisserie Bread & pastries, made in SE London. See Trisha on the stall.
Collectables market – our neighbour market Haynes Lane Market, a treasure trove of collectables.
Weekly stalls – Antenna Cafe site
Lunch & Deli – Comfort & Joy Hot tasty wraps, salads and those famous (enormous) scotch eggs plus takeaways – curries, lasagne and more.
Lunch – Meru Galettes Sweet & savoury galettes and crepes. The new special galette is caramelised onions, slow roasted tomatoes, cheese, salad, seeds and chilli.
Smoked Produce – London Smoke and Cure Ross says “In this weeks ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how we make our product we’re revealing how exactly we make such tasty bacon. In our mind there’s two types of bacon – at one end of the scale there’s that danish stuff you buy in the supermarket. We’ve all had it – it’s pretty cheap, fairly salty, low in flavour and when you cook it you get that bubbly white liquid come up as all the water they’ve injected in it leaches out. Hey listen, don’t feel guilty, most of the country is guzzling it down, you’re in good company. Then, at the other end of the scale, you’ve got your traditional, dry cured bacon. It takes a good while to make and its packed full of flavour. It’s likely to be better for you as well as as the salt quality will be higher and the nitrates will be lower. Anyway, that’s the type of bacon we make.
We love that when you cook it the fats get all chewy. And we love the depth of flavour that comes with it. Anyway, you’re welcome to buy some from us, or if you like you can give it a crack yourself, you won’t be disappointed. Here goes…
How to make bacon like Ross from London Smoke & Cure
Take some of Gill Wing farms finest pork belly. Say them to him for us! Whilst you’re there pick yourself up a nice bit of chicken, it’s so tasty.
Then you’re going to make a dry cure mix using 90g of salt, 45g of sugar and 10g of a curing salt called Cure No.1. (you can buy it on line).
Rub the pork belly with the dry cure mix using a ratio of 25g per 1kg (you don’t need a lot)
If you want, you can add some other flavourings at this point. We love a little bit of pepper, juniper and bay. Or you could add a splash of maple syrup.
Seal you pork in a plastic bag and put in in the fridge. Turn it over daily for a week to allow the salts to distribute evenly.
At the end of the week, wash it off. You can either eat it straight away or leave it uncovered for a few more days to let the flavours intensify further.
Cook it slowly, make a nice cup of tea, put it on some good bread (Trisha in the courtyard does a lovely rustic loaf that will go great with it)
Go and look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself “I’ve done something quite amazing, well done!”
That’s it, you’re now officially a bacon master – come down and tell us how it went.
Also on the stall tomorrow we’ll have our complete range of super tasty smoked and cured food, all of which have been professionally guaranteed to make your belly happy.”
Cakes – Brett & Bailey Joe says “Will there be any sign of summer on Saturday? Not sure yet, but strawberry season has definitely arrived and we’ll be making the most of British berries over the coming months. Not only will we have indulgent slices of baked berry cheesecake and glossy, sticky raspberry bakewell squares, but we’re welcoming back our strawberry and white chocolate gateau for the first time this year. This limoncello-drizzled lemon and almond sponge, with lashings of white chocolate and vanilla bean buttercream and plump strawberries, is a Brett & Bailey summer favourite. You can find it alongside our coffee and Brazil nut cake, double carrot cake, andchocolate Guinness cake.
Want more? Don’t miss our peanut butter bars with thick milk chocolate ganache and salted caramel; mint choc chip cookies; preserved lemon meringue pies; our gooey signature brownies; baskets full of sticky buns and cardamom knots; and – at last! – plenty of strawberry and cream bomboloni.
Missing the market? Remember that the Brett & Bailey online shop is always open.”
Meat – Gill Wing Farm Andrew tells me this week he’ll have chicken (whole, breast, thighs & drums); Sussex beef – topside, sirloin, minced, steak and diced steaks; sausages; chops; wild garlic sausages; kofta; bacon – streaky and back; Pevensey marsh lamb – chops, minced, leg and shoulders.” Please ring Andrew on 07920 850 653 to place any meat orders.
Vegetables, salad, herbs & fruit – Brambletye Fruit Farm, Brockmans & Wild Country Organics.
Brockmans – Jason says, “There will be some Strawberries available this week but possibly just at farm only markets. The same is probably true for Carrot bunches as well but we will have wet Garlic for everyone. For the other markets UK Aubergines and Courgettes are now available and for the exotics we have Peaches and Nectarines. The stalls are pretty well stocked so come along and get some – Asparagus, Cauliflowers, Apples, Vine Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Radish Bunches, Kale (limited), Spinach, Duck Eggs, Carrots, Onions, Mushrooms, Bananas, Lemons.” For news, tweets & photographs go to : Brockmans Farm
Raw milk, butter & other dairy – Hook & Son Organically produced in Kent, unprocessed in any way. Taste the difference.
Veaseys: Paul showing a little friend how to fillet fish
Fish – Veasey’s Dan’s on the stall this week! A fine week for fish so far! we are getting out own local Mackerel now and a few of the wild Salmon fisheries have opened up in Scotland too (not that we can afford any yet!) wait until June for that. Local (Sussex Coast) fish: Mackerel, Sea Bass, Horse Mackerel, Skate (Ray), Plaice, Sole, Turbot, Brill, Whiting, Gurnard, Huss AND MORE! From the smoker this week, if you are quick you can get hold of some of our very special Teriyaki cured hot smoked Salmon. It is awesome! All the best from me. I will see you all next week as Nick is off. Dan If you know you want anything, you could pre-order it with us either by email [email protected] or by phone on 01342 822906.”
Local growing project – Patchwork Farm (a Crystal Palace Transition Town project), selling locally grown food from our community gardens & gluts.
Locally made art & crafts – Palace Makers (previously called Handmade Palace)
Cafe – our friends at Antenna Cafe
Crystal Palace Transition Town – April newsletter now out.
Permaculture Garden in Merton – we love this from our friend Steve Topple at The Canary about May Project Gardens in Merton.
Transition Network – click here for our wider network’s April news.
The Foodbank – collection point at the market every week. They currently need washing up liquid, clothes washing powder, tinned carrots, UHT custard and tinned meat (not pork). Latest drop off (Tuesday 18th April) 31 kilos. Total donated so far 1390.7kg.
News From Crystal Palace – we love this local news page from our friend, journalist Jerry Green.
Save Central Hill Community – support our neighbours & find out more about the proposed demolition of the estate, and how it would everyone in the area.
Our neighbours – Antenna Studios Music, dance, performances, practice, recording & more. Also loads of great classes and the best coffee in the Palace.
We are proud to be part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. Wondering who we are, what we do, or how you could get involved? Our blog section is a great place to start or this talk given by Joe Duggan, one of the co-chairs.
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CRYSTAL PALACE FOOD MARKET bottom of Haynes Lane / top of Bedwardine Road. Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm.
Now on two sites – the normal Antenna car park site and also in the Haynes Lane market courtyard.
“Meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, honey, bread, cakes, salads, hot foods, the Cafe Thing, coffee, tea, pastries, cheese, dairy and munch munch more.”
West Norwood Food bank collection: every week at the market. Their shopping list – which changes every so often. – can be found at
(The above is copied from an email; which mentions various links – for full links please go to the market website – Thanks)