Cafe Meditarraneo, Spitalfields + Tahini

I have this delicious mixed mezze lunch sometimes that i get take-away from Cafe Meditarraneo in Old Spitalfields market – they have a huge selection
of delicious looking vegetable and grain dishes on offer (all organic too) and one of my favourites is this creamy pumpkin dish that i’ve just discovered is
actually in a TAHINI sauce. This has inspired me to look up recipes and i’ve found that there is a whole lot else you can do with tahini other than making hummus!

Couscous With Roasted Vegetables and Tahini Sauce Recipe – i have yet to try this and see if it is anything like cafe Meditarraneo’s version.

Baked eggplant with spinach, tahini and mint (and other nice recipes!)

Bat For Lashes – Cobden Club

Thanks to my friend Mary for introducing me to the wicked Bat For LashesSinger Natasha KhanMary plays violin along with two other string players to accompany the fantastic singer Natasha Khan – who played at the Cobden club last week (which didyaknow sits pretty under the shadow of the Trellick Tower building?).
“Possessing an acute understanding and command of songwriting dynamics, Natasha utilises electric guitar on controlled feedback stun, electric piano, sequenced beats and samples and her swooping, deeply affecting voice to shape her beautiful, dizzying musical universe.”(David Morrison)

Small Island – Andrea Levy

Small Island by Andrea Levy is a really good read. Small Island Hardback Cover
The story was something I knew nothing about, that is, the time of the second world war seen through the eyes of Jamaicans, both the
young men fighting in WWII as British troops and women back in Jamaica learning of all the Brits’ “good ways” and pining after being there.
The story was also a revealing insight into an English husband (sent-to-war) and wife (stayed -at- home)’s experiences of this time told in a brutally honest way. The book is written from all 4 characters’ point of views and this changing perspective is all the more revealing about each character (as they do, of course, all cross paths).
This book was moving, suprising, distressing but most impressively funny and uplifting at the same time and is well worth a read. Andrea Levy’s website.

Map of London Poverty 1899

Stumbled upon this site when trying to find out where we were moving to – our street is here and where you live in London was (probably) also mapped in 1899 by Charles Booth using his ‘Poverty Classification’ – notice the lowest class isn’t just classifed as low class but also “Vicious, semi-criminal.” or less low class, “Chronic want.” Map of London Poverty 1899
Charles Booth Online Archive

(Dark blue/black denotes the poorest areas, red the richest.)