I found out about Stripped Back on Twitter during my first visit to Broadway Market. Apparently, a professional chef with experience at many Michelin-starred restaurants was serving fine dining meals from a stall in a children’s playground at a very reasonable price of £17.50 for four. Only which playground? It took me a while to find the right one, and even when I was standing right in front of the Stripped Back stall, I still couldn’t see it because the whole set up is very low key.
It’s funny how some perfectly reasonable adults, mostly men, refuse to eat meat on the bone… Well, I’m not that person, I like a good, slow cooked rib smothered in sticky sauce. A kilo of ribs will feed two very hungry people. I normally get mine from the Ginger Pig in Borough Market.
It’s surprisingly difficult to find good quality pickled cucumbers in London. Those available from supermarkets taste as if they were pickled in acetone and are, frankly, inedible. Bigger shops sometimes stock Polish or Turkish brands which are pickled in a less vinegary solution with dill and other herbs or spices. Then, there are really nice Israeli cucumbers in brine, but they are hard to find. This year, I thought I would give it a go and make my own.