Courgette & Cheddar Muffins

Recipe from The Microcheesemonger

Here is a truly versatile recipe to use up a glut of courgettes or odd bits of cheese.

You can swap any of the ingredients to suit yourself and what you have in stock. 

Quick and reliable.

Lovely as a side for lunch, with soup or with drinks.


100g Cheddar cheese grated (or any cheese of your choice)

60g grated courgette

2 spring onion sliced finely

Handful of chopped mint

100ml olive oil

100ml white wine (or use milk)

2 eggs beaten

90g self-raising flour

1tsp baking powder

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 190C

You need a small 12 cup muffin tray

Makes 12 small / 6 large muffins


  1. Whisk the olive oil & wine (or milk) add the eggs.
  2. Squeeze the grated courgettes to release excess water.
  3. Add the courgette, cheese, spring onion, mint to oil/wine mix.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, pepper.
  5. Mix lightly and fill the muffin moulds.
  6. Bake at 190C for about 15-20 mins or 20-25 mins if making larger.

Best served fresh!


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Coming soon to Grange Park… Refill @ the Grange

As our name suggests, we are introducing plastic free shopping, giving people the choice and opportunity to change their shopping habits. Our refill shop will offer package free foods such as pasta, rice, cereals, nuts and pulses. We will also be offering a large selection of herbs and spices together with liquid refills of oils and vinegars, cleaning products and toiletries. Refill @ the Grange allows you to be in charge of how much or little you need to buy; just bring your own container and take home only what you require.

At Refill @ the Grange we are passionate about helping people reduce the amount of single-use plastic used. Unfortunately, recycling is not the answer as it costs the local authorities billions of pounds and can only be down-cycled. Quite often it ends up in landfill and we are sure that like us, it breaks your hearts to see the TV programmes showing 1 in 3 sea turtles and around 90% of seabirds eating it.

Refill @ the Grange was created to help people to say no to single use plastics by choosing to refill instead. By doing this we are not only helping our planet but also our pockets by not paying for unnecessary packaging. 

We cannot recycle our way out of the plastic problem but we can change the way we shop. So bring along your jars and containers and join the refillable revolution!

For more information, help or advice email 

You can also find us on Instagram @refill_at_the_grange

In order to make sustainability accessible to all, we have had to compare the cost of organic to non-organic and if there is not a huge difference in price, we have opted for organic.

It’s a Wonderful Muswell – 7th December

It’s a Wonderful Muswell – 7th December

December is just around the corner.  Join us for celebrations throughout Muswell Hill on Saturday 7th December.

North Pole Experience

Santa’s reindeer and sleigh will be visiting St James Church.  Ever petted a reindeer? Well now’s your chance.  Funds raised will go to Raise the Roof campaign


St James Church craft market is back for a second year.  Buy beautifully hand-crafted items from local makers and designers.

Feeling peckish or thirsty? Stop by St James Square where you can browse the food and drink stalls. 


We have a festive line up of choirs, dance groups and hopefully an appearance from Jackson’s Lane “Goldilocks”

Take part in a spot of gingerbread decoration or why not take an Elfie Selfie at our Photo Booth in St James Square

Small Business Saturday

Many of the local shops will have something special planned so keep an eye out on social media for what’s in store

Christmas Tree Lighting

Our event would be nothing without our beautiful Christmas tree which will be lit up around 4pm.  A big thank you to all the businesses who have helped raise funds for the tree including:

Broadway Pet Stores, Gails, Hampstead Butcher & Providore, Jeroboams, The Mossy Well, Planet Organic, Pret a Vivre, St James Dental Surgery, Travelwise and Walter Purkis.  Plus our amazing crowdfunders. 

Muswell Hill Autumn Market in St James Square 12th-13th October 2019

As featured in Beach Media Magazines

Join Vibe Market for the In St James Square Market in Muswell Hill!

The market will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October in Muswell Hill town centre, outside Planet Organic, from 11am to 5pm.

Vibe Market was delighted to have previously organised the stalls for the 2018 Midsummer Muswell festival and continue to organise the France at Home Market’s visits, bringing authentic French produce and products from Normandy to Muswell Hill twice a year.

Love Your Local

Love Your Local

Ian Chalom is the chef and owner of Aleion restaurant in Muswell Hill, serving great tasting food that tickles everyone’s taste buds. He opens up about himself, Aleion and the future.

Why cooking?

Growing up my Mum was always baking in the kitchen & I used to love joining her, giving me a real passion for food from an early age which followed me through school and into catering college and the first fine dining restaurants I worked in until finally opening up my first restaurant…Aleion.

How has the first year and a bit been?

It’s been tough, humbling and incredible all rolled into one. I was used to the long hours & stress from the numerous kitchens I had worked in but this was another level. To open your own place and not be sure if you’ll even get your first customer through the door is extremely nerve-racking and that stress follows you home whereas in other jobs it would have stayed at work.

Obviously, you got your first customer then?

Haha…yes. Actually, within 30mins or so of opening we did and in fact she still is a regular of ours now!

What’s the future for Aleion?

We’ve got some cool plans for the near future including introducing bi-weekly menus to the restaurant and some exciting plans for our basement…so watch this space!

Interview by Nadia Newman