"It's not much but it's ours"

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Let it never be said that I am not a man of the people. Admittedly, my people are the literati and glitterati of London’s fashionable society but, I still like think that I am credible, if not on a street level, at least on a leafy avenue in Surbiton level.

Today, after splendid lunch of pork loin with greens wilted in goose fat, I was all set to sit back, read the papers and do a little work on my EAT MY GLOBE trip.

I had forgotten, of course, that I was, as part of my community service order, due to take my annoying Australian friend, Chelsea for a walk.

As we strolled down towards Tower Bridge, she began whining about being hungry. At least that’s what I think she was on about. With her broad, almost incomprehensible Melbourne accent, she could have been on about anything. But, she usually only gets in touch when she wants free food, so I made an educated guess.

Fortunately, we were just coming down towards Aldgate East so it was the perfect opportunity to introduce her to the world of Tubby Issacs, one of the few remaining Eel stalls in London. There used to be hundreds of these in London and, with a handful of exceptions they have all but died out. A great shame if, like me, you are a fan of jellied eels, cockles, pints of prawns and, best of all, whelks

We ordered a tub and shared them as we strolled along. The meaty whelks went well with large amounts of vinegar I sloshed on them. Like a taste from ages past and unfortunately, unlikely to be a taste for ages future as these places reach their natural end. Shame really.

Chelsea seemed to quite like them and there was the added benefit that the slight chewiness of the whelks stopped her talking if only for an all too brief time.

Only an other 200 hours to go. Mind you, it will remind me never to try and take a surreptitious leak in the Turner Room at The Tate Britain again.
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Blogger Chris said...

This looks fantastic - I've been waiting for an opportunity to try one of these stalls for ages. Where exactly is it? And any idea of opening hours?

Monday, March 19, 2007 1:26:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

No, you're wrong - jellied eels are the devil's spawn. They're vile and just wrong on so many levels. Take the right hand path.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 11:53:00 pm  
Blogger Chris said...

Even so, I'd like the opportunity to make my own mind up :-)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 10:40:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Googled Tubby Issacs for the pie, mash, and liquer that I much prefer to whelks never liked them even as a child of the cockney streets in the 5o's.
Strange old world isn't it, here I am in France Googling the recipe for the liquer to do for dinner tonight as my husbands feeling all nostalgic, and I come across your blog, happy eating, be careful where you leak in future.

Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:05:00 pm  

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