With their 30 plus varieties of potato they have grown this year The Potato Shop say it's hard to know which potato to choose!
Favourites this year have got to be the Mayan Gold, Inca Bella, Golden Wonder, Yukon Gold or Wilja. So many to choose from!
Golden Wonder, Yukon Gold and Mayan Gold as their names suggest are lovely and golden in colour and also have a lovely crispy outside and fluffy inside when roughed up and roasted.
If you are par boiling the Mayan Gold or Inca Bella watch them carefully; a second too long and they will break down into mash.
Everyone knows King Edwards. They roast brilliantly, but with your Christmas dinner it's always nice to try something extra special. Many of the heritage varieties such as Red Duke of York, Arran Victory and Kerr’s Pink are all very floury and make superb roast potatoes.
There’s enough time between now and Christmas to try them all!
Here's an easy recipe with ingredients you can buy from any of our farmers markets;
Golden Wonder Roast Potatoes, Parsnips & CarrotsIngredients1.2 kg Golden Wonder potatoes6 parsnips6 carrots1 bulb garlic3 sprigs fresh rosemarysea saltfreshly ground black pepperolive oilMethodPreheat your oven to 200°C. Peel the vegetables and halve any larger ones lengthways. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled, and bash them Pick the rosemary leaves. Put the potatoes and carrots into a large pan – you may need to use two – of salted, boiling water on a high heat and bring back to the boil. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, add the parsnips and cook for another 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and allow to steam dry. Take out the carrots and parsnips and put to one side. Fluff up the potatoes in the colander by shaking it around a little Put a large roasting tray over a medium heat and either add a few generous glugs of olive oil. Add the garlic and rosemary. Put the vegetables into the tray with a good pinch of salt and pepper and stir them around to coat them in the flavours. Spread them out evenly into one layer. Oven cook for about 1 hour, or until golden.
We're opening a new farmers market in Ladbroke Grove, from 8th September
Cheese Street is heading to Walthamstow Sun 2nd Sept and Islington Sun 30th Sept, spreading the word about some of the amazing artisan cheese makers we have in this country. They're all absolutely FREE to attend.
If you're lucky and first to market in the morning you may be able to find the last few cherries of the season. Alongside them we have juice greengages, plums, blackberries and the first Discovery apples of the season.
As we write, the rain is coming down steadily, and we're hoping that our farmers are feeling the benefits.
Strawberry season has begun for the farms who grow and sell soft fruit at our farmers markets in London and for you who love to eat them.