(Eco) Foodie at Borough Market and Harvest Real Food Festival!
As you might have noticed from my last blog post, I won brunch at Roast today. And, obviously if you are going to Borough Market, you DO have to shop. I have my own personal ‘finance management’ strategy for food markets and shows. I only take cash. That way, I can’t buy a lot of wonderful food that I simply don’t have time to cook. It works…trust me!
So, I did a quick trek round the market. It’s changed quite a lot since I last visited (about 2 years ago) and quite a few of my favourite stalls have gone. There seem to be more places selling snacks and takeaway food and fewer specialist food shops from the UK. For me, I missed West Country Venison, where I used to happily stock my freezer each year, and there seemed to be a real lack of good British game and fish. As it happens, my schedule meant I couldn’t have bought very much in any case…carrying fresh fish around for a day in London wouldn’t be a great idea!
My first purchase was some wonderful fresh mushrooms. I bought yet more fresh Girolles and Porchini mushrooms. It is that time of year, isn’t it! And, a tiny bottle of truffled oil too! It’s horribly expensive but is one of those fabulous ingredients that lifts the ordinary into the sublime with just a few drops. Add to mashed potatoes, polenta, mushroom sauce or quails eggs…and just taste the difference.
Then I went searching for something to cook with the mushrooms. I had a mind to buy some pork tenderloin. But, then I saw what was on offer…and had this lovely little chat to myself…’well, wild boar IS pork isn’t it…but wild is obviously (illogically) better’. Dear reader, when you start hearing voices, maybe you should stop blogging? Or not???
So…wild boar it is! Recipe to follow.
Finally I wanted some cheese. I have beetroot in the fridge..all part of the Love Beetroot blogger challenge. And I know I want to do a beetroot with cheese dish. I fell in love with this. It’s entirely wrong for a simple beetroot dish. But…it’s fabulous so I will find some way to make it work!
That’s the sum of my Borough Market purchases. It’s not the same. It’s too much about pretty displays of food and too little about food you can cook and eat. Long queues of Japanese tourists outside the Monmouth coffee shop and people drinking prosecco at 10am. If it makes commercial sense, great…but, as a true food market it misses the magic that it had 5 years ago when small local British producers stood side by side with the ‘deli’ stalls from Europe and the big butchers and fishmongers.
Then, brunch at Roast, you can read about it here!
How does a Good Energy Company transport its guests? well, by a little Rickshaw ride to the Southbank for the Harvest Real Food show. I really enjoyed the Real Food Show at Earls Court earlier this year, so I was looking forward to browsing. Both brunch at Borough Market and the rickshaw ride were thanks to the Good Energy Company who were exhibiting at the Real Food Show again. I now have a great guide to energy efficient cooking thanks to Arthur Potts Dawson and the Good Energy Company and actually some of what the guide says was completely new to me. Were YOU aware that the CO2 footprint of a sheep or goat is around 14.61 per kg, vs Chicken at 2.6? or that the slow cooker was genuinely the most energy efficient way to cook…followed closely by the microwave? I’m still reading and learning. Not quite sure how Beas of London cupcakes are relevant, but they ARE very pretty!
The Good Energy Company aims to supply electricity to domestic consumers from sustainable sources. So, they have a mixture of renewable energy sources including wind farms and solar energy spread across the UK. While a few years ago, buying ‘good’ energy was more expensive, a bit like buying organic meat, now the prices have levelled to such an extent that the difference is minimal. I’m going to find out more…and I’ll post here when I do. In particular I am interested in whether as a flat owner with a share of freehold I can benefit from solar panels.
Arthur Potts Dawson is an Eco Friendly *celebrity*? chef (I will probably die for that comment!) . He has two restaurants in London, one of which is carbon neutral and both of which generate no food waste (everything is recycled). And he’s the founder of the people’s supermarket. He is kinda nifty with a frying pan as my picture above shows! His partnership with the Good Energy Company is to promote how you can use your kitchen in an energy efficient way . So, perhaps it wasn’t suprising that he chose to demonstrate a recipe that required no heat to cook it! Ceviche (you can find my own scallop ceviche here) is something that is cooked using acid, usually from lime or lemon. Arthur showed us how to make a mackerel and red mullet ceviche, his version was based on the need to use local and sustainable fish. He then showed us some fabulous sweetcorn griddle cakes, which I intend trying to cook VERY soon.
Apart from the cookery demonstration, we enjoyed wandering round the stalls at the Harvest Real Food Show. I’m very happy to have bought some garlic to grow and enjoyed tasting some of the fabulous chocolate from Fiona Sciolti . If we hadn’t eaten such a good brunch at Borough Market, I am quite sure we would have enjoyed eating a lot more! But, for the sake of my Bank Balance, perhaps it’s just as well!