Game, fish, Sea Food at Borough market
One of my missions in life, apart from the pipe dream to visit every country on earth, is to cook with as many varieties of game meat, both feathered and furry as I can in my lifetime. Swooning around borough market, like a gamey peacock, brought back memories of the last feathered or game bird I had. The flavoursome roast guinea fowl with yam that made a wonderful roast for three a few months ago. The guinea fowl was picked up from my nondescript local supermarket. However, here I am in the world famous borough market gazing at game birds such as wild pigeon and pheasant. The haunch of venison was also clearly visible. The venison looked just as it should for a good one. It had a deep colour and texture. Venison by the way is a perfectly good substitute for beef, more accurately a less fatty version as game meat tends to be less fatty.
Seafood was also plentiful. My favourite fish seabass, had to be at this market and it was. Oyster, squid, mackerel, king sized prawns and brills were the staple on almost every fish stall counter. There were some exotic sea food as you would expect from borough market. The market caters for the various ethnic restaurants in London so almost anything from anywhere in the world is sold here, most notably in the wholesale section which open in the early hours of the mornings.
Fish and sea food is not that unique to England, however, game feels unique to this island. Perhaps the image of the lifestyle of the Upper class English gentleman has seeped far too deep into my consciousness, hence that feeling. Nevertheless, what I do know for certain is that game meat is not as exclusive as it once was. Guinea fowl, partridge and pheasant can now be found in selected supermarkets across London which makes them available to the masses, certainly to us – landless “peasants”. Roast pheasants, venison koftas, grilled partridge and other game meat are now marketed as a tasty alternative to lamb, chicken and beef and there are a couple of resources online in addition to the BBC food website, to help enthusiasts with creative recipes.