Mamta's Kitchen - A Family Cookbook

Meeting Mamta, Kavey & Pete

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On 01/08/2009 05:08pm, Kavey wrote:

You may not have heard about the Real Food Market being held in Covent Garden every Thursday (June to September). The market allows locals and visitors alike to browse and buy some great food and drink items sold by a wide range of specialists.

The UK Food Bloggers Association, of which Kavey is a member, has taken a stall for the season and UKFBA members are taking it in turns to make and sell produce! In a moment of madness, Kavey has signed up to host the stall on Thursday 27th August.

Kavey's decided to represent both her blog (Kavey Eats) as well as Mamta's Kitchen and, to that end Kavey and Mamta have been making chutneys, pickles, jams, marmalades and ketchups for the last few weeks (many from recipes on the site, some of which were handed down from Mamta's father). Nearer the time, Kavey and Pete will also be making sweet goodies including tablet (hard fudge), brownies, biscuits, cakes as well as a selection of savoury snacks.

The official stall times are 12pm to 8pm though we'll probably be up and running by 11 am. The market is usually located on the cobbles between the covered market and the Royal Opera House (though if it's not there, check the opposite side of the covered market as it did move one week recently).

Mamta is hoping to be at the stall from approximately 1pm to 3pm, for those who'd like to meet her, though please note that there's a (very small) possibility she may not be able to make it. Pete and Kavey will (definitely) be there all day.

We'd really love to meet Mamta's Kitchen visitors - oldtimers and recent arrivals - so please do come along and support us if you can!

On 01/08/2009 10:08pm, AskCy wrote:

Wish I could make it but its one serious trip for me.... take plenty of pictures ! and good luck with the sales.... I'm sure if you have some little taster's out that people will buy.... and maybe some printed sheets pointing at the website so people can look things up on line when they get home (I know thats the first thing I look for whenever I'm going or doing anything... have they got a web address)


On 01/08/2009 10:08pm, Kavey wrote:

Yes, we'll be doing both of those.

We already have business cards and so on...


On 02/08/2009 05:08am, SteveAUS wrote:

Good luck with it all! Sounds great! Bit too far for me



On 02/08/2009 09:08am, Winton wrote:

Looking forward to it - In my diary already. Good luck with all the preparations. Put my name on a jar of Tomato Ketchup!

On 02/08/2009 11:08am, Kavey wrote:

Winton, will do! Good call as we only have about 6 jars of that to sell (plus minis)!

On 02/08/2009 05:08pm, tim wrote:

Too far - dammit!

On 03/08/2009 09:08am, Kavey wrote:

I know it's too far for many of you but we look fwd to meeting those of you who are closer by!

On 07/08/2009 07:08pm, Kavey wrote:

Been designing, printing and sticking on labels for my jars today! Big job!

On 07/08/2009 09:08pm, Mamta wrote:

That is hard work, rather you than me ;-)!


On 08/08/2009 09:08am, Kavey wrote:

:) Have done only 2/3 of the nectarine jam so far. Looks good though!

On 08/08/2009 07:08pm, senorabarb wrote:

Kavey, this sounds wonderful! I wish I could come!

On 12/08/2009 02:08pm, Charu gupta wrote:

Looking forward to meeting you, pete and Mamata jiji. In my diary already. Good luck with all the preparations.


On 12/08/2009 09:08pm, Kavey wrote:

That's great, we look forward to meeting you!

Do pipe up and let us know, when you arrive, that you are one of our readers!


On 22/08/2009 10:08am, Kavey wrote:

Hey June

Will definitely take photos to share afterwards!


On 25/08/2009 01:08pm, Mamta wrote:

I am now back from kenya, arrived this morning. I am hoping to be there!


On 25/08/2009 06:08pm, Lapis wrote:

I hoping to be there too!

On 25/08/2009 08:08pm, Winton wrote:

Welcome back Mamta! We've missed your wit, wisdom and lightning advice on the forums - (hope you went with a notebook for recipes to Kenya.)

Do hope you can make it to Kavey's stall.

On 25/08/2009 09:08pm, Mamta wrote:

Thank you Winton

I always have my notebook with me, but they all serve very Western food in these so called camps, all very modern. So no new recipes, just a few ideas. I might get around to sorting them out one day soon, am quite busy with family visiting from India utill the end of the month!

On 26/08/2009 10:08pm, Kavey wrote:

Exhausting day baking all the last minute fresh goodies, bagging and labelling everything, printing/ laminating signs for the stall, creating price lists, and assembling all the paraphernalia we need to take with us...


Looks like mum will be us for more than just a couple of hours so do pop down and say hello!

Introduce yourselves as visitors of our website if you do come by!


On 28/08/2009 10:08am, JL wrote:

Hello Mamta,

Although I could not be there my daughter was and she went by your stall;) I am so excited as she bought be a jar of pickle - can't wait to try.

Hope the day was sunny, warm and you sold heaps.



On 28/08/2009 11:08am, Kavey wrote:

June, we so enjoyed meeting your daughter and I think I'm right in that she also took a photo to show you when she next sees you?

See the home page of the site for a new news post about our day!

On 28/08/2009 04:08pm, Winton wrote:

Hi Kavey - lovely to meet you at your impressive stall with its mouthwatering selection of goodies. Glad the weather was good for you and hope you made reasonable sales although realise it is more a labour of love!

Got the pickles home and of course had to try one with a friend. Then of course we could not resist trying all the rest - I could hardly keep up with the demand for popadoms (and I was only having to microwave them for 90 seconds a go!)

Just wish I had bought a lot more now. Anyway thre is a big selection of recipes to follow on-site so can eventually fill up your rather smart jars with more chutney. (Thanks for the mention on the Home Page - an unnexpected surprise)

Wonderful of course to meet you too Mamta and so many thanks for agreeing to autograph my collection of your recipes. It is now taking even more pride of place in my collection of cookery books (acquisition of them is a tendency I have difficulty to curb) I shall now call it 'My favourites from Mamta's Kitchen' subtitled 'Tried, Tested, Tasted & Trusted!'

On 28/08/2009 05:08pm, Mamta wrote:

Hello Winton

It was lovely to mett you face to face, it was nice of you to come all that way. And, thank you so much for the jar of chutney, I haven't tasted it yet. Kavey is bringing it over today.

I have not been asked for my autigraph before, LOL!!

Take care :-)

Hello Elizabeth

I hope you read this. It was a great pleasure to meet you

and a very special thank you for the .llovely flowers. Keep in touch.

Hello JL's daughter

It was nice meeting you too.

Much love

It is alwaysb lovely to meet people who I have known only as names. Thank you all for your support.

Love and best wishes


On 29/08/2009 12:08am, Kavey wrote:

A friend has posted some photos of our day on the stall, which I'm sharing as I've not yet finished my own blog post of the day...

She came along just as Winton was visiting, as you can see in these two photos:

(Click on All Sizes to see larger versions)

You can then use the links to the right to work through a few more of our stall before they return to showing photos from the poster's own stall at the market.


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