Massive Omelette?

In Day to Day on June 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm


A good place for meeting halfway, I always choose Borough Market/Southbank for seeing people who live the dreaded north of the river. Such an occasion cropped up last weekend with an old friend who has moved up to London recently. It’s important to choose the right day and time to go to the market. We did neither of these.

Today would have been perfect. Miserable, rainy days are the days that the tourists go to museums and galleries so get up there on the days where it is nigh on impossible to leave the house without going swimming at the same time. The earlier the better.

One of the best (and worst) parts of the market is the free samples. It’s good because you can try lots of different things – a hell of a lot of olive, truffle, sesame, linseed and any other oil you can think of, cheeses, breads, little biscuits, olives, pestos…you get the idea. However, it is really bad because the charm of trying things, chatting to the store owners and really feeling like you are exploring new tastes and being guided towards the best choice, is totally lost. So many people turn up expecting to eat their way from stall to stall that it almost becomes a free-for-all grab what you can without really engaging with the products.

Moan over, we did get  some amazing food. Free range burgers, with blue veined cheese and pickle/chutney were £4.50 each, and delicious washed down with rose wine sprtizersr! We also sampled some really good truffle oil on artisan bread, and chocolates for dessert. The last thing we passed before heading to The Southwark Tavern for a quick white wine was the biggest egg in the world; an ostrich egg, the stall were selling them as ‘sharing eggs’, so if I ever have 14 people stay over at mine, I now know what I’m cooking them for breakfast. If you want one, they are sold in Waitrose too, and take an hour and a half to boil.

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