Jasmine’s Spooky Pumpkin Latte for Halloween

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It’s spooky season! It looks like we’ll be staying largely indoors this Halloween, so pumpkin carving will be extra de rigueur this year. I hope you’ll get creative with yours, because the possibilities are endless. One problem with this festive activity though is that it can generate quite a bit of food waste — but I never met a problem I couldn’t fix!!!In the past few years, pumpkin lattes have been as synonymous with autumn as the crunch of fallen leaves and the smell of bonfires. That said, the kind you buy from mainstream coffee shops are full of sugar, additives and of course lots of caffeine. If you’re looking for a gentler alternative to this tasty treat, may I suggest this delicious recipe created one October at my Ayurvedic pop-up café East by West to warm the bellies of customers when they came in from the cold?This is a feel-good recipe that’s warming, lightly spiced and the ultimate comfort “food.” Plus it’s super easy to make and will save you money and plastic waste (an…

Our Hemsley + Hemsley Café at Selfridges Says Goodbye

After 4.5 wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye to our Hemsley + Hemsley Café at Selfridges. After a turbulent and trying 2020 around the globe, our beloved café will be shutting shop for good on Saturday 31st October.

Unfortunately, the continued Covid-19 restrictions have made it no longer possible for a little cafe like ours, along with so many brothers and sisters of ours in the hospitality industry to keep its doors open. We had an amazing run of it (and who knows where we might pop up again!) and want to thank Selfridges and all our friends there for our time together.

We are grateful and honoured to have achieved what we have and will miss the cafe, our staff, our customers old and new (bye-bye regulars, you are loved!) and of course the food…THE FOOD!!!! Don’t worry, for those who need one last hit (or indeed to taste for the first time!) you have a few weeks left to get your hands on the delicious dishes from our final ever menu

When we opened the café at Selfridges in April 2016, we had no idea how long it would run for, or how well it would be received. At the time, there really weren’t many entirely gluten, grain and refined sugar-free eateries out there on the London food scene. Would people laugh at our spaghetti made from spiralised vegetables, or would they love it? Would we be able to recreate some of our most-loved recipes from The Art Of Eating Well and Good + Simple en masse, in an industrial kitchen? There were challenges along the way, but with our solid, hardworking and passionate team, we realised our dreams of sharing our recipes on a daily basis, while also creating a community home for Hemsley + Hemsley.

There have been talks with inspiring people like Deepak Chopra, brand events, countless supper clubs, afternoon tea parties, takeaway pop-ups in the Selfridges Foodhall, Soup for Syria, brunches, breakfasts and plenty of laughter. It’s been a blast!

To everyone who dined with us, drank with us, or just grabbed a Pep-Up Tea to go, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To all of the press, media and bloggers who shared the news and wrote about our cafe, we appreciate the love and encouragement very much. And to our wonderful staff and suppliers both past and present, who made the cafe what it was…we couldn’t have done it without you.

Goodbyes are always hard, but luckily you have our cookbooks for when you’re craving a H+H bite to eat, so dust that apron off!

Melissa + Jasmine x



source https://hemsleyandhemsley.com/end-of-an-era/

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