Photo by Sonia Porter
Hello ladies and gentleman of the interweb,
So, after a slight hibernation over the first month of our year 2013, we at What The Dickens have started the ball rolling this year by joining the esteemed collective of amazing street food traders known as KERB!
This is exciting news on many fronts, not least because we will be able to feed hungry mouths more days of the week now. Aside from our regular stomping ground at Chatsworth Road Market, you’ll now be able to find us every Friday lunchtime at Kings Cross serving our epicurean delights, including our new Devilled Pork Roll! (pictured)
In addition, we will also be making one or two appearances a month at 30 St Mary Axe, serving both breakfast and lunch for the denizens of The Gherkin (Gherkinese?), starting on the 21st February, as well as the odd event at UCLU (27th February)and elsewhere.
In fact, we got so excited by all this that we’ve followed our more modern friend’s advice and established our very own Facebook page, where you can keep up to date with all of our various shenanigans, whims and fancies, should you also be mainlined into the Facebook hive mind.
Simply click here and do the whole ‘Like’ thing.
We do have some other projects up our bespoke, tailored sleeves so do keep your eyes peeled…
As we move into the ever more futuristic sounding 2013, we at What The Dickens! will be continuing and evolving with our less modern menu..
Following the success of our pop-up run at The Reliance, we will be returning to sling on the street, firstly, every Sunday at our usual stomping ground of Chatsworth Road Market in Hackney, but also at a few more other regular London markets, and with a few event tricks up our sleeve too these next few months.
Be assured, you’ll be the first to hear about them both on here and on the traditional Twitter feed.
After a brief summer hiatus, whereupon we explored avenues new, from night time street markets to being one of the 16 national finalists of the British Street Food Awards, we are relaunching a six week run of our pop-up breakfast cafe.
We’ve taken inspiration from the beacons of London breakfasts such as the The Wolesley
and Hawksmoor to produce a quality menu, that combines carefully sourced ingredients from traditional suppliers with our own commitment to producing as much as possible from scratch ourselves.
The Grimsby Traditional Smoked Haddock we use is naturally smoked overnight in 100 year old traditional brick smoke houses above the slowly smouldering embers of wood shavings, giving it the very best flavours, the sausages are made to a Victorian recipe, the loaves from E5 Bakehouse are made using a 200 year old sourdough culture and our own handcrafted bacon is made from superb Downland pigs and aged for at least 14 days. Yessir!
Starting this weekend of the 20th and 21st October, from 11am until 3pm, we will be serving these fine first meals from The Reliance public house on Old St with regular musical interludes from a range of local musicians and a selection of British dance band music from yesteryear.
Our classic menu is available to peruse by clicking here.
We would, of course, be honoured if you could join us.
The Reliance, 336 Old St, London EC1V 9DR
What the Dickens! has been selected for the British Street Food Awards to be held at Jamie Oliver’s gaff in September. We are working on a variant of Jane Grigson’s Pulled and Devilled Turkey, Pheasant or Chicken for the occasion so look out. This is one of the best recipes we have ever tried. It would be criminal to miss it.
Take your roast turkey, pheasant or chicken, then, should there be any left (boxing day is a good time for this yes?) tear the white meat into strands and poach in butter and cream. Add lemon juice and parsley and keep warm. Strip the dark meat from the carcass, add a mixture of mustard, mango or plum chutney and cayenne pepper and mix-up. Grill under a hot grill until the seasoning starts to blacken. Serve with some fresh bread. Note – Jane Grigson specifically prohibits the use of vegetables as an accompaniment to this dish!
Also! Get your PORK PIES! Michael’s hand raised pork pie is being entered into the pies category. Get your pies on Saturday. Get your pies on Sunday. Just be sure to Get your pies!
15th and 16th September, Hoxton, just off City Road. Go to http://fifteenstreet.co.uk for details.