So, I am back at market. I knew how hard it was on my own, all that cooking, delivery logistics, cooking in a poky domestic kitchen, moving everything from home to Covent Garden, lifting (all that lifting!) and serving all day. I hadn’t forgotten. I knew what I was getting into. But I had. It is so hard!
Anyway, the hard bit is the build up. It’s almost always lovely at the market itself. Last week I was slightly hampered by jet lag (I was in China until last Tuesday – more on that soon), a brutal cold that I picked up in snowy Beijing and severe sleep deprivation (WHERE IS MY TINY VIOLIN?!), but I got through it. An old friend came to town to help me on the day, and I will be forever grateful, it made such a difference.
This week I made the usual Overnight Roast Pork Shoulder with Spiced Apple Relish in a Homemade Blaa, and as always it sold out first and early. That dish just does something to people.They become entranced and have to have it. I think it’s the combination of crisp crackling, melting tender pork and soft blaa with the piquant hot relish.
I also made Slow Roast Pork Shoulder & Black Bean Stew and Brindisa Chickpea & Chorizo Stew. Both popular but with time constraints this week, and my mental health in mind (I need more sleep this time! 3 hours is not enough), I am only going to serve the Brindisa Chorizo and Chickpea Stew.
Another hit was a new recipe, Spiced Warm Apple Juice. I am using Luscombe apple juice, a delicious apple juice from Devon made using a mix of rare heirloom varieties. That will be back this week and I will post the recipe soon.
I failed to bring home the bacon jam, but will rectify that on Thursday. I am contemplating making brownies too. There will be signed copies of Comfort & Spice too – perfect Xmas present! ;)
So, I am off to get ingredients so that I can get moving again. Hope to see you on Thursday!