a sunny saturday at broadway market: wild mushroom risotto and the oldest cheese in england.

broadway market from afar

another beautiful saturday in east london, and it’s off to broadway market! vietnamese iced coffee in hand, i spent a lovely few hours last weekend wandering the stalls,  listening to the outdoor musicians, enjoying the sunshine, and chatting with various vendors of all kinds. of course, i did a bit of eating along the way.

check out this wild mushroom risotto with fresh arugula, grated pecorino, and a splash of truffle oil from the sporeboys stall. mushroom risotto from sporeboys at broadway market

it’s wild and exotic! sounds like a scantily clad late-night performance rather than a lusciously creamy and rich risotto. i bought a box of their assorted mushrooms last week and enjoyed a number of meals of  sautéed mushrooms with italian olive oil, fresh sage and rosemary, and grated piave cheese (hard and nutty, a bit like parmigiano reggiano or pecorino), also from the market. so good and can be served so many ways! recipe and ideas for lots of mushroomy fun in my post on eat.drink.better. even more MUSHROOM MUSHROOM fun here (and no, that site will never get old).

i also had a great time chatting with a cheesemonger from H.S. Bourne, a family company that has been making a deliciously mild and crumbly cheshire cheese by hand since 1930. that seemed pretty old, until the friendly and knowledgable cheese man dropped a wealth of information on the history of cheshire cheese. apparently, cheshire cheese is the oldest recorded cheese in british history, thanks to a reference in the domesday book.  in case your knowledge of british history is as limited as mine, the domesday book was a nearly comprehensive survey of all the holdings in england, down to numbers of livestock, commissioned by william the conqueror after his invasion of england back in 1066.

hmm. i suppose i would have kept track of my cheese acquisitions too. i personally conquered a thick wedge of cheshire cheese hand crumbled and mixed with cranberries. perfect on brown bread with walnuts and maybe even a drizzle of honey. mrs bourne's cheshire cheese

i also got some kick-ass (kick-arse?) ground beef from all-natural traditionally raised cows for sliders for a picnic with the lovely folks at yelp. more on that to come. bye broadway market…see you next week!

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