Giant mushrooms, flying fish and oysters on the half shell

30 Sep


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.

puffball mushroomsAt 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 grapeswith 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. tomato stall 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.  RacletteKing's pork pies 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 scraping racletteski slopes.  Or  a morning spent fighting your way through the crowds at Borough Market.


This post is part of Wanderfood Wednesday. For more travel food stories, head here.


10 Responses to “Giant mushrooms, flying fish and oysters on the half shell”

  1. Littlemummy 30/09/2009 at 10:58 am #

    Looks like a foodie’s heaven, made a mental note to visit. I love the tomato photo.

  2. littlelondonobservationist 30/09/2009 at 11:24 am #

    Excellent blog! This post made me hungry… 🙂

  3. Laura Driver 30/09/2009 at 11:28 am #

    I’m about to go to the Co-op to get my lunch … it’s just not the same is it?

  4. jessiev 30/09/2009 at 4:05 pm #

    hoo boy – these look soo, soo delicious. thanks!

  5. Emm 30/09/2009 at 4:05 pm #

    Oh yummy! I work just down the road from the market but don’t go there nearly often enough.

  6. Myscha Theriault 30/09/2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Slammin’ post with great pictures. I so enjoy street market food when traveling. As it looks like you discovered, it’s not only a place to grab great eats, but fantastic photos as well. Have a blast on your family travels.

  7. marina villatoro 30/09/2009 at 11:20 pm #

    As yummy as it of it looks, you know what I’m craving most. The little teeny pickles!

  8. A Modern Mother 01/10/2009 at 7:30 am #

    I haven’t been to Borough Marketing in ages … thanks for taking me there, it all looks wonderful!

  9. Wanderluster 01/10/2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Are those mushrooms in that second photo? I love mushies – so earthy!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/10/2009 at 1:00 pm #

      yes, they are giant puffballs that are so huge you buy them by the slice!

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