Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Getting the best ingredients
Tim and Jane at their 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 there's a real gem of a stall on Doncaster Market called Tim and Jane’s Tasty Flavours for baking ingredients. The stall is in the famous indoor international food hall and rivals anywhere in the world. In fact, Doncaster Market has won many awards and has been the heart of the town since 1194.
Tim and Jane’s Tasty Flavours
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 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.
Nigel on the fish stall
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!
And a final word ....
P.S. This is the Wedding Cake I made from Grandma's recipe with ingredients from Tim and Jane's stall. 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!