Food, Fun

Wapping Market: Fill your tummy, stock your fridge, and soak up the cheery Sunday atmosphere

DSC02751This Saturday saw two very special birthdays, Brockley Market turned three, and Borough Market turned one thousand, and I hear they both celebrated in style. Unfortunately I couldn’t join them on the day, so consoled myself on the Sunday, as any food lover might, with a trip to a market in its infancy, but certainly wise beyond its years. Perhaps learning from its older sister Brockley, Wapping Market has lots of incredible “eat me now” options to tempt your taste buds, as well as fresh produce to take home and whip up into something delectable in your own kitchen.DSC02770

I’ve been meaning to pay Wapping Market a visit for just over a couple of months now, basically from the day it began on 29th June 2014, and it did not disappoint. I managed to choose one of those crisp early autumn days to visit, complete with bright sunshine and orange leaves on the ground which make a satisfying crunchy sound. This, plus good food, is my favourite type of day, so let’s just say I felt very content.

I was greeted with a lovely atmosphere and then with burgers and buns galore. I challenge anyone not to struggle in deciding what to indulge in. On the day Bill or Beak seemed to be doing a roaring trade, and I’m not surprised when their burgers look like this:

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Mother Flipper also had some very tempting options. But my sweet tooth got the better of me on this occasion and I decided to skip savoury and plump straight for doughnut.

DSC02755Crosstown doughnuts came on my radar fairly recently, but I can’t help but feel like I must have been living under a rock not to have known about them sooner, as they’re going from strength to strength. I hear they have become a firm favourite at Wapping, I’ve seen them stocked in Selfridges Food Hall, and rumour has it that they might have a cafe by Christmas, so however you decide to get your hands on one, or many, it’s a must. I’d highly recommend, of course, coming to Wapping to see (and taste) them in all their glory.

DSC02761I went for the Pistachio Glaze Apricot Compote, and as someone who has, to their knowledge, tried every flavour of Krispy Kreme, I can safely say you have not tasted a doughnut like this, or in my opinion, one as good. It was the perfect mixture between strength of flavour and sweetness and the texture was light and fluffy – my mouth is actually starting to water slightly as I relive it. I’m a sucker for all things pistachio and I loved finding the little chunks of apricot in the filling.  I was also generously afforded some bites of my boyfriend’s Belgium Chocolate Truffle Ring (what more could you ask for in a relationship?), which was slightly heavier than the Pistachio Apricot, but gets full marks for indulgence with its strong, dark chocolate glaze complete with a sweeter chocolate cream inside. You heard it here: I’m willing to put on a pound or two to try the other flavours – the Sea Salt Caramel Banana Cream is already calling out to me!DSC02763

I found Wapping Market to be small but perfectly formed, and packed out with great food and drink (and flowers!), and I really enjoyed coming to an area of London I hadn’t explored before. Beyond the food, I tried some Barrel Aged Cocktails from World of Zing and even if you come down on Sunday morning nursing a hangover, the depth of flavour in these has got to be tasted. And for those who fancied savoury but not sandwich Cheeky Italian was on standby with chips and meatballs, and a van that I can’t help but think is epically cool every time I see it.DSC02771 Toby Allen you did a great job with Brockley Market and you’re doing a great job with Wapping. So in an entirely friendly and non-menacing way, I’ll be back.

Wapping Market can be found every Sunday 10am-2pm at Wapping Wall, E1W 3SG

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Food, Fun

KERB Saturdays: An Ice Cream Adventure

DSC02720As you’ve probably noticed, my blog is called Buy Me Ice Cream. If I made a list of my favourite things, ice cream would be pretty near top and when naming my blog I wanted a way to describe what I love and enjoy – the things that I fall for and want to share, and so Buy Me Ice Cream, i.e. a very good way to win my heart, was born.DSC02706

The above explanation is useful to put my next statement into context. On Saturday afternoon I went to heaven. It was in the form of an ice cream centered food market. On my second wander round the stalls – still in awe – it occurred to me that I needed a strategy: a strategy for trying as much ice cream as possible. After a brief think (it was going to be a lengthy deliberation, but I got impatient) I decided that pacing myself was the only option. So, ladies and gentlemen, place your bets now – how much ice cream could I consume (and savour) in four hours?

DSC02710Now to set the scene a little… KERB, who provide regular street food lunch offerings in Granary Square, King’s Cross, had kindly set the weather to sunny and the atmosphere to jolly. Accompanying the stalls selling some of the best ice cream that London has to offer were savoury food traders boasting Korean burritos from Kimchinary, bountiful burgers from Bill or Beak, and Sri Lanken street food from Kothu to name but a few. There was an array of beautiful smells drifting my way, and did I mention they had a DJ playing ‘sweet’ themed songs?

