Last time I didn’t know what to post I brought you the giant strawberry. This time, we have the giant egg! The smaller one is a normal medium sized egg for comparison. The giant egg was bought from Winchester Farmer’s Market.
Although I now live in Southampton, I’m originally from Bristol and lived there for the first 23 years of my life. I visit often, as my family still live there and I find it a lovely place to be. The whole city has a much more unique feeling than Southampton.
While in Bristol, I tried to cram in as much as I could as I was only planning on going for the day (in the end I ended up staying the night, but left pretty early the next morning). I had also read about See it Blog it over on mylifeinknitware.com which made me decide to explore part of the city I had been through probably hundreds of times, without taking notice of my surroundings.
I was quite happy on my way to the station, although there were lots of omens that made me think I might not actually have such a good day as I was expecting. There was a man passed out in a bus stop. Someone got off a bus and made sure he was ok before I got there, so I left him to sleep. Then there was also a pigeon that looked like it had just kind of died and fallen out the sky. The train journey went without a problem though, and that was, for the Saturday anyway, the end of any problems.
First, as soon as I got off the train and headed to the bus stop, I took a look at the train station itself. Bristol Temple Meads is pretty large, and there’s normally so much traffic and tall buses around that you can’t see it properly. Still being pretty early, I managed to take this:
It’s interesting, because unlike most of Bristol, where old buildings and new sit together, sometimes overlapping, Temple Meads is pretty old. Take away the cars, traffic lights and signs and you can easily imagine what it used to look like. The building on the left actually used to be the station, but now it’s the building directly in front.
I then paid a visit to St Nicholas Market. I’ve explored this place thoroughly so it wouldn’t count at all for See it Blog it. I couldn’t resist a visit though, as this has to be one of my favourite places in Bristol. You can buy anything in there, all from independent, local traders. I bought some sauce from Dr Burnorium’s Hot Sauce Emporium and wandered the market, just taking in the sights and smells. It was nice and quiet as it was still only 10.30am.
Next I walked to the centre and hopped on a bus to visit my grandparents. When I left them after lunch, I headed to Clifton to investigate a new wool shop. I’m so glad I did. Beshley’s Wool Shop was one of the most inviting, wonderful wool shops I’ve been in. Beshley herself was very welcoming, and I didn’t feel at all awkward taking plenty of time to look at and feel all the wonderful British wool she stocks. I was on a hunt for some lovely soft chunky wool for some bedsocks for my grandma. I found the perfect thing:
Erika Knight Vintage Wool in drizzle and wisteria.
I was also very happy about the prices, and it proves that you don’t have to pay ridiculous amounts to get high quality, local yarn.
I managed to drag myself away from the loveliness of the shop and went to find a bus (they’ve changed some routes) back to the centre. I also managed to help out a lost woman on the way.
When I reached the centre, my goal was to explore Nelson Street, a previously dull and grey, partly derelict street that has become vibrant and colourful with the See No Evil Graffiti Exhibition. I’ve been through this street many times on the bus, but I’ve never walked along it and taken notice.
Walking along a bit, you get to this church, which just shows the mish-mash of buildings in Bristol. This is in the middle of all the graffiti. The time is wrong, as with most clocks in Bristol. It was about 3.45pm.
I headed to my parents’ house, where they were finishing laying the carpet and decorating the downstairs. I ended up staying the night, which wasn’t the original plan, and headed back to Southampton in the morning. That journey wasn’t so easy though, as the train I was on was cancelled and I had to wait for an hour at Bath Spa. I ended up sat on the floor of the platform knitting, because why not? This resulted in a happy elderly woman who smiled at me a lot. Then on the train, a man sat next to me and somehow knew I was knitting a hat (it was all crumpled on my lap), and said that it looked very nice. I suppose on the plus side of that hour longer than expected journey, I got to do a lot of knitting!
It was Hampshire Hog Day this week at Winchester Farmer’s Market so, although this post is usually anything but food, today it’s about food.
The day started well with piglet racing. They were kenekunes so very friendly, and apparently were around 10 months old. I picked number 6 to win. Naturally he came last!
After the racing, we wandered the market and found lots of delicious produce. As it was Hampshire Hog Day I decided to make a meal involving pork with produce bought entirely from the market.
Recipe – Pork and beetroot, carrot and leek warm salad, served with poached egg, fresh bread and chutney.
Ingredients (amounts depend on your preferences – you can easily add more for more people). I’ve added who I bought it from at the market:
- 2 Pork loin noisettes / pork steak / pork chops (Greenfield Pork)
- 2 Golden beetroot (you could use normal purple)
- 8 Large beetroot leaves (you could use spinach or cabbage)
- 1 Leek
- 2 Spring onions
- 2 Carrots (veg from various producers)
- 2 large handfuls of oyster mushrooms (Natural Wight Mushrooms)
- Bread (Unsure of name)
- Chutney (Real Jam and Chutney Co.)
- 2 Eggs (Kings Somborne Free Range Eggs)
- Butter (I didn’t buy from the market as I had plenty, but there is butter available)
- Apple juice (Hill Farm Juice)
- Peel the beetroot and wash the carrot. Chop both into cubes and place into boiling water for 10 minutes.
- While waiting for the beetroot and carrot to cook, start frying the pork in a little oil. If whatever cut you use is too big, chop it in half so it cooks nicely. Drain the beetroot and carrot.
- Wash and slice the leek and beetroot leaves. Add a small knob of butter to a saucepan. Once the butter has melted add the leek and leaves.
- Wash and slice the spring onions.
- Chop the mushrooms roughly and add to frying pork.
- Boil water for the poached eggs. Once boiling, poach each egg individually.
- Mix beetroot, carrot, leek, beetroot leaves and spring onion.
- When pork, mushrooms and eggs are cooked, place the mushrooms on a plate. Add the vegetable mix. Put pork on top followed by egg.
- Serve with fresh bread, apple chutney and a nice glass of apple juice.