Veg Out at Peddler

Veg Out at Peddler

I’m a big lover of street food. Going to street food markets is a great way to try something new, there’s usually at least one dish I’ve never come across before. I’ve written about Peddler Night Market in Sheffield before, it’s a monthly street food market. Whenever I’ve been before it’s been raining, this time was no exception! I’m determined to go one time and not be wearing loads of layers hiding in a corner trying to keep my food from getting rained on! Aside from the wintery weather I had a great time.

This month it was a veggie special called Veg Out, as the name suggests, all the food on offer from the traders was vegetarian or vegan. Safe to say I was spoiled for choice!

There were some familiar street food traders and some I’d not seen before. Firstly we had a wander around the craft stalls and I bought a beautiful whale t-shirt! Now to the food, time to check out all the menus before making a snap decision!

After debating between bratwurst, Thai food, dim sum, mac and cheese, pizza and loads of other choices, we finally opted for Latin American food from Yakumama. The BBQ oyster mushroom arepa – homemade Colombian maize bread grilled and stuffed with BBQ oyster mushrooms, avocado, homemade vegan aioli, homemade habanero and pink peppercorn sauce, lettuce and coriander. It was unlike anything I’d had before. Crispy maize bread which was soft and warm on the inside and the fillings were a great combination. I loved the habanero and pink peppercorn sauce. It was some of the best street food I’ve had. Something new and exciting. It’s definitely inspired me to check out some Latin American recipes. I have to have figure out how to make that sauce too, better stock up on chillies and pink peppercorns!

Time for a beer, it was clearly marked which beers were vegan, I decided on Juice Springsteen, a tropical IPA which was deliciously fruity, I imagine it’d be a good summertime drink. Whilst we had a beer in the chilly weather, we bought some battered pickles from the Hip Hop Chip Shop. A perfect snack to have with a beer. We were planning on getting brownies but we were too full!

The market was on from 12 and we arrived not long after that, it was already bustling with people. Every time I visit Peddler early I expect it to be quiet and I’m always proved wrong! It’s so great to see Sheffield get behind the market. Particularly this time with it being an all veggie and vegan event. I really hope there’s another Veg Out later this year, go on Peddler, please!

 

Hawker House – Street Food Heaven

I’ve been to a few street food markets in the UK, but my visit to Street Feast’s Hawker House in Canada Water, London was my favourite of all. It was Saturday evening, we’d had a day drinking at a rum festival, so were in need of food! My sister and her boyfriend lead the way to Hawker House, an old warehouse that’s been transformed by Street Feast into a street food heaven.

There was close to 20 food traders to choose from, and I’m pretty sure I counted 8 different bars, I’d had a lot of rum but I wasn’t seeing double!

Hawker House Street Food Warehouse
So first things first we needed a beer, draft Sierra Nevada, to bring back fond memories of California. We found a cosy candlelit table up on the mezzanine which housed the Tequila vs Rum bar, the shots happened later in the night! As me and my sister sat and had a drink and a chat, the guys went off in search of food, they came back with brisket burgers, clearly not my kind of thing! It was our turn to go and check out what was on offer.

Loads to choose from, almost all of the stalls had at least one veggie or vegan option. We did a lap first, checking out all of the menus so as not to make a snap decision and miss out on something.

My sister, who’d been before, said we had to get the tofu steamed buns from Yum Bun, so they were a must. We decided to share so we could try more things. Along with the steamed buns we got yuca fries from Petare, a Venezuelan stand. The fries were good, super spicy from the hot avocado coriander salsa. But the steamed buns were definitely my favourite, silky buns, crispy tofu, garlicky choy sum with sweet fruity chillies. A perfect combination. Definitely seek them out if you’re in London. I’ll be hunting them down next time I’m there and trying to replicate them at home in the meantime!

We chilled out with a drink for a bit then decided we were ready for more, we decided on something classic and went for wood fired pizza. Plum tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil, simple and tasty.

After a shot of something that tasted like apple pie crossed with popcorn, we were done! Full and ready to find our way home.

If you’re in London on a Friday or Saturday night and hungry for street food, give Hawker House a try, you won’t be disappointed. Loads of choice, chilled out atmosphere, pool tables and beer pong, fire pits outside, an all round great place to spend an evening.

A Spicy, Tangy, Herby, Green, Mexican Kinda Sauce! (Catchy Name Right?)

Even though I’ve never been and tasted the real deal, I like to make Mexcian food. A lot. I love it, it can be both super simple and quick and it can be complex and take ages to make a perfect dish.

One simple sauce that make quite often to go with Mexican food is a coriander, jalapeño and lime sauce, maybe that’s a catchier name, oh well! I got the idea from a Jamie Oliver recipe where he says, “To make the jalapeño salsa, drain and add the jalapeños to a food processor with a splash of the pickling juice. Tear in the coriander (stalks and all) and add a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Blitz well until smooth.” – sounds simple, and it is! I add lime juice to mine for a good citrus kick. If you haven’t got a food processor or a stick blender, just pile it all on a board and get chopping! You might have to mess about with the amount of chillies if you don’t like it too hot. Try adding a few at a time and giving it a taste as you go.

