New Caribbean food business set to leave South London “In A Pikkle!”
Think of Caribbean food, and pictures of rice and peas, jerk chicken & curry mutton may well spring to mind. However, a new company that has just launched in Lewisham is turning this concept on its head, by specialising in pickled foods, and offering a contemporary twist to one of Barbados’ national dishes. The South London owners of In a Pikkle met whilst working in Barbados and since coming back to the capital last year, decided to bring the tastes and culture of the island back with them.
“It all started by accident really, when I came back to the UK, I was desperate for souse” said Mark, “and really struggled to find any that tasted like it did back home. So I started to make it and decided not to stop at pork and developed a fish, chicken and even superfood version that consists of Quinoa, Freekeh and other ancient grains. I thought that as a pork lover myself, if I longed for some variation, then other must also, and after a while the word began to spread amongst friends and family and I was getting orders for my different recipes, as far as Reading!”
Whilst the taste of the Caribbean is nothing new to London, this style of cooking really will challenge your perception about the cuisine. As a light and refreshing dish, the lime, herbs and spices used are not only full of flavour but offer a healthy option to diners, and deliver a breath of fresh air from the usually heavy and calorie laden side of Caribbean cooking. Working well as a starter, each meat, fish or grain can also be combined with a succulent blend of potatoes, yams, green bananas or breadfruit to offer a full mealtime solution. Taking up residence in Deptford Market on Saturdays from the 23rd March, Quinton spoke about what people can expect on the day.
Whilst food critics predict that pickling will be big for 2013, this South East London based company is proving that there are no limitations to what you can pickle – or should that be Pikkle?
If you are intrigued In a Pikkle will be launching their stall in Douglas Square, Deptford Market on Saturday 23rd March 2013 from 9:00 am! Until then you can find us on facebook!