A taste of Pitsmoor

Story by May Rose-Key | Photos by Frankie Currie

Pitsmoor is a diverse community united by a love of food. That is the inspiration behind a newly established group, set up by local residents, whose aim is to help share and celebrate the culinary and creative talent of the community.

The Peoples Kitchen Pitsmoor meets at Abbeyfield Park House. The group aim to establish a ‘pop up cafe’ to provide a sociable space for everyone in the community to share food, experiences and understanding.

“I have been involved in community work for the past 30 years and I think the People’s Kitchen Pitsmoor is an inspirational idea which will help bring the community together,” said Lyn Brandon, one of the organisation’s founders.

This month the group were let in on the secret chilli sauce recipe of Isilda Lang. Isilda first came to Pitsmoor over 40 years ago, a refugee from the Pinochet regime in Chile.

Another local resident, Saskia Baker, shared her delicious pesto recipes.

It is not just food that is locally produced at the People’s Kitchen. Organisers are determined that, as far as possible, everything needed for the pop up cafe will be created by local volunteers.

Local potter Emilie Taylor has lent her creative talents to the project, raising funds over Christmas through sales of her, now very collectible, Abbeyfield Park tea towels. At the recent meeting she worked with local children and adults to create and design pottery bowls for the cafe. Local craftsperson, Robert Almond, is making benches for the project.

“In the long term we hope to enable local people to receive training, take over the stables at the side of Abbeyfield House and run PKP as a social enterprise – a cafe and cookery school,” explained Emilie.

Abbeyfield tea towelAt the next meeting, (1.30 – 4.30 on April 13th), you are welcome to come and join in with local artist Victoria Dawes in constructing a multi-purpose oven that the group will then use to make the recipes they’ve shared. It could get messy, so wellies are advised.

To buy a tea towel, priced £8, email emilie@emilietaylor.co.uk