Market (and nearby) Monday

Got my avocados this week! I saw avocado feature in so many other people’s MoFo blogs I really started wanting some. Think I can risk £1, especially as the bowl I got had 5, not 4 avocado pears in it. I’m going to make some bread later, as the first way I ever had avocado (smooshed up on wholemeal bread with salt, pepper and vinegar) is still my favourite way to eat them. 

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Nothing else really caught my eye, apart from a bag of pickling onions I dithered over before deciding against, so I’m going to fill out this post with some eulogising about one of my favourite places near the market, Just fair trade shop.

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This is a couple of minutes walk away from Leicester Market, on Silver Street, and is nearly always the first place I go to when I’m looking for cards or gifts. Although veganism is strictly only about avoiding harm to animals as far as possible, I believe most vegans are pretty socially conscious in general and try to include humans in their not-harming endeavours. I’m obviously not the only one, as there’s clearly a market for cross-sectional do-gooding if the array of vegan-friendly goodies on offer here is anything to go by. For example, they have intentionally vegan chocolate as well as stuff that’s ingredient-suitable although it has “may contain traces…” style warnings (I’m looking at you, Divine chocolate!)

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Particularly pleased to see the cinder toffee, as I’ve not seen this before, and I do miss crunchie bars very occasionally (although really, after 16 years I only have the haziest memory of what they actually tasted like).

They also have quite a good selection of other grocery items like olive oil, spice mixes, couscous, drinks, a few beans, and some tasty-looking (albeit pricey) spreads, and a choice of several teas and coffees. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a ‘suitable for vegans’ label on tea before!

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So yes, well worth a visit if you happen to be in the neighbourhood.

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Market Monday – bargain of the day (VeganMoFo 2013)

I’m lucky enough to work within easy walking distance of what was apparently voted ‘Britain’s favourite market’ in 2009. It’s rather a large affair:Image

and there are quite a few stalls selling similar things, particularly fruit and veg, so prices are very competitive. 

Today’s bargain – 6 bananas for 50p. Here are five of them, I ate one while I was at work. 

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Having forked over my coin of the realm, I went around the other side of the stall (to get to my next purchase, some root ginger for a quid), only to discover I could have had over double the amount of bananas for the same price, just with a few more brown spots. It’s probably just as well I didn’t though, as my freezer is a bit full.

Stay tuned for the next thrilling instalment to find out what I made with my market purchases, and about the kindness of a work colleague…