Hackney Downs Night Market

Hackney Downs Night Market

Autumn Yard will be staying open till late on Friday 5th May for the Hackney Downs Night Market! We’re ready for long summer days and epic nights so come help us bring in summer at our open fire pit & BBQ! Our chefs have created a delicious veggie menu and we’ll be having live music acts, just in case you thought this couldn’t get more awesome! 

What’s a BBQ without drinks? Wash all of that down with our range of amazing drinks like our original cocktails or our vegan and organic wines! We also have a great drinks deal, cans of craft bear from Crate Brewery for only £2.95!

Come down to Hackney Downs Studios, E8 EBT and for more information, go to http://eatworkart.com. Also don’t forget to visit us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts!

Enjoy food lovingly prepared at Autumn Yard! Delicious, healthy balanced food available for everyone! Feel free to have a look at our menu at www.autumnyard.co.uk!

Our Favourite English Classic

Our Favourite English Classic

Happy English Language Day! We thought we would use today to celebrate one of the most popular English dishes, the Victoria Sponge! The classic food was beaten by favourites like fish and chips, Sunday roast and apple crumble but still ranked high as one of Britain’s favourite desserts.

Why not wow your family or become the most popular person at the office by making the ultimate Victoria sponge: 

Ingredients

4 medium eggs

225g of caster sugar

225g of self-raising flour

2 tsp of baking powder

225g of margarine or soft butter at room temperature plus some extra to grease your tins so the cake doesn’t stick

Strawberry or raspberry jam

Whipped cream

Icing sugar (for decoration)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Grease and line 2 sandwich tins, make sure they’re the same size so you don’t end up with a wonky cake.
  3. Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl, then add the sugar, flour, baking powder and butter/margarine.
  4. Keep mixing until it is soft and can fall off a spoon easily.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly between the tins, this doesn't need to be exact but try to have around the same amount in both tins.
  6. Place the tins on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Don't be tempted to open the door every minute as this could effect the rise on the cakes but after 20 minutes, look through the door to check on them
  7. When the cakes are done, they should golden-brown and springy to the touch. Remove them from the oven and set aside to cool in their tins for five minutes. Then remove the cakes from the tin and set aside to cool completely.
  8. To put the cake together, place one cake upside down onto a plate and spread it with plenty of jam and whipped cream and then add the other on top and sprinkle with icing sugar.

You can play around with the menu to make it perfect for your dietary needs! Like using gluten free flour for coeliacs or switching out eggs for almond or coconut milk for a vegan Victoria sponge! 

However, if you’re not exactly Mary Berry in the kitchen, why not treat yourself to some of our pastries and desserts at Autumn Yard! Like our delicious Brownie or Banana Loaf, which are both gluten-free!

See all of our options right here

2017 Superfoods

2017 Superfoods

What on earth are superfoods? There is no scientific meaning but they’re basically foods that have ridiculous amounts of nutrients in them and are great for your health and general well-being. 

There are so many misconceptions about superfoods, for example, people often think that superfoods will lead to weight loss but none of them have actually been proven to do so. Even green tea, which has always been said to help with losing weight, only has a minimal effect

With new superfoods being declared almost everyday, it can be confusing to know which foods actually do what they are claimed to! Here are 4 ‘superfoods’ that have been proven to improve general well being:

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps to keep your heart healthy. They’re also a great source of vitamins A, C and E, help to maintain healthy skin and supports your immune system.

Steel-cut Oats

One of the most versatile superfoods, steel-cut oats are high in fibre and have been proven to help lower blood cholesterol, help with digestion and metabolism. They’re great for breakfast as you can add whatever toppings you want, it’s high fibre count helps you feel fuller for longer and increases your energy levels! 

Avocado

Everyone’s favourite superfood! Avocado delivers at least 10% of your needs for eight vitamins and minerals in just one half-cup serving and is high in potassium, which helps vital organs to run properly, and fibre. They are a great source of healthy fats and increase good cholesterol in the body.

Beetroot

One of the most underrated superfoods, beetroot contain vitamins A, B and C which help to keep your immune system strong. They are also packed with potassium, fibre and folic acid which your body to produce and maintain new cells! 

We know being told all the time to eat healthily and more vegetables and fruits can be annoying but it can massively improve your health. Adding food like these to your diet, even if it’s just a couple of days in the week, can lead to more good habits!

