Some would call us premature but we couldn't resist posting this burst of color courtesy of The Tomato Stall. A regular at Broadway Market as well as host of other markets across the capital, we can't wait for the return of their full range of Isle of Wight British tomatoes in March - all 40 varieties.
No longer a simple condiment, modern preserving has elevated chutney and pickle to the star of the show. We talk to Charli Giles about Chazwinkle’s, her love of British produce, and how you can cook with the best of the season all year round.
As quintessentially English as a character from the pages of Beatrix Potter, you can’t get more British than Chazwinkle’s. Inspired by her experience of living in London and the frustrations of finding British produce, Charli Giles’ preserves the best of the harvest to offer creative solutions for cooking based on the best of “our wonderful home-grown bounty”.
Charli takes a modern approach to preserving, taking local produce at its best, and creating pickles and chutneys of sorts that can be used for cooking with an emphasis on convenience and seasonality. As she says, “all you need to do is keep a Chazwinkle on your shelf and it can transform any meal. It's your inspiration. “
Each jar includes cooking suggestions for the time-strapped Londoner. Her tomato chilli is a “great all-rounder” that transforms the plainest of fish and the great British burger. Piccalilli comes with the warning - “I am not a condiment. I’m the main event”, with the power to transform a stir-fry. And the once retiring pickled cucumber is perfect as a canapé with smoked mackerel or served up with flame-grilled lamb.
With London slowly edging towards spring, we found ourselves admiring the blooms at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond over a refreshing glass of rose petal prosecco. This is a place that has long been on our wish list with its award-winning menu and legacy of great chefs like Skye Gyngell and Australia's Greg Malouf. It didn't disappoint. Simply beautiful.
Weekend inspiration: Falling Fruit
The rain has stopped and the sun is shining. So take some weekend inspiration from Falling Fruit. This global collaborative project encourages local foragers to post the location of fruit trees in public spaces and gardens. The idea to create like-minded communities of foragers committed to reducing food waste and gleaning the abundance of the city's own urban harvest. The site lists local foraging maps like those created by Hackney Harvest and Abundance London as well as not-for-profit agencies that collect glut fruit and vegetables from private gardens and donate it to food banks. Falling Fruit is an open-source website meaning that anyone can post data. All entries include information on season, access, quality, yield, fruiting status, and location. Press on the changes tab to monitor new listings. Over half a million sites are listed globally with 379 to explore in London alone. Happy harvesting!
London handmade: Takako Copeland
We just love this tea-towel that we discovered when we were last out exploring Clerkenwell. Takako Copeland is one of the co-owners of Family Tree - a small design store in Exmouth Market that supports young local makers as well as stocking eco-friendly ware. This is her design and we think it would look good at any table.