It was my birthday weekend, the sun was shining and all was right with the world. Borough Market is good in the sun.
Started as always at Ginger Pig for a couple of thick t-bone steaks - proper Australian party food Sunday night with a little salad and a glass of fine red. Bought a chicken as well - had some cooked rice in the fridge and some bacon so it would make a good stuffing - a pretty fab lunch box for the week, and a couple of pork chops - had meant them for Monday night but there was cold steak and salad so the pork is in the freezer - a whopping £36.80 (but I'm worth it!)
Where the big turkish fruit and nut stall used to be outside the entrance to roast there is now a collection of different traders for a one off day at the market. We were waylaid by the sight of dozens of golden cased pies but, with all that meat, we really didn't need one even with the buy one get one free the nice man was offering. Further round I couldn't resist trying a sample of hot beef sausage from Blackbrook Farm's one off stall and it was good. Called over to the man - he is a sausage officianado - he agreed. So, despite the fact that I am trying to empty the freezer at the moment I bought a pack to eat at a later date and freeze in the meantime - £3.80
A dozen eggs from Wild Beef - no Lizzie or Richard but a young man serving - eggs into fruitcake and stuffing and a couple boiled hard to top salade nicoise Wednesday night -£2.50
No cheeses from Gastronomica as we hadn't finished all from last week, but it is now!
Back over to the other side for apples - lunches - from Chegworth - £1.20
Bought wonderful mozzarella and parma ham from the stall that sells nothing else for decadent sandwiches for Saturday lunch - £8.20
At Booths I saw my friend Andrea - it was nice to have a chat and she recommended the clementines as particularly good so we had some of those as well as carrots, onions, lettuce, rocket, peppers, sweet potatoes for groundnut stew Thursday night with enough leftover for supper Friday, aubergine meant it for the groundnut stew but decided against using it so it will be okay in the next few days, sweetheart cabbage with carrots for coleslaw in lunches that was just fantastic, sugarsnap peas and bananas - a very reasonable £7.50
Feeling decidedly Miss Piggy I bought a scotch egg for my breakfast from Ginger Pig - £3
Neals Yard for milk and bread - £7.40
The man wanted almond croissant and the brownie can't be forgotten - £3.50
A not altogether outrageous £73.90 - even with t-bone