A trip out can feed the imagination. And for me, a writer who is interested in the food industry and good health, Borough Market, Southwark (www.boroughmarket.org.uk) is a good place for inspiration.
It’s an overwhelming feast for the senses. Stalls of huge, pungent, thick-rinded cheeses, jostle against tables weighed down with crusty loaves of fragrant, artisan bread. Long icy displays of gleaming, bright-eyed fish and crustaceans alongside dried and cured meats, haunches of venison, wild boar, and rabbit. Shelves of sauces, jams, chutneys, wines, and liqueurs from a multitude of ingredients.
There is hot and cold food from all over the world to sample if you can get through the crowds. Try an Ethiopian curry, Chinese coconut pancakes, Pieminster’s range of delicious pies with mash and peas, Caribbean Mutton stew, a hog roast, the list is endless. An abundance of variety, noise and human life. I bought several bags of my favourite dairy free, bitter chocolate to take home, and some luscious tomatoes.
For me the vegetable displays are the most exciting (but then I get excited about my organic veg box delivery every week). Everywhere you turn there are baskets of earthy potatoes, orange-skinned onions, trays of jewel-like berries, a real diversity of roots, greens, herbs, fruits and legumes.
Bright colours, scents and sounds, from the calls of the sellers, to the rumbling trains on the Victorian viaduct above. Southwark Cathedral looms close by, and there is a replica of the Golden Hind ship in the nearby docks. London Bridge station is only a five minute walk away, and Neal’s Yard Remedies can also be found. Happy Days!