one of the best presents i’ve gotten recently is my trusty little eat.shop.london guide, which i’ve been addicted to since hopping over the pond. the author lives somewhere in the east end and has introduced me to some of my favorite local spots within minutes of our hackney home. i’ve eaten my way through nearly every east london location in the book. through pounding the pavement in search of each amazing spot, i’ve also stumbled across some lovely little gems that deserve a place in the next edition. i highly recommend the books – they’ve got editions for a number of major cities. i love the visuals of the book and the amusing content and one of my goals in life is to write and photograph the second london guide. cabazon books, i’m here for you. or rather, you’ll be hearing from me.
anyway, one of the food spots mentioned in the book, spinach & agushi, is so local that it can only be found once a week at broadway market on saturdays. i can also be found weekly at broadway market, but i’ve been so busy eating roast hog sandwiches, violet cupcakes, and wild mushroom risotto that i’ve only passed their ghanaian food stall with a longing glance and vowed to return posthaste.
return i did with michelle, one of my many conspicuous consumption partners in crime. after a wild mushroom sandwich from sporeboys, we worked up our appetites again wandering the market chatting with producers and sampling more food until we finally felt ready to take on spinach & agushi. our menu options were as follows:
we went for the slightly spicy and flavorful jollof rice with two stews – the namesake spinach & agushi with crushed melon seeds and a shredded chicken in a smooth and slightly creamy peanut sauce. they sprinkled a bit of carrot salad on top with a splash of hot sauce, we parked ourselves on a sidewalk curb and stuffed ourselves full of authentic ghanaian goodness.
make your way to the market and try it yourself! i’m excited to see what other dishes make it into the rotation and thus into my belly. i’ll be back!