It was a dreary day last Sunday but we would still like to thank everyone that came along to support us and our traders and we hope to see lots more of you this weekend. We have a fantastic line up which includes meats, breads, cheese, some amazing Spanish wines from Freyja’s Wines, Iberian Deli are returning with their award winning hams and we have pies representing the United Nations which kicks off this weekend so come along and grab some amazing foods and drink!
Dee is getting into team spirit and preparing for The United Nations this Sunday. This weekend see a whole new collection of pies just to mark the occasion, all filled to the brim with filling and wrapped in a deliciously thin shortcrust pastry:-
England – Steak and Ale
Ireland – Beef and Guinness
Scotland – Chicken and Haggis
Wales – Lamb and Leek
France – Coq au Vin
Italy – Chicken, Pancetta, garlic and Parmesan
So whilst they have these amazing flavours, make the most of it and grab a pie to enjoy whilst watching the games. Make sure you also keep an eye out next Sunday for a special Valentines edition.
Iberian Ham are making a return to The Sidings this Sunday, Selling some amazingly tasty dried hams of fantastic quality. Come along and try before you buy…….you’ll not be disappointed!
‘We import and retail a range of fine Spanish Ibérico hams. We offer only the very best meats, from animals that are traditionally reared using artisanal methods. Acorn-fed to ensure the right qualities, their numbers are strictly limited to ensure their wellbeing and the sustainability of the eco-system within which they live. We passionately believe in our products and we think you will too.’
By now I expect you’re tired of kale, your liver has recovered from New Year, and you’re ready to start thinking about alcohol again. Even if it’s in a purely intellectual capacity. What follows will not only tickle your taste buds but also stimulate your senses just in time for Sunday!
Below Freyja has kindly given us a low down of her Spanish wines so keep reading to find out more about what she has to offer:-
Spanish wine…… Before you roll your eyes and say Rioja, that isn’t what I’m talking about. Spanish food is widely recognised as next-level gastronomy – San Sebastian has the second highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per capita in the world after Kyoto in Japan – but we’re all still hung up on Rioja like it’s the only good wine to ever come out of Spain…..Not true.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc fan? You have got to try Verdejo, £7.99 right now, which is from Rueda in Spain. It’s searingly dry but not acidic and full of those zesty, limey, tangy flavours that basically make you pant with desire. It’s perfect with seafood such as prawns or octopus. Or, fish and chips if you really want to say goodbye to Dry January. The same is to be said for Godello, which comes from the Northwest. Without being pretentious, a glass of this transports you to the sunny seaside. Serve with anything that’s heavy on paprika or garlic.
Mas Amor Rosado, (which translates as More Love) is one of my bestsellers. You’ll taste strawberry, cherry and cream flavours, and you’re guaranteed to want more than just one. Drier than Australian, but sweeter than New Zealand rosé. Oh, and you can buy it by the magnum, £22.99 too – perfect for parties. Or just, really intense nights in with your best friend scoffing tapas and crisps.
Priorat is a relatively unknown region in the UK, but the Spanish love it so much they granted it a DOQ (Catalan Denominació d’Origen Qualificada) in 1954. If you don’t know what that means don’t worry – it’s the same type of legislation that means you can’t call a pasty a Cornish pasty, unless it’s made in Cornwall. The best wines are grown on steep slopes which have to be carefully picked by hand (the struggle is REAL in Priorat). This means that they cost a little more, but they’re totally worth it. Powerful and very dry – if you like a South African Cab Sauv, or an Aussie Coonawarra Cab Sauv then you’ll love Humilitat Priorat, serve it with lamb and roasted veg.
Champagne lover and a bargain hunter? Don’t be fooled, your £10 bargain is worth about 20p in terms of quality. Duty alone on Champagne is £2.63 and the méthode traditionelle is very labor intensive. A good vintage Cava is made in the same method, using Chardonnay grapes mixed with Spanish varietals. The difference is the length of time it has to be aged, and the fact that the Spanish have a more predicable climate than the French in Champagne, so knock out good wines year in year out. This 2010 vintage Cava, is £10.99 on offer, but a 2010 vintage Champagne would cost you 4 times as much. It’s still got those tiny, delicate bubbles with an apples and almonds flavour. Serve it with Manchego or salted meats and feel very, very smug about your Spanish bargain.
So there you have it. Spanish wine and not a peep about Rioja!
Freyja will also be hosting an evening of wine tasting…….. her first ‘Sipping Club’ focuses on Spanish wines, and will take place at 7pm on 17th February (that’s a #WineWednesday, how appropriate) at Zorita’s Kitchen, on the South Bank. What’s involved? You try new wines, graze on nibbles, and learn about the history and region the wines tasted are from, as well as what to pair them with. Don’t worry – it won’t be a four hour lecture, and the samples will be generous, not shot glasses. With five new Spanish wines to try, authentic Spanish nibbles, a view of the Shard and just a 10 minute walk to Blackfriars station, it’s sure to be an evening to remember. Tickets are just £15 each, so hurry, order yours from www.freyjaswines.co.uk before they sell out.
Character Canine Cookies
It’s “Yappy Valentines Day” ordering time with Character Canine Cookies this Sunday so if you love your pooch grab it a ‘petit four-legged treat’, made with Banana , Apple and some are covered with dog friendly Carob. These are only available around this time of year so make sure you pick some up and let your dog give them a try. Roz will also be selling some of her other hand made dog treats such as Barkwells, lollypawps and many more……..
We appreciate everyone that comes along to The Sidings each week but we would still like to see many more faces, so pass the message on to your friends and family and help us make The Sidings the place to be!
Traders expected for the 7th February 2016:-
Hook and Sons
The Wild Meat Company
Oil and Vinegar
La Sambrosa Continental
Character Canine Cookies
Maria’s Tea Cakes (and Savoury)
Markus Michelucci from The Sound Refugees