Thanks for reading & welcome to #solidarityWorldwide.

What started as an idea, brought people from different beliefs, backgrounds together & now we’re inviting you to join in with us.



We are standing together to mourn the losses of so many innocent lives recently due to other people’s agenda’s. It is not a rally, and we do not want to bring any political or personal agenda’s to the table. This gathering is about RESPECT and UNITY.

What is just as sad and scary as the attacks themselves is the aftermath and segregation it is creating. Let us be together in this sad and troubled time not just to mourn but also to shine a beacon of hope for a safer, tolerant and more unified future. We are the solution.

What we did was just a catalyst to inspire others to take a positive step in their own surroundings,
Hold your own 3 minute silence in your area, just ask us for more information we will gladly let you know how we did it.

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Bloody Hell, a zine all about menstruation, bleeding and general period anecdotes, was created by graphic designer Soofia Andry.  Last Saturday, she held a Period Party to mark its launch, attracting many feminists, bleeding-enthusiasts and period-curious folks.  The corresponding Facebook event was aptly named “It’s My Party and I’ll Menstruate If I Want To”; the wordplay on Drake lyrics alone proved inviting.  Armed with red velvet cakes and a pricey bottle of sour cherry and grape cordial, my friends and I headed towards The Feminist Library for some bloody action.

Tables were adorned with badges, necklaces, zines of sorts, and of course, copies of Bloody Hell.  You might have thought Tracey Emin came to decorate the place, but the artist was nowhere to be seen; she would have definitely approved of tampons drenched in food colour and glitter hanging around.


The event operated using a safe space policy.  Name labels were used, which also indicated our preferred pronouns when being addressed and photography permissions.  As someone who do not frequent events where this level of consideration is the norm, it took me by surprise.  Pronouns and photography may be miniscule factors that shape our commitment to events and social gatherings, but they remain to be daily struggles for many.

Soofia Andry started the formalities with a few thanks, an introduction to the Bloody Hell zine project and her polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) journey.  Hannah Daisy, a PCOS and endometriosis sufferer, followed Andry with her tales of period woes.  Daisy beautifully highlighted the ill-treatment of some sufferers under the health system, which led to her 14-year battle to obtain a formal diagnosis and eventual treatment.  The Q and A portion had the health system and the questionable actions taken by many doctors under fire.  It was brilliantly eye-opening and inspiring to listen to these women talk about their bleeding experiences – and lack of thereof – so hauntingly honest and graphic.


Shortly after, #periodpositive campaigner and STAINS™ founder Chella Quint delivered an enthusiastic and interactive talk where guests were encouraged to be more open about their menstrual cycles.  We were talked through the advertisement industry’s ridiculous marketing ploys for sanitary products, including ‘whisper’ pads and false promises of a rebirth if we use X tampon and Y pad.

Chella also touched on the topics of synchronisation – a subject which has never been allocated a dedicated and comprehensive scientific study – and anxiety felt by many young girls on the fear of leakage whilst on their period; Chella founded STAINS™ to help break the negative connotations surrounding the latter.  The #periodpositive campaign was brought to light shortly which emphasises the somewhat socially-accepted hushed notion towards menstruation.


After a demonstration of the menstrual mambo dance – a choreography designed to teach people of all ages about the sanitary products available to modern bleeders – Chella Quint handed a STAINS™ removable stain to each guest as a parting gift.  A fashion accessory that is “leak chic,” used as an instrument to exploit the unnecessary visceral reaction towards bleeding.

My friends and I descended out of The Feminist Library brimming with radical zines about menstruation and female body hair, some new fun facts about sanitary products and their history within the advertisement industry, and, lastly, the newfound willingness to be honest and raw about periods.


As I waited for my friend Georgia to board the half past four train to St. Alban’s, we exchanged period anecdotes in Waterloo Station.  Granted, there were a few uncomfortable faces around, but we did not care.  Because menstruation is not blush-worthy; it’s not shameful.  Talking about our monthly cycles may help shorten the ridiculous long diagnosis periods associated with conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis.

To highlight the importance of being period positive, Lena Dunham, a long-time sufferer of endometriosis, dedicated the one of the more recent issues of her newsletter, Lenny, to the subject.  Personal stories, diary entries, interviews and abstract art all feature, embodying many aspects of the Period Party in digital format for those who missed the action over at The Feminist Library a couple of weeks back.


