It was a thoroughly horrid day, weatherwise, so it seemed like the ideal opportunity to go and sympathise with some of the stall-holders at one of Edinburgh’s Saturday markets, as they bravely stuck it out in the lashing rain.
I chose the one outside St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral. I’d swooped through it a couple of times, recently, but not yet got to grips with what they had on offer, in terms of lunchtime grub.
I alighted upon two stalls, side by side, that looked likely to sort my lunchtime needs, very nicely. Tomorrow, you can hear about Bespoke BBQ, which served me my “main course”, but today’s focus is on Land Foods, who provided me with a lovely starter.
Focussing on fresh, local, seasonal food, Land Foods serves a weekly changing menu of delights at the market, and has recently also begun trading at the Sunday market outside the newly refurbished Commonwealth Pool.
Today’s selection was three vibrant and delicious looking salads, which were begging for a sunny day, and a warming sounding potato, butter bean and tarragon soup. I opted for the latter (£2.50), which came with a fun looking bread-stick.
The spirit of the women who run the stall was undimmed by the distinctly dismal weather, and they were full of sunny banter.
The soup proved to be very good. It was everything the soup at Bia Bistrot should have been, actually. The rustic texture was velvety, and the judicious use of tarragon, which can be sometimes be brutally overpowering, was expertly judged. It brought warmth and comfort, which was much needed on this soggiest of Saturdays.
So overall, I was very pleased with Land Foods. The wonderfully friendly owners are doing excellent work, and even on this pig of a day, I was left feeling heartily replenished by their lovely soup. I’d recommend you pay them a visit, soon, at either one of their regular weekend market haunts.
Saturdays, 11am – 5pm Outside St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral
Sundays, 10am – 4pm Outside The Royal Commonwealth Pool