Big touristy markets aren’t really my thing. They tend to be full of knick knacks, expensive ‘antiques’ & dodgy cheap clothes where I prefer fresh foods, books and proper old junk for someone’s grandad’s basement..
Salamanca does however have some charming sides.
Lots of lovely apples – these Brazils for instance which are apparently related to Fujis. Crisp and sweet.
I read about the Hmong vegetable stalls in the wonderful Hobart that I read while there. Nice to see some great veggies even in a touristy market. Particularly enjoyed all the herbs & greens presented root side up – looked like it kept them very fresh, nifty!
And finally and a bit surprisingly oliebollen! Last time I had these was in Antwerp at the Sinksenfoor in July 2012. Unlike those ones however these had fruit in them, apples and sultanas and more.
Winter weekends in the Mountains are a given – crisp skies for perfect bushwalking and cosy little pubs with open fires for afterwards.
Perusing twitter before a planned weekend around Katoomba and Leura I was thrilled to find notice of a proper farmers market on the way. I say proper because there seem to be a proliferation of “farmers markets” – like the one in the Rocks in Sydney for instance – where the only produce present is olives and jars of jam. Condiments do not a farmers market make!
The market at Glenbrook Infants School was not big but it ticked all the boxes, nice produce, good variety at reasonable prices and some special finds. Trust the twitter brains trust to come through with the delicious goods.
The wattle was out, awww.
Golden baby beetroots here were particularly lovely (if not that cheap!), they’re still a relatively rare sight in Sydney.
And look at this beautiful purple lacy kale. Almost worthy of going into a vase.
This particular baked goods stall was wonderful and obscenely cheap – I got the pecan pie pictured below from here for the princely sum of $2.00. They were selling “Belgian Lemon Teacake” which as a Belgian I am quite sure is not a thing – having never seen it there but which I am sure would go down a treat with my grandmother.
This goats cheese was fabulous too, really nice selection of curds and cheeses. I also got to see pictures and videos of the goats playing about at home courtesy the nice guy running the stall, his teenaged daughter was mortified of course. Adorable.
The pecan pie-let. One of the best $2 