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Back to Market with a BANG

Overnight Roast Pork Shoulders (using best Yorkshire pork!)

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.

Homemade blaas

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! ;)

Back at market - with sleep deprivation, spiced apple juice and signed copies of my book! :)

So, I am off to get ingredients so that I can get moving again. Hope to see you on Thursday!

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6 Comments

  1. The food sounds sooo good, I’ll definitely try to be there next thursday! I’m sorry you’re stressed and ill though, but I must say, I’m glad (for selfish reasons) you dragged yourself back to the market (:

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  2. Reading this at 5.30am, in cold office at top of cold house, and it is making me soooo hungry. I can almost smell the pork and apple and I want some, now. Sad it’s a bit far from East Yorkshire, but maybe one day. Don’t wear yourself out though, take care. We all need your energy.

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  3. Hmmm what about spiced apple juice with rum… I need a winter cocktail and that sounds about perfect. Please post your recipe. :)

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  4. Nice to read about someone else having fun with markets.
    I am a chef who moved from the UK three years ago to live in the south of France and have been doing a mince pie, parkin (ginger cake), gingerbread, beer and mulled wine christmas stall for the past 2 weeks. The french aren’t totally sold on my quintessentially english treats yet but we’ll see!
    I have recently decided to start writing a blog about my french food adventures maybe some people might like to read it?

    http://northbysudouest.blogspot.com/

    Feel free to read, comment, follow and tell your friends and tell me what you think!
    Great blog! Keep going!
    Cheers! A

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