Written by: julia Anduiza

For those that don’t know, Toddla T is a Sheffield institution. Born and bred within these 7 hills, he has been at the forefront of an underground musical scene in Sheffield, which is still going strong. Through international DJ sets and his prime time Radio 1Xtra radio show, he is now able to spread those Steel City vibes across the UK and around the world! We caught up with him ahead of his headline show at The Tuesday Club next week.


  • You’re Sheffield born and raised, and I read that you began DJ’ing in local bars at the age of 14?!


Kinda, I’ve been DJ’ing since I was about 10 or 11, just putting records together in my bedroom etc. Then started doing house parties for friends at around 14. I think I was about 15/16 when I started DJ’ing out, so like not even old enough to be in the rave which was kind of mad.


  • How has the music scene in Sheffield changed from when you were growing up? Are there clubs or bars still going that you went to?


Umm, I think the scene has got even more healthy since I left which is to be expected… only joking! Yeah man, when I was growing up there wasn’t a great amount of venues or places you could DJ or perform, it was pretty dead out in terms of outlets for people to share their art which is why we’ve always had an amazing and intricate underground and forward scene. There wasn’t really a club to do a party in, so we’d do it in a warehouse or a shop or whatever. I feel like now the outlet is very organised and strong. But yeah I mean, as far as clubs and bars still going, I raved at Tuesday Club a couple times, used to rave at DQ a bit. My favourite parties were always the ones like kabal, etc that were in unconventional places. For me at that time, that’s where the most interesting music was being played. But there’s people who are still very much instrumental in the sound of Sheffield from when I was there you know, Pipes, Duckenfield, Winston Hazel, J Rugged, these are all people that always provided a heartbeat of music for the city even when the venues have changed.


  • How does it feel 16 years on going from small Sheffield bars to headlining one of the city’s biggest clubs?


Well, when I first started getting bookings outside the city it was a bit overwhelming to be honest. I was used to playing in dingy basements in Sheffield to you know, hundred friends, to being put on flights to flippin’ Europe and America and stuff to play bigger clubs and I couldn’t really get my head round it. It was quite overwhelming and quite intimidating but you know, been doing this for about 10 years and like anything the more you do the more you get used to it, and I do have a few moments where you know, I think WOW… REALLY?! Like look up at a crowd or whatever. I’m very much used to it now but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it anymore, it’s just more part of my life, but yeah at first it was a bit nuts.



  • Many people know you best from your Radio 1 shows, but you’re also a respected producer with original tracks like “Worst Enemy” and more recently your remix of KDA’s “Rumble”. Do you see yourself as a DJ first or a producer?


Umm, well, I’m a DJ first, because I picked up turntables and vinyl before any of this. But yeah, producing is a massive part of my thing; I’m in my studio every spare minute I can, makin’ records for myself, and others. A lot of people don’t realise that, they all think I just do radio but yeah, I thoroughly enjoy it. You know, its pure escapism, its pure therapy, its pure creativity, there’s no boundaries, it’s just, I love it so much and I’d be doing it regardless if people were listening to my music or not. It’s just something that I need to do as well as love doing. It’s the best man!


  • You’ve played at The Tuesday Club many times before, but have you got anything special planned for your set as it’s their 17th birthday?


Yeah, I think I played at their 10th birthday yano, if I remember correctly, with Mary Anne Hobbs, how time flies. Well, just going to do the usual Toddla T steel city style, party style yano’. But err, I’ve got to come back straight after the gig back to London, so I can’t even stop at my Mum’s cuz I’ve got radio in the morning so, I’ll be there, party hard, and then get out. But yeah man, usual vibes.






  • What are your top three go to tracks that always go off?


Well a guaranteed banger that generally seems to get a reaction is “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John. That does alright man. Umm, what else does well in this business, oh, “Agadoo”, depending on the crowd, older crowds like that one. Also, dependant on the time of the year, “Auld Lang Syne” that can get a few gunshots in the dance. Few gun fingers and that.


  • Finally, some advice for your fellow Sheffield producers. What would be your one top tip for getting your work featured on Radio 1?


