My Food Fix in London, England: Borough Market

During my short visit to London, I knew I had to check out the famous Borough Market before I left. Let’s just say that if I lived in London and was extremely wealthy, I’d totally go to there every day (but maybe skip on weekends because it gets incredibly busy). I went on a Saturday morning which tends to be their busiest day, and I can confirm: it was indeed busy. Business aside, I still had a great time meandering through the different food stalls. Stalls range from not only fresh fruit and veg, meat, poultry, cheese (er my gawd the cheese), baked  goods, cured meats, and desserts and sweets, but also a variety of street food vendors.

As soon as I walked in, I was met by these amazing chunks of 24-30 month aged parmesan.

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I think I saw a cheese vendor around ever corner.
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Piles and piles of colourful turkish delight.

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And plenty of sweet baked goods too.
IMG_3528London in general can put a dent in your wallet (an all day tube pass cost me $24AUD!), and the Borough market is no exception. That said, you can totally get away with just trying free samples and feeling fairly satisfied. Most vendors offer free samples to lure in potential customers. Overall, I tried a few different types of sausage, burger meat, paella, so much cheese, salami and turkish delight all for free. Because of this, I ended up only needing to buy one dish. So, although it can get quite expensive, you can work your way around by being aggressive and pushing people out of the way when the food vendors bring out free tasters.

There was an amazing variety of different foods. If I had an extra day in London, I would totally come back to try a salt beef sandwich.

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There were plenty of Indian options too. Pictured below are vegetable fritters and samosas. IMG_3522

These mini coconut pancakes looked really interesting too. I think they were Thai kanom krok. They kind of look like Asian-Dutch pancakes, hey.IMG_3518

I recently went to Spain (after I visited the Borough market), so I have a particular soft spot for the moreish, carb-loaded dish and am currently drooling as I write this.
IMG_3500When I was walking around, I spotted quite a number of people chowing down on a delicious looking, giant bread roll filled with some sort of meat. From their expressions, I knew I had to find this beauty and after circling the market twice, I finally found it.

Hog roast roll

Succulent cubes of roasted hog meat served with fresh rocket and topped with a small handful of crispy crackling. The pork was really tender and well seasoned, and the rocket was a nice accompaniment to cut through the rich, fatty pork. Also, the soft sourdough bread acted as the perfect vehicle to soak up the pork juices (mmm pork juices). I thought some aioli and/or mustard would have been nice to add some tanginess, but overall it was really tasty. It was giant too, so it was extremely filling and well worth the £6.

Hog roast roll

It turns out I only took a photo of the whole hog on my phone, so I apologise for the camera quality. That said, the photo of the roll above is also from my phone and I think it looks amazing (not to toot my own phone or anything).

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Normally the market is open every Monday to Saturday, but in December, it’s open every day until Christmas eve. If you make it to London, I’d definitely recommend a stroll through Borough market, even if it is just to try the free samples!

Details for Borough Market

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday

10:00am – 5:00pm

Friday

10:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday

8:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday

Closed

Address:

8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK

My first breakfast at home after travelling through South America

This post is basically about the foods I craved the most while I travelled around South America. It’s a bit-different from my usual recipe-style posts, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed eating my first breakfast at home after two months!

Travelling around South America was one of the most liberating experiences of my life. It was filled with meeting amazing people, purchasing last minute plane tickets at the airport counter, being accused of credit card fraud, taking 30 hour long bus rides, a few stints of food poisoning and altitude sickness, and of course trying out the delicious food each country had to offer.

From the succulent steaks and charred chorizo sandwiches in Argentina, the fresh and vibrant ceviche in Peru to the homely quinoa soups in Bolivia, I was at the mercy of South America cuisine (I did snap a few pictures on my phone of the amazing food we had, but unfortunately the quality isn’t so fab, so I won’t be posting any pictures here. I did however post a few photos on instagram (username my.foodfix) during my two months of travelling, so if you feel like a gander, go on over and have a look!). But despite the amazing food, there are just some foods I will always crave. 

Basil pesto

IMG_0429Mmm basil pesto. Pasta was my go to dinner during my travels- it’s cheap, easy and for some reason I never get sick of it. Unfortunately, basil wasn’t readily available and the jarred stuff was selling for 10AUD a pop.. so that was out of question. I had to make do with your standard tomato pasta, though I ALWAYS loaded it with cheese, which in my opinion makes everything better. I always prefer fresh pesto as opposed to the jarred stuff (although when you’re strapped for time, I’m totally all for it), mainly because I can add what I like! I only put in a little bit of garlic because I think it can be overpowering, and I like to use walnuts instead of your standard pine nuts or almonds. Instead of making pesto pasta (which I had later that same day), I mixed a heaped spoon of pesto with another heaped spoon of ricotta, smeared it on seeded toast and topped it off with spinach, smoked salmon and a squeeze of lemon. It was amazing. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, I highly recommend it.

Avo on toast with sweet cherry tomatoes

IMG_0427I wasn’t deprived of it by any means- Avocados were so cheap everywhere we went, in fact we had it quite often. Avocado is another food I could never get sick of. Normally, I generously drizzle my toast with extra virgin olive oil, add the avocado (I often smash the avo for ease and convenience, but for the purpose of visual appeal, today it was sliced) and tomatoes, squeeze a bit of lemon juice and sprinkle on a bit salt and pepper- yum.

Bacon

Greasy, crispy bacon. I wouldn’t call myself the biggest bacon fiend (I have a friend who cooks up 4 rashers of bacon for breakfast everyday and somehow still manages to be the tiniest person I know), but after a couple months (who am I kidding, it was more like a couple days), I started getting withdrawals. Like cheese, bacon has this amazing quality to just make any dish better. So naturally, I just HAD to fry some up.

A cuppa

I’m an English Breakfast or Earl Grey with no sugar and a dash of milk kinda gal. Sadly for me, fresh milk was quite hard to come by throughout Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru, and the more traditional teas we came across were generally of the herbal variety (though I do love green tea). Back home, I tend to have one or two cups of tea a day, one in the morning and one in the late arvo. Sometimes I cave, and have a cup before bed (caffeine doesn’t affect me), but that often leads to midnight trips to the bathroom to relieve my bladder.. Note to self: stop drinking tea before bed.

And on that note, here’s one last picture of my amazing breakfast!

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