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This week we made our first visit of the year to farmers market, we lost ourselves between the aromas of fresh vegetables, fruits, goat cheeses, olives, rustic breads and we came back home with our hands full of things we missed when we were away. Two of them are nettles and mallows. Actually in London it’s not difficult to find both but mostly in dog poo areas. And in the markets, they do not bring and sell these herbs picked from the dog poo free areas like in Turkish farmers markets.

In western Turkey, we use to eat lots of vegetables and herbs. Wild herbs form an important part of the diet specially in Aegean region of Turkey. During winter and spring, if we are around our home in the island, we pick them directly from our garden. If we are in Istanbul, we buy from farmers markets. We use them in soups, böreks (Turkish pies made with filo pastry), frittatas.

And sometimes we boil them just few minutes, then drizzle lemon juice or vinegar and olive oil top of it, add one crashed clove of garlic and enjoy with the rakı!

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(Ey Okur! A Cat From London yayın hayatına Londra ellerinde başladığından, Londra’ya yaşamaya ya da gezmeye gelecek her milletten okuyucuya ulaşsın diye dili İngilizce idi. Her ne kadar adında bir değişiklik olmasa da, artık Türkiye’de olduğumuz için yazıları İngilizce ve Türkçe yazmaya karar verdik. Vatana millete hayırlı olsun diyor, açılışı yapıyoruz…)

Yeni yılın ilk pazar ziyaretini bu hafta yaptık. Mis gibi meyve, sebze, keçi peyniri, zeytin, köy ekmeği kokularının arasında kendimizi kaybettik ve sonunda eve elimiz kolumuz özlediğimiz bir sürü şey ile dolu olarak döndük. Uzaktayken en çok özlediğimiz şeylerden biri kışın ve baharda bol bol ot yiyememek olduğundan, ısırgan ve ebegümecileri görür görmez kapıp eve getirdik. Her ne kadar pazarlarında bulunmasa da, Londra elleri ısırgan ve ebegümeci kaynadığından, her yürüyüşte karşımıza çıkıyordu. Üstelik dört mevsim kış olduğundan her daim bulmak mümkündü ama kuçu eesi aromalı olmayanı bulmak neredeyse imkânsızdı.

Adada kendi bahçemizden topladığımız otların körpeliğinin yanından bile geçemeyecek kartlıkta olsalar da, ebegümecilerin bir demedi acilen haşlandı, üzerine zeytinyağı limon gezdirildi, bir diş de dövülmüş sarımsak eklenince akşamki rakı sofrasına mis gibi meze oldu. Şimdi aklımız keçi peyniriyle börek olacak ısırganlarda.

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After a nice walk to Old Spitalfields Market in a sunny London day, some vintage shopping.

Perfect for a lazy saturday.

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This week’s fresh flowers at home from Columbia Road Flower Market: anemones.

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Today (like yesterday) was another sunny day in our little kingdom and we walked to Columbia Road Flower Market for a late breakfast and to buy fresh flowers for our home.

In the market we have our breakfast always in our favorite place at Printers&Stationers in Ezra Street. The sandwiches are tasty and even the market is packed, this little cozy place is quite. Before the owners were serving our smoked salmon sandwiches and red wine while they were preparing to their selfs a morning drink, we were having a chat with their dog.

We didn’t go there for a while and today after buying some anemones for home, we popped for a glass of wine and sandwiches. The sandwiches were delicious again and we tried also the new pork and chutney sandwich. But we noticed some little changes in decoration and service. It looks like they are making a step forward with more staff, putting printed menu on the tables, more choice of sandwich, salad addition to sandwich plates, etc. We hope this step don’t turn our favorite place in the market to a less cozy place.

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Small, 5-6 stalls pop-up christmas market at Dalston Pier. It’s worth only if you are in the neighborhood.

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Yesterday we were in Manchester. During this two years we went maybe ten times to Manchester but never before christmas. This time a surprise was waiting for us: a big christmas market. Best christmas markets we know are in Germany, they are really good on it. Christmas markets in London (except the Winter Wonderland where there is a lot of German touch) are not so successful.

Manchester Christmas Market, is a big classic German christmas market and it is brilliant. Main part of the market is in Albert Square. There are also stalls in King Street, Brazennose Street, Exchange Street, Hanging Ditch. If you want to visit, it will be open until 23 December,  Sunday-Wednesday 12.00-19.00, Thursday-Saturday 12.00-20.30.

As a typical German market (even is in Britain), it was full of mulled wine, beer, sausage and chocolate smells, also christmas decorations, Polish pottery and lots of other gift choices.  We didn’t miss the chance to eat a good charcoal grilled German sausage.

If you want to bring home some of them, also there is opportunity.

We first met in Frankfurt with the Polish pottery and we love them.

For warming your feet in cold winter nights.

Who can resist to this variety of chocolates?

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A new market came to our neighborhood. Today first time we had a sunday market in Camden Passage. For the moment there aren’t a lot of stalls but anyway, it’s nice.

There are cheese, olive, cupcake, bread, ladies underwear, chocolate and handmade item stalls for the moment but it looks like our new little market will be very popular in next weeks.

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