Well, I mean the thing nowadays with music is its independent; the ball is in the independent artist’s park you know. With the outlet of music now obviously Soundcloud, YouTube, Snapchat etc. You can showcase your music to people that you never could like 10/15 years ago where you relied on labels. Labels are becoming more marketing tools than A&R’s or developing artists so, I think that is an amazing thing and I think if people make really honest, fearless, great music then the rest will just happen. Make your music, don’t be shy about it, try and be as fearless as possible, as creative as possible, don’t think, “Oh people might not like this.” F*** that man do your ting. If it’s heartfelt and original then it’ll cut through and before you know it people will be trying to find your music and labels will want to help you market it and stuff like that. It’s all down to the art, a good song will go, it doesn’t matter who’s behind it these days. You don’t need to rely on some big Babylon label to fire in £100,000 on marketing; that comes later, if needed. Just make brilliant music and you will win.


Catch Toddla T at The Tuesday Club 17th Birthday on Tuesday 17th November!




Words by David Bissett for The Tuesday Club x Hantu Blog

Photos by Lanty Zhang Studio


Being a student with a limited amount of money, shopping for clothes can be hard. Topshop is a favourite amongst many students with their range of endless, fashionable pieces, but the items’ price tags force most to end up browsing rather than buying. An alternative to high street stores are vintage shops and Sheffield offers some of the best in the country. Sheffield’s various vintage boutiques sell original pieces from every decade; clothes that are cheaper than Topshop’s but are the source of inspiration for the the high street store’s 70s floral skirts or 90s cropped shirts. Buying vintage clothes also makes you a little different and more interesting than everyone else, as well as the fact that you are supporting independent, local businesses. Walking around the city centre, it is easy to see who shops at vintage stores as their look is unique and the pieces that they wear are ones that I have never seen before, probably because in most vintage shops there is only one of everything available. This is a breath of fresh air for me, as coming from a small rural area with only three good clothes shops, everyone wears similar things and it is inevitable that you turn up to an event or a party wearing the same thing as at least one of your friends.

Olivia and Em, both sixth form pupils from Sheffield, told me that one of their favourite things about their city is its vintage shops. Olivia likes the fact that you will find most of Sheffield’s vintage treasures around the same area, meaning that when she goes clothes hunting, she doesn’t have to walk very far from shop to shop. From Syd and Mallory’s Emporium to Cow, there is no need to look further than West Street and the Division Quarter for unique finds. Olivia’s favourite is Freshman’s located on Carver Street, and it is not difficult to see why.


olivia and em


One of the oldest vintage shops in Sheffield, the shop has existed on Carver Street for fifteen years. It is also one of the cheapest vintage boutiques, offering 10% to all students, and the same discount for non-students every Friday and Saturday from 12 until 3. If you like checked shirts, Freshman’s is the perfect place for you, selling an endless collection of multi-coloured ones on a long rail. Other clothes that stood out for me were the brown suede coats with cream shearling wool collars, tweed jackets, corduroy pinafores, and the box of tartan scarves which invites hours of rummaging.




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Just down from Freshman’s is The Forum; a small shopping centre with interesting boutiques inside. One of my favourite boutiques is Closet Treasure which has its own jewellery collection whilst also offering second-hand clothes from the likes of Topshop, H&M and Primark, including some vintage pieces. What is unique about this shop is that if you’re having a wardrobe clear out, you can take your unwanted items there and you will be given half the amount of money that each of your pieces sell for. Easier than EBay and an opportunity to support a local business, it is an ideal compromise. Next to The Forum is Vulgar; a bright, colourful vintage store that has been open since July. The clothes inside are eye-catching, from corduroy shirts to beanie hats and Doc Marten boots. There are even deer antlers available for £15, and a glass case on the counter showing off mesmerizing rings with little different coloured stones on them.




