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REVIEW: One New Change’s Weekly Food Market Spices Up The City of London

2 Jun

Yesterday marked the launch of a brand new, weekly food market in the City of London’s classy and inviting shopping mall, One New Change. Introduced by chef, food writer and style icon Gizzi Erskine (pictured), the arrival of the market reflects Londoners’ growing demands for fresh or locally sourced produce, exciting new flavours and homemade delicacies. 

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There was something to suit all palettes and hunger pangs – from crumbly, handmade cheeses to mouthwatering cakes, biscuits and breads. With the enticement of free samples and cheerful conversation from an eclectic mix of sellers – all set against a backdrop of popular fashion retail outlets just a short walk away from St. Paul’s Cathedral – this new market offers the perfect pit-stop during a Saturday trip into London.

I’ve compiled a list of recommended items to buy from the market but, in all honesty, every stall has something so tantalisingly delicious, you’ll have a hard time deciding what you want to take home. My sweet tooth naturally veers towards confectionery and cakes – as indicated by my recommendations below – but there’s an abundance of savoury options to enjoy so I’ll be making a second trip down to the market within the next few weeks to buy a wider range of yummy goodies!

1. Handmade doughnuts by Cakehole (£1 each / 5 for £4 / 10 for £8)

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These lusciously light buns are available with a filling of jam, vanilla creme or chocolate custard. Lip-lickingly tasty without being too sickly, I came home wishing I could have purchased the whole stall. Family and friends all agreed that the vanilla doughnut I brought home was heavenly – but had left them all wanting more!

2. Bresaola by Picco (£4 per pack)

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This tangy, melt-in-the mouth beef – cured with rosemary, thyme and juniper berries before being thinly sliced – would be perfect in a sandwich, eaten on its own or enjoyed as part of a summer picnic, served with fresh bread, mozarella, rocket and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Utterly wonderful and an absolute must for any charcuterie board!

3. 70% Chocolate Brownies by Galeta (£2 each)

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Deliciously decadent, moist and satisfyingly gooey in the centre, this award-winning brownie is one of the best in the UK. You’ll savour every bite. Guaranteed.

4. Indian Spiced Shortbread & Mini Madeleines by Pistachio Rose (ask for prices)

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Aromatic, fragrant, light and seriously sensuous, Pistachio Rose successfully combine bold flavour combinations into elegant, delicately balanced, biscuits and cakes. They both excite the senses and satisfy curiosity. Outstanding.

5. Chocolates by Secret Garden (Bag of Truffles £4 / prices for bars and slabs vary)

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This small start-up, from North London, only uses ethically sourced ingredients. Their white chocolate, vanilla truffle melted in my mouth to deliver a luxurious burst of flavour, whilst a strawberry and balsamic alternative delivered an intoxicatingly sweet and sharp explosion, quickly followed by the sinful richness of intense, dark chocolate. Superb.

6. Chocolate Cake by Arapina (ask for prices)

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My mother has been making moreish cakes without any butter or preservatives for as long as I can remember. Thus, when I found out that Arapina also makes her signature chocolate cake without using any butter or unhealthy additives, I had phenomenally high expectations. A free sample of her creation thankfully dispelled all my fears. Packed with flavour, it was gratifyingly moist, rich, melt-in-the-mouth and not too sweet – everything I expect from a good chocolate cake. Thank you, Arapina!

7. ‘Biskies’ by Cutter & Squidge (ask for prices)

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Everyone who tried a free sample was quick to comment on the excellent flavour combinations of Cutter & Squidge’s rainbow display of ‘Biskies’ (such as milk choc with peanut and salted caramel; green tea with white choc and raspberry; or raspberry with lychee and rose). Looking a bit like a Macaron-Whoopie Pie hybrid, these are a moist and moreish cross between crisp biscuits and chewy cookies – hence the name ‘Biskies’! Addictive, original and a must-add to your bucket list of things to eat before you die!

8. 100% Raw Local Honey by Local Honey Man (ask for prices)

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Produced using beehives located, amongst other places, in Hackney and Essex, jovial Londoner Curtis (a.k.a the Local Honey Man) boasts an array of delicious varieties to satisfy even the pickiest honey connoisseur. Check out the White Rape Seed and Lucerne options but, whatever your preference, Curtis has the perfect jar of honey to sweeten your day!

9. Mexican Cheese by Gringa Dairy (£5 / 250g)

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This delicious Mexican cheese is made in Peckham and reminded me of fresh, salted ‘Anari’ found in villages across Southern Cyprus (which, if you’re unfamiliar with, is a bit similar to Italian Ricotta). Light, tasty and bursting with flavour, I might add it to my dinner party cheese board and have some fun asking my guests to guess where it’s from!

10. Chocolates by Chocololo (ask for prices)

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Delectable chocolates inspired by Provence, these are everything you’d expect… luxurious, smooth, pretty and sophisticated. They are slightly less rich and intense in comparison to some of the other chocolates and chocolate flavoured goods available at the market – which makes it far less sickly to devour more of them. Result!

11. Curry Bread by The Thornbury Deli (ask for prices)

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Light and airy with a perfect crust, the Thornbury Deli’s wonderful loaves are made even better with imaginative spices and other ingredients. Try the Curry bread or the Cheddar Cheese, Tomato and Red Onion loaf – both are divine!

One New Change Food Market, every Saturday from 10am

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Gizzi Erskine Launches New Weekly Food Market

1 Jun

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Gizzi Erskine is one of the most exciting cooks and food writers of our time. Combining an infectious passion for food with a signature vintage style, Gizzi isn’t afraid to break from the crowd and tell it like is whenever it comes to anything edible. Thus, when I heard she’d be in the City of London to give a talk at the launch of a new weekly food market at One New Change (adjacent to historic landmark St. Paul’s Cathedral), I threw on the first thing I could find in my cupboard and hot-footed it down to the location.

Once there, I found an array of artisan food producers, selling the most aromatic and melt-in-the-mouth delights. My eyes feasted on handmade doughnuts by Cakehole, spicy Japanese-seasoned nuts from Kinomi, Indian spiced biscuits by Pistashio Rose, gooey chocolate brownies and tarts by Galeta, beautiful Mexican cheeses from Gringa Dairy, moreish Macarons by Cutter & Squidge, mouthwatering bresaola and Hungarian spiced salumi from Picco, arrays of honey from Londoner Curtis, a.k.a the charming Local Honey Man, oils from Morocco courtesy of Arganic and so much more!

My stomach rumbled appreciatively for the entire afternoon!  I stumbled upon so many delectable goodies, I actually need to list my favourites in a separate blog so that this post doesn’t turn into a dissertation!

Of course, I can’t leave you without sharing anything from London’s newest and most delicious weekly food market… so here’s a video of Gizzi Erskine’s afternoon speech. Sharing her heart-warming appreciation for both farmers and food markets and the important contribution they make to local communities and the food industry in general – indeed, many food buyers from supermarket and high-end retailers trawl the markets for luxury or unique products – Gizzi also discussed her brand new weight loss cookbook that can help shed extra pounds without compromising on taste or regular treats. It definitely made me feel A LOT less guilty about tucking into a handmade vanilla custard doughnut, chocolate brownie and flaky, spinach and feta croissant at the market…