In the second of a series of articles The Deli Chefs, Geoff Odgers and Iain Thompson, go out and about to sample some of great produce to be found at Devon’s food markets and events.
Both Geoff and Iain are trained chefs and run their own fine meat and cheese business from the Pannier Market in Tiverton where they sell some of the finest produce the region has to offer as well as regaling their customers with fabulous old Westcountry stories and entertaining with simple, innovative cookery theatre.
If you’d like to know more about what The Deli Chefs get up to, including working in local schools, have a look at their website, The Deli Shack.
This week they are on their home ground – the Tiverton Pannier Market
Tiverton Pannier Market is one of the premier markets if you’re in the mood for a spot of shopping in Mid Devon. Being a market town, Tiverton has played host to all kinds of food and general markets for over 700 years and is one that Geoff and I have a close working knowledge because that’s where our business, The Deli Shack, first started and still trades today.
Getting to the market is easy, just a few miles from Junction 27 on the M5, it’s situated in the heart of the town and offers two car parks, one at either end of the hall with easy entry for push chairs and wheel chairs alike.
Refurbished only a few years ago the Pannier Market’s magnificent custom made hall is fully enclosed, just the thing for rainy days. The traders are lined up along either side of the walk way facing inwards so there’s plenty of room to move around and have a good look at what’s on offer. There are also a number of traders adjacent to the main hall offering an array of different services to go and have a browse through and a cafe with in door as well as outdoor seating is you fancy some refreshments.
If you’re interested then there’s a good website at www.tiverton-market.co.uk which comes complete with a map of how to get there and for trade enquiries you can contact the market manager, Chris Firth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside of the market is where you’ll find the food stalls and there’s plenty of excellent fresh produce on sale to tempt your taste buds. There are two fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, one run by Alistair Strachan who, among other things, offers a wide range of fresh organic produce from the local National Trust Gardens at Knightshayes Court, Tiverton. Just for interest, last autumn Alistair was offering 27 varieties of apples, mostly taken from his customers gardens.
The other stall is run by a young chap called Richard Kelland, who runs his own high street fruiters in Bampton, North Devon, and who goes to great lengths to tell you how fresh his produce is, and it certainly does look good.
Next door to Richard’s stall is Stevie’s bakery, offering freshly baked artisan breads, one of which Geoff and I decided was our favourite produce of the day and we felt really stood out as being just that bit different. It was kosher Honey Rye bread which has a generous dollop of local honey added to the raw dough to give the finished bread a wonderful sweetness to balance the sharpness of the rye, absolutely stunning and well worth a go if you can catch him before it all sells out.
If it’s meat that you’re after, then there’s Judith’s Taylor’s Tiverton Sausage Company which sells a delicious variety of handmade sausages with meat taken from her own herd of Gloucester Old Spot pigs along with poultry and a wide range of tasty jams and preserves.
The other meat stall is The Deli Shack which specialises in rare breed meats, artisan cheeses, lot’s of tapas style produce including freshly prepared olives and Cornish charcuterie and run by Geoff and me. There’s a comprehensive listing of what we have to offer on our website at www.delishack.com
And so to our recipe this week. Geoff, being the kind of show boater that he is, decided that the thing to do was rustle up a rare breed Longhorn chilli right there on the spot using an old camping stove and some fresh ingredients supplied by the other traders. What I loved about this recipe was the fact that he used fresh lemon in it, not something I’d ever seen before, so I thought we should share it and here it is
1 Pack of Devon Longhorn Mince
2 Handfuls of green baby Tomatoes
The juice of ½ a Lemon
2 Cloves of crushed and finely chopped Garlic
1 Medium sized roughly chopped Onion
2 De-seeded and finely chopped Chillies
½ a glug of Olive Oil
½ a glug of Vegetable Oil
Freshly milled Black Pepper
½ a loaf of Kosher Honey Rye Bread
Some good quality Devon Butter
- Do the oil glugging thing in to a thick bottomed, lidded pan
- Add to pan the onion and cook without colour
- Add the Long Horn mince, garlic and chillies, keep stirring until all the mince is sealed
- Add the tomatoes – checking for any stalks
- Add the lemon juice
- Put lid on pan, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, occasionally stirring to break down the tomatoes
After 20 minutes taste and correct seasoning
Now for the best bit. Take the Kosher Honey Bread and cut into rustic chunks and spread with the butter
Now serve the chilli into bowls and dress the bread on the side
A really light and invigorating combination dish in which you can taste all the constituent ingredients enjoyment without too much indulgence – well apart from the butter!
You may want to serve a salad with this, my suggestion would be:
Russet Apple, Red Onion and Tomato Salad with a Lemon and Olive Oil Dressing
We’re a bit biased here because as I’ve said we run our own business from the Pannier Market, but nevertheless it’s one of the best appointed markets that we’ve been to in terms of access and general décor. You might be interested to know that we’re also running a Food & Drink Festival at the Pannier Market on the Sunday, May 8 complete with live music and a real ale bar, so pop it in your diary and we’ll see you there if not before.
Have a lovely weekend
- The Deli Chefs at the Westcountry Game & Equine Festival - March 26, 2011
- Tiverton Pannier Market – one of the premier markets in Mid Devon - March 12, 2011
- Discover the inviting and exciting Totnes Good Food Sunday Market with The Deli Chefs - February 26, 2011