Saturday, April 20, 2013

Road Food, Portobello and Golborne Market

The sun has finally poked his shy little head out in London.

What better way to spend a sunny Saturday than at the UK's best outdoor street market, Portobello and Golborne Market? Let's add some cooking into the mix and it gets even better.

Fellow Leiths' student, Kate is involved in the unique Road Food project and rounded up some lovely volunteers, Vicki, Alexia, Lucy, and myself to help out today. 

Every third Saturday volunteers create dishes highlighting the market's beautiful produce. Free samples are then distributed to market-goers along with the recipes. So you can have a browse, nibble on some samples and then whip up the recipes at home yourself. 

Speaking of samples, I've never seen food disappear so quickly. Market-goers swooped down on them...and poof...we were back in the kitchen again. On offer today were Kate's gorgeous spring recipes including a spring vegetable risotto, roasted fennel and white bean dip and quinoa, pomegranate and kale salad. Kate has a brilliant post on the day here including the fennel dip recipe. 
Vicki handing out samples

Kate and Vicki in action

Desserts had a savoury kick with an olive oil chocolate cake and beetroot cake. The beetroot cake recipe we used is from one of my favourite authors, the charming and hilarious Marian Keyes. Her book, Saved by Cake, describes her account of how baking helped her to cope with depression. I think she'd have liked how her cake put a smile on so many people's faces today. 

Marian's beetroot cake and me

The day flew by with lots of positive feedback from the tasters. A special thanks to Kate for getting us involved in this exciting project, I can't wait to see how it grows and grows. If you're around for the next Road Food on 18th May why not stop by for some tempting samples and recipes? Ah go on. 
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