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Toad-in-the-hole with garlic, chili and paprika sausages from Stocks Farm at Stoke Newington Farmers’ market.

A farmers’ market bargain?!

Who ever heard of such a thing.

Well hold onto your fascinators, babies, because I’m about to blow your minds.

I think I have found the philosopher’s stone of the farmers’ market - a bargain!

The Location: Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington High St, N16

The Time: 10am-2.30pm,every Saturday

The Holy Grail: Moist, delicious cake-bread in an array of fruity, spicy and boozy flavours

The Source: Global Fusion Creole Vegan bakery. (I know, it sounds like something Charlie Brooker would invent to snark at, but it’s true! Deliciously deliciously true!)

The Price: £4 for a sizeable loaf (I reckon about 10 good portions).

For some reason, I didn’t want such a good bargain so I bought half a mango and linseed loaf for £3. Still a great price for a moist cake with an intriguing and irresistible tangy/sweet-savoury flavour. It would go brilliantly with homemade cocount icecream, if anyone wants to bring me some.

As I was heading out this morning a lovely man appeared as if by magic, bearing a box.

What was inside?


Sweet-strawberry-stuffed fluffy and still warm at heart.

£1 each. I only had a fiver. He only had one pound change. I bought four.

As you can see, there are two in the photo.

You do the delicious, sweet, naughty naughty math.

Hopefully my mystery cupcake man will return and I will get his details to post here in case my dear readers would also like a magic morning cupcake moment.

Best kebab?

Well, Best Turkish Kebab. But this well-worshipped doner temple wisely doesn’t qualify the ‘best’ in their title.

Is it the best in the world? Or best in Hackney? Or best between 123 and 127 Stoke Newington Road? The acres of gushing newsprint on the walls, featuring glowing reviews from the likes of Charles Campion and, one assumes, his Turkish equivalents, might lead you to conclude ‘best in the whole darn universe ever ever ever’.

As this suggests, the BTK has been widely recorded elsewhere, so I won’t go on.

Things I liked:

The time taken to cook my lamb shish fresh.

The crisp salad fixings.

Moist tender meat, with only the merest gristle (well, it is a kebab).

Things not so ‘best’:

Rather chilly attitude from servers when everyone else seemed like an old pal.

The large customer sneezing wetly several times onto the wall.

Oh, and there’s a signed photo from Ainsley Harriott.

Ainsley knows Best.

Best Turkish Kebab, 125 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BT, 020 7254 7642

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1. Subscribe to Fire & Knives magazine, edited by the Guardian’s Tim Hayward. Inside you will find stories of well-considered consumption and want-worthy products such as…

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