- Fruit salad anyone?
I’m not sure how long the International Supermarket has been in business (about 15 years ago it was an antique’s shop) but it’s a great place to buy bargain priced fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, olives and oils, bread and baklava, cheese, honey, jams, teas, you name it really! This is where we head to when we’re hunting for inspiration or ‘hard to find’ ingredients. Every time there’s a new food trend – date molasses, pomegranate seeds, dried mulberries, fresh garlic… the International is the place to start.
It is a treasure trove of Turkish and Mediterranean foods, here’s some of the exciting ingredients we found today…
Spanish Padron peppers – fry in olive oil for a few mins, sprinkle with sea salt & grab a beer
Kohlrabi – peel, grate and dress with mustard mayo for a fresh coleslaw
Fresh green garlic – crush into yogurt for a healthy alternative to garlic aioli dip
A wall of pulses and grains
Roasted red pepper sauces – great for soups and stews and to serve with BBQ grilled meats
Pides and other Turkish breads
Trays of Baklava
Sour pomegranate molasses – great salad dressing with walnuts, feta, rocket and red onion
Fig jam – try it on a pizza or crispy flatbread topped with gorgonzola or goat cheese, basil and proscuitto
Date syrup – a tasty alternative to maple syrup for Pancake Day
Poppy seed puree – I’m thinking lemon and poppy seed cake
Jars of nuts & honey – perfect topping for thick Greek or Turkish yoghurt
Sweet Greek dried figs – probably the healthiest snack food
Tea spices – still working out what to do with these!
Spicy sucuk Turkish sausages – use like chorizo, in bean and vegetable soups and casseroles
Yufka Turkish pastry sheets – like filo pastry, use for making spinach or mince meat burek pastries
The International Supermarket
15-17 High Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 7AB
Open daily, 8am -9pm
Also at: 146-150 George Lane, South Woodford, London, E18 1AY