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.  

 

Herne Hill Market, The new Maltby Street?

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 Happy Birthday Herne Hill Market

Happy Birthday Herne Hill Market

 Wacky cake (under 10)

Wacky cake (under 10)

Herne Hill Farmers' Market may just be the new Maltby Street

This Sunday afternoon it was absolutely heaving – so many families relaxing in the sun and enjoying the day’s events that it was hard to move from stall to stall.

It was a special day – a double celebration for the market’s 2nd birthday and the official launch of Blue Patch, the UK’s ethical market – with an all day string of fun events and prizes all around.

Most amazing (to the London Cook) was the cake competition –

fantastic time, effort and skill by the bakers both young and grownup – a challenge to the judges (The London Cook, Ash of the Blackbird Bakery and Nadia from Crumbs). Hopefully this is just the first – even bigger and better next year!

 London Cheesemongers

London Cheesemongers

 Love and Cake Brownie Bar

Love and Cake Brownie Bar

 Casa Grande Artisan Pasta

Casa Grande Artisan Pasta


 Happy Birthday Herne Hill Market

Happy Birthday Herne Hill Market

 Jackson Pollack (under ten)

Jackson Pollack (under ten)

More practically, this is a market that keeps getting better, attracting a mix of artisanal food producers and specialist designer makers – not all always here every week, but the changing scene keeps things interesting. To list just a sampling:

For cheese: Blackwood Cheese CompanyLondon Cheesemongers; 

For cakes: Love and CakeCakehole London

For pasta: Casa Grande Artisan pasta

For veggies: The Honest Carrot

For chocolates: Blowing Dandelions

For tea : Tiger Spring Tea

For gifts: Fiona’s black/white graphic South London tea towels  

For books:  Herne Hill Books

AND MUCH MUCH MORE - lots of food ready to eat (Chinese dumplings, paella, hamburgers, fresh donuts, popcorn, etc.), vintage clothes, jewellery and objects, handmade pottery,  mineral collectibles, old vinyl records, etc., as well as fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish. 

 New pumpkins

New pumpkins

 Free piano player

Free piano player

Concha’s (Easy) Sweet-Sour Pork with Prunes

Easy Noodles Romanoff