1. Chipotle Cider Pulled Pork with The Wine Key

    What do you get when one Brit moves to America and one American moves to Britain? The perfect food and wine pairings of course!

    The Wine Key is run by British born Charlotte Chipperfield who is on a mission to remove the intimidation and trepidation of learning about wine by getting back to basics and infusing humor into the world of wine.


    After The Market is run by American born Maggie Thorneycroft, a passionate cook and writer who loves to share recipes and techniques that encourage fun and creativity in the kitchen. Just don’t expect to ever hear the word ‘diet’, Maggie believes that health is about about cooking from scratch and enjoying every bite.


    The Wine Key and After the Market have teamed up to bring you sizzling food and wine pairings to keep you cool and refreshed for the last few weeks of summer and will be carrying on to bring you more throughout the year.

    No matter if it is a casual evening on the patio, pool party or BBQ, this pairing will be sure to keep you fueled while soaking up the last days of summer sunshine. So first up in what will be a series of pairings for you to enjoy – Chipotle Cider Pulled Pork and 2007 Domaine Foundis, Naoussea, Greece



  2. Barbecued Mackerel in The Isles of Scilly

    boat on the scilly sea

    The Scilly Isles, Cornwall – a magical part of the UK that I would desperately love to live in were it not so far away from my flight path to Seattle. The gulf stream makes it a micro climate teaming with tropical plants and (sometimes) an inordinate amount of warmth for England. I’m not saying it doesn’t get cold too, but when you’re looking at palm trees everything seems warmer.


    Now, on to the fishing…


  3. Peanut Butter Yogurt Cupcakes with Sea Salted Chocolate Ganache

    Well, here we are! The new After The Market! It’s been a bit quiet here for a while but I hope you’ll think it’s been worth the wait.

    I am so happy to share my new site, with more user-friendly buttons and ways to search. I’ve certainly enjoyed the process of putting it together with mastermind graphic designer David Waters and designer/web builder Kimberley Chan. Thank you so much guys!

    To start us off, I think something sweet fits the bill… Enjoy!

    peanut butter ganache

    Peanut butter: the perfect combination of salty, sweet and that protein taste called umami. Leaving out the nostalgia for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, there’s nothing much better than a peanut butter cake in my book, which is why I keep re-visiting my recipe.

    This time I have added Greek yogurt to the mix, which I think has given it a creamier feel yet a lighter texture. The yogurt acts a bit like buttermilk, adding acid to the baking powder to create a nearly frothy reaction. You can see how the batter forms silky peaks.


    I’ve topped these ones with dark chocolate ganache and sea salt, so they’re a bit like a fancy peanut butter cup.


  4. A Remarkable Oyster – 69 Colebrooke Row


    I was delighted to try any drink at the bar with no name – 69 Colebrooke Row – but this Oyster was a real treat. With slightly spicy booze and an amazing pop-in-your-mouth purified tomato juice, it’s like a Bloody Mary explosion with just a nip of that brine flavour we so love in an oyster.

    May I also reckommend the Rhubarb Gimlet, madam?

    Oh yes please, I’ll have two….

    Booking a table in advance is highly recommended ~ please note that they do not accept bookings for more than 6 guests*

    69 Colebrooke Row, London N1 8AA
    Tel: 07540528593

    Sunday to Wednesday 5pm – 12 midnight
    Thursday 5pm – 1am
    Friday & Saturday 5pm – 2am

  5. Happy Independence Day!

    Is there a better way to celebrate the morning of the 4th of July than with a white bowl full of red and blue fruit? Well, I could set off some bottle rockets I suppose, but it might disturb the neighbours…

  6. Gastronomica is back … and it’s better than ever

    You’ll remember that last summer I reviewed a delicatessen-come-cafe in Pimlico called Gastronomica. Well, it’s back and it’s better than ever! With a new sign and newly renovated interior, Gastronomica is sparkly clean yet remains down to earth and is again offering its Aperitivo for high quality imported Italian cured meats, cheeses, veg, pasta and wine every Wednesday from 6-9pm.


  7. Story – Never miss a good one…

    Are you ready for a story? It’s gonna be exciting I promise you…

    Those of you who haven’t heard of Story just don’t read the news of the foodie world. You simply can’t miss it. In fact, I recommend you don’t.

    In the case of Tom Sellers, his culinary creations really do make you feel part of the story of his beautiful restaurant and, like Tom, there is a fun and slightly cheeky side to things… take your food seriously but not life, he seems to say.


  8. Dark Chocolate Banana Cake

    When you have about a hundred bananas lying around the office that need eating you just have to make banana cake. Chuck in some leftover dark chocolate (the rest of the bar you’ve just bought and eaten a few squares of counts as ‘leftover’ in my book), a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a little extra butter and you’ve got a deliciously sweet and bitter cake.

    Handful of roughly chopped dark chocolate
    4 teaspoons double action baking powder
    1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate
    1 tablespoon cocoa powder
    8oz plain flour
    4 1/2 oz butter
    4oz caster sugar
    3 banana’s smushed
    2 room temperature eggs
    2 bananas, sliced down the center along the ‘spine’ curve for the top of the cake


  9. 12 Oysters and a Dungeness Crab, please! – Why Seattle is a Cloudy Paradise

    Things have been quiet here on After The Market because I have just started a new job (very busy!) after getting back from a trip to visit the Cloudy Paradise of Seattle, inclusive of its neighbouring Cascade Mountains and its islands.

    There are many wonderful things about the port that flanks the Salish Sea: the parks, the views, the music (who can forget Nirvana or Jimmy Hendrix (there’s a whole museum devoted to him) and have you heard Macklemore’s ‘Thrift Shop’ yet? We Seattlites are oh so proud…, the art scene and lively coffee shops, however my favourite things, you might have guessed, are the food and drink.

    Rich and vibrant and full of cuisine creatives, Seattle is a place to have a foodie experience inclusive of succulent fruit from the state’s orchards, perfectly sweet crab and balanced, briny oysters pulled from the bays, beef grown on grassy island farms and fish straight out of the waters of the Pacific. And did I mention the fried chicken?  It is a feast of color with plenty of cocktails and local wines to drink on the side. The micro brews are incredible too and growing fast thank goodness, because no one can get enough!

    I know it’s not considered the sunniest spot for a vacation but for a foodie, you’d be crazy to pass it up. Seattle has got it goin’ on!


  10. Beef Wellington on an idle Wednesday

    It’s STILL freezing outside. Brrrrrrrrrr. All this ‘spring starts on the first of March’ malarky is just that: malarky. First of all, see above (it’s freezing) second of all, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which MUST be right, says the Vernal Equinox (that’s Spring) is on the 20th of March, so maybe we’ll have better luck in 5 days. I dunno – somehow I doubt it.

    OK, enough of this talking about the weather – what I really want to share with you is my first experience with Beef Wellington, which might be just what you want to  make for Sunday lunch this weekend. I highly recommend it for a small dinner party and I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s not as hard as people make it out to be, especially if you buy ready-rolled puff pastry!