Vintage jewellery is sometimes more interesting than vintage clothes as they add detail to an outfit and it is interesting to imagine a story behind each special piece. Different to the other boutiques, Filibuster and Booth’s on Division Street only sell vintage jewellery. The owners buy the jewellery from different areas around Europe and have been doing so for as long as 45 years. Everyone wants to know exactly where the jewellery is from, but the owners refuse to conceal their secret sources, only letting me know that they do quite a lot of work in Belgium. As well as browsing customers who spend hours hunting for unique pieces to buy for themselves or as gifts, there is a group of women who go in regularly to buy broken brooches in quantities to make wedding displays. The shop is also ideal if one is looking for costume jewellery or materials for art work.


filibuster and booth's


One of my favourite vintage shops, again on Division Street, is Mooch Vintage. This shop is always bustling with people; newcomers and regulars alike. It is worth becoming a regular at this store, mostly because of the owner, Wayne; an extremely friendly and chatty character who becomes friends with customers and helps them find exactly what they’re looking for. When collecting weekly new stock from his warehouse, he even picks out and keeps pieces that he knows will suit a friend. “I saw this and thought of you” I heard him say to one customer one day, handing her an emerald coloured fur coat and encouraging her to try it on. New customers also know to ask at the counter for specific things, be it an idea for a hobbit fancy dress costume for Halloween, or a fifties inspired dress for a decade’s themed fancy dress party.


mooch vintage


One of the most well-known vintage shops in Sheffield is, of course, Cow. Located on West Street, Cow has been in Sheffield for around 10 years. There also exists a shop in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, as well as an online shop, a collection on ASOS Marketplace, and a small corner on the floor of Topshop stores all over the UK. Much of Cow’s stock is from different parts of America such as Florida, Atlanta and Texas, to name a few. This stock mostly consists of Ralph Lauren shirts and dresses, Disney printed t-shirts and jumpers, and New Balance and Nike trainers. However, there is a team at Cow who works downstairs, making their own clothes which are labelled with the We Are Cow sticker. The team make clothes that compliments a vintage style, creating cropped sweats and flannel shirts, shortening skirts and hems of jeans, and even transforming men’s shirts into pinafores. As well as to forage through heaps of clothes, it is worth going into Cow just to people watch. The students and locals who enter the shop are always dressed in unique outfits, not excluding the friendly workers who are always busy sorting new stock.



I spoke to one shop assistant, Bethany, who told me that she always tries to wear vintage or second hand clothes to work, and not necessarily from Cow. Being a vintage lover and a regular charity shop hunter, this isn’t hard for her. She never shops at high street stores and prefers vintage clothes because she feels that they have a story behind them; a vintage item has been pre-loved and one cares about it more than a new piece of clothing. Bethany’s favourite vintage shops in Sheffield are Syd and Mallory’s Emporium, especially as they have their own jewellery and clothes collection, and The Vault and Vintedge; two boutiques on Abbeydale Road that are definitely worth a visit.


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The most recent vintage shop to open in Sheffield, located in the city centre near Primark, is Thrifty Store. This shop amazed me by seeming small on the outside, but once inside a corridor invites customers towards a huge room with endless amounts of clothes, jewellery and shoes everywhere. Bally, the owner, explained to me that since its opening on September 26th, the store already has regulars who spend hours delving through piles of second hand items, trying to find a hidden treasure. “For a rummager, like me, it is paradise” says Bally, who is proud of his stock that comes from all around the world, from America to Amsterdam. To promote the shop, Bally holds monthly vintage kilo sales at the University of Sheffield, which is an ideal way for students to buy a large amount of clothes for an affordable price. A great thing about Thrifty Store is the fact that everything is extraordinarily cheap. I spotted one man trying on a long fur coat that costed only £6.99; a bargain for those trying to find new winter clothes. What I liked the most about Thrifty Store was its quirkiness, especially the yellow post its dotted around the shop with positive notes scribbled on them, like “have a mint day”. Also, adding to its uniqueness is the shop’s large video collection, selling each for as cheap as a pound.


thrifty store


It is not difficult to see that Sheffield has an exquisite collection of vintage shops, all a bit different from each other and all worth a pop in when you’re next out shopping. Vinatge stores give shoppers a buzz as it is much more fun diving into a jumble of pre-owned goods, knowing that you might find a hidden gem that will quickly become the favourite piece of clothing you own, than browsing through clothes on rails that thousands of people before you have bought and are already wearing. Therefore, if you haven’t done so previously, I encourage you now to go vintage clothes hunting: you will not regret it.


Written by: Mared Gruffydd

With the recent release of Soup For Syria, a cookbook with humanitarian relief in mind, comfort food is taking centre stage in fund-raising efforts for refugees. 

A star-studded cookbook filled with more than 80 soup recipes, kindly donated by the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi and Anthony Bourdain, 100% of the profits from sales of Soup For Syria will be donated to The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to supply food relief to Syrians in need.

