Don’t grow volts?

I went off to Lincoln today to see Matthew who runs a wheelys cafe there. The Wheely’s product seems great and i am keen to see it – but due to a misunderstanding Matthew was not there.

So instead i got to thinking about bigger and probably more important things.

If you got to Lincoln by train from Sheffield before you get to Saxilby, you will see out of the left hand window, acres of solar panels.

food or solar panels?What do we think about this? I cannot work it out. Every so often i think – how good it is that technoloy has come so far. And then when looking at the ones outside Lincoln, i think: this is not marginal land; this should be growing stuff.

Instead it is growing volts so we can microwave some processed chemicals from the supermarket.

What do you think?

Poppy’s a winner for Sheffield CAB

students : get 20% off!
students : get 20% off!


winner septemberDon’t forget to colour in October’s adventure for your chance to win half a dozen filled bagels.



Well done to Judy who is the winner of September’s colouring comp.

Judy and 5 of her fantastic colleagues at Sheffield Citizen’s Advice will be having a bagel lunch – just tell me what you would like !


Where do bagels come from – a New Year story

Some say that bagels come from a time after Austria was saved by the Polish king. Famed for his horsemanship, they were formed in the shape of a beugel which is the Austrian word for stirrup.

Others say that when there was a famine, shaping rolls with hole in made it feel as if there was the same amount as before. There were also easy to carry on the long journeys to find better food supply.short tower of bagel

But actually they do not come from either of these things. Rather than being created as a present for the rich, or under times of famine, the bagel was created to remember how people helped each other at the time of the floods on New Year [read more…]

Half way to one scholarship – thankyou

half wayA while ago I announced that i would be looking to raise the cost of one scholarship for a Palestinian Woman to got University within the first year.

So far, we are half way there. Thank you everyone who has helped.

Small things from you:

  • every time you say keep the change, the money goes in the pot
  • every time you buy a lovely card painted by local artist Maggie Norman, £1 goes in the pot
  • at least 20% of profit from the cafe – so keep coming by to get your Monday lunch!


Canada bagels 24 * 7

Having traveled in Canada this summer – actually a postage stamp part of it really – Vancouver and Vancouver Island, which is about as big as England in itself – there is an array of places to discover as far as ating is concerned. Food trucks galore – and elaborate in the way only north amercians can do.

So we fund the following places by chance – it is not meant to be the best of BC, just places i went to who i though were great: good food, reasonable pricing and friendly service.

Jiggers fish and chips ( was mouth wateringly good and would appear on any good food guide too, not just mine. They are truck in Uvclcuelet with inside and outside seating.

Bread and Honey cafe ( was an oasis in Parksville : wonderful hash browns and was rather taken by serving cherry jam with the eggs.

Siegel’s Bagelsseigels fire ( in Vancouver is a must: watch the wood oven with wonder as bagels come out 24 * 7. Great Rosemary and rocksalt bagel with just cream cheese is wonderful.


The power of a true bagel

Yesterday I catered for an event about writing across generations,  at Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield.

TD is a special place; they are nearing the end of their ‘fringe’ season; and in September they will be putting on Departure Point – a space for new theatre.

feedback frm thetare delicatessen eventI was really flattered when someone who had been at the writing event made a special effort to come to me to say what delicious food it was. She also said how wonderful the bagels were.

more feedback from theatre delicatessen eventSo what makes them special? They are vegan and organic and handmade, well yes that’s ok. Lots of bread is and it does make a difference.

Supermarket or mass produced bagels on burlapbagels often tastes like manufactured  bread with a hole in it. When the bagles are t in the oven they are steam injetced first.

In contrast true bagels are boiled before baking (there is a science to this too!).

And before the boiling that the long, slow second proving.

This is the power of the true bagel.


Look out for book and bagels from September

So these past 7 weeks at Union Streetshort tower of bagel has been great. Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported The Tower of Bagel.

The Tower of Bagel will be back in September: za’atr bagels will be set to return after good feedback on Monday, new styles of cream cheese mixed and a change of cakes.

Watch out too for books and bagels, a monthly event through the Autumn to encourage community reading and eating and talking.

Have a good summer, The Tower of bagel will be back on September 5th 

Andy Murray’s EU breakfast

Andy Murraybulgarian flag has said he has two bagels and watermelon for breakfast. Why not come along on Monday and do just that?

Next Monday, try our vegan TRT for breakfast (smoked tofu, rocket and tomato, with a lace of chilli sauce) and start the day with the Bulgarian flag.

Top this with a blueberry and cream cheese on a cinammon and raisin bagel (for your Finnish flag) and then slide down some watermelon (for some light relief).

Then play tennis!