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Hackney Homemade market, E5

While Broadway Market is the big food event in the area, Hackney Homemade (Sat 11am–4pm) has a growing number of enticing stalls and a lovely location by the ancient church of St John’s in Hackney. Here is some of the food you can sample, with recipes from the stallholders.

Dosa Deli

Indian favourites: first up a hot cup of chai, the basic ingredients of Assam tea, milk and sugar given intense added flavour by fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns. And then dosas – Indian pancakes traditionally eaten for breakfast, wrapped round a subtle but mouthwatering meaty sauce. Dosa Deli served me a Kashmiri lamb dosa: an eight-hour braised shoulder of Romney Salt Marsh Lamb coated in a Kashmiri sauce, with ginger and tamarind chutney, coconut chutney, carrot, parsnip and fresh herbs. Here’s their recipe for kashmiri sauce. And here’s how to make the dosa pancake, with style!

Kashmiri lamb dosa


 Dark Knights of Cholesterol

Toma brusca, which you can crumble into spring risotto

Ie… cheese! From Lincolnshire farmhouse to goat and sheep cheeses to tomas from the Castelmagno valley in northern Italy. They specialise in unpasturised and rare cheeses and advise on food pairings. Here is their recipe for spring risotto with toma brusca: on the stall they use Occitan spellings for toma cheeses, as Castelmagno is a remote enclave of this ancient and endangered language.

The Hungry Wolf

Polenta with polpettine and tomato sauce

The speciality here, inspired by the stallholder’s Sicilian American relative, is sweet and decorative cannoli. But the Hungry Wolf is sensibly keeping his recipe under wraps, so instead he told Eat Hackney how to make another dish you’ll find on the stall: polenta with polpettine (meatballs).



  1. Posted 4 May ’12 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Am definitely visiting this market when next in London. Yet more proof (if any were needed) that East London is where it’s at!

  2. Posted 11 May ’12 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    You know where to find it, don’t you? The good food, that’s what. Many, many thanks. I will definitely swing by when in East London again.

    Have a nice weekend.

  3. Posted 18 Aug ’12 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I hope you don’t mind if I use your photo of the market on my blog? Please do get in touch if you’d like me to take it down. Thanks.

    • Admin
      Posted 18 Aug ’12 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      Please help yourself Sabita! Bestest, Eat Hackney

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