He lives in the East End of London which used to be associated with dodgy. It is fast coming up in the world but still maintains its diversity and colourful origins.
TT and I have been here this past week. Not much cooking for me I must say but today we went out to experience the sheer delight of Broadway Market which is on his doorstep. So very different from a Turkish pazar but equally enticing. This one offers a lot of ethnic food stalls which we don't get at all in Turkey. The aromatic smells alone are enough to make your mouth water and make you want to sample everything that you see ....
Here are a few photos of a culturally diverse English market today reflecting the London scene in the best possible way:
|a little musical interlude at the beginning of the market|
|all kinds of scotch eggs and believe me, they looked fantastic!|
|just to show you the diversity ...|
|here was this French guy making crepes and galettes...|
|had to laugh when we saw these two: Turkish of course, making gözleme! But in Turkey you never|
see a guy making these! They looked absolutely delicious ...
|now this is very un-turkish: all this game. Not sure whether I like it any more ...|
|this is more my style: olives!|
|beautifully presented: different olive oils and ideas on how to use them. A good idea for Turkish producers?|
|classic East End : hot jellied eels|
|mouth-watering handmade chocolates: loved the name of these!|
|and finally the breads ... I'm amazed we didn't go mad here ....|
What did we buy? We restrained ourselves: we bought some delicious black tortelloni filled with crab and mascarpone, black because they were filled with fresh squid ink, and some fresh asparagus. Believe me, we could have gone totally wild and bought all sorts of wicked delicacies .... but we didn't :((.
Next time you're in London and it's a sunny Saturday, take yourself down to Broadway Market and give yourself a real treat!