Madhav – Riverside

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My obsession with Indian cuisine is seriously getting out of hand. Only a mere two days after my trip to Kimi’s Indian Rajasthani food truck I found myself stood outside Madhav’s window, gazing in like Kevin Mcallister into the toy store window. Madhav is my idea of total heaven. A supermarket and a street food cafe combined, you can pick up your spices and ingredients in one side of the store and then stumble into the other for some freshly made, piping hot street food. I did just that.

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Madhav isn’t glitz and glam, the decor is basic and no frills, but the food speaks for itself. Firstly, if you are a fan of Indian cooking then look no further. Spices and ingredients here are a third of the price of the high street supermarkets. In my Christmas fuelled haze I paid an eye-watering £3.50 for a measly three cinnamon sticks in Tesco. After a short wander around Madhavs Supermarket, I picked up a large pack of cinnamon sticks (£0.79), fennel seeds (£0.79), Garam Masala (£0.99) and a large block of my absolute favourite, Paneer (£1.89). Now if you ask me, that is unbelievable value. Who says you can’t cook from scratch for cheap?

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As soon as I finished walking around the supermarket cursing Tesco as I looked at the price sticker on every single product I could lay my hands on, I decided to try a few Indian delicacies. I had every intention that evening of going home to make a crab and prawn stir fry so made the decision to get some Bhajees, Potato Balls and Samosa to-go so that we could enjoy them as a snack before dinner. Let’s just say I made a huge misjudgment and instead I’m enjoying my crab and prawn stir fry whilst I write this a day later.

The bhajees were crisp, sweet and delicious. Everything a bhajee should be. They seemed to have a mix of both red and white onions which gave them a lovely flavour. I loved the big pieces of green chilli too, it’s not often that you find bhajees with so many fresh ingredients but these hit the spot.

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The potato balls were a little bit cakey for my liking but I put that down to the fact that I transported them home in a carrier bag for 15 minutes so the crispness may have been the victim of some unwanted sweating. That being said, they were full of mustard and fennel seeds which provided a lovely crunch.

My favourite had to be the lamb samosas. It’s hard to believe these are deep fried because they taste unbelievably light. The crisp samosa casing was full to the brim with a warm-spiced lamb and pea filling. I often find with samosas that they taste of curry powder and not much else, but these had a real warmth. Hints of cinnamon and chilli made these a real winner for me.

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By the time Mr. PL and myself had consumed everything that we had bought there was no feasible way that we needed dinner. We sat in a deep fried Indian street food-induced daydream in front of the fire and barely moved all evening.

Places like Madhav are what make Cardiff for me, definitely worth a visit!

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Antique Shopping Is My Cardio

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Jacob’s Market, Cardiff Central


 

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It’s January, it’s cold, I’m supposed to be in the gym and drinking kale smoothies but if there is one thing that makes January even glummer than it already is, it’s me trying to pour my post-Christmas arse into pre-Christmas gym leggings. So, I threw January traditions straight out the window and decided to get my steps in at Jacob’s Market instead.

Jacob’s Market is my happy place. Four floors of treasures and trinkets as far as the eye can see. I channel my inner Angel Adoree and scour for china or pretty glassware to add to my collection. I even showed a glimmer of restraint by not buying the stack of vintage Playboy magazines after a sudden bright idea to frame them and use them as edgy pieces of wall art. Angel may not be on a budget but I am.

I managed to leave without buying anything this time. Not even a Royal Family mug which is my usual hurdle! But I’ll be back… For the antiques and the cardio.

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Cardiff Farmer’s Market – Riverside

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Originally known as Riverside market, Cardiff Farmer’s Market was established way back in 1998 and is now run by the wonderful people at Riverside Real Food. Riverside Real Food now runs various events across the city but the farmers market has to be my absolute favourite. Located along the Fitzhamon Embankment overlooking the Principality Stadium (MUST NOT CALL IT THE MILLENIUM) you would struggle to find many other markets with the Produce it has plus this sort of view to boot!

The Market only runs on a Sunday, between 10am and 2pm, but trust me, it is so worth dragging yourself away from a Sunday lie in. There are around 35 producers that tend to rotate each week so it’s not a one time visit.

We made a beeline through the fruit & veg, bakery stands and unbelievable looking pizza’s from Ffwrnes straight to Kimi’s Catering truck. Kimi’s is certainly a regular at Cardiff Farmer’s Market, Mr. and Mrs. Singh decided to set up there in 2010 after they decided it would be the perfect location for an Indian Street Food truck using all the fresh produce that his fellow producers have to offer.

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We took all of three seconds to decide what to order and went for the Breakfast Special (£4.50). It includes Onion Bhajee, Bombay Alo, Paratha and a Samosa all topped off with a dollop of the creamiest mint sauce. If you try this prepare for a deep-fried induced daydream. The food is cooked fresh in front of your eyes and I can promise you that even if you need to wait it is an absolute pleasure standing there watching Mr. and Mrs. Singh rush around their little mobile kitchen ensuring that everything is cooked to the highest standard.

The Breakfast Special (available in both a meat or veggie option) was phenomenal, as it always is. Light and flavourful, despite most of it being deep fried. My favourite is Bombay Alo. A spiced ball of light and fluffy potato that seems to soak up all the beautiful juices and spices from the rest of the dish.

Kimi’s also offers various other Indian Rajasthanidishes, including Aloo Saag and fresh seasonal curries. There is only one problem, once you have sampled Kimi’s food it is truly impossible not to go back.

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