My visit to: The Underground Farmers’ and Craft Market


I knew I had to visit the first of it’s kind in the UK, an Underground Farmers’ and Craft Market, held at a secret location somewhere in London.
Travelling all the way from Leeds was going to be worth the journey and I wasn’t disappointed. Upon entering the door of msmarmitelover’s house we were greeted by the very friendly Rachel (described as the ‘evil door pixie’ by msmarmitelover on her blog here,) who checked our names against her list. Friendly as she was, I had no doubt that anyone would get by her if they were not on the list.The flat was filled with Foodie and Craft Heaven, all Homemade or course.

Once inside, I was amazed at the amount of stalls that msmarmitelover had managed to get into her flat. I had come well prepared with every intention of searching out the Homemade Produce at this Market.My first port of call, or I should say stall of call was The Laundry I had purchased Gloria’s book of preserves Fruits of the Earth some months earlier and wanted to buy some of her lovely preserves.

Gloria’s Glorious Seville Orange Marmalade and Blackberry Curd for breakfast this morning, delicious.

In the garden under a Gazebo I found Samphire where I bought and enjoyed one of their Rare Breed Pork Pies, with Onion Marmalade, so good I had to buy another to take home.

I sampled Cotswold Gold Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil such a fine flavour I had to buy some.

Cheese was next on my list so I went along to meet Denise of Moelfabansecretsupperclub where she was selling local Welsh Cheeses ‘Caws’ and ‘Black Bomber’. Another item crossed off my ‘shopping list’.

By this time I needed a dessert and I bought a slice of a very delicious, moist Portuguese Custard Cake. Some Anzac Biscuits from Afternoon Tea at 410 followed by some squillionaires shortbread from The Chocolate Moose

In the kitchen msmarmitelover showed us how to make Focaccia shots. The Porridge Lady demonstrated the best way to make good porridge, Mama Lan her dumplings and handyface demonstrated how easy it is to make Halloumi. At the end of the day, Astrologer and writer Neil Spencer gave a very interesting talk about the links between astrology and food. It was my dash for the last train home to Leeds that prevented me from staying longer and listen to more of what Neil had to say.

Mama Lan cooking her Dumplings on the Aga

Although tired, my train journey home, gave me time to reflect on all the lovely Homemade produce I saw that day. Where the only conversations I heard were about Food and Drink. It was a joy to see people of all ages, coming together to eat, drink and enjoy the company of like minded people. I could see new friendships being made.  This may have been the first Underground Farmers’ Market in the UK, I hope it won’t be the last. I think if Msmarmitelover has anything to do with it, it won’t.

There are lots more pictures of the market on msmarmitelover’s blog called The English Can Cook
Also here A forkful of spaghetti

Why I won’t use Bananas in a cake again.


I don’t like waste, so I thought I would make a cake/loaf using some very ripe Bananas. Wrong! I got carried away and added some Honey and Greek Yoghurt for good measure and extra flavour.
I didn’t chop the Bananas thoroughly enough and as a result, the cooked loaf contained large pieces of runny Banana and with the Greek Yoghurt and Honey, the combination did not taste very good.  I would have done better to have eaten the raw mixture rather than cook it as a cake, because it tasted delicious when I ‘licked’ the bowl.
I’m too ashamed to show you pictures, but from now on, when ever I see a ripe banana I shall just throw it in the recycle grey Caddy that we have and let the bin men take it away.

Instead of saving 2 Bananas, I wasted 195g SR Flour, 195g Sugar, 3 (195g) eggs, 195g Butter, Honey and Yoghurt.What a waste.

The possibility is that my OH may not notice and eat it all the same. God Bless Husbands!!