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Day 4 of Lent: Homemade Courgette & Potato Burgers (Vegan)

6 Mar

I do not want to turn into one of these foodies who insists on posting her dinner online every night, but … OMG, my mum’s homemade Vegan burgers are awesome!

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Made with all natural ingredients – veggies, homemade bread, herbs and spices – there are no meat substitutes in the recipe for these delectable patties. Best of all, they’re baked, not fried; so I’ve just scoffed three of them without feeling guilty!

RECOMMENDED: Pasta & Sauces by Seriously Italian

24 Oct

One of the best lunches I’ve had in recent months was not in a Michelin-starred restaurant or within the welcoming decor of a much-lauded new café, it was devoured outdoors, quayside at St Katharine’s Dock.

This wonderful meal took the form of three flavoursome pasta dishes from Seriously Italian‘s market stall. A regular fixture at The Good Food Market at Marble Quay (close to The Tower of London), the stall is run by a married couple from Italy and offers a selection of mouth-watering lunch dishes.

Cooked on site, each carefully prepared dish features the couple’s handmade, award-winning, fresh pasta and homemade sauces (also available to buy should you wish to recreate similar meals at home).

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Giovanni cooks parpadelle in green pesto

It was a pleasure to meet one half of the Seriously Italian duo, Giovanni, during my visit to The Good Food Market last Friday. His passion for cooking was evident and his approach towards his produce was inspiring: Seriously Italian is the only UK outlet producing pasta made from 100% British durum wheat. Even the gnocchi is made with British potatoes!

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The Seriously Italian stall at The Good Food Market

Being artisan chefs, the provenance of their ingredients is key, sourcing the finest quality stoneground flour, organic certified produce and fresh vegetables to create not only hot dishes, but also packets of ready-to-cook pasta and jars of accompanying sauces.

The stall offers three hot dishes each week, and I was lucky enough to sample all three available options during my visit, beginning with a combination of two types of plump, Organic Gnocchi – beetroot, and a spinach and ricotta.

Tossed in a richly flavoured vegetarian red pesto, which looked deceptively like meat ragu, the gnocchi were perfectly cooked, with soft, fluffy centres melting against a mild heat of chilli in the sauce.

Organic Parpadelle with Courgettes, Speck and Homemade Green Pesto was bolder and equally enjoyable. The vibrant sauce looked fresh and inviting and just one bite confirmed its superior quality. Fragrant with basil, the flavour was nicely balanced by bites of salty ham and al dente pasta.

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Organic Gnocchi and Parpadelle

Whilst my first two pasta dishes were outstanding, it has to be said that Seriously Italian‘s Lasagne – made with pumpkin, sage and almonds – was nothing short of INCREDIBLE.

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Lasagne by Seriously Italian

The creaminess of the bechamel was worthy of a standing ovation for perfection, even without the addition of delicious sage-spiced pumpkin and fresh pasta.

Sadly, I didn’t take a photo of my box of assorted pastas – I was too busy shovelling enthusiastic forkfuls into my mouth! Whilst I chewed and sighed with pleasure (it was a bit When Harry Met Sally but I really couldn’t help myself), I wasn’t surprised to learn from Giovanni that Seriously Italian‘s pasta was honoured with a Great Taste Award earlier this year. Well deserved, believe me!

Unable to wait an entire seven days until The Good Food Market‘s return to Marble Quay the following week, Giovanni kindly gave me a jar of his homemade Pistachio Pesto to continue my Italian adventure at home – an outstanding concoction which transformed an otherwise bland bowl of Sainsbury’s penne into a gourmet meal.

Overall verdict? Seriously Italian could easily be renamed ‘Seriously Good’! It’s a five star lunch in a five star location – a beautiful marina, brought to life with authentic Italian food, hospitality and warmth.

Visit Seriously Italian at The Good Food Market, every Friday from 11.30am (Marble Quay, St Katharine’s Dock, London, E1W 1UH)

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…