Oh, poor little blog, how I neglect you
Five months and I’ve not written a single word, or put up a photo! How lazy!
And it’s not that I haven’t eaten anything or baked anything worth mentioning, I have but then time, flighty temptress thatshe is, has slipped away from me.
Where have I been? Back at Uni and starting a new job and in and out of relationships and friendships and generally on a very busy, busy planet.
I like full plates in every sense, but now that I’m finally on semester break I’m going to spend some quality time baking and feeding my equally neglected friends and family, before it all starts again and I disappear for another three months!
London - Camden
You can, quite frankly, say what you like about Camden, in the same way that you can also say what you like about Brick Lane and East London. You can argue that they’re dead, or whatever it is, but I’m probably going to ignore you, because Camden has my favourite falafel place on the planet…
I happened to be in Camden because the friend I was staying with worked at a Vintage Shop in the Stables Market and I popped by once or twice to visit her at work. I also took the time to explore some of Camden’s veggie options.
London - Borough Market
I forgot to take pictures of most of what I ate, but I can say firmly that food in London has improved since I was last there (2008) as has the coffee.
Over the next few weeks I’ll post about where I went and what I ate; but I’ll start with Borough Market because it was definitely a highlight…
I later found out Borough is a farmers market which explains why the produce was largely local and often organic. I’d been looking forward to visiting Borough to get coffee from Monmouth but was floored by the amount of awesome stuff (often non veggie) available to purchase (I’ve got a picture of dead rabbits that’s kind of amazing and gross that I’ll post separately with warning for easily offended veg pals- I was fascinated by them but would not eat them.) I bought myself some delicious ginger granola which I wish I’d been able to get back to Australia with me, but our customs regulations meant I couldn’t.
I also bought some wild mushrooms, some crazy local cheese that tasted like Gruyere and some sourdough bread rolls which became an amazing cheese on toast dinner for my friend Bella and I. Why cheese on toast? Because she’d just acquired an electric grill after months without one - it seems the meal of choice for broke Londoners is cheese on toast; as the grill certainly got a workout during my stay. I sauteed the mushies, pre-toasted the bread; then popped it under the grill to melt the cheese. It was a nice spin on what I find an otherwise fairly boring, fairly unhealthy meal.
I went back to Borough a couple of times during my stay and sampled some of the hot food you can get there- actually I just sampled the Veggietable burgers there. Veggietable moves from market to market… and on my last morning in town I was there early enough to have a chat with the guy running it who said he’s contemplating moving to Adelaide. If this happens, Adelaide will be one very, very lucky city- Veggietable is the best veg burger I’ve had in a long time; and yes; I’d even say it beats the Las Vegan Schnitzel with which I am so enamoured.
I also picked up some almond milk chocolate:
Which was vegan but somewhat disappointing. My experiences with vegan ‘milk’ chocolates so far has been that they taste overwhelmingly like soy or just plain horrible (Sweet William, anyone?). This wasn’t as soy-y as I was expecting but it the taste was still there and there was no nice nutty flavour that I’d have hoped for in something using almond milk. This was really the only downside to Borough Markets and I think it’s definitely worth the visit; check http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/ for opening hours if you happen to be around.