Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Kappacasein's Raclette at Borough Market, my way...

I love going to Borough Market in London. Nothing gives me more pleasure than being surrounded by food and free samples. So, it makes sense that Borough Market was the first destination when me and my friend, Michelle were in London last weekend.


It was noon and we were ready for lunch. The options for a meal and a beverage were endless, from roasts to pies, curries to sandwiches, bubbly drinks to organic juices, they're all there!


After wondering around, checking out all the stalls and tasting bits and bobs, here and there, Michelle settled for the delicious chicken and seafood green Thai curry with rice and for me, I simply couldn't resist the raclette from Kappacasein stall. And boy, it was ridiculously delicious! 

The raclette and the curry

The raclette was simply melted, bubbling, gooey ooey Ogleshield cheese over new/Charlotte potatoes and served with pickled onions and baby cornichons. Yum!! The acid from the pickled onions and cornichons contrast beautifully with the rich, creamy cheesy potatoes.

Photo courtesy of serious eats

At the stand, they also make toasted cheese sandwiches with Montgomery cheddar, onions, garlic, leeks on Poilâne sourdough bread. There's always next time...


Anyway, all I can think about today was the raclette, so I attempted to make my own at home version and actually it was pretty darn good. I need to be more generous though with the cheese and make sure I go to the gym earlier on the day which I did. 


I parboil and roast some baby new potatoes and then top with a mixture of sharp mature English cheddar and creamy Swiss Gruyère before heating it under the grill for few minutes until the cheeses melt and turn slightly golden. Serve with piles of pickled silverskin onions and baby cornichons. To wash it all down, a pint of well-chilled cider I think which I also had at the market.



18 comments:

  1. O how yum! The market and the feast!

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  2. The market looks so fun - I would never be able to decide what to eat! The raclette looks incredible!

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  3. Thanks for the little tour of the market. It looks like a fun trip there.

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  4. If you did want to buy raclette in small quantities they sell it in Lidl. It was lovely to meet you both. Thanks again for the lovely present. x

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  5. When I go to London I'll have to check out the market, I'd probably buy loads of food there. Good job on the recreation, more cheese :)

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  6. I think your remake of the dish looks spot on!! And of course, it sounds wonderful. I wish we had markets like that here in AZ!

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  7. Thanks for the info, I'll sure pass by the market once I'm in London.

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  8. What wonderful pictures! Looks like a fun market.

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  9. ummm..gulp, I would love a bite of that last dish!

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  10. That sounds amazing....A day in the foodie markets of London(sigh). Your meal sounds wonderful too!

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  11. wow those artisan bread...just marvelous! The baby potatoes with Swiss Gruyere and cornichons looks very comforting!

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  12. I love that top picture, olives in giant tubs. Heavenly! :) How great are food markets, when I was in London, it was far to cold (I shiver thinking about it) to be wondering through Markets, although I wish I had. Tis now back on the bucket list. :)

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  13. That looks absolutely delicious! I really loved my visit to Borough Markets :)

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  14. Raclette always reminds me of après ski munchies on the Alps somewhere. I'm really digging your version but you need TONS more cheese on the plate, Michael! Thanks for taking us with you to the market, we are living vicariously through you ;-).

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  15. Oh my! That all looks amazing! I can't wait until the Farmer's Markets around here open up. I'm sure I'll get to go to some pretty great ones in Austin...but I'm sure it will be nothing compared to the markets in London! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. How I miss Borough market! This is one of my favs too! YUM!

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  17. Sounds like an amazing market...and looks like you had a great time :)

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  18. I love borough market too! just to take a walk around and take in all the sights and smells (and of course the little nibbles) even if i don't realy buy anything ;)

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