This is for and about home cooks - the women all over the the world (and through the centuries) who put dinner on the table every night. They know how to cook quickly, easily, economically, healthily and satisfyingly whether for one or a dozen.

Part memoir, part diary of shopping, cooking, reading and thinking about putting supper on the table, by a former fashion/design writer/consultant whose secret love has always been food.  

 

Spa Terminus (including Maltby Street)

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Sicilian lemons at Reiss Verrow

Sicilian lemons at Reiss Verrow

Preserved lemons, artisanal chutneys, jams

Preserved lemons, artisanal chutneys, jams

Charcuterie at The Ham and Cheese Company

Charcuterie at The Ham and Cheese Company

Floral cakes by Poppy and Sebastian

Floral cakes by Poppy and Sebastian

Spa Terminus in Bermondsey is the new Borough Market.

Developing over the past couple of years, it is now a prime spot for artisanal products - from yoghurt, cheeses & butter through charcuterie (The Ham and Cheese Company), olive oils and beer - along with special cakes and pastries of every kind (do not miss Poppy and Sebastian's amazing floral cakes). Oh, and I mustn't forget the ice cream at La Grotta ices- extraordinary flavours even in this time of wonderful gelato producers.  Neal's Yard Dairy is here as well with its sensational collection of cheeses from the British Isles.

Here, too, are exceptional vegetables and fruit - yesterday there were amazing varieties of tomatoes (at eye watering prices)  and giant, sweet lemons imported from Sicily, fresh chervil (often hard to find), mixed salad greens sprinkled with edible flowers, and much, much more. We left (like everyone else we could see) with bulging shopping bags. 

Maltby Street

Maltby Street


Preserved veg at The Ham and Cheese Company

Preserved veg at The Ham and Cheese Company

Sicilian tomatoes

Sicilian tomatoes

Olive oils and vinegars

Olive oils and vinegars

Delicious pastries at Little Bread Peddler

Delicious pastries at Little Bread Peddler

Spa Terminus is in two parts - Maltby Street - the first followup to Borough - now has a great variety of hot and fresh food ready to sit down and eat (like Borough) or take home. People pour in from all over London to relax and enjoy the scene. 

The second part - about a 15 minute walk away -  is strictly produce focused, and they plan to keep it that way.

Between you and me, I certainly hope so! I stopped heading for Borough Market on weekends when the crowds poured in - although Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are still good. Saturdays are so packed you can't get near the stalls!

For a map (useful, as the stalls are scattered around the railway line) and complete list of producers, see www.spa-terminus.co.uk.

Note: Most stalls are open Saturday only from 9 am to 2 pm. 

La Grotta Ices flavours

La Grotta Ices flavours

Simple Poached Eggs with Potatoes & Peppers

Helen's Pavlova