Vegan Easter Egg

Vegan Easter Egg

At Autumn Yard, we’re all about making food for everyone, meat-eaters, coeliacs, vegetarians and vegans! Easter and chocolate go hand in hand and there’s no reason why vegans should miss out on stuffing their faces with it, so why not make your own dairy free easter eggs? 

Ingredients

1 Cup Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup)

1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

You will also need oval (egg shaped) moulds 

Method

1. Melt the oil in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

2. Once melted, remove the bowl from the pan, add the syrup and mix together.

3. Add the cacao powder and stir until you have smooth, liquid chocolate.

4. Leaving some mixture to the side for later, pour the rest into your moulds of choice and put in the freezer 

5. Leave the moulds in the freezer for around 20 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.

6. Take the moulds out of the fridge and carefully remove the chocolate egg halves.

7. Brush the rim of each mould with the leftover chocolate, then stick the egg halves together.

8. Leave to set in the fridge for a further 10 minutes, then enjoy!

If you’re not the greatest cook in the world or just plain lazy, you can always go to your nearest supermarket and buy a vegan easter egg! Happy Easter! 

Herbal skincare

Herbal skincare

With all these new serums, cleansers and creams constantly being pushed at us, sometimes going natural is the best thing you can do for your skin! Spices and herbs can turn a dish into something amazing and some of them have another purpose, as natural skincare products:

1) Sesame seeds

Not just for making food pictures look pretty on Instagram or tasting great on bagels! When made into a paste, sesame seeds can lighten acne marks! Sesame seed oil is also useful as it contains Vitamin E which is a natural sunscreen. 

2) Ginger

When rubbed on the skin, Ginger can help to even out skin tone and reduce blemishes. It also improves skin elasticity. Whip up a mask of equal parts grated or powdered ginger, honey, and fresh lemon juice use every two weeks. 

3) Fennel

Fennel is perfect for sensitive skin as it reduces redness and irritation. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in keeping acne away.

4) Paprika

Vitamin A and C, reduces free radicals that cause damage to cells, proteins and DNA. It can also help to prevent and treat some age and sun spots.

5) Cinnamon

Step away from the cinnamon pretzels and start using cinnamon as part of your skincare! It has anti-microbial properties which can stop acne causing bacteria. 

If you’re not exactly down for rubbing herbs and spices all over your face, you can always try just making sure they feature more in your diet! 

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we hope you haven’t left everything to the last minute! However, we know that life isn’t that simple and some things can slip your mind, so here are a few ideas for how to treat your mum this Sunday:

Home Spa

Why not create a spa right at home? Get some green tea brewing, put out some chocolates and treat your mum to some R&R. Try making her a homemade face mask or giving her a mani/pedi! Maybe leave things like massages or acupuncture to the professionals, no need for your mum to visit A&E on her special day! 

Create a scavenger hunt

For all you creatives out there, make a scavenger hunt all about your favourite memories with you mum! Think of some clever clues for her to follow and make a special gift for her to win. Not only is this a great way of celebrating Mother’s Day on a budget, it will get you some major points for being all sentimental. 

Home cooked meal

Become the head chef of the household and make your mum an amazing meal! If cooking isn’t exactly your strong suit, go simple and make her some easy sweet treats like this Easy Cheesecake or Chocolate Brownie cake

Failing that, why not treat your mum to brunch at Autumn Yard! Our brunch menu includes popular dishes like our Chicken & Avocado Ciabatta and Sweetcorn Fritter with Avocado & Honey.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mothers out there! Remember to tell your mum you love and appreciate everything they do and make some new memories! 

Eating Smart

Eating Smart

Don't get misled by our name: at Autumn Yard, we celebrate foods for every season, and spring is the perfect time for eating smart! Being food smart is simple, it means knowing exactly what you’re eating and what it does to your body. And now is the time to start, as some of the best products come back into season like avocados, carrots, pineapples, potatoes and spinach… perfect for spring cleaning your diet!

If you’re not quite ready to change up what you eat just yet, maybe this example of ‘What I Eat In A Day’ will help you see how easy it is to adopt great eating habits:

Breakfast

Bacon Roll

Orange Juice

Although bacon isn’t something that should be eaten everyday, it does have many nutrients that make it a useful part of a balanced diet. It contains thiamin, vitamin B12, zinc and selenium, which are all vital nutrients the body does not naturally produce.

