Columbia Road flower market has been on my list of places I want to go for donkeys years now.
I’m completely obsessed with flowers and have to buy some every week to keep me cheery, even if they are normally quite a modest bunch. If I were to win the lottery one of the first things I would do would be to make sure my house was always full of the most beautiful blooms! So when my friend moved to Mile End it was the perfect reason to hatch a plan to finally visit the flower market.
Like all good plans, this one also involved food. We headed to Beagle in Hoxton, where they do the most amazing brunches. In fact just about everything they do looks great, and they are well worth a visit. Perched just next to Hoxton tube station, they are nestled in, under the railway arches in a really great space with huge windows, open plan kitchen and a very cool feel to the place.
I pretty much wanted to order everything on the menu, but I was heading for a late lunch in Brixton so I decided to needed to pace myself. Me and Molly both ordered the homemade granola topped with banana and greek yoghurt, drizzled with date syrup. So good! This is definitely one to remember when you’re at home, the date syrup adds a deliciously caramel taste with non of the guilt!
Struan had the kedgeree which looked so good and which disappeared as quick as you like. This might have been because he was rushing off to work, but I think it was more likely that it was just that delicious! Just look at that perfectly cooked egg…
Bertie and Ben both opted for the streaky bacon with potato hash and fried eggs – the perfect hangover cure!
I’m still getting used to taking photos of food when I’m out at a restaurant, it feels pretty rude to take a photo of someone’s food before they’ve touched it. Especially when people are ravenous and the food arrives and then I jump in with my camera. I can see the look in their eyes, the look a bear would give you if you tried to cuddle their cub. I think it might be a bit like insisting on having the first bite of someone else’s plate – obviously something you just wouldn’t do! But I think all my friends are slowly getting used to it, and it seems worth it to be able to show all of you this delicious food!
After a fortifying brunch we walked to the flower market. It seems a few other people had had similar ideas and I’d advise you to sharpen your elbows before you head there!
Despite the crowds, it didn’t disappoint, the flowers were amazing and such good value! There are also lots of lovely little shops lining the streets with lots of hidden treasures in them.
Who said money doesn’t grow on trees….?
Look! Some of the flowers even had little hair nets on!
I think I’ve found the perfect outfit I should wear to all my cooking jobs….what do you think? A skirt made of whisks…whiskful thinking??