Raspberry Roulade

Lesley Holdship - Home Economist, Food Stylist & Recipe Writer

Borough Market

Wed, Feb 9 2011

First off, sorry to have been so long away! That really is rather lax.
Things have been steady since the new year began with writing taking the forefront in my work.
Last year, I was really lucky to have been asked by Borough Market in London to write a series of recipes for them. Recipes for their magazine and website too, bringing together the traders with a perfect marriage of ingredients and personalities.
Now, living in Wiltshire presents a whole different load of experiences to living in London. I am comfortable amongst the rolling hills and rarely venture into the big smoke for a variety of reasons. But a visit to the market to meet the traders was compulsory so I got myself together and made the trip. Sadly it left me with withdrawal symptoms when I left it behind!
John came with me along with his camera and we spent the day being guided around the most atmospheric and wondrous food market imaginable. Not only were there people selling street food but there were farmers, small producers and smiling faces too.
The market is situated under old railway arches just next to the London Bridge tube station and encapsulates anyone's love of food into one space. I really would love to be able to shop there every day, and I am sure many do. We started off by eating some amazing seafood at Shellseekers. Hand dived oysters and scallops either to take home or eat there and then. I opted for the scallops, cooked with a little bacon and served on a crisp salad in a scallop shell. mmmmmmm...! We then tried cider from Newforest Cider company, cheese from countless delicious stalls, walnut oil from Olivology and the list goes on. As we meandered around the market, it really became evident that there is a genuine love and passion emanating from the traders. This really comes through when you eat their wares. Something you can't get from a supermarket.
So my inspiration for the recipes is never ending. Ideas keep swimming round my head and I can taste and smell the market each time I recall the visit. It's so exciting, realising the ideas gleaned from the market into a dish. And then knowing the recipes are accessible and they work! Check them out on the website!
So get down there if you can. But you definitely wont want to leave!
ps. go to the ginger pig for one of their sausage rolls!

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