Monday, 29 March 2010

The Underground Farmers & Craft market in pictures

Cocktails in the bedroom on the ironing board

Rachel McCormack, evil door pixie, being filmed by BBC Moneywatch crew. She even tried to make my neighbours pay to get in the house! Her: it's a fiver to get in. Neighbour: But I live here! Her: Oh allright then.

Crowded bedroom (pic: Gavin Rodgers)

Little Miss Delicious and her jewellery

Cupcakes on the bed...Afternoon Tea at 410

Margaret Rodgers paintings in the bedroom (pic: Alissia Durbridge)

Crumbelina's cakes on the mantlepiece

Suki & me's sweet stuff

The Laundry

Belgian Waffling, a picture in black and white

and her witty Tourette's biscuits...

Supperclub hostess White Room supperclub...fantastic cheesecake

The crowded demo's in the kitchen: Porridge Lady (pic:Gavin Rodgers)

Porridge lady in the kitchen (pic: Gavin Rodgers)

A porridge love-in, everybody tasting, the bowl being passed around.

Mama Lan's glowing wok

Supperclub hostesses Mama Lan and Baby Lan

Mama Lan getting to grips with the Aga. She gave a demonstration of freshly made chinese dumplings which everybody shared. I did a foccaccia demo, but don't have pix of myself doing if anybody has some...

Making fresh halloumi

@handyface prepping the was delicious, will write more on this. He made it over the course of the day, then we tasted.

Astrologer and writer Neil Spencer talking about the links between astrology and food, holding a copy of Culpepper. There were alot of Librans in the room, who, when they go to a restaurant, are more concerned about how it looks, the table settings, the plating than the food. He ran through the charts of some of the top chefs: Gordon Ramsay, a fiery Scorpio; Jamie Oliver: an adaptable Gemini, with great communication skills.

My own underground muesli for sale

Supperclub hostesses Carla & Lesley of The Secret Gardens, very popular empanadas in the pantry

Balcony: It's alive! Carolyn and Laura, ex Pogo, home made sauerkraut and kimchi. Fermented food is very good for you.

Supperclub hostess Lexeats with her specially made 50s fabric napkins (pic: Alissia Durbridge)

Crowds (pic: Alissia Durbridge)

A good review (pic: Alissia Durbridge)

Samphire farm shop ("pig in a box lady") came down from Norfolk to sell their pies...and had to leave early to get back for 'lambing'.

House of Chutney. Met these former supperclub hostesses at a Euroburners event (the European branch of Burning Man attendees)

James of Dose coffee. Don't say 'expresso' to him, he'll snap. It's 'espresso'.

Terence McSweeney showing how to make a basketry fish

Supperclub The Shed in the shed. Wouldn't want her out of her comfort zone, would we? Cocktails out of a teapot.

The Shed's mum, those dolls are toilet roll holders! She made my teen have one!

Marcia Vidal's jewellery in the shed

Isis imaginings in the shed, demonstrating how to make cards...

Little girl wearing Little Miss Delicious' doughnut hair clip

The obligatory burnt Aga offering, something I left in after my demo

Bar in the bathtub

A nice little present was left by my bedside at the end. I ate the cupcakes in bed!

200 people and 38 stalls. People came from Leeds, Norfolk, Warsaw, Wales. The sun shone. I learnt to put up a gazebo. There was a bonfire. The demonstrations went brilliantly, people crowding around to taste, to learn, to listen. I did my first live cooking demo. Stallholders made friends. We met people from twitter in real life. Lots of food was scoffed. My brother got really drunk. A BBC crew spent hours filming. Giddy with triumph, I ended up talking complete bollocks about my plans to take over the planet..."me for prime minister" I think I said, propped up by the Aga. I think it will be screened in July.

More pictures to come...(but many of mine didn't come out...too darn rushed off my feet)

Other accounts of the day:

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Update on The First UK Underground Farmers & Craft Market

On the 28th March The Underground Restaurant will be hosting the first Underground Farmers & Craft Market in the United Kingdom. There's been one in San Francisco started by Iso Rabins which was a tremendous success. They've just had their third underground farmer's market and there will be a conference 'Kitchen Table Talks' on the 29th of March in San Francisco with the movers and shakers of the SF underground food movement.
I want to encourage first timers, locavores and quirky Londoners to come and sell their wares (free for stallholders)'s gonna be a mashup between an edgy cool entrepreneurial anti-establishment anarchist fair, Borough market and...a school fete!
This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some supperclub hosts and hostesses outside of their dinners, giving you a chance to chat to them.
There will be tastings and a cooking demo by to make mini focaccia shots...then we will eat them hot out of the Aga.
Other demonstrations include a talk on making cheese in Peckham airing cupboards by @handyface, basket weaving with Terence McSweeney (who will also show kids how to make little woven fish for £2), wine tasting with
Do bring cash to buy things as no credit card facilities will be here...however there is a cashpoint machine at the nearest tube.

