EVERY WEEK I take £5 to Ridley Road Market in Dalston, Hackney, London E8 2LH, to spend on seasonal food, obviously not including items likely to be already in a kitchen, such as sauces, oil, herbs and spices. On Friday I tell you what I have chosen and publish a seasonal recipe. As usual, expenditure on any extra ingredients, eg, flour, will be recouped by usage over subsequent weeks.
This week’s £5 basket
Bowl green peppers (10) £1
Bowl aubergines (3) £1
Bowl small plum tomatoes. Too many to count (TMC) £1
Bowl red peppers (5) £1
Bowl mushrooms TMC £1
Alphonso mangoes were for sale on one stall this week at £7.50 a box. They may drop to £5 a box week. Another stall offered cherries at £1 a pound. To every thing, there is a season… even in street markets.
Recipe: Aubergine salad. Serves 2
Equipment: kitchen knife, roasting pan, tablespoon, small frying pan, bowl, mixing spoon.
Wash all vegetables.
Preparation: aubergines and tomatoes 10 minutes; cooking 30 minutes, oven 200C
Ingredients: 1 aubergine cut into bite-size pieces, 12 mini plum tomatoes cut in half, 1 tablespoon oil and balsamic vinegar, a few sultanas, seasoning, a teaspoon of oil for the dressing.
Method: Place the aubergine chunks into the roasting pan and cover with the oil. Stir the pieces around so that all the aubergine is coated in the oil and bake for 30 minutes or until soft and slightly browned. Halfway through the baking take the aubergines from the oven and turn them over to ensure an even bake. Return the pan to the oven to continue cooking.
Meanwhile, lightly fry the tomatoes in the frying pan until soft but retaining their shape. When ready, tip the aubergines into a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix well. Serve with a green salad and or a pasta dish. You will enjoy subtle and beguiling flavours.
With the remaining food in my basket I shall make mainly salads and Mediterranean dishes, using lots of herbs, garlic and olive oil to pretend when I serve it that I am basking in sunshine.
* Two websites have written about the column this year. Hackney Post has published an interview with Shooey, as has the Food Bankers. Hackney council journalist Marcel Reinard has made a jolly video about markets, including Ridley Road. — Ed.
Previous articles hyperlinked: Asparagus with hollandaise 17 May 2013; Stuffed beef tomatoes with guacamole 10 May 2013; Hackney snackney 3 May 2013; Bell pepper salad 26 April 2013; Gnocchi and tomato sauce with zucchini salad 19 April 2013; Tomato soup with soda bread 12 April 2013;Broccoli mornay 5 April 2013; Easter redemption song 29 March 2013
Less is enough 22 March 2013; A tart in the mart 15 March 2013; Polenta verde and sauté mushrooms 8 March 2013; Caribeasy 29 February 2013; Feeling fruity 22February 2013; Kashmir delight 15 February 2013; Samphire surprise 8 February 2013; Two dishes from £5 1 February 2013; Ae fond neep 25 January 2013; Cauliflower cheese 18 January 2013; Hackney frittata 11 January 2013; Tasty and easy Christmas snack 21 December 2012; Shops behind the market stalls 9 November 2012; Chutney 2 November 2012; Piccalilli 26 October 2012; Golden soup 19 October 2012; Roasted, stuffed squash 12 October 2012; Vegetable curry 5 October 2012; Carrot and coriander soup 28 September 2012; Ratatouille Gypsy stew 21 September 2012; Bubble and squeak Shooey style, Bakewell pudding 14 September 2012; Coleslaw and radishes 7 September 2012; Turkish spinach pie 31 August 2012; Tomato tart, marinated aubergines, fresh mango chutney 24 August 2012; Roasted butternut squash soup and beetroot salad 17 August 17 2012; The column sets itself a challenge 15 August 2012
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