Monday Food Market ~ Food for Health Awards

Adi-Best-Burgers-750Good news from Shepherds Markets, who manage the Monday Food Market at St James’s Church. In a Food for Health award scheme run by Tower Hamlets Council and NHS Tower Hamlets, all stallholders who participated achieved the award.

The scheme rewards food businesses who offer healthy options in their menus and meet the highest food hygiene standards.

Participating stallholders:

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It is difficult for a mobile unit, such as a stallholder, to achieve the award due to the limited menu that can be offered at a market, particularly those serving meat. To achieve the award stallholders demonstrated:

  • They have a sound food safety management system in operation. All stallholders received 4 or 5 stars (5 being the highest)
  • Ingredients are fresh and sourced locally, except for Duck Comfit, Argentinian Steak and Chorizo, who must maintain their authenticity so their cuisine is not compromised
  • No product considered bad for health is used, e.g. saturated or hydrogenated oil (contributory factors to heart disease). Herbs are used for seasoning instead of salt (too much salt causes high blood pressure).
  • Stallholders serving meat, e.g. chorizo, burgers and steak had to demonstrate that they are grilling their product so as to reduce fat content. They also had to show that they were offering healthier choice of breads, e.g. wholemeal, and a variety of salads
  • They had to show that each meal served had the right balance of vegetables, starch and protein, with the stallholders serving vegetable proteins, e.g. pulses, scoring the highest points
  • They had to show that their product would help reduce obesity
  • The stallholders who achieved gold level had to demonstrate that they had on offer a choice of foods which included at least one type of oily fish or one type of pulse

 
All stallholders attended a workshop on nutrition conducted by an NHS nutritionist. Stallholders, as a whole, achieved 4 gold, 6 silver and the rest bronze.

Gourmet-Chorizo

Fortnum’s Bees

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Beehives on the roof at Fortnum & Mason

As reported elsewhere during the Summer, the bees, housed on the roof at Fortnum’s, put in regular appearances at Piccadilly Market.

Contrary to popular prejudice the Fortum’s Bees do NOT wear monocles, Harris Tweed waistcoats, and employ a butler to pick up after them.

This fella was sleepy and somewhat grumpy. Due possibly to an American tourist referring to him as a wasp.

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Oysters & High Explosives

When a thousand pound bomb hit St James’s Church Piccadilly on the night of 14th October 1940, almost 72 years ago, followed by incendiaries which burnt out the interior of the church, a banker was dining a few hundred yards away at Wiltons Oyster Bar in King Street. Wiltons’ website reports:

The license was taken over in 1930 by Mrs Bessie Leal until 1942 (sic), mid-war, when Olaf Hambro, who happened to be eating oysters alone at the bar as a bomb landed on St James’s Church, Piccadilly, asked for the restaurant to be added to his bill as Mrs Leal folded her tea towel and apron and declared Wiltons closed.

Wiltons — still owned by the Hambro banking family — and St James’s Church survived: the Church with no permanent roof until the 1950s and without a spire until the 1960s. The current spire is made of steel, plastic and fibreglass, the restoration money having run out.

Pathé newsreel reports captured the aftermath of the bombing, the church smouldering and being played with water (click the two following images for video launch pages)…

…and the dedication of the Garden of Remembrance in 1946:

St James’s and its market today:

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The Weirdness of Apple Maps

The area round Piccadilly Market and St James’s Church, courtesy of Apple Maps (and a kind friend with an iPad who knows how to screengrab). But where are the people and traffic? It’s like London after a Triffid attack….

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Time-Travel Kaleidoscopes

News from Hand-Made Kaleidoscopes….. How cool is this?

Dear Ruth,

I bought a kaleidoscope from your stand at Piccadilly Market a couple of years ago. I’m a children’s author and my retro-style adventure story, “The Bother in Burmeon” was published earlier this year. It’s a time-slip story in which the young hero goes back to 1962 via a mysterious kaleidoscope (it’s silver in the book). I bought the kaleidoscope to use as a prop for school visits (where it has been much admired!) and to use in the book trailer which we’ve now finished…

If you do manage to construct a time-travel kaleidoscope, I’d love to know!

Kind regards,

Susan

S.P. Moss aka Susan Imgrund

http://www.burmeon.com

The Bother in Burmeon by S.P. Moss

Piccadilly Circus Circus

piccadilly-market-circus-1Piccadilly Circus Circus comes to Piccadilly! The men in yellow jackets were out in force on Piccadilly this morning, preparing for tomorrow’s central London extravaganza.

Regent’s Street and Piccadilly will be transformed into a ‘pedestrianised paradise’ with tightrope artists, circus trapeze, aerial dance and bungees, BMX bike tricks and street dance, a Latin circus, a Moroccan circus and much more.

Over the course of tomorrow afternoon and evening there will be 143 performances of 48 different acts by 33 companies across 15 spaces, with 247 performers! Details here.

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The Piccadilly Market Grapevine

Travel from Piccadilly Circus towards Fortnum’s and The Ritz and there, on your left, poking through the railings of St James’s Church, is a vine. It arches over one of the best stalls on Piccadilly Market — De Angeli Design (Bespoke Leathercraft/Made to Measure Belts) — bathing it in a soft green light.

It is unknown what the grapes taste like, or if they have ever been pressed, bottled, and drunk. Châteaux Vapeurs D’Autobus anyone?

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Piccadilly Market does Royal Wedding ‘Cakes and Sweets Market’ in the garden

Royal Wedding is approaching fast and we at Piccadilly Market could think of no better way to celebrate than with a calorific-terrific ‘Cakes and Sweets’ Market …

This special and sweet event will be held in our beautiful church garden, in the heart of Piccadilly, and will offer you handmade sweets of all persuasions… from traditional English cakes and delicious French patisseries, to scrumptious fudge and Vegan cupcakes. We will also be featuring beautiful, quirky tea sets by talented London designer Ali Miller.

This day has been organised in conjunction with the wonderful ‘Shepherds Markets’ whose motto is ‘growing communities through good food’; they have also started up an excellent food Market in our courtyard on Mondays- I encourage you to try it!

Come and enjoy a delicious outdoor afternoon tea on Wed 27th April …..and find a unique arts and crafts gift for a loved one (be that yourself!).

If you’re about in town Easter Weekend 22-25th May, you can visit ‘Let them Eat Cake’ -An exhibition of royal wedding cakes and cake designs through the ages –http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/wellingtonarch

What makes our event better is that you can eat as much cake as you like!

Piccadilly Market is a vibrant and charming Arts and Crafts Market held in the Courtyard of St James’s Church, a practicing church designed by the infamous Sir Christopher Wren.

Mons: Food market,11-5pm/ Tues’s: Antiques Market, 10-6pm /Wed’s-Sat’s Arts and Crafts Market, 10-6pm.

Here are some photos from the day:

Royal Banner, Royal Wedding cakes & Sweets market

Ali Miller at the Royal Wedding cakes & Sweets market

Rosilyn Miller's Royal Cup cakes at the Royal Wedding cakes & Sweets market