Green Mexican Sauce Ingredients

It’s a seriously good sauce and only takes a couple of minutes to make, so next time you decide to make tacos or burritos, make a batch of this sauce to go with them. It’d be good as a dip for chips or roast potatoes.

It’s a good addition to my sweet potato and chickpea taco recipe too!

Outside Peddler Night Market

Braving the Cold – Peddler Night Market

Last night was a particularly freezing one in Sheffield, it had been snowing most of the day and we spent the afternoon debating whether we’d be able to make it out to Peddler, a street food market. By the time I’d finished working the snow had cleared from the roads so we decided to go for it. I’m so glad we put our layers on and braved the weather!

I’ve been to Peddler before but not since it moved down to 92 Burton Rd. It’s the perfect venue for it. The market started at 5pm, we got down there at about half six and it was already quite busy. I was worried about the weather keeping people away and because it’s not in the city centre I thought it might put people off. I was happy I was wrong, it was great to see so many people there, by the time we left it was heaving!

Outside the main entrance to the warehouse were a few food trucks, we had a quick look at these then headed in, first stop naturally being the bar! Under a swath of fairy lights, listening to the DJ, armed with an ice cold pint, yes not the most appropriate choice for a freezing night, we decided to scout out what food options were on offer. There was a variety of cuisines on offer, not masses of veggie options this time but still enough to keep me from going hungry.

We spotted a mac and cheese truck, Mac Daddies, I couldn’t pass it by. I’ve not been eating cheese much lately, it turned out to be a rather cheese filled evening! Mac and cheese is one of my favourites, I’ll save my gushing stories of my love of it for another time though. So we were stood in the courtyard in the rain with our beer and mac and cheese next to a fire. It was pretty good. Creamy, cheesy, just what you want on a cold night.

After another wander round and a warm by the fires we opted to get pizza from Nether Edge Pizza, we had them cater our wedding so we knew we were in for some delicious wood fired pizza. We had to wait half an hour but when we sat to eat it we weren’t disappointed, definitely worth the wait and it was as amazing as we remembered from last time.

Then we bought brownies from Depot Bakery and headed home to enjoy them in the warmth with a whisky!

It was a brilliant night, can’t wait for the next one we can make it to, really worth braving the cold.

 

Park Hill Presents Peddler

Park Hill

This weekend was a typically British weekend. The weather had been glorious all week, it came to Saturday morning, I opened my curtains and saw the grey and rainy skies. So the weather was typical, but my plans weren’t. I spent the evening with my husband (still feels a bit weird saying husband, only been married for three weeks!) and our friend, at Peddler Night Market. We were looking forward to a snoop around the newly developed flats and keen to try some different food.

It was an evening of firsts for me. It was the first time I’d ventured up to Park Hill, which was much nicer than my expectations of it were. Also, my first time going to Peddler, I’ve always been busy in the past when it’s been on so it was nice to finally go and check it out, even if it was in a different location to usual. It was up at Park Hill as part of Sheffield Design Week, it was great to see some designers promoting and selling their stuff in one of the shops under the flats, and was great to go up to the “streets in the sky” and have a look around one of the new flats.

So all this was great, but I was there for the food, it was brilliant! At first glance on arrival, it didn’t look like there were too many things to choose from but on closer inspection there was plenty. The food trucks and stalls had been split into two areas, there was a couple of bars and seating areas too, which were covered, though thankfully, the rain had stopped when we arrived!

I decided to have little things then I could try more rather than filling up on one thing! After checking out everything on offer we all headed to Melt Works, a stall selling grilled cheese sandwiches, sure you can imagine they weren’t your run of the mill sandwiches though. The guys opted for sandwiches. I decided to try something I never had, I’d never even heard of them before, chickpea fries. They were billed as a “healthier fry”, gluten free, vegan and infused with rosemary and chilli. They were delicious, especially with the red pepper and garlic aioli to dip them in. They were crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, just what you want from fries, I’m on the hunt to find out how to make them at home!

After our nosey into the flats we were ready to try some more food. They guys decided to try things they never had before, my husband opted for Gumbo and my friend went for dim sum. As a vegetarian I was spoiled for choice, which is great, there was frizza (fried pizza!), pie and dim sum. I headed over to Wallace and Sons for some tofu gyozas. Again, a delicious choice! They came served with some pickled cucumber and mushrooms, spring onion and black sesame seeds, not forgetting the pot of sriracha to dip them in.

The guys managed deserts from Depot Bakery, raspberry cheesecake brownies and chilli chocolate donuts, I decided to have an espresso martini from Tamper. A great way to finish off our time at the market.

Inspired again by street food I’m definitely going to be attempting to make some of the things at home, I’ll also be headed to the market again and telling anyone who’ll listen about how great it was.

Melt Works Chickpea Fries  Wallace and Sons Tofu Gyozas  Tamper Espresso Martini