This weekend Sarah and I headed up the newly opened Hampstead Market. Located behind the Everyman Theatre in Hampstead Parochial Primary School the market was brimming with delicious treats and a bustling crowd. Despite the awful weather our spirits were high and we were after a few key ingredients for our brunch. From fresh eggs to beautiful heritage tomatoes, the market offered a world of treats.
Brunch was a leek and chorizo frittata but we also got distracted by beautifully striped aubergines so endeavoured to whip up a quick baba ganoush. Oh, and the tomatoes were too beautiful to give up too so we bought some to preserve. It’s very easy to get carried away with buying delicious-looking produce, even in the pouring rain. We pawed over olives and anchovies but restrained from buying an entire bucket.
Back at Sarah’s flat we got to work and whipped up a very easy frittata: boiled potatoes, one chopped leek, garlic, chorizo and four eggs. It’s so simple, anyone can do it; just remember to finish under the grill to get a nice crispy top. We also charred and cooked our aubergine directly on the gas top – this is the only way you’ll get that wonderful smoky taste. Then we simply blended with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt. A simple brunch made in under 30 minutes.
This week might be the last of the summer weather so I’m making the most of it with plenty of late evening walks and light salads before the long stretch of autumn soups. I’m trying very hard not to get carried away by autumn fashions but it’s so hard! Let me skip around in sun dresses just a few weeks longer!