Monday, 29 November 2010

Update: The Underground Christmas Market

News update: the first 250 booking online will get a fantastic goodie bag worth £20! A christmas present to you!
Taking place next Sunday on the 5th of December from midday until 6pm, entrance is £5 plus 50p booking fee. Buy tickets here. The first 250 will get goodie bags of Douwe Egberts coffee, Marmite products, chocolate by Trish, porridge by Mornflake, nuts from Hiromi Stone, a copy of FireandKnives magazine, the food quarterly, and flavoured lassis by Madewithjoy. There will be music, an ironing board cocktail bar in the bedroom featuring cocktail mixers by a new company, Juiceology, developed by Saf mixologist Joe McCanta and partner Richard Watson, craft stalls from Etsy sellers and a Dragon's Den taking place in the kitchen at 2pm.
Eight applicants have 5 to 10 minutes each to show their entrepeneurial food idea and get valuable feedback from the panel.
Meantime brewery will have their London Lager taxi in the driveway.
There will also be a food lucky dip by Hubbub, who deliver food to your doorstep from independent and gourmet food companies.

I will be holding a raffle for a cream KitchenAid Mixer (worth £350 and a dream item for the kitchen) which will go to charity.
Of course there will also be live cooking demonstrations in the kitchen:

Midday: Porridge Lady, showing her 'christmas' porridge, just the ticket for the chilly Christmas holiday mornings.

1pm: Virtuous Bread: Jane is an inspirational speaker and demonstrator when it comes to bread. She, like me, believes that social change can occur from small beginnings such as starting a home bakery and encouraging the British to eat and bake better bread. She will demonstrate drop scones on the Aga.
2pm: Dragon's Den
We have a distingished panel of experts: Tim Hayward, Guardian writer/broadcaster and editor of Fire & Knives magazine; The Deli Station food company; the buyer from Harvey Nichols, Aramark and Frosts. MsMarmite will host.

3pm: Rachel McCormack of Catalan Cooking. Rachel spent many years in Barcelona and what she doesn't know about Catalan food and customs isn't worth knowing. The lesson will be delivered in English at high speed with a low Glaswegian/Barcelona rumble. She will demonstrate a Catalan classic christmas dessert: chocolate (by Trish) with chestnuts. Can't wait.
3.40pm: FoodCycle organiser Becca Rothwell will talk about the valuable work that her organisation does in raising consciousness about food waste. Food Cycle run community cafés that only use donated food that would otherwise be chucked away. Criminal.

4.15pm: Kitchen Jezebel: home-made make up demo. Kitchen Jezebel like many of us, suffers from allergies to perfumes. So she makes her own make up which is pure and unadulturated. Fascinating.

4.45pm: Hiromi Stone: Japanese cooking demo. Hiromi will show us how to make Japanese rice. She does cooking lessons for a living so she knows her stuff.
5.30pm: Pauline Ash's pasta demo and Mama Lan's chinese dumplings.


Scarlett the Heavenly Healer with her vintage label seed packets containing free seed!
Rayburn smoked tomatoes from Squisito
Squisito deli with their home made deli products and a sausage making demo
Rambling Restaurant with cinema snacks and sweets
Juiceology manning the ironing board cocktail bar with their new range of soft drinks
 Bristol vintage with their vintage kitchenware and crockery
Hiromi Stone with her bags of nuts and japanese cooking demo
Ayan Hassan of Spice Caravan with food from the horn of Africa
Marisa and Golnar of Hubbub deliveries: deliveries from artisan food stores
The Deli station with their cheeses and other deli goods
Tan Rosie with caribbean sweets and fudges and hampers
Kitchen Jezebel with gluten free goodies, hand made make up
John the poacher will be selling rabbit stew and or mushroom soup made on the bonfire.
Adam Pinder with home-smoked foods :bacon, confit duck legs, duck rillets, pork rillons, smoked salmon

 Papermash with gorgeous cards, tapes (I bought some lace effect sellotape from her) and wrapping paper
Two Chicks with egg whites in a box
Bake me happy with baked goods
Hand2mouthb with exotic liqueurs and home made baileys
Georgie of Sustain distributing the Jellied eel mag along with Chris of the Real Bread Campaign
Ten Green bottles doing wine tastings
Providence Organics with fair trade coffee
Foodcycle with their stews ect combating food surplus
Avarae 17 with her beautiful bird jewellery
Cherry Pippin with jams, mince pies ect
Terence McSweeney with hand carved wooden bowls and spoons. Richard Corrigan has been using Terence's wares in his latest cookery programme.
Alice Turner 'Afternoon Outings' with her gorgeous christmas cards (handmade)
I've also got Madame de'la cartomancer coming along to read tarot cards.

Food For Think's Indulgent Christmas selling christmas biscuits/hanging decorations and chutneys.
Marcia Vidal silver jewellery
Treflach farm:eggs, pork and beef plus you can order turkeys for Christmas

Me Old China is selling her candles in vintage teacups amongst other wares...
I will be selling mulled wine, chipotle sauce and home-made wine vinegar.

Favours from French Made
Salad dressings from Mrs Monks

Lovely crocheted tree decorations and hats by CandyflossCreated 
Pauline Ash will be selling wine.
Flo and Rebecca will be selling hot chai and crumble with brandy cream.
Urtema Dolphin 'Creation Chocolates' will sell her essence sprays (developed by her with coloidal silver) and raw chocolates.
Jaz & Jul's will be selling organic hot chocolate (we'll need it!)
Ubuntu will be selling their unique chocolate bars (lime and chilli for instance)

We were mentioned in The Independent on Sunday: 

Buy tickets here: 


  1. Can't wait! Great raffle prize, and a good charity too.

    Looking forward to the weekend.

  2. yes christmas is near about 25 days so we can't wait dude

  3. Looking forward to joining Georgie on the Jellied Eel stand to encourage more people to join the fight for better bread in Britain by joining the Real Bread Campaign.

  4. Looking forward to joining Georgie on the Jellied Eel stand to encourage more people to join the fight for better bread in Britain by joining the Real Bread Campaign.

  5. Looking forward to Sunday!
    For all you foodie lovers also check out the Good Food Festival on the weekend before Christmas -

  6. Wow - what a gig to organise! Looks amazing!

  7. WOW! Looks like it's going to a great weekend...shame I'm not in London this week ;-(.
    Just discovered your great blog via Tea for Joy...
    Happy December Days...

  8. When's the sausage making demo?

  9. Hi I think they will be doing it on and off all day at their stall...


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