The Croydon interfaith bike ride 2017

Posted on August 4th, by Jess Bashford in Politics & Society. No Comments

Ten miles. Fifty-five bikes. All faiths welcome

 On a sunny Sunday 2nd July in Park Hill Recreation Ground, a team of fifty-five cyclists dinged their bells as they cycled over the finish line. Then they gathered together for a smiling photo and lunch organised by South Norwood mosque. The atmosphere as they all tucked into a curry was welcoming, fun and summery, with lots of the younger … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: healthy January salad

Posted on January 4th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Worried that a salad won’t warm you up in winter? Here’s a healthy suggestion from Surrey Street market

I know that salads normally make you think of fresh greens and summer, but there are ways to eat fresh and raw and still keep warm in winter. If you’re looking to get healthier after a surfeit of rich Christmas food but still want to fill up on cold … Read More »



Surrey Street Christmas: It’s all about the trimmings

Posted on December 19th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 1 Comment

What goes with turkey? Some seasonal suggestions from historic Surrey Street market

Christmas time is here and that means that it’s time for lots of food. When people think of the big day, they think of turkey first, and we’re surrounded by suggestions on how to get the best out of our bird. What goes along with it can all get a bit … Read More »



Event review: Townies at Theatre Utopia, Saturday 12th November

Posted on November 18th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

A Saturday evening on the silly side

As readers of the Croydon Citizen, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how good Matthews Yard is for a drink. But it was my first time in Theatre Utopia, and it was a really great setting for an evening of comedy.

Townies is fronted by James Bone and to sum it up in a few words, it … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: cinnamon and apple crumble

Posted on October 3rd, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 1 Comment

Jess Bashford welcomes the season of mellow fruitfulness with a delicious recipe using apples from Surrey Street market

I think that we can now safely say that summer’s over, so I’ve come up with a little twist on one of the most warming puddings that I could think of: apple crumble.

This recipe uses Surrey Street’s apples with cinnamon and walnuts to make it a bit … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: breakfast berry bircher

Posted on September 6th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Autumnal mists and cooler days bring ripening berries… and here’s Jess Bashford with a delicious way to eat them

Now I don’t always manage to eat all the fruit and veg that I should every day. So, to help myself out, I’ve started making sure that I get a portion in with my breakfast.

Maximillian Bircher-Benner was a Swiss doctor whose most famous invention … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: griddled courgettes

Posted on June 28th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Summer’s a bit hit and miss so far. Staying optimistic, Jess Bashford welcomes the chance for light outdoorsy eating

We’ve seen a few glimpses of summer, so fingers crossed for more. Let’s make the most of Surrey Street market’s fresh veg for salads and barbecues with a recipe to spruce up courgettes into the star of a salad, a veggie barbecue main or a new … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: raspberry cream for puddings

Posted on April 11th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

It’s a dream theme of fruit cream, says Jess Bashford

This month I’m whipping up another sweet treat. I’m using raspberries from Croydon’s historic Surrey Street’s to create a cream to go with lots of puddings. The sharpness of the raspberries means that it can help balance ones that are a little on the sickly sweet side.

The recipe: … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: weeknight pudding pears

Posted on February 26th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford returns with a warming and sweet Surrey Street treat

It’s been a while since I’ve used Surrey Street market’s fruit to cook up something sweet, so I thought that I’d come up with a quick recipe for a weeknight pudding.

It’s an easy way to use Surrey Street’s pears to make yourself something sweet when you don’t have time to push the boat … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: speedy spicy soup

Posted on January 20th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Christmas is over and it’s healthy January. Let’s keep eating simple and enjoyable, says Jess Bashford

Christmas is over for another year and all of us will have over-indulged a bit. So, to help everyone to keep their new year healthy eating resolutions, I’ve borrowed a healthy recipe from my mum: a speedy soup that uses Surrey Street market’s chillies. (Now the weather’s turned properly wintry, it’ll … Read More »