What does rabbit taste like?

LONDON - What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Borough market? It’s a phenomenal, tourist-packed food market that never fails to deliver some of the best foods from around Britain and the world to the heart of London. It’s not just for amateur cooks like you and I, but a good many professional chefs hob nob here in order to source great ingredients for their culinary dishes. So as you walk around Borough, you feel like you’re in the right place.

On a whim I headed there this Easter weekend and it was nuts. Wall-to-wall people who were on the look out for great food. Well, we all found it.

Yummy!

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with tomatoes and I particularly love roasting them in the oven with olive oil and rosemary. There was this enormous table of tomatoes from around the world with some unusual shapes and colours that I ogled.

What’s not to love about cheese? There was plenty to choose from. One of the things that I liked about the market was that it felt that there was a lot of variety and few vendors mirroring each other. It increased the curiosity factor as  you waded through.

These hot cross buns looked amazing. Just perfect for the Easter weekend.

There were plenty of meat vendors too.

This one had a diverse offering. He sold venison and rabbit burgers.

“What does rabbit taste like,” I asked the butcher inquisitively. He laughed as did some people behind me. Had I asked the wrong question, I thought suddenly.

“What does rabbit taste like?” he repeated. And then I suddenly regretted asking the question because he didn’t hesitate to give me the chicken line. You know the one.

“Oh, tastes like chicken,” he said with a laugh. I faked a smile back but I was annoyed. I mean come on. What does rabbit taste like? Simple question. I kept on looking at him, hoping for an answer and he finally said: “Rabbit is a lot like chicken. And it’s a lot like beef. So, it’s somewhere in between chicken and beef.” And after hearing his final answer, I smiled, said thanks, and moved on.

I didn’t purchase any meat, but instead made my way to a favourite food group…cakes. The first time I headed to Borough market I was so impressed by the cake selections. Today they were selling fast.

I bought this carrot cake with lemon & mascarpone cheese icing from a vender called Cakehole. I’m a bit of a cake snob. I like cakes to be moist and generously iced. This cake was phenomenal! Didn’t waste a crumb…

    

 

I’ll be sure to head to Borough market again soon. Perhaps when there are fewer crowds. They didn’t have any this time, but I’m hoping I can buy some ostrich burgers at my next visit.

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Sugar and all things nice

LONDON - I don’t know what it is, but I love to wander into a sweets shop. It brings out a sense of nostalgia in me…sigh. So I was happy to see that St. Christopher’s Place, just off busy Oxford Street, has the very romantic and retro Mrs Kibbles Olde Sweet Shoppe.

I went inside to explore a bit and loved what I saw, as did the two other shoppers who managed to squeeze in to this very tiny shop.

“Just behind you on the shelves,” said the assistant when I asked her for something sour. I turned around and my eyes widened. Oh, there was such good variety too. I bought some apple sour squares (£1) that looked like sugar cubes.When I tried one at home later that day, I was a bit surprised that the entire texture was actually like sugar cubes too. It was not gooey inside, but solid from the outside to the inner core. I wasn’t ready for that, but they did taste good as I crunched away.

But if you don’t like sour sweets, there are plenty of other temptations for you. Mrs Kibbles offers: nougat, chews, boiled sweets, jellies, honeycomb, liquorice, lollipops. Oh, you name it, she’s got it.

What’s your favourite?