Stall holders so far...
Aforkfulofspaghetti will sell her chocolate goods
Pash & friends will sell cordials, paintings and chutneys
The Shed supperclub will sell food and her mum will sell her knitted kitchenware and is available for a knitting surgery
New supperclub hostess Afternoon tea at 410 ( @MissJordi_M ) will sell cupcakes
Crumbelina will be selling cakes and other baked goods possibly from my bedroom
Alexis, supperclub hostess of Lexeats will sell gorgeously kitsch 50s handmade serviettes

Soups, stews, cakes and marmalade from Kitchenconfidential
Gloria Nicol of The Laundry will be bringing screenprinted kitchen textiles and preserves
Vegan cafe Pogo cafe will be showing their fermented food (kimchee), vegan baked goods, vegan walnut and cashew cheese.
Food blogger Kavita of Kaveyeats will be selling her authentic indian chutneys and jams
Paladar hostesses Carla and Lesley of The Secret Gardens will sell Spanish goods and tortilla espanola...ole!
Blogger and crafter extraordinaire BelgianWaffling will be selling her 'arse biscuits' and other handmade items...
Charlie Beldam of Cotswold Gold who will be selling his rapeseed oil
Euroburner Emily of House of Chutney will be selling Peach Date & Chilli, Beetroot & Orange and Spiced Tomato chutneys with tempero, a garlic seasoning (pictured below). They talked 'chutney chat' about the Underground Farmers & Craft Market on Resonance FM with George Barker at 9pm on 19th March.

The Hatcham supperclub hostess Rachael Curzons will be selling her curds
Supperclub hostess Kitchen Jezebel of The Last Supperclub will be talking and demonstrating how to make natural cosmetics & selling craftware
Scarlett Cannon, allotmenteer, will sell her t-shirts and plants
Samphire will be coming from Norfolk to sell their prize winning sausages and pies (Giles Coren's favourite pie)
Porridgelady, current holder of the speciality trophy for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships, will be showing how to make the perfect bowl of porridge and selling spurtles!
Little Miss Delicious will be selling her handmade jewellery (below)

Emily Boyce and her friend Immy will be selling veggie sausage rolls, cheese straws, savoury biscuits etc, homemade pasta and sauces, candles in tea cups (made by her sister) and biscuits, fruit compotes and granola.
Jane Ennis will be selling knitwear
Potters Lane Bakery will be selling baked goods...
Dazzle1411 offer a wide range of bespoke products covered in crystals such as handmade phone covers for Blackberries
MarciaVidal will be selling handmade jewellery,
IsisImaginings will be selling handmade cards
James Phillips of Dose Espresso will be giving a coffee making demo and selling cups of coffee.
Suki & Me will be selling their Alice in Wonderland inspired chocs, biscuits and cakes (below)
Deaba will be selling pitta bites, spicy plantain balls and blackeye beans savoury cakes
Moelfaban supperclub from Wales will be selling Welsh fare...
White Room Supperclub will be selling their German baking...Easter chocolates and cookies
Paintings and watercolours by Margaret Rodgers

Demo schedule:

The kitchen:

2.30 coffee demos by Dose Espresso
3.00 How to make great porridge by Porridge Lady
3.30 Mama Lan shows how to make chinese dumplings
4. 00 msmarmitelover's focaccia shots
5.00 handyface shows and talks about cheesemaking in peckham
5.30 Neil Spencer will be talking about astrology and food
6.00 Kitchen Jezebel will talk and show how to make own cosmetics

Outside...basket weaving by Terence McSweeney
Elsewhere knitting surgery by The Shed's mum
Isis will be showing how to make cards

If I've left anybody out please let me know...

This event is listed, along with other farmers markets and food events around Britain on Henrietta Green's site: Food Lovers Britain

This list will be updated as more people contact me to sell their stuff... and if anyone would like to run a workshop, to teach a food/craft related skill, please get in touch

Many people make great produce at home, but do not have a commercial kitchen. They are often intimidated by high startup prices and the commitment of a conventional farmers market. This Underground farmer's market is an opportunity for them to test the waters, sell what they make. I'm not charging stallholders...which is a reversal of the usual thing where stallholders pay and the punters come in for free. But I want to encourage people who may not have done a stall before...therefore the goods will be unique and individual not just the usual suspects! But guests pay £5.50 entry fee which will be well worth it as I'm sure you can see...via If you book a ticket and last minute, some friends or family want to accompany you...they can pay on the door.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Lost at The Underground Restaurant

1 Grey pashmina
1 Brown striped scarf
1 Mao hat
1 Lipstick (shade: natural purple)
12 umbrellas
1 Pink glove
1 Green waterproof cloak
1 Dementor cloak
1 Witches hat (some hair attached)
1 Fortnum & Mason wine carrier
1 Plastic spider
1 White rubber bat
2 Small black bags