Supporting the local economy, one mouthful at a time

In Food & Drink, Homeworking on August 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love it when people send me free food.

So I was very pleased when Kristina from Makerhood arrived on my doorstep this morning with this:

It’s the first ever raffle prize I’ve won (if you don’t count a bag of dog biscuits 8 years ago – and I don’t even have a dog): a hamper from  Brixton cafe/’corner shop’ Cornercopia.

But not any old hamper: as Makerhood is a new group set up to support local people who make stuff (jam, art, furniture, scary stuffed toys made from recycled clothes with buttons for eyes… whatever) via their online marketplace and workshops; and Cornercopia is an extremely good restaurant specialising in hyper-local produce, this was a celebration of South London.

So I am very much looking forward to tucking in to:

Fig Relish with sherry vinegar and fresh thyme (which I plan to eat with some charcuterie)

Roast Red Pepper and Chilli Ketchup (which I’m hoping might add a sort of patatas bravas feel to leftover fried potatoes)

Lavender & Seville orang marmalade (which I love the sound of, but only because I love lavender, and even though I’ve never really grown into marmalade)

Cider Mustard and Tarragon Vinegar (will these work together as a dressing?)

All made by Cornercopia

London Summer Honey made by Leanne Knox in Surrey Quays– because I can’t resist a local honey

Deli Jerk seasoning (jerk chicken, obv, but anything else I should try?)

Sorrel Dip (not ‘squirrel dip’ as I first read it)

Plum and Ginger jam with a hint of sage and lime, made by susy hogarth with ingrediens picked from local allotments and Brockwell Park (duck, yes. but would it also work with lamb?)

Tantie Lorraine’s Lime Pepper Sauce which has all my favourite ingredients – garlic and ginger are in there too – but the peppers are scotch bonnet so it promises to be fiery. Any ideas? Fish?

So at a time when we are being encouraged to help riot-hit places such as Brixton and Peckham, I aim to be the ultimate slacktivist simply by eating.

any culinary tips of how to make the most of these sauces gratefully received, and a tip-of-the-hat to these enterprising south london homeworkers.


Makerhood: http://brixton.makerhood.com/

Sell your products via the Makerhood  online market, or sign up for one of their workshops

Cornercopia 65 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour lane, London, SW9 8PS Brixtoncornercopia@googlemail.com For reservations text/call 07919542233

Leanne Knox 62 Lower Road, London SE16

Deli Jerk (also do outdoor catering)  http://www.delijerk.co.uk

Susy Hogarth susy.hogarth@btopenworld.com

Tantie Lorraine http://www.tantielorraine.co.uk

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