Surrey Street treats: Christmas canapés

Posted on December 24th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

It’s Christmas time in Surrey Street! Jess Bashford has some great ideas from Croydon’s historic street market to keep your party food fresh, local and delicious

This year I decided that I’d think up some canapés for any Christmas party, making the most of three of the market’s ingredients for three very different experiences. I’ve used potatoes for a traditional English idea, tomatoes for an Italian-inspired bite … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: Mushroom risotto

Posted on November 12th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford welcomes the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Even though it’s darker and colder, I’ve always liked November. So I thought I’d use one of my favourite vegetables from Surrey Street market to make my favourite meal: mushroom risotto.

Ingredients from the market

Around 500g mushrooms (or a bowl)

Ingredients from the kitchen

2 onions, 4 garlic cloves, 1tbsp parsley, 1 tsp thyme, pepper, around 400g rice, a strip … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: potato and sausage traybake

Posted on October 15th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Cooler days are here. Jess Bashford offers a deliciously warming dish using ingredients from Surrey Street market

Autumn is well and truly upon us, so I’ve been down to Surrey Street, Croydon’s historic fruit and vegetable market, to see what I can rustle up to keep me warm, and I came up with this truly autumnal traybake.

Potato and sausage traybake:

Ingredients:

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Surrey Street treats: sweet potato chips

Posted on September 11th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 2 comments

Jess’s latest treat from Surrey Street’s famous market will keep you warm now that summer’s turned to autumn

Sweet potato chips might help us hold onto the last glow of summer… or (as seems more likely) they can warm us up as the days grow cool.

Sweet potato chips: ingredients:

From the market:

six sweet potatoes (that should be enough … Read More »



Surrey Street treats: halloumi peppers

Posted on July 1st, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Put an end to worrying and barbecue with confidence, says Jess Bashford

Hopefully by now the sun is starting to shine and we’re barbecuing with more confidence. (And less fear of rain.) So while you’re strolling through Surrey Street market, you could pick up two of its brightest ingredients for a BBQ: peppers and lemons.

These halloumi peppers make a lovely something to have on the … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: pink mess

Posted on June 5th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

It’s early summer in Surrey Street market and Jess Bashford is thinking pink

We’ve had savoury treats over the last few months, so I thought it was about time I gave you something sweet again. Now that the sun’s out (hopefully) I’ve got a summery pudding for you.

I’ve thrown together a pink mess made with berries – my take on an Eton mess … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: aubergine and red pepper couscous

Posted on May 12th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. 1 Comment

As spring turns to early summer, Jess Bashford offers a recipe for outdoor eating

Hopefully it’ll start to get warmer now that it’s May and spring is well underway. So I’ve come up with a recipe that’ll be nice to eat outside in the sun. It’s couscous that makes the most of Surrey Street’s aubergines and red pointed peppers.

You could serve … Read More »



Surrey Street Treat: whatever-the-weather pesto

Posted on April 1st, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

It’s April and the weather is unpredictable. Jess Bashford has a foodie recommendation

Luckily, my mum enjoyed the crunchy courgette fritters I cooked up in my last recipe. But this month, I wanted to make something that needs a little less attention (and is embarrassingly easy).

We’re not sure what the weather’s going to be like this April. Will we see a heatwave? Or will we … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: Crunchy courgette fritters

Posted on March 13th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford serves up a tasty treat for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday 15th March, so I’ve come up with a little something as a treat for my mum. This is a tasty snack to accompany a glass of fizz – and I’m using Surrey Street‘s courgettes to make fritters. They’re a salty, savoury nibble that’s right up her street, so hopefully they’ll be … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats for Valentine’s Day: strawberry, lime and rum granita

Posted on February 11th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford prepares a light and fruity dessert to follow dinner with your valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The shops are going to start filling up with dine-in deals and lots of creamy, chocolatey treats. But sometimes I think all the rich, romantic food can get a bit much. So I’ve come up with a fresher idea that’s still indulgent – a strawberry, lime … Read More »