London’s Borough Market is a well documented foodie heaven. It’s also a great place to take children, with sausages galore, animal parts to identify and squid with unfeasibly long tentacles to squeal over.
At this time of year, the Market is bounteously full of produce with mushrooms of every description including giant puffballs, elderberries, tomatoes almost every colour of the rainbow, crisp fragrant English apples, squash of every size, shape and colour as well as the year round selection of handmade chocolates, fishmongers with dried puffer fish hanging from the ceiling, every kind of sausage known to man, squidgy brownies and homemade jams in varieties of fruit you never knew existed.
Once you have filled your re-usable shopping bag, it’s time for a snack. If you are feeling adventurous, you could simply gorge yourself on the free samples available all around the market. Or you could visit one of the many stalls selling ready prepared food and assemble yourself a feast to eat in the grounds of Southwark Cathedral next door. Among the things on offer are the aforementioned oysters, smoothies and juices of all descriptions, felafels, legendary chorizo and rocket sandwiches from Brindisa, London’s best coffee , fish and chips, organic burgers, sausages, more sausages and yet more sausages and raclette. Raclette is, in my opinion, Switzerland’s finest contribution to world cuisine (chocolate notwithstanding of course). The cut side of half moons of brine washed cheese are heated under naked flames until bubbling and speckled with brown crusty bits. This gooey cheese is then scraped onto a dish of boiled potatoes, tiny pickled onions and gherkins. Add plenty of pepper and you have the sort of rib sticking dish you need after a morning on the ski slopes. Or a morning spent fighting your way through the crowds at Borough Market.
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