A book project set-up by a renowned Lebanese author, Barbara Massaad hopes to encourage many of us to welcome winter with warming soups for both the soul and humanity through the humanitarian mission.  Renowned foodies, chefs and creatives offered their best assets to create Soup For Syria, a stunning culinary and photographic compilation of refugees’ life in Syria in the eyes of Massaad.

In an interview with CNN, Massaad states that she believes raising awareness of the global refugee crisis can be successfully executed through efforts involving one’s passions, interests and strengths.  The London-based project, Syrian Supper Club, is no stranger to this concept.  A team of four dinner party enthusiasts have been cooking up monthly feasts for a cause close to their hearts, motivated by their appetite for Syrian culture.  Damascus was once home to founders Louisa and Rose, where they welcomed people through their door and kitchen table, sharing blood oranges and stories with strangers who later left as friends.  Many side projects have branched off from Syrian Supper Club, including soup evenings and Christmas dinners.

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Warm bowls of stews and soups are often popular menu choices for food-focused ventures with philanthropic assistance in mind.  In addition to the dishes’ evident simplicity and economic efficiency when feeding the masses – giving rise to the term ‘soup kitchen’ – they are found to be socially comforting, too.

Ottolenghi muses in his Guardian column, “comfort food is often the food that reminds us of home, of the country where we grew up.”  Whether it is a Middle Eastern stew or a traditional English bake, heart-warming food send many of us into a ball of nostalgia, relief and security – feelings of familiarity often lacking in causes we seek to adjust and improve, which, in this case, is the refugees’ situation.

Soup For Syria and the Syrian Supper Club should not be solely regarded as fund-raising initiatives.  They encourage us to make a positive impact to families and individuals heading to wintry Western Europe for safety; they represent the food relief to be received by thousands; they are actively raising awareness of the political unrest in Syria; and lastly, but most importantly, they share and promote the beauty of Syrian culture, often overlooked during bouts of hard times and shortcomings.


Written by: Julia Anduiza


Memories. That psychological way in which our brains stores and retrieves aspects of our lives and the general movement of the human race. Memory makes us. It creates and defines our personality and characteristics through what we remember subconsciously and what we choose to remember. As a person with a chaotic, hectic schedule, I can choose to remember important dates and deadlines and appointments. Alongside this I migh12087232_10206830119344783_4601373229488027015_ot not think I’m going to remember that morning that seemed average at the time, waking up, breakfast, university, and work. But it can turn into something my head can’t quite let go of. We remember faces, every face you see in a dream is a face you’ve seen before, memory is fleeting and memory is in the background. There’s no escaping memories, only ways of submerging them under the strains of day to day life.

Rachel Clarke & Hayley Graham present Memory Box as a part of Bish, Bash, Bosh at Yorkshire Dance for Light Night 2015. Featuring a performance installation made from childhood memories, this piece allowed spectators to drop in as they wish and explore at their own free will.

As you enter the back room of the second floor at Yorkshire Dance, having been there many times before, it can be said honestly that there was no able preparation for what I would see as I entered Memory Box. You are instantly bombarded with elements of colour, light, and of youthfulness. The piece is displayed like an exhibition, were audience members can wander around the space, taking in the detailed displays of the walls and the cluster of objects filling the room. I was instantly drawn to the childhood photos that were placed on the corner of the wall almost immediately after you enter. Here are photographs of the dancers from when they were young, all living very different lives in different areas of the country with different upbringings, but besides this there is one reoccurring element, joy.

It was refreshing to see a physical dance performance based around moments of happiness. Too often choreographers get caught in the negativity and troubled world that we12132436_10206830115904697_916111927141611818_o live in, but in this case these two graduates focused on a universal point of contentment. The dancers: Hayley Graham, Edenamiuki Aiguobasinmwin, Beth Ellis and Alexandra Mettam all demonstrated eternal smiles and movement which practically bounced from phrase to phrase.

There was one aspect of the piece that really struck me as point of creativity and imagination that begins in all young children. Against one side of the room there stood two tall fabric displays of a pirate and a princess. You were able to put your head through their head hole and it would appear as if you had their body. As a child this is an extremely important aspect of the pinnacle of imagination. You take your own life and let your mind wander into the wonder of fairytale. Of fighting bad guys and being rescued, of glitter and of excitement. It is those points of creativity that channel thoughts into creating such work as what I viewed tonight.