Lunch

Salmon Teriyaki Salad

Water

Dark Chocolate Brownie

Not just a plug for Autumn Yard here, Salmon is not only a great source of protein but it contains omega-3 fatty acids which help to keep your heart healthy. Also there’s no such thing as a balanced diet that doesn’t involve some treats! 

Dinner

Roasted Chicken Thigh

Quinoa

Slaw & Rocket salad

Homemade meals are the best meals! And you don’t have to go home for that, as everything is freshly made every morning by our Chefs at Autumn Yard. Chicken and Quinoa are both protein packed foods and quinoa has almost twice as much fibre as most other grains!

Eating smart doesn’t mean eating the same bland food everyday, it means listening to your body and giving it what it needs and wants. There are so many nutritious lunch options for everyone here, vegans, meat eaters, vegetarians. Why not try our Salmon Teriyaki salad or our new and delicious hot boxes?

Lunch is available Monday to Friday from 11.30 - 17.00

Autumn Yard Press Launch Party

Autumn Yard Press Launch Party

Hi There,

We’re excited to invite all of you to our launch party on Thursday 6th April 2017! Autumn Yard is opening its doors to you, our special guests, to come see our new cafe, have great nibbles and awesome drinks! 

Opened November last year by founder Mark Prové, Autumn Yard is set to please with delicious healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and brunch!

Mark, who has been an enthusiastic foodie and cook for many years said: “I believe healthy food shouldn’t be boring, complicated or expensive. Our main priority is to provide nutritious and tasty food at affordable prices, using fresh, simple, organic ingredients.”

Right in the heart of the creative district of Hackney Downs Studio, the space gives an easy-going but vibrant atmosphere that anyone, from locals to young creatives & even passing hipsters, can enjoy. It will also make an attractive location for any special occasions like parties and artistic events. We wanted to create an ambience combining minimalist purity with the demands of a green lifestyle, which successfully resulted in a contemporary but warm design.

The launch party starts at 6 pm on Thursday 6th April. So please pop in to help us celebrate our awesome new space! 

Please RSVP before 4th of April

Vegan Market in Hackney Downs

Vegan Market in Hackney Downs

Autumn Yard is going vegan for a whole day, in participation with the Vegan Market at Hackney Downs Studio on Saturday 18th of March 2017. We will have a full vegan menu prepared for you, whenever you want a warm and relaxing place to take a break from the busy market crowds! Make your way inside the restaurant for a proper sit down meal with warm drinks, perfect for the chilly March weather. 

The Vegan Market, created and presented by Fat Gay Vegan in collaboration with Hackney Downs Studios, will be running every 3rd Saturday of the month and features food, art and much more. The market will run from 11AM to 5PM, and you can visit http://fatgayvegan.com/hackney-downs-vegan-market for upcoming dates. 

Come down to the market in Hackney Downs Studios and for more information, you can visit http://eatworkart.com. Also, you can follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Enjoy delicious, healthy & balanced food, lovingly prepared at Autumn Yard! 

Sharing Plates at Autumn Yard

Sharing Plates at Autumn Yard

We'll introduce our new dinner menu from May which features healthy and tasty sharing plates, perfect for unwinding and enjoying great flavours after a long, hopefully productive day! Sharing plates (or small plates) have been a popular way of dining for almost 10 years now and they encourage diners to try new foods and to have a more interactive and entertaining time while they eat!

Many restaurants have found a way to include small plates as a part of their menu because they’ve become so popular! So what is so great about sharing plates? Almost always, they make for a memorable meal, often including ingredients or food that you’ve never heard of or wouldn’t usually pick as part of a big and expensive meal. They allow you to explore these new foods without having to break the bank or feel as if you’ve been cheated because you didn’t like something. 

Sharing plates are a win-win for both the restaurant and the diner as they offer restaurants and their chefs the chance to show off the full skill and quality of the kitchen while giving customers the opportunity to experience so much more flavour and variety in one sitting! 

Autumn Yard offers a range of sharing plates that not only affordable but are healthy and delicious!The new dinner menu has easily recognisable ingredients like butternut squash, salmon and cauliflower and ingredients that you may not have tried before like pickled fennel, polenta chips and arancini. The sharing plates range from £3-£5 and are the perfect way to try some tasty and interesting dishes without spending a fortune! 

Dinner is available on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 6PM to 9:30PM, we hope to welcome you soon!