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 & Maltby Street Again

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The Avocado Cafe, Maltby Street

The Avocado Cafe, Maltby Street

My other half & I went back to Maltby Street (with its adjacent, more produce focused Spa Terminus) on a lovely, sunny Saturday morning this past weekend.

Not one but two sets of friends asked us if we had been recently, and when we confessed it had been many months (maybe last autumn) since we visited, they pressed us to return and so we did. And it is fun. More fun, perhaps if you live on a barge in Canary Wharf and can just wander over after breakfast, where we need to hop in the car (it's a fair stroll from London Bridge Station) and then figure out where to park. 

There is nothing else in London quite like the buzz of Maltby Street, lined with stalls offering everything from pickled beet avocado with cheese (see above), hand made chocolates, artisan beer or gin, fantastic breads and coffee. At 11 in the morning families are settling down to what must be a very late breakfast (or maybe brunch) with one little boy getting ready to bite into a burger so thickly layered he struggled to get his teeth around it. St John's Bread & Wine was standing room only, 

Hensen & Lydersen, Maltby Street

Hensen & Lydersen, Maltby Street

Ready to eat, delicious Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon (as sold at Daylesford) on sourdough. We bought some to take home.

Bad Brownies

Bad Brownies

There is a relaxed, junk shop/jumble sale feel about the area, drinks often served in an assortment of vintage glass and tableware, while reclamation shop Lassco sits at one end. 

Lassco, Maltby Street

Lassco, Maltby Street

We checked out the food shops on Druid Street and then moved on to Spa Terminus where there has been quite a change since we last were there. Not to be missed is the great selection of local British honeys, and the pastries at Southerden Patisserie (www.southerden.com). Mons Cheese  is a must and we might have filled out baskets with much much more. 

British local honey

British local honey

Southerden Patisserie

Southerden Patisserie

Mons Cheese

Mons Cheese


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