Towards the back section of the room, in a slightly more darkened corner there is a table set with party food, paper plates and party hats. Looking at this table in the context of a child’s party, you think of the frantic scrabble of children fighting for their place, fighting for their favourite colour party hat and then eating so much until the point of nausea.  But when looking at this beautifully set table surrounded by dancers who are well on their way to professional careers, you see the nostalgia of when things were this easy for them. When food was free, when plates were unbreakable and a simple coloured party hat could compliment any outfit. You see the wistfulness, longing and flicker of loved memories in their eyes. As I watch on, like a parent from the distance I think of the parties I went to as a child, and suddenly realizing the effect this piece of work has had upon me. Looking around this room I see my own childhood flicking over my eyes like a cinematic lens.

As a conclusion to my time in the Memory Box, I am left with scattered memories and thoughts of things that were seemingly evident in most childhoods across our Western Culture. It made me think about the wonderful things that I did have growing up, and even ponder the very idea of photographs, allowing us to glance back over the frozen smiles and fleeting moments. The instruments, the sound of children, the lights and how they flicker as bright as a young child’s future, are all something that resonate somewhere deep inside of ourselves.

Writing credits

Emily snow 

Young minds matter

Every journey you take in life happens for a reason & sometimes takes you to what you are meant to do. Kat exudes the passion for Hummus. In the year that she’s been in England she’s gone from being homeless to setting up her own business in what she’s passionate in. Her journey shows that persistence does pay off & kindness are everywhere. Have a read of a little about her journey in the interview.

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Kat and I am currently a fresh hummus manufacturer. hummusija

How did your journey start?

I’m Polish and I’ve spent most of my life in Poland. I always loved food and ahummusijat the age of 15 I started my own little business as a food photographer. It went quite well, however at one point I decided that I wanted to learn to cook, and go to university. In my first year of journalism I began writing articles for a well-known chef’s website in Poland. One of the chefs offered me job at his hotel, and through him I got my experience and eventually thought I am ready to open a bigger business. What can I say now… I failed, quite badly. Lost all my money and became homeless. Without much prospects and a hurt ego I decided to go travelling without money, hitchhiking everywhere in Europe. I spent three months like that.


How did being homeless impact on you?

It was hard in the beginning but I met so many lovely people who helped me out. I started enjoying my life, learning and trying to find my own way for the future. Trying to change.


What inspired you to do that?

Somehow I came to Sheffield to visit people I didn’t really know. I fell in love with the city straight away. My new friend, who was so kind to me, offered me a room for the summer time at his house. hummusijaHis kindness gave me the motivation to try harder. I found out by accident about the princes trust and they help me to organise my business structure and money. They were really great. Now, a year later, my business is still running and people seem to love hummus!
File 29-09-2015 16 25 24Sounds great! But what is hummus? And is it healthy?

Hummus is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. In my product I do not use any additives or preservatives. It is the first product like that on the market. It costs little bit more to manufacture but it’s worth it. I can sleep well knowing my customers are giving a perfectly healthy and nutritious product to their children, which is also good for them. Hummus is a very interesting food; low in calories and sugar and high in protein. It is also vegan and gluten free so almost anyone can enjoy it and benefit from it as well. I think that’s why I’ve been so interested in learning more about it. Hummus is still definitely underestimated in England.
Find Kat’s business Hummusija on Facebook

I was sat the other day remembering the dark days of my past. The days that still haunt me, where I missed out on so much. There was so much opportunity for joy and I actively shrunk away like a violet in winter. Never will I live with such blinkered vision again, never will I deny myself the overwhelming joy that is Veg.
Veg are great, aren’t they? They come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Colleague Holly loves all things green, Housemate likes the rooty variety, Carpenter likes them raw, Granny likes them slightly overcooked and Brother likes them as long as they’re covered in truffle oil and shavings of parmesan three times baked.
Personally my champion is Broccoli. Broccoli is amazing isn’t it? Super healthy and versatile. Blanch it, roast it, stir fry it, pan fry it, eat it raw. I do all of the above on a nearly daily basis.
One of my favourite forms of broccoli is tender stem. I blanch it in chicken stock for a couple of minutes then take it out and pan fry it in garlic, butter and chilli, oh my gosh it’s…..Sorry had to stop as I was disturbingly close to drooling all over my keyboard.

