I am so fortunate to live in a truly amazing corner of one of the best cities in the world. Hackney has an incredible food scene with new pop-up restaurants, cafes and bars opening every day. But better than that, its collection of local producers and shops is unparalleled.
Last Saturday morning after Dan had finished running some errands and I had gone to the gym, we stopped off at a few of my favourite shops to pick up a few simple items for lunch. Inspired by Rachel Rody’s beautiful book Five Quarters I had my heart set on fresh bread and butter with anchovies and radishes. We stopped at Spence Bakery for a sourdough loaf, which is so good I’m a little wary of trying to make it myself at home as they have got it down to an art.
This may be the most perfect combination of four ingredients I have ever eaten. The bread and butter was so delicious that it could almost have been a meal on its own, still fresh and light from the morning’s bake. The saltiness of the anchovies was cut by the peppery freshness of the radishes. In a flashy world of bigger and better, crazed diets and food trends, it was refreshing to enjoy something simple and humble, but utterly delicious
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