I was pretty pleased last Saturday when I managed to grab the last pigeon (£1.99) at the new, and rather marvellous, butchery Flock and Herd - the opening of which being yet one more reason why the gastroscenti are increasingly referring to Peckham as 'The Ludlow of The South East'.
Mind you, as I'd only gone in for half a dozen eggs, when I got back home I had to think what to do with the little bugger - ideally with (as I didn't fancy going out again) what I had in the kitchen already. This risotto is the result. Although pigeon is available all year round, the gamey stock, red wine and porcini all go to make this a lovely and deeply satisfying autumnal dish.
I think that if I was making this for two or more people, I'd serve the risotto by itself, followed by the pigeon breasts in a salad with bacon and walnuts. Or something.
If you were to draw a line on the map from Khan's Bargain Ltd on Rye Lane to Sopers on Evalina Road, you'd find that the Skint Foodie Corp™ headquarters are situated at almost exactly the halfway point between the two. Which makes it, arguably, the most desirable piece of real estate in London.
Sopers is, simply put, the ideal of what a neighbourhood fishmongers should be. Mind you, they have had quite a while to perfect their offer, given that they've been trading since 1897.
There's a dizzying array of fresh fish on display, quite a bit of it bought from day boats operating in the coastal waters off Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk. One of my most frequent purchases here is spankingly fresh mackerel, for one of my favourite quick meals, along with gurnard, sardines, rock salmon, sea bream, flounder and pollock. I also love the Cornish squid and hake. And if they have any river trout when you visit, grab it - it's gorgeous.
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