Beetroot Pesto

Take a couple of round, muddy beetroot’s.
Cook. Cream. Spread, stir or dollop on what you fancy.. it’s florescent purple, it is full of goodness and just a spoon full is jam-packed with deliciousness to add colour and flavour to an abundance of foodie things.
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 medium sized raw beetroots
  • a glug of olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 40g of pine nuts
  • 40g of parmesan cheese
  • a fistful of fresh basil
  • rock salt

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Drizzle the beetroot in olive oil, sprinkle with rock salt and cook in the oven on a medium heat for about an hour, depending on size. The skin should should bubble and brown slightly and the beetroot should be easy to slice through. 

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Whilst warm, rub the beetroot with a paper towel and the skin should come away easily. Make sure all the skin is removed and roughly chop the soft, deep purple bulbs.

Drop into a blender with the pine nuts, basil, finely grated parmesan cheese and a good glug of olive oil to loosen to the mixture.

then BLITZ!!!

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 Taste the paste and season as you like.
If the pink puree is simply too good to wait for. Toast a slice of thick, crusty bread. Smear on the beetroot pesto, top with goats cheese and dig in.

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For something a bit more substantial, mix a big dollop with hot, steaming pasta to change it up from the traditional green stuff. I topped mine with alfalfa and bean sprouts for a spot of greenery and side of crunch.

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Sterilise a glass jar by placing it into a hot dishwasher cycle and removing it whilst hot and steaming. Add the mixture and before tightly screwing on the lid, add another swig of oil on the top. 

Keep in the fridge and add use within 5 days. 
Some inspiration on how best to consume your concoction here

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Brockley Market

If I wanted to be surrounded by an abundance of good grub. Outdoors. At it was a Saturday. As a South East Londoner I would head in a heartbeat to Maltby Street.
However I have just discovered a new haunt. I now have options.
Every Saturday on the hill joining Lewisham and New Cross (directly opposite St John’s train station) Brockley Market is bustling in a small car park off the main road. 
Unlike lots of London markets it is small and still feels simple, unspoilt and friendly. There are just a handful of stalls and producers, all passionate and focused and smothered in smiles. You won’t find numerous of producers and long lines of queues. But you will find good food. An uncomplicated handful of them and a collection of wooden stools and benches scattered around to perch a bum and get stuck in.
There is produce to purchase and take home for a weekend cooking up a feast.
Fish, vegetables, meat, bread, jams and sauces, pick-a-mix leaves, dairy and charcuterie and cheese…
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And then there is the food to devour there. Don’t expect to leave without parting with your pennies for at least one snack. They are simply too good to resist.

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It was a cold and crisp Saturday morning. The night before had been a late one. This meant one thing.. bacon sarnies.

Cured. BLT’s of the very best kind. Crusty, soft sliced bread, deliciously smokey bacon, crisp lettuce, sweet tomato and mayonnaise oozing from the sides when squeezed.

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With all the sights and smells, my stomach was not suitably satisfied with just one sandwich. (delicious and substantial as it was)

Next stop – Spit and Roast. For a ‘light’ snack to see me from breakfast to lunch: Buttermilk fried chicken, fennel coleslaw and hot sauce, all sandwiched in a soft white bun.

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With just one bite my heart melted.. fluffy white bread, crisp fried chicken, layered with a creamy, sweet and crunchy slaw, all topped off with a good slug of fiery red sauce.

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A crisp, sunny morning, two hefty sandwiches, a basket full of goodies and home by 1pm for a cup of tea – Saturday Heaven.

Brockley Market Website here. Follow the gang on Twitter here for updates and information of the upcoming Saturday market. 

Patty & Bun

Wrapped in striped paper and emblazoned with a red circle, it was sent down from the heavens, crash landing on planet earth, in London, just off Oxford Street, and brought before me on a silver platter. 
Patty & Bun.
YES it’s another brioche-d burger joint in London. NO you cannot book and will undoubtedly be forced to stand outside waiting for a table, looking onwards at those warm inside, burger juices running from their chins. 
But this burger… it was sent from heaven. It’s destiny to be placed before you.
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5pm. Up from my desk, out the door and I hit the ground running. By 5.30 I was on James Street, my sidekick in arm and we were seated in an instant by a grinning team of angels, ready to share what had been sent from the Gods.

  • X1 ‘Smokey Robinson’ Burger – caramelized onions. Need i say more. 
  • X1 ‘Jose Jose’ Chilli Burger – beef patty, cheese, tomato, lettuce, picked onions, smothered in smokey P&B mayo, ketchup and lashings of chorizo relish
  • Coleslaw
  • Rosemary Fries
  • Winger Winger Chicken Dinner – BBQ smothered meltingly good mouthfuls

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Just minutes after ordering and a tray laden with goods was placed between us. The chips were perfection, fluffy on the inside, crispy on the out – with rosemary and sea salt.

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The burgers were halved and shared.  The beef was rare, the sauces smokey and the lettuce crisp. Juices and sticky sauce oozed everywhere. I am fairly confident I had a faceful. A big, saucy, grinning faceful.

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Smokey chicken wings, smothered in smokey, dark sauce and sprinkled in green spring onions.

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If you love burgers. With all the trimmings – get your butt to Patty & Bun. On weekends and evenings prepare to queue. Prepare to get messy. Prepare to sigh loudly in satisfaction.

Takeaways available.

Check it out here