Back from the Dead

With Halloween recently behinds us it seems an appropriate time to resurrect the erstwhile Turnips blog from its metaphorical entombment. We would like to take the time to apologise for the somewhat sporadic nature of our updates of late, and we promise that posts are going to be much more regular from now on. So stay tuned for further updates.

And so, without further ado, here’s the latest from us at Turnips . . .

As you might have guessed, the month of October has meant plump pumpkins, scintillating squashes and gourds galore, with the dark green and russet hues telling the tale of the crisp autumn season. We particularly enjoy chopping them up into bite-sized pieces and combining them with any number of delicious spices in daals, soups and curries. If you have more of a sweet tooth, then fear not – that ubiquitous American favourite the velvety pumpkin pie is the perfect way to recycle your now-redundant jack-o’-lanterns. Why we even came up with our own pumpkin smoothie

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We also have a seasonal selection of nuts in-store, including chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts. Absolutely delicious in a vegetarian nut loaf, roasted with a little sugar, or even just on their own as a healthy and nutritious snack. Make sure you squirrel some away to keep you going throughout the cold winter months.

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This Halloween has also borne witness to our annual #Turnipspumpkincarveoff, where staff used their considerable talents (and some considerably more than others) to engage in a little vegetable topiary. Customers were given the opportunity to vote on their favourites, with prizes for both staff and customers up for grabs. We had more submissions than ever this year, so a big well done to everyone on the Turnips team. The votes are already in, but see if you can guess from this line up who the winner is – the results will be revealed in next week’s blog. We will also be revealing the winner of our Halloween customer raffle, consisting of all the voters from the pumpkin carving contest.

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Of course, with Halloween having now come and gone, we take our first tentative steps into the start of the festive period. To celebrate, we have a new store layout and, as the holidays draw ever-near, our displays will be growing bigger, brighter and more colourful as we look to phase in some seasonal delights that will not look amiss as part of any Christmas, Hanuka or Thanksgiving table.

Before we sign off, one final thing: our renowned freshly-made soups are making a triumphant return, just in time to ward off the cold snap that’s coming in. Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.

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I am London

It’s been far too long since our last post and an update of the latest goings on is well overdue. After all, it’s not like there’s been nothing to report, with a steady stream of seasonal delights having been and gone already (goodbye wild garlic! We hardly knew ye). However, in one respect, the timing of this blog couldn’t be better, as we have quite the big piece of news to share.

Though we are typically more concerned about celery rather than legacy, it seems there’s no reason not to bring the two together, and that’s exactly what’s happening right now. This summer Historic England is focusing on the many and varied lives of those living in London, and the places, buildings and locations that have shaped their stories. The ‘I am London’ photography exhibition aims to share these tales, demonstrating that all over our city there are slices of history which are often enthralling, sometimes difficult, but never dull – very much like its citizens!

While this already sounds like a capital idea – although given that many of us have lived here for years we might be biased – we also have something of a vested interest. For it just so happens that our own Mr & Mrs Turnips, Fred and Caroline Foster, have been chosen for their own tale of two traders making their way at London Bridge’s historic Brorough Market. And while the way might not always have been easy, it was definitely worthwhile, leading to one of the market’s longest running and – if we may toot our own horn – most unique and eclectic businesses.

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Fortunately Borough makes for a particularly photogenic location, one that speaks volumes about the things that interests us the most: an honest and authentic market, paired with honest and authentic food and, of course, the people and traders that bring it all together

The exhibition’s opening is on the 14th of July at the acclaimed Central Saint Martins art college up at Kings Cross, where it will remain until September 4th. If you’d like to find out more, check out www.HistoricEngland.org.uk

Who knows, maybe we’ll see you there.

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