Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Getting the best ingredients

Tim and Jane’s Tasty Flavours stall 
Grandma always made sure she sourced good products for her baking and the local Coop stocked most of the things she needed. These days we have a huge choice at local markets, supermarkets, grocery stores and online but I’ve found a real gem of a stall on my local market in Doncaster called Tim and Jane’s Tasty Flavours  for my baking ingredients. The stall is in the famous indoor international food hall and rivals anywhere in the world. In fact, Doncaster Market was voted Britain's best market 2011    It’s the biggest and best traditional market in the North of England with some 400 shops and stalls and provides employment for over 1000 people. Doncaster Market has been the heart of the town for hundreds of years since 1194 and is part of Doncaster’s bid for city status.

Tim and Jane have been working on the market for over 25 years including 18 years in the indoor market selling high quality fresh fruit and vegetables in season as well as a vast array of cooking and baking products. They have over 1100 products from edible nuts, dried fruits, teas, dried herbs and spices, gluten free pastas, dried beans and pulses. Tim predicts what people want and need at different times of the year so from September onwards, he stocks up on all the ingredients for Christmas cakes and vinegars for pickling.  When it’s cooler, more dried beans and pulses are sold.  He often gets requests for unusual products when people come back from holidays abroad especially Spain or Greece or following TV cookery programmes which mention out of the ordinary ingredients. Tim encourages people to use fresh produce all year round in their cooking and baking. Older customers are usually very clear about what they want, whereas younger ones often bring a list of ingredients for a particular dish.  The metric system still confuses everyone and there are plenty of young people who talk in lbs and ozs rather than kilos and grams.

What Tim likes best about Doncaster Market is the diversity of products available right across the market indoors and out. It really is a brilliant place for fruit, vegetables, fish and meat and everything that’s best for baking – we don’t know how lucky we are!

P.S. This is the Wedding Cake  I made from Grandma's recipe for my daughter and her husband. They looked radiant. Many thanks also to Chris Chambers  who is an amazing wedding photographer. He took these wonderful pictures of their wedding cake in all its glory!

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