Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby Dock. The new weed in town.

With eyes like her mother 

and a smile like her daddy, 

there's no mistaking Ruby Dock’s pedigree. She’s the love child of Salvation Jane and Lantana.

Like her parents, she's named after a beautiful flowering plant which was introduced into Australia where it thrived to such an extent that it out competed the native flora and is now regarded as an invasive weed.  Ruby Dock, which is native to the desert areas of North Africa and India, was thought to have been introduced into Australia with camels in the 19th century as part of colonisation. It’s seeds are wind and water dispersed and it is commonly found along watercourses. 

Now Ruby Dock has blown into Camden and put down roots by the canal where it has already won fans who are delighted to find shady respite from the noise and congestion of the market.

But blink and you'll miss her as she's a pop up: in this location for 12 months only. During the day she’s serving up delicious breakfasts and lunches and of course, coffee and cakes, and when night falls and the tourists disappear, its wine, beer, cocktails and on trend hot dogs.

So come up and visit the new weed in Camden town.

44-45 Camden Lock Place
Middle Yard
Camden Lock Market
Chalk Farm Rd
NW1 8AF       
Opening Times: 
Monday and Tuesday from 8am to 5pm
Wednesday to Friday 8am to late
Saturday 9am to late
Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

The butcher, the baker, the candle stick maker


Four men in a tub,

And who do you think they be?

The Wandering Chef, the Thinkers Balcony, the Candle Stick Maker and Salvation Jane’s very own Head Chef, Tim.
All put out to sea.

It wasn’t a sailing expedition that brought these four whimsically named* men together last Saturday night, but a culinary one, “Supper Club Saloon”, to celebrate the launch of Melba.
*Note to Tim: come up with a quirky alias like… the “Kiwi Chef”?

For one night only, Salvation Jane turned her kitchen over to chefs who regularly host their own Supper Clubs and Pop Ups in venues throughout London. The challenge for these lone rangers was to collaboratively devise a four course menu and cook along side each other for 50 guests. 

There were quite a few Masterchef moments

But on the whole the chefs kept their cool, no one sliced a finger off, and the punters devoured every morsel.

If I had to pick a winner, I’d say it was the Kiwi Chef with his starter. A home side advantage, or a biased judge?

Hake and Kaffir Lime Fish Cakes with Nam Jim Dipping Sauce and Asian 
Herb Salad

The other dishes on the Asian themed menu:

The Candle Stick Maker's 
"Salamagundi in the 21st Century - A Many Component Salad"

The Wandering Chef's "Duck Soup"

The Thinker's Balcony dessert "Kunderian Lightness and Weight 
Bee's Galangal Ice Cream"

Thank you to all the chefs, diners and Melba for a wonderful night.

Thank you also to Antonia Pena for many of these photographs.