Until Bastille Day, I had no idea that Borough Market was in Bankside, despite having worked in the neighbourhood for almost a year. East of Charing Cross, and West of Black Friars Bridge – the Southern bank of the River Thames, just before London Bridge, is technically the District of Bankside. Who knew?
I spend most of my days hanging around Borough Market, but my favourite day had to be when the team at Better Bankside invited me down for their Bastille Day celebrations. The market was open on a Sunday (which it never is), and the whole day was a celebration of cheese and wine. What’s not to love?
As part of the Bastille Day celebrations, I got to go up to the Borough Market Kitchen and be part of a group getting a cookery demonstration from the lovely Katherine Frelon, chef and author of Shop. Cook. Eat. I’ve attended many a class at the kitchen, but Katherine’s was on another level – her Croque Monsieur was unlike anything else I’d ever had – a hint of mustard in the sauce, it was divine.
The recipe is in her cookbook, which I’ve been pouring over – it’s full of recipes you’d use for a fancy dinner party with friends, but is really approachable (and not at all terrifying, as I assume French-style cooking can be).
It was a wonderful day, and makes me feel so grateful that I get to work in such an amazing neighbourhood!