Mixing in many circles in London since I left university has taught me many things about life and what certain types of people do. One thing I know is that those who went to public school generally have a gap year in South East Asia. I on the other hand did not go to public school; rather my gap year was in Siberia.
Today the sun is shining and as I looked out my window in Clapham I started to sing to myself. “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music”. At times I worry about myself, but then I realise there are two types of people in this world. The sort that feel the Sound of Music is a beautiful story of love and good conquering evil and the sort that love to see the baddies fight the good ones. We may also joke in these times of austerity of some of the outfits featured in the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC that they could have been Von Trapp curtains. But today, I’m discovering Austrian Food in London.
I must admit before I start out today that I know absolutely nothing about food from Ghana. I don’t even know where the Ganahian areas of London are. All I remember from school geography lessons is that the largest artificial reservoir in the world is in Ghana. I’m excited about learning something new today, not sure what, but a willing mind and all of that. On my way to film I do my usual Google routine and find out I’m wrong. Lake Volta is actually the largest lake in the world by surface area. Not by water volume – that would make it the 4th largest. Looking back to school (not that long ago may I add) I realize that facts like this we no longer need to know, in todays world we just need to know how to Google. Does that make life easier? I’m not sure, but what I am sure of is that we need to reply to emails faster than if writing and posting a letter and that we must know how to interpret the information that we can now quickly search for. My interpretation of today is that we must be cooking with fish as I’m taking Lake Volta into consideration.
The winners of this year’s FreeFrom Food Awards 2013 were announced last night by TV chef, Antony Worrall Thompson at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park. Over all winner was Bessant and Drury Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert with Fria Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll being commended.
Finally the sun has started to shine in London. In true British style I left my flat this morning with a t-shirt, shirt and pullover and my winter coat. I did not have breakfast; rather I’ve been up since 5am working. Blogs do not write themselves. I’m thinking about todays shoot as I leave the flat. Waffles. A thing I have been accused of talking too much of. Not the food, more in ‘ing’.
Now and again I’m sent samples of new products to try. I received a message on Twitter that I was going to be sent something very versatile, I did not expect to receive a plastic Vespa Scooter filled with Tomato sauces. Upon further investigation these versatile sauces are just that. I’ve put them in everything this past week. I’ve found a new store-cupboard standby. Time for that tin of tomatoes to move over.
I’m excited by the news on the press wire today. As one of the judges, I can’t wait to see the products. A record number of entries have been received from food and drink producers in Ireland by organisers of Great Taste 2013 - over 2400 in total from the whole Food Isle. From Northern Ireland there are 627 entries (up by 29% on 2012) and in the Republic of Ireland a total of 1806 products have been entered (43% up on 2012).
I’m finding London markets to be treasure troves of the world in terms of food. Real people, real food, real flavours. Simply put, that makes the real experience. However, experiencing the arctic conditions of Deptford market when I’m trying to experience the Caribbean. Introducing a new hero to the London Food Markets – In a Pikkle.