What a beautiful train station!
Our destination was a large farmer’s market in the South end of London called “The Borough’s Market”.
London’s train system is so easy to use and one train connection later dropped us off blocks from this massive market.
Cars, bikers, and people all whizzed by us. We were pointed in the direction of the market and within five minutes we were there.
The entire market is scattered underneath railway viaducts and melds an industrial but decidedly chic atmosphere.
Right away the kids remarked on the London style on the streets. The pubs had their quaint signs hanging out over the sidewalks.
This man, with his elbow-patched pin strip jacket, strolled along with his little honey-brown dog shuffling at his side.
It was only 8:00am and market workers were busy turning out their produce – fish, flowers, fruit, meats, cheeses. It was an amazing display of commerce and beauty!
The market is vast. It is filled with wonderful sounds, smells, and people. My eyes struggled to take in so many wonderful sights. Jet lag completely forgotten, we began our weave through this fantastic marketplace.
So many items seemed so British to us. Kentish Sloes? What are these tiny berries? Beautiful heather – something we hardly ever see.
Lots of fresh seafood looked like it had just been delivered during the hour.
People were so friendly. This wonderfully chatty man goofed around while cutting sample of his cheeses from Wales.
One sight that surprised us was the pumpkins everywhere. They were smaller and more rustic looking that our American bright orange counterparts.
Items like wild boar and venison pronounced themselves on banners of the many butcher stalls. Mmmm. I conjured up thoughts of Beef and Stout Pie.
We just couldn’t believe our luck with such a beautiful fall morning. The sky was bright blue, the air brisk and invigorating.
People wrapped themselves in wonderfully fashionable scarves , tweed caps topped the heads of British men, and all sorts of dogs pranced happily through the market.
We were one day before my son’s birthday. One of his favorite treats is Turkish Delights. We chanced by this beautiful stall filled with overflowing bins of all sorts of Turkish Delights. How fun for him!
We sampled these soft pillowy chewy sweets dusted with layers of powdered sugar while thoroughly enjoying these first few hours in London.
None of us were hungry for any sort of meal yet, but this stall definitely pulled us over to take notice.
Huge pans of simmering and intoxicating smells wafted into the air. The man was busy stirring each one of them in turn and dishing out bowls of delicious curries to eager buyers.
What a morning! What a fantastic start to the day! We had prepared for a day of rain and possibly a return to the airport if the weather was miserable. But the crisp fall air and the bright blue sky was such a bonus to this fabulous market pick.
But the day wasn’t over by far! When Patrick and the kids finally dragged me away from the Borough’s Market, we moved on to even more delights in the fabulous city of London.
Next up! Covent Gardens and the 7 Dials Shopping Area
Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze
For the Spiced Glaze:
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with
parchment paper; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with fit the paddle attachment, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Add the butter and toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half-and-half and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and form the dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 1-inch thick circle. Use a large knife to slice the dough just like a pizza making equal portions. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
While the scones are cooling, make the powdered sugar spice glaze by mixing the powdered sugar, spices, and milk together until smooth. When scones are cool, pour the glaze over the top of each scone. Allow to firm.