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Fresh (live) yeast
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Fresh yeast (also known as live yeast) makes a real difference in many baking recipes, so it is worth giving it a try. Getting your hands on some may seem complicated at first, as fresh yeast is not generally available in your local supermarket. Once you know where to look, however, the additional effort is close to zero.

Below are some tips on where to buy fresh yeast in North London. Please do let me know if you know of other places – I am happy to add your suggestions to the list!

Wherever you get your fresh yeast from, keep in mind that it is highly perishable and needs to be kept at fridge temperature. If you get it from a shop, take it back home as soon as possible. If you get it online, make sure that it is sent in temperature-controlled packaging. In any event, always proof it before adding it to your recipe.

From your local bakery

Many bloggers suggest to ask your local bakery to give you some of their fresh yeast. If you local bakery does indeed bake good bread and pastries, they will have fresh yeast and may be willing to give some to you, if you ask nicely. They would usually do this for free, especially if you don’t need much. I love the idea of sharing the yeast as an act of love, so I gave it a try and asked Le Moulin bread & patisserie (182 Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2AE). They very nicely gave me a small quantity for free. Rumours are indeed true.

From your local whole food store

Most whole food stores sell fresh yeast. I get mine from the Earth Food Store in Kentish Town.

Online

Fresh yeast is easy to find online, for example from Ocado. I recommend The Bertinet Kitchen & Bakery, a cookery school based in Brighton. The fresh yeast on sale in their Amazon shop, was packaged in a temperature-controlled bag, arrived firm and moist, and gave lovely bubbles after proofing.

Happy baking!

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Cardigan Club Cafe The Cardigan Club Café is the latest of a string of new indie shops and cafés that have been appearing on Fortress Road, Tufnell Park’s main road, during the past few months.

Opened in July 2013, this Vietnamese-French café is a lovely, relaxed little place serving mainly street food. On the menu: the Good Morning, Vietnam Bap, a twist on the traditional British bacon sandwich, with marinated grilled pork and wholegrain mustard in an artisan seeded bap; and the Riviera Sun, a vermicelli noodle salad with your choice of seasoned chicken, garlic pork, peppered beef or tofu in a sweet lemon vinaigrette dressing with crushed peanuts and mint leaves.

We had a delicious Franco-Viet Baguette, with chicken and crispy veggies (fresh chillies, cucumber, coriander and pickled carrot) in a zingy sweet chilli sauce. Vegetarians can replace the chicken with tofu.

The shabby-chic décor of painted French furniture, vintage knits and cutting patterns pays homage to the first wave of Vietnamese workers in London, many of whom were seamsters. Indeed, the sofa and chairs on the mezzanine would be the perfect place for a knitting club (hint!).

Cardigan Club Café
133 Fortress Road
London NW5 2HR
T: 020 7267 8600

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