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Yesterday was the last lunch from Pips Dish for our group cooked by Bruno, a brilliant cook who has been creating delicious and inspiring food for us using his own voluntary time every Wednesday over the last 9 months or so.

We are very pleased for Bruno as he has found a new job – so congratulations and thank you again for all your brilliant meals!

Pips Dish free lunch will continue until the end of July, every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2pm, now run by the Kitchenettes. 

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

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Yesterday we were treated to a brilliant urban photography walk led by photographer Peter Kyte. We met at Café Cucina 327 for a delicious Italian coffee and mint tea before heading off with our cameras to observe the local area.

Briefed by Peter, we looked at pattern, colour and shape in the detail of our urban surroundings, using our zoom, macro settings, or simply our bodies to get closer to the subject to abstract it more.

With a range of abilities on board, the session was a great opportunity for those learning the basics of photography to others more experienced with a camera to explore Caledonian Road in all its urban glory.

A great day out!

Join us at Café Cucina 327 next Monday where we will be looking at the images we took and learning how to edit them. Or just pop in for a coffee! 3.30 – 5pm, Café Cucina 327 Caledonian Road, on the corner of Lyon Street. Bus Stop L, Caledonian Road and Barnsbury.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018.


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Next Monday 17th June we will be embarking on part two of our fantastic photography walk with local Photographer Peter.

Meet us at Cafe Cucina 327 (on the corner of Lyon St, Bus Stop Caledonian Rd & Barnsbury Stop L) at 3.30pm for a tea or coffee for a special discount of just £1 before heading off to explore urban photography and the quirks and character of Caledonian Road. We will return to review and discuss our photographs to finish at 5pm.

FREE to attend, and no experience necessary. Bring your own camera if you have one, there will be a couple available to share.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018 to book your free place!


One of the results from our last walk around The Arc Centre.

Every Monday we head down to Café Cucina 327 on Caledonian Road for our coffee afternoon from 3.30 – 5pm. Yesterday we had a special treat from Cucina 327 as one of their talented chefs Martina taught us how to make our own Ragu – and then we got to try it too!

Thank you Café Cucina 327! Looking forward to coffee next week.

If you would like to join us at Café Cucina just pop in every Monday (except Bank Hols) from 3.30 – 5pm.

For more information call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018.

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There is such a thing as a free lunch! And it is carrying on until July!

Join us every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2pm for a FREE homemade lunch from brilliant cook Bruno at Pips Dish.

Share your food memories and meet new local people over a delicious homemade feast – for free! One of our clients said:

Pips Dish has brought colour into my diet and improved the quality of what I eat. I have made new friends and even bumped into an old one who I hadn’t seen in years!

Call Activities Manager Ellie to book your place on 0207 281 6018.

Booking essential as places are limited.

Join us tomorrow for our last lunch in the Get Togethers we have been running with Pips Dish.

Local people over 55 join us for a delicious meal lovingly handmade by Bruno and the gang.

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Our clients have had the most wonderful time over the past few months. One summed it up this morning saying:

Thank you – it’s been brilliant – absolutely superb! I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people – and the delicious food of course!

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book your FREE place tomorrow – 12.30 – 2pm – on 0207 281 6018

Hope to see you there!


Cucina pic lizards and plates

Every Monday we meet up in Café Cucina, on the corner of Lyon Street and Caledonian Road from 3.30 – 5pm. Open to all over 55s in Islington, we meet up to have a chat and a cuppa (at a special price of just £1 for our clients!) and also to take part in other workshops.

From Italian cooking demonstrations, to games afternoons, we are taking suggestions from you of other afternoon sessions we can run. What about ale tasting, potting plants or a dominoes afternoon?

Let us know what you think – just drop in on Mondays from 3.30 – 5pm.
(Except bank hols)

Call Ellie for more information on 0207 281 6018.


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Wednesday saw a tasty Lasagne served up by Bruno at Pips Dish, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We also welcomed our new host Camilla, who will be welcoming people in over the next few months!


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Monday afternoons are always an enjoyable occasion as we Get Together (3.30 – 5pm)at Cafe Cucina 327 on Caledonian Road for a good chat and a cuppa.

We had a lovely chat with local people and even signed up a new client as we got talking over the news of the day.

We are also planning more Italian cooking demonstrations in the next few weeks so come along to tell us what you would like to learn – from simple sauces to risotto the chef Valentino can show us how!

Call Ellie for more information on 0207 281 6018

Hope to hear from you soon!

Pips Dish put on another fabulous feast for us this Wednesday as we told our food stories to each other. The chef Bruno again delighted everyone with his fantastic creations of fish stew and vegeatable soup to start.

The stories shared amongst Get Togetherees were fascinating – from childhoods in Scotland spent eating stew and dumplings on the rare occasions the weekly dinner schedule was broken (never varied for 15 years), to mothers with no idea about food (“Lettuce would come with a slug, apples had maggots and meat with tubes in!”), to poverty stricken dinners of boiled rice with jam.

There were longings for traditional stuffed hearts and faggots (“Kids these days would turn their nose up!”) or Hungarian goulash and strudel on the rare days a father was at home, to the fond memories of the cockle and winkle man coming round, and being treated to a pile of toast to go with them.

Pie and Mash was also a shared London memory, with memories of the live eels outside the shop on Chapel Market and children watching as they were beheaded and gutted whilst still alive (“We must have been very sadistic!”). More gory tales arose of rabbits bled and hanging over sinks for stew and children hiding as mothers headed off to kill chickens.

We spoke of the missed regularity of yellow split pea soup every Thursday in a Swedish childhood to comemorate the poisoning of a Swedish King, to Italian mothers in war time England making fresh pasta with dried egg.

It was another lovely afternoon. Join us next time – PLEASE CALL TO SIGN UP as places are limited (and only available for over 55s living in Islington) – 0207 281 6018.

Every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2pm, Pips Dish, 133B Upper Street

Feb Pips Dish group

Bruno explains the background of the project to the group – managing to avoid the cheeky heckling!

FEB Pips Dish fish

Fish is prepared and baked ready for the stew. Delicious!

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