Real Food Market

(Can you tell I really, really miss bread?)

The Real Food Market is another example of making fresh, local produce accessible in the city. We’ve already taken a look at Chiswick Farmer’s Market, but the Real Food Market is right at the heart of London, on the South Bank. Located just behind the Royal Festival Hall, there is a wide range of products on sale to suit most tastes. We tried brownies and churros, but the savoury offerings looked (and smelled) amazing too. Check it out on the first weekend of every month.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury
March 29, 2010, 8:37 pm
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I know this has turned into a baking blog of late but, well, I’ve been enjoying baking and trying new recipes. I plan to make ayam balado (red pepper chicken) this weekend so perhaps I’ll blog that to break up the dessert posts!

In the meantime, check out a few photos I have from Bea’s of Bloomsbury. A cheap and cheerful (those two wonderful words meet again) tea room on Theobald’s Road near Holborn, Bea’s has beautiful, beautiful cakes and afternoon tea at an affordable price. I’ve taken rather a few of my friends there, so perhaps my conversion of the masses can extend to anyone who stumbles across this post. Cake lovers of the internet, unite!

I can’t wait until summer when I can seek refuge from the heat in Bea’s. Last summer (in the little of it I spent in London), this cafe was the place to be amongst my friends.

In case this blog is getting rather sickly sweet from too many cakes, I promise something more savoury next time! Or at least, no cakes!

Brownie’s Honour

My friend Tara came over yesterday and we decided to bake chocolate brownies. No better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Warming the butter on the walk home!

We’re suckers for cute packaging.

Tara melting the chocolate and butter together!

Stirring the chocolate/butter/eggs/vanilla mix into the flour.

All mixed in!

Folding in the chopped up white chocolate.

Ready to go into the oven!

Voilà! Yummy chocolate brownies with white chocolate chunks!


350g dark chocolate (we used 70% cocoa)

375g unsalted butter

1 tbsp vanilla extract

6 medium size eggs

350g sugar (although we substituted half of this with granulated sweetener)

1 tsp salt

225g plain flour

300g white chocolate, chopped up into small pieces

[we used 2 tins, measuring approximately 17cm x 22cm x 5cm]


Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Line the baking pans with a small amount of butter. Melt the dark chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a saucepan of gently boiling water (on low heat – make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water). In a large measuring jug or bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence together. Measure the flour and salt into another large bowl. When the chocolate and butter have melted into a smooth mixture, let them cool before stirring in the egg and sugar mix. Add the resultant mixture gradually into the flour until the mixture has a relatively thick and gooey consistency. Finally, mix in the white chocolate until evenly distributed. Spoon the mixture into the pans evenly and bake for about 25-30 minutes until the top is a slightly paler brown.