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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Ted boroughs in

Ted … Ted ... why don’t you tell us about Borough Market (you know you asked right ... you did!!) Do you know how big Borough Market is???  Today there are over 100 traders on a market site that dates back to the 13th century. Well actually, if old records are to be believed there has been a market in the “borough” south of the river since the 11th century, and they have been moved several times – the last one in 1755 for causing traffic congestion!!!

You can get pretty much anything you want food and drink wise from Borough market. You name it and it’s probably here - all kinds of cheese, meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, bread, charcuterie, chocolate, cakes, pies, coffee, ethnic cuisine supplies, any alcohol, including english wine (the sparkling is good) and this time of year the specialities and traditional food of Christmas.

I decided I needed a plan for telling you about Borough Market ... over time. I thought I’d focus in on one stall at time and see if they actually talked to me or were off-hand, as they thought I was just a “looker” with a camera. If they were friendly, helpful, and interested, then I would tell you about them. So … today apart from Mrs McLaren who tried (nicely) to force feed me christmas pudding ... we meet the Cartwright Bros, second generation (twitter now even) … I was there a few weeks ago with SWMBO (who is secretly a wine merchant) and she had a long discussion with them about the wonderful Framingham wines from New Zealand that they stocked. She took photos and then tweeted the winemaker (ok so it was 4am in NZ – but I am sure he was up and doing anyway). 

Alas … my trusty iPhone 4 then spat the dummy and I lost all my photos ... so back I went and looked at more of their really interesting collection. I was impressed by a) their helpfulness, b) the variety on offer and c) their approach of supporting small producers.

One such producer is Dà Mhìle distillery in Wales, who forage their ingredients. We tried the gin with seaweed and concurred that it would be the perfect accompaniment to the brininess of freshly shucked oysters. So there’s a tradition buster for you .. an icy cold shot of welsh seaweed gin, or push the boat out, and go for a martini with your christmas eve oysters .. or anytime really.

Still in need of a gin and seafood experience then try Nardin smoked anchovies fillets from Spain .... lurve ... lurve ... 

4 comments:

Sharon Anck said...

I'm a champagne and oysters kind of girl myself but, a nice Gin and tonic is always refreshing.

Jack said...

Borough Market is a fine place. Thanks, Ted, for starting this series.

William Kendall said...

The Christmas pudding's got my interest!

Angie said...

Gimmee more!!! Taste sensation!!!

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