I am full of excitement about making cripsy ham hock Saturday night having actually started Thursday night by making a master stock that is steeping in the fridge, next to the soaking hock, which will be simmered in the stock as the next step in its transformation. So in fact don't need to buy much more to go with it. It was in the end a marvellous treat but sadly, not crispy, but with plain rice and a fine hot cucumber salad it was a good dinner. Sunday we have a plan to lunch at the Bear, allegedly the second best pub for Sunday lunch in all of London and since it is only 15 minutes walk the possibility is irresistable If it is second best I may have to hunt out the best one - lunch was very good indeed. So I'm thinking cheese on toast for tea. There should be ham leftover for lunches Monday. Monday night we are at the theatre to see Jerusalem at the Royal Court. Tuesday an aubergine parmigiana recipe I've found that looks good ma po tofu and spicy dry fried green beans harvested from our wigwam, Wednesday pasta I think we had the aubergine pictured above which was good but will need a tiny tweaking involving the purchase of egg rings (I have secretly wanted egg rings since forever, and no I don't know why. Or why I never bought any). Thursday chicken casserole had turned into grilled pork chops by the time I got to the market then dinner was actually roasted vegetable pasta with buffalo mozzarella to use up the rest of the aubergine and cheese, Friday a salad spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread with the lovely David who is off to Singapore on the weekend. Lucky lucky lucky.
Minds had already been changed by the time we got to Borough Market Saturday morning. At Ginger Pig I bought a couple of lovely pork chops ridged with creamy fat into the freezer to have with salad late in the week and a big handful of smoked bacon oysters half into spaghetti sauce half in the freezer - £8.90
Then to Booths for potatoes still in the fridge, aubergines complex dish Wednesday night, little haas avocados mashed onto crusty bread with herb roasted ham for Saturday lunch that was so good it will be repeated very soon, limes, spring onions into salad Saturday night with cucmber from the garden and herbs, chilli and ginger from chinatown and carrots into salad using the rest of the thai basil and coriander Sunday to go with ham lunches Monday and Tuesday - £4.50
At Brindisa I bought a big pack of spicy cooking chorizo all in the freezer - £12.80
Wanted eggs the base for the aubergines from Lizzie at Wild Beef and she was selling packs of coarse ground mince at 3 for £10 - one pack split into smaller lots and used one for ma po Tuesday, one pack whole and in the freezer and one pack into bolognese sauce for Friday night dinner - total bargain for great meat - £11.50
A campagne tin loaf from Rhodes standing ten inches high and palely crusted all over for lovely sarnies Saturday and cheese on toast Sunday - £2.50
As we stood cheicking out the Rhodes stall the man was taken with big field mushrooms on Ted's veg stall and suggested them as a breakfast treat topping on toast - £1.85
At the cheese Gastronomica I bought a couple of mozzarella - big balls floating in a top knotted bag of water for all the world like goldfish you win at the fair one for aubergine Wednesday and one for pasta Thursday - £5
Herb roasted ham Saturday lunch from the other Gastronomica - £3.50
Peppers from Tony roasted for pasta Thursday - 3 for a £1
Milk from Neals Yard - £3.40
An ordinary cottage loaf from Flour Power - £1.10
Spent £56.05 and, despite the fact that I am convinced that I am clearing the freezer, this week I added half a loaf of bread from St John, 3 litres of pork master stock, 1.5kg minced beef, a dozen chorizo, 2 bundles of smoked bacon and a couple of pork chops. Might need a new plan...