|A selection of Cheese at Neal's yard|
|You should smell the inside of this shop|
|Neal's Yard eccles cakes|
If you ever get a chance you really must try them. After purchasing said eccles cakes and some "stinky bishop" cheese we headed in to the market proper. This is an ancient market that still functions as a wholesale market by night, but transforms into a retail market by day from Thursday to Saturdays. It is going through a bit of growing pains at the moment as it has become a major tourist attraction and there seem to be as many camera touting tourists as there are people actually shopping for food.
|Cumberland sausage on a bun with cranberry relish|
Right behind the market is Southwark (pronounced Southark) Cathedral, which we sat in the grounds of to enjoy our lunch, and since we were there we decided to wander in. This turned out to be one of those wonderful stumbled on surprises, that can happen if you just go with the flow and do not stick to a strict schedule. There was a school band from the states that were just about to give a performance, but before they started the clergyman gave a wonderful account of the rich history of the Cathedral. Then they started to play, the music was beautiful and the acoustics in these old cathedrals is wonderful.
This is not a great movie clip as it was taken with my little point and shoot but it gives you an idea. We stayed and enjoyed the concert for about 1/2 an hour before moving on.
We bought a bottle of wine recommended by wine of the stall owners as a good wine to to with lamb tagine, which is what we had decided to make. And he was correct it was wonderful, I am sure that even if we could get this wine in Canada it would cost an arm and a leg.
Back to my friends house, where we made lamb tagine with butternut squash, couscous with fresh herbs and chickpeas, a salad made of thinly sliced fennel with grape tomatoes and baby buffalo mozzarella tossed in a light dressing and served over lettuce.
The salad was only thing we got a decent picture of and there was too much talking, laughing and gin and tonics to have taken any pictures of the preparation of an of this. So if you have never been to England or have not been there for a few years, believe me when I say the food their can be as good as anywhere in Europe and more varied as you will get the best of France, Italy and Spain as well as the best of British