The second day of the Nokia International Food Blogging Event , I have to confess to forgoing breakfast in the hotel . Still full from yesterday , arriving with the group at Borough Market we were all immediately distracted by Neals Yard Dairy who could not be attracted to a man standing amid wheels of stilton and offering you a taste . I also enjoyed a bit of rubbernecking watching Oliver Rowe filming Market Kitchen ( I totally mistook him for Tom Parker Bowles – its the public schoolboy looks )
Eventually all the bloggers were dragged out of Neals Yard Dairy, the excellent cheese shop and we began a gastro-tour with the effervescent Celia Brooks Brown who has been doing these tours for a number of years and is an expert in vegetarian cookery . Celia is able to give you a fantastic history of the market , its development staggering amounts of food knowledge all the stall holders put on a good show with tastings.
Here is Celia blowing my mind with the news that carrots are not really orange, but grown that way by patriotic Dutch growers who bred the vegetable to make it less bitter than the yellow varieties, and then it was adopted it as the Royal vegetable in honour of the House of Orange in the 16th Century .Actually we then had some heritage carrots in yellow white and purple for lunch
The market itself is heaven and I was heartened to know from the other international bloggers it competes if not surpasses even continental markets , I tried to be smug but did have to explain it is not the same in many parts of the United Kingdom though there is a resurgence of farmers markets . Borough itself is open Thursday- Sunday from
Highlights for me the following
This vegetable stall , packed with mushrooms of every description imported this time of year cultivated from the U.S , I was wondering if we could do the same here for year round gourmet fungi – sure they wouldn’t taste quite like those in the wild . Seeing the morels reminded me of course it is shortly their season an ever illusive fungi for me . Plenty of other vegetables on the stall , I have never seen to track down and experiment with all . Happiness itself for me that the vegetables are displayed as they should be in piles without ten tonnes of packaging ( Moan over )
I finished up Neils Yard Dairy for Stinking Bishop Cheese from close to my home and Nottinghamshire Stilton ( close the the boyfreinds home ) for the Bank Holiday weekend
I am certain there is lots I missed , I was highly overexcited but I promise recipes using Borough ingredients soon plenty .
Walking aound the market our tour guide bumped into Lawrence Keough the chef at the restaurant where we would be eating lunch Roast which sits above the Market is owned by Iqbal Wahhab ( founder of the Cinamon Club ) who popped over at lunch to say hi . And here endeth the name dropping . Roast uses many ingredients from the Market especially the fresh vegetables for seasonal British Cuisine
I ate Warm duck liver and bacon salad with chicory bacon and grain mustard ,Nine times our of ten I order a warm salad , I just like the word warm salad .. its onomatopeaic warm like a hug that salad the sticatto spikiness. This did not disappoint very tasty with tonnes of duck liver salty bacon and a peppery dressing
For my main I had baked celeriac – one of my favourite vegetables , it came as half a whole celeriac roasted half the size of a football ,which I think was halved baked the the centre scooped out and mixed with butter seasoning and maybe some cheese, it was topped with a poached egg , served with pea shoots and wild mushrooms . Only time I have ever not finished a restaurant meal it tasted lovely and is probably a recipe I will be borrowing with a smaller celeriac .
Lugging a tonne of purchases, I had managed the forsight to take a large number of cotton shopping bags and with a train to catch up North apologies to anyone who shared the tube/train carriages with me and my smell cheese and slightly leaking pheasant. I had a happy journey gently craddling my purchases to begin a Bank Holiday weekend in another foodie pilgramage site Whitby, Yorkshire .
For now bye bye Borough , promise to be back soon