Borough Market Food Tour

Borough Market is our neighbourhood foodie haven here in Southeast London. It’s also the go-to place whenever people visit us from abroad and they tell me to take them somewhere “local”. Admittedly, it’s a healthy mix of tourists and locals but the food is fabulous and cheap. There are lots of stalls but below is the route I usually take. Just buy 1-2 of the dishes (depending on how many you are) and share so that you’ll have space for everything. Think of it as a buffet!

Starting at Southwark Cathedral, go down the steps towards Borough Market. With the cathedral to your right and the first row of stalls to your left, go to the very end to Kappacasein where they serve the most delightful raclettes and cheese toasties.

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New potatoes, gherkins and cheese – glorious cheese!

Right in front of Kappacasein is Fish! a fish and chips restaurant. Turn left towards the entrance of Fish! but do not go in. It sounds strange but the same restaurant has a takeaway counter right beside it where you can have fish and chips at half the price of eating in.

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Cut through the market entering through the arch in front of Fish! and don’t worry if you get distracted along the way, that’s half the fun). Go to the very end where you’ll see Le Marché du Quartier. In a big paellera, you’ll see duck confit being cooked. Grab a duck confit sandwich before heading to the last stop.

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Last but not least, head towards the road but do not cross it. Turn right and you’ll see Brindisa where you’ll see chorizo sandwiches being prepared.

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Go for a double (I know you want to!) – 2 chorizos, rocket and bell pepper.

If you’re not bursting yet, cap things off with a coffee at Monmoth right in front of Brindisa. They have excellent coffees from all over the world and super helpful and knowledgable staff who’ll tell you the different nuances of the beans. They’ll be able to grind your beans according to use – french press or stove top.

Do you have any favourites that I might have missed?

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Handmade Plates

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It amazes me how we have the ability to transform things – from a lump of clay into something utilitarian and beautiful.

The Prettiest Apron ever

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Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

I adore Anthropologie. It’s a well curated collection of beautiful things for the home. My personal favourite is this Bahia Apron. It seems like you can make the most delicious things 50’s housewife style.

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Emergency Food – Sardine Pasta

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We all have this – the dish that we cook when we’re too tired, too lazy or have lost the will to live. Mine is a sardine pasta that can easily be prepared in 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tins of Portuguese style sardines (spicy if you like)
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • half a small onion, diced
  • spaghetti (I just grab what can fit in my hand, served 2-3)
  • salt and extra virgin olive oil, season to taste

How to:

  1. Boil spaghetti for 7 minutes or until al dente
  2. Meanwhile, drain the sardines. Crush the sardines in a pan and “fry” to for 2 minutes.
  3. Wait for the pasta to cook
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer directly to the pan. Mix with the sardines. If it is too dry add a cup of the pasta water.
  5. Season with salt to taste. Mix.
  6. Serve immediately and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Jerusalem Artichoke

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Photo courtesy of BBC Food

I’ve first encountered the jerusalem artichoke at Dinner by Heston. Having no idea what it was, I was curious. It certainly sounded posh! I encountered it again at The Ledbury and again at Texture. So what is it? A posh potato. Ok, so it’s slightly firmer and the texture is closer to cassava. It was used as an accompaniment to the main, usually a fish dish.

It was beautifully used at Texture where we had lunch today.

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Cornish Pollock with Jerusalem Artichoke Textures.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

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The full English – bacon, sausages, eggs, beans and toast. A great start to any day or cure for a hangover.

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Pickles Cafe – our local greasy spoon in Southwark, London.

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Best value full English £4.00 with a coffee, whoop!

Pickles Cafe can be found at 20 Great Suffolk St, Southwark, London SE1 0UG

Hello, I’m April. Pleased to meet you.

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It all started when I kept posting a few recipes and a video on my Facebook page. I friend then commented “domestikada!”, a term meaning domestic goddess. I would love to reach the level where I can pit myself against Martha Stewart or challenger Gwyneth Paltrow but in the meantime welcome to my world – sometimes neat, oftentimes messy but always authentic.

…and there will be no more selfies here, ever.