I like most veg (except fennel. It shouldn’t exist), which means I eat a lot of it. This also means my bank balance takes a huge hit every time I go to Tesco as it’s not exactly the cheapest item going.
Also, as discussed in earlier blogs I’ve become much more aware of food waste recently and the adverse effect it has on the environment, although I haven’t quite gone back to throwing myself into bins yet. One of the big things I’ve also starting thinking about is plastic. *Insert Darth Vader music here*. Plastic is a dreaded substance that supermarkets love to wrap everything in. For example broccoli. Those little trees don’t need covering over, does it really make that much of a difference? It’s wasteful and you throw it away as soon as you open it anyway.
I started to think about other options to source my greens, I mean I try and use local producers such as Sharrow Marrow and Mr Pickles as much as I can, however, currently I live in the depths of Hillsborough which boasts a banging Morrisons but not a lot else. The local producers are all half way across the city for me; hardly on my route home when I’m searching for what to cook for tea tonight, so I end up with plastic covered veg more often than I’d like to admit.
I found a solution though. What a lovely, organic solution it is. Veg boxes. It started after I visited the Nether Edge market, whilst it was a tad crazy (you couldn’t move for cable knit jumpers and real ale lovers) it did make me realise just how many organic producers there are out there.
Sheffield is full of them and they’re great!!!!! Who doesn’t love those super ugly carrots that no-one else wants, the funky marrows and squashes that to me symbolise the excitement of Autumnal flavours, wild mushrooms foraged from soily homes, the list goes on. However, I do think Carpenter who accompanied me became mildly infuriated after the fourth time I squealed, shoved our loaf of spelt at him and galloped (like a nimble footed mountain goat) towards a pile of pumpkins.
After this I became determined to lay my hands on a veg box. There’s a few major appeals in having one:
1. Tonnes of veg. You get loads of veg. Yay
2. Eating Seasonally. Strawberries in summer (where they belong), Squashes in Autumn (where they belong), Salsa Verde whenever (who knows where that belongs)
3. The Surprise. The idea that I have a whole new week of cooking challenges. Roasted my first pumpkin this week. Didn’t carve it. Roasted it
So I picked carefully, shopped around and I chose Regather. They’re a lovely lovely group of people, super nice and they make a great box. Their mission is ‘to give people the choice and opportunity to live, work and play co-operatively and create a mutual local economy.’ Now, I’m pretty big into the community love so it felt like the right group for me.
I placed my order online, got to pick things I didn’t want AND tailor the box to exactly what I did want (Never fennel. Never. Ever. Fennel). It was great! The scheme was dead easy to set up and I got to pick whether it was delivered to me (the way forward) or if I went to pick it up. I chose to pick it up as I was curious about their shop which is near Porter Brook.

The lady I met there was lovely and didn’t mind me getting horrifically over excited about the curly kale I found. After sprinting home I discovered a smorgasbord of delights. Curly kale, tomatoes, carrots, salad leaves, edible flowers, onions, beans, a lot of chard, maybe too much chard, beetroot, spinach, of course the pumpkin, the list goes on (see picture above). I immediately roasted the pumpkin and beetroot, made some crispy onions and roasted the kale and loved every bite.
I do worry that I might have an excess of chard so some friends may have to help me out. I also didn’t move the box quick enough to avoid a near death accident where housemate discovered said box at the top of the cellar stairs, she’s fine. However, I’m definitely going to order again. The surprise of not knowing what veggies I’m going to get is vaguely intoxicating. Plus obviously the community spirit is a massive draw for me. These guys are creating a proper feeling of spirit in enterprise, events and food. Social impact and food what could be better.
If anyone has any particularly great rainbow chard recipes that would be lovely though.

What makes a good cafe?

Is it the ambience? The range of cakes? The offering of single origin beans, obviously nicaraguan is the bean of the moment. Obviously.
Cafe culture is an interesting phenomenon. It’s something that’s been going in other countries for years. In Europe it’s always been acceptable to soak up the sun in the Paris plaza’s and Italian piazza’s. In Australia and New Zealand it’s a huge deal, families, friends and workmates will sit for hours in cafe’s working, chilling out, gossiping.
Yet this relaxed nature just somehow doesn’t seem quite. British.
When I was younger we never went to cafes. They weren’t really a ‘thing’, there were greasy spoons that called themselves cafe’s. My town’s equivalent was a terrifying place called ‘Sweet Vienna’. The women in there were the stuff of nightmares and let’s not even talk about the food.
Or cafes were places that we took my Nana when we didn’t know what to do with her. We went to Ruskington garden centre and ate scones that pretended they were freshly made and drank tea.

However this has all changed. Cafes are this strange mix between restaurant and coffee bar. They’re expected to have it all, they need to have the relaxed feel of your lounge, the food of a michelin star restaurant and the coffee hand delivered and ground by wood nymphs who picked the beans under a blue moon.

As someone who spent years in the service industry and worked for a few of Sheffield’s most well respected establishments I know the pressure of creating such an environment. You have to look and be cool but not too cool. Dress trendily, but nothing offensive. Be polite and charming but know when to step away.
It feels like a never ending battle of finding the balance.
However, whilst it may sound like I’m belittling the cafe culture. I’m not. I love it. Absolutely love it, I’m a self professed hipster coffee grinding lover. I know the difference between my Kenyan’s and my Ethiopians, I refuse to go anywhere without my aeropress and tut at places that don’t have at least two gluten free options on the menu. Horrendously pretentious I know.

I am aware that not everyone is as vaguely pretentious as me however, so when compiling this list I did try to bear that in mind. Whilst there are hundreds of these articles everywhere, we as team Deliverd have decided to create our own. So, here we go, a dictionary of cafes according to us


  • The Bhaji Shop/Thali Cafe
    Still not hugely well known this cafe is an absolute winner. Authentic Indian cuisine served with love and a smile.
    I am also a huge fan of BYOB. Not sure why but I think it’s great.
    The Thali plates are ridiculous, I’m still talking about the first one I ever had, which was a seafood biryani. As someone who always goes for fish curries this still has to be one of my best ever. All served with their famous onion Bhajis as well. Who doesn’t love a good onion Bhaji!?
  • Tamper: The Battle
    Ok. So yes I’m biased. Really biased. Anyone who knows me knows that I worked for Tamper for quite a while, but you know what. So what. I’m proud to have worked for Tamper. Their coffee is great, as is the food. Plus I know how much work goes into running it. Whilst there might be a wait to get in sometimes you all know that their hollandaise sauce is worth it.
    Plus their coffee is to die for. Yes. It’s not supposed to be boiling hot. That means it’s burnt.
    However, I still can never decide if I prefer the cosiness and serenity of Westfield Terrace which means I can chat to Chris about his fantastic beard, or the hustle and bustle of Sellers Wheel where I spent many many days serving flat whites.
  • Bragazzis
    Bragazzis is a bit like a hug in a mug for me. I spent a fun filled summer living above Bardwells Electronics which meant that Bragazzis was a stone’s throw away for me. Coffee and Croissants were a morning fixture.
    Their coffee is undeniably good, but what’s also lovely is sitting in the leather chairs with a paper, a perfect americano and one of their sandwiches. Made on salty rosemary focaccia with authentic italian ingredients you could easily be in Verona and not bat an eyelid.
    The staff are lovely and it’s been going forever. They must be doing something right
  • Forge
    I don’t want to be one of those people. However, I remember when Forge opened. Way before the bigger cafe, when they were a tiny shop on Abbeydale road right near Brigazzis. I would purposely leave for work ten minutes early so that I would have time to grab a croissant to scoff on the bus.
    It’s all just got so much better since they opened their proper cafe. Have you been for breakfast yet? No?! What’s wrong with you!? Sort your life out and get down there. Now.
    Oh, and don’t miss out on their pizza nights, the arancini are to die for.
  • Steam Yard Coffee
    I’m thinking I might be a tad biased towards coffee. However, Steam Yard is lush. Very small so easily feels packed but the service is always attentive enough that it doesn’t matter. Coffee is great and they serve some of my favourite doughnuts going. Housemate is addicted to the apple and cinnamon one. The eclectic furniture and style feels cosy and comforting and the atmosphere is always creative and buzzing.