Monday, 4 August 2014

Borough Market and a Home-Cooked Feast

This Saturday, I decided to do something a little bit different than my usual routine of lolling around the flat hungover, and ordering Chinese at 11pm when my stomach has finally recovered from the day before. No hangover in sight, I headed to Borough Market. My mission was to buy a bunch of fresh ingredients to bring back and cook something amazing. I felt my stomach and body deserved better than a combination of booze, takeaway and Pepto-Bismol. 

We got the bus- the tube would've been slightly quicker- but the lovely thing about the bus is because it goes all round the houses you get to see some bits of London (from the top deck, obviously!) that you haven't seen before. This time I saw a body shop for black cabs, a fire station from the river, and Lambeth Palace. Some of them will give you an entire tour of the tourist spots of London without the sweaty walking or overpriced headphones and tourist guide. It also means you can sit at the front and pretend to drive the bus. Please don't tell me I'm the only person who does this?!

For those of you who haven't been, I implore you to go. Borough Market is a bustling, beautiful hodge-podge of all kinds of food from all kinds of people. 

This woman is slicing raclette, a lovely cheese, that they were melting over tea lights for the best looking cheese sandwiches I'd ever seen- and I will definitely be getting one next time.

I couldn't resist eating one of the nectarines while walking around. It did mean that I dripped juice all over myself and surrounding market-goers, but as you can tell, I really didn't care! The prosecco spritzers were lovely- Rosé wine, peach liquer and mint made a lovely cooling summer drink.

Back home, I surveyed what I'd got. Chunky tuna steaks, bright vegetables, cheesecake and some cheeky wine and sausage for afters. The fishmonger had samphire- a gorgeous green vegetable that grows in the sea, and has a salty, spinachy flavour. I decided to make a potato, pepper and tomato warm salad to top with marinated tuna and the samphire.

I par-boiled the potatos, and then stir fried them with 2/3rds of the diced shallot, a pinch of salt, garlic, the peppers and the lovely vine tomatoes until the tomatoes blistered. I then put them in a pyrex dish to finish off with a roast in the oven.

I marinated the tuna in the rest of the shallot, some of the chilli and a splash of fish sauce before frying on a high heat with the lemon. I don't have a griddle pan..or that would've been perfect to get the seared lines.

The samphire I wilted in a pan with some butter and a tiny bit of black pepper. It's already very salty so it doesn't need anything else.

Even if I do say so myself, it was amazing. The vine tomatoes were sweet and beautiful, the tuna was meaty and not tough, and the samphire and potatoes went so well. It was heaven on a plate. In hindsight I bought a little bit too much tuna- Next time I'd keep the thickness but go for a slightly smaller piece. I was super proud of it! 

Finished off with blueberry cheesecake, wine, cheese and truffle and mushroom sausage, it felt unbelievably indulgent, more satisfying than going to a restaurant, and, ashamedly, cheaper than a night out!

Have you ever done anything similar? I'm definitely going to do it again..they had some pork belly that was practically begging me to buy it and take it home for an indonesian lentil creation. At the end of the day, you can spend as much or as little as you want..and if you mess it up (which you won't), phone the local takeaway, laugh it off and you still had a great day out.

Annabel xxx


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