Food, Fun

Brockley Market – a new favourite

brockley market logoThis weekend my love of food markets took me to Brockley Market in Lewisham. I’ve been meaning to go for some weeks now and I’m very glad I finally did.

Brockley Market is a mix of delights with both lunch made in front of your eyes, and farmers produce that you can take home and enjoy. Mike + Ollie’s flatbreads filled with lamb, veg or mackerel (with a focus on foraged foods) were an exciting offering I’d read about in advance,  but it was the quality of every stall there that made it a really worthwhile visit. Some of the ‘stop and eat now’ options included meatball calzone, schnitzel, and a smoked salmon and cream cheese bun. The latter of these was particularly exciting as the fish was taken out of a smoker right in front if your eyes, and the deep red salmon smoked with beetroot, fennel and juniper was a sight to see. I couldn’t resist trying this, so The Greenwich Little Smokery got my lunch money, and much deservedly – it was delicious.IMG_20130831_122642 This is also a stall that crosses into the realm of ‘take me home’ goods, as a variety of freshly smoked fish was on offer in whatever amount might take your fancy. Other stalls of this type include those selling breads of many sorts, pork pies and similar pastry based goods, cheeses, meats, fruit and veg, and baked goods.

Out of these it is the meat that stuck in my memory. An array of venison – diced, sausage or steak – sat next to portioned up or whole rabbit. I already know I love venison, and these looked like fantastic cuts, and my food curiosity is now burning to try rabbit too.

IMG_20130831_122526On this sunny day the market was busy and bustling and free places to perch to enjoy your lunch were snatched up very quickly. The overall effect of this was a great atmosphere, despite the queues. And the rich and famous aren’t adverse to queuing for these goodies either; Millie Mackintosh (best known from Made in Chelsea) apologised as her dog sat on my foot as she stood in the queue behind me for the salmon, meanwhile her fiance Professor Green waited to purchase a range of breads and was holding a bag full of meat in prep for the barbecue they were having later. I get the impression that Millie and Green come to the market often as Millie pointed a friend who with them to the other side of the market: “right by that red tent, you can usually get a drink over there”.IMG_20130831_122435 (I know it’s rude to eavesdrop, but I think overhearing a conversation between fellow food market lovers is allowed).

I wasn’t going straight home after this truly delightful food market experience so I didn’t pick up any smoked fish for the fridge or juicy meat for the oven, but there is no doubt about it that in the next couple of weeks I’ll pop back to Lewisham on a Saturday and some beautiful looking diced venison will make its way into what will be a lovingly crafted pie.

What a lovely day to have visited such a bountiful market for the first time – and what will be the first time of many.

mike and ollie flatbreads

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Fashion

Current favourite kicks from Kurt Geiger

Out and about and online I see reems of shoes I love, but in comparison to many, have a fairly small collection. I’d love to be able to expand on what I’ve got, and current season Kurt Geiger have many a piece that has caught my eye.

It’s the Carvela collection that I think offer most in the way of mid-heel ankle boots that will be perfect come autumn and winter. These are my three favourites:Carvela  kurt geiger agnescarvela kurt geiger solero

carvela kurt keiger swapThe first is the Agnes boot and, a sucker for a toe cap, I love that this detail is featured and combined with the cut out side. This cut out design is one I’ve seen elsewhere, but here I think it’s done to perfection. The second is the Solero boot. The tassels make the boot causal, whilst the suede keeps it chic. I also love this colour boot for paring with white or dusky pink skinny jeans. The last ankle boot seen here is the Swap. This is the most unique of the three, with a chunkier design and heavier detailing – these boots could really set off a simple outfit.

Next up, these are my picks of the courts.
Carvela kurt geiger ashcarvela kurt geiger adara
KG Kurt geiger bastilleThe contrast colours on the Ash courts, as well as textures, makes these really exciting. The cobalt blue could add a flash of colour to a monochrome outfit or be paired with other brights. The black Adara courts were clearly designed to be more serious, but definitely in a sexy way. Again the contrast in fabric makes these shoes stand out, whilst the metallic touches add a feisty feel. The last court is, with out a doubt, fun. I love wearing colour as much as neutrals, and these Bastille courts could compliment many looks. With a lower heel height they’re also more wearable day-to-day, but promote a playful mood too and could be great for a night out.

Finally, my favourites of the loafers or slippers – a style that became big a year or so ago and looks as though it’s here to stay.
carvela kurt geiger larkCarvela kurt geiger later
kg kurt geier lexie

The first of the these, the Lark studded loafers, get me excited. I love detailing and I love the shape of slipper style loafers, so this pair tick my boxes. I also love the pattern of the studding, as it moves these shoes away from grungy and makes them oh so covetable. The next pair – suede, toe-capped and a wine/burgundy colour – I actually already own. I saw these Later slippers whilst out shopping and there was no going back. The toes are actually more pointed than the picture shows, which for me made them stand out from the crowd. This last pair, the Lexie slippers, would fill my craving for a colour-pop nicely. They do say to me ‘summer shoe’, less than ‘will transcend through the seasons’, but there’s no reason why these couldn’t provide a much needed colour injection to early autumn. I think they would produce a fun and causal look, as well as a smile.

I hope you liked my picks of Kurt Geiger. Let me know if you’ve spotted a pair that will get you investing. 

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