Have a listen to some of the stall holders describing the delights they offer and how they masterminded these creations:


Thanks to LICKALIX, Drunken Dairy and La Gelatiera for tempting our taste buds there.

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KERB and the brilliant traders put on a great display of foodie prowess. Although the strong winds did managed to topple an ice lolly cut out, I didn’t see anyone drop an ice cream – so no tears here, only smiles. And I polished off four ice creams – I think having one an hour is quite respectable, and definitely delicious.

Here’s what I tried:

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Drunken Dariy’s Dark Destroyer – Chocolate and Grand Marnier

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LICKALIX’s Mango and Raspberry Swirl

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La Gelatiera’s Honey, Rosemary and Orange Zest

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Jolly Nice’s Gooseberry and Elderflower

 

 For make-your-own ice lolly inspiration see the lovely Karis Layne on Food Tube and Drinks Tube. And you can find my previous post on La Gelatiera here: I’ll Be Dreaming of Ice Cream.

 

 

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Street Food Soundbite: Little Jack Horner’s

little jack horner's 4The stall that caught my eye at last Tuesday’s farmers market at London Bridge Guy’s Campus was Little Jack Horner’s sausage rolls. These generously filled delights were piled high in various varieties, and were calling out to me to be munched on.

Their owner, James, was lovely to chat to, and told me about the exciting flavour combinations, and mentioned the fact that they also create pies; and if the pictures on their website are anything to go by, these pies come in special Little Jack Horner’s pie dishes – a great addition to devouring the hand crafted beauties.

Listen to James and I discuss what Little Jack Horner’s has on offer below.

Little Jack Horner's Street Food Soundbite by Holly Newson on Mixcloud

I opted for the black pudding and apple sausage roll for my lunch. I was a black pudding virgin so this felt like a little bit of a risk next to so many other varieties – but after my first taste no hesitation was necessary – I gobbled the whole lot down. It was so satisfying for taste buds and stomach alike. And, as James will tell you, this one is full of iron too! I can’t wait to try every flavour.

Little Jack Horner’s also cater, so a feast for you and your guests could be just round the corner.

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Food, Fun

Brockley Market – a new favourite

brockley market logoThis weekend my love of food markets took me to Brockley Market in Lewisham. I’ve been meaning to go for some weeks now and I’m very glad I finally did.

Brockley Market is a mix of delights with both lunch made in front of your eyes, and farmers produce that you can take home and enjoy. Mike + Ollie’s flatbreads filled with lamb, veg or mackerel (with a focus on foraged foods) were an exciting offering I’d read about in advance,  but it was the quality of every stall there that made it a really worthwhile visit. Some of the ‘stop and eat now’ options included meatball calzone, schnitzel, and a smoked salmon and cream cheese bun. The latter of these was particularly exciting as the fish was taken out of a smoker right in front if your eyes, and the deep red salmon smoked with beetroot, fennel and juniper was a sight to see. I couldn’t resist trying this, so The Greenwich Little Smokery got my lunch money, and much deservedly – it was delicious.IMG_20130831_122642 This is also a stall that crosses into the realm of ‘take me home’ goods, as a variety of freshly smoked fish was on offer in whatever amount might take your fancy. Other stalls of this type include those selling breads of many sorts, pork pies and similar pastry based goods, cheeses, meats, fruit and veg, and baked goods.

Out of these it is the meat that stuck in my memory. An array of venison – diced, sausage or steak – sat next to portioned up or whole rabbit. I already know I love venison, and these looked like fantastic cuts, and my food curiosity is now burning to try rabbit too.

IMG_20130831_122526On this sunny day the market was busy and bustling and free places to perch to enjoy your lunch were snatched up very quickly. The overall effect of this was a great atmosphere, despite the queues. And the rich and famous aren’t adverse to queuing for these goodies either; Millie Mackintosh (best known from Made in Chelsea) apologised as her dog sat on my foot as she stood in the queue behind me for the salmon, meanwhile her fiance Professor Green waited to purchase a range of breads and was holding a bag full of meat in prep for the barbecue they were having later. I get the impression that Millie and Green come to the market often as Millie pointed a friend who with them to the other side of the market: “right by that red tent, you can usually get a drink over there”.IMG_20130831_122435 (I know it’s rude to eavesdrop, but I think overhearing a conversation between fellow food market lovers is allowed).

I wasn’t going straight home after this truly delightful food market experience so I didn’t pick up any smoked fish for the fridge or juicy meat for the oven, but there is no doubt about it that in the next couple of weeks I’ll pop back to Lewisham on a Saturday and some beautiful looking diced venison will make its way into what will be a lovingly crafted pie.

What a lovely day to have visited such a bountiful market for the first time – and what will be the first time of many.

mike and ollie flatbreads

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