With summer coming to an end and the autumn produce showing up at the market, we start to showcase 2018’s next harvests. With gourds, leeks and other rooty vegetables, expect warming dishes that give us all a local taste of fall. We love this time of year and look forward to rocking up at Winchester Farmer’s Market every other weekend through our first cold season!
Do come say hello x
In July this year, we took on our first music festival! GabeFest is an annual event on a local strawberry farm in Durley, just outside Southampton. David and I have wanted to serve up Indian Chaat together for years – this interest was how we first became friends actually!
Using fresh, local produce (with the addition of a few extra ingredients from Southampton’s International shops) we prepared colourful dishes with wicked flavours for the festival goers. The most popular meals were our warming Chana Masala and red-lentil Dahl, both served with fresh naan. We had fresh, homemade chutneys to dollop on top, including Mint & Coriander, Chili & Garlic, Date & Tamarind and a Peanut one. To put to use the delicious strawberries from the farm, we made an additional fruit chutney which complimented the flavours of out hot food perfectly – it was out first time serving these dishes with strawberries and we loved the combo! We’d also freshly-prepared Garam Masala and Chaat Masala to give each dish a pinch of super authentic flavour. Bhel Puri (pictured above) was another offering on the menu, which is a traditional Indian savory street food with veggies, pomegranate, puffed rice, chutneys and a tangy tamarind dressing. Oh, and we mustn’t forget our Strawberry Lassi (below) with rose, cardamom, black pepper and fresh mint – a delicious yogurt drink that also took advantage of the freshly-picked fruit from the field each morning! We received such amazing feedback for our food and have been invited back next year. See you then!
Since Spring, we have been popping up at Winchester Farmer’s Market every other Sunday. Always cooking live. Always using local produce. Always serving something fresh and delicious! Paella has been our summer favourite this year, showcasing the best of Hampshire-grown seasonal veggies!
Our first ever stall was in April 2018. We rocked up at Winchester Farmer’s Market with bags on enthusiasm and our new cooking kit! We quickly set up our first attempt of the street food kitchen and then shopped for ingredients from the other producers. Despite over-estimating what we could serve, we made absolutely delicious brunch and lunch options and received a lot of positive feedback for our existence! This re-confirmed why we were doing what we’re doing and led us to growing and developing our work with Hampshire Farmer’s Market from then till the present day.
Big thanks to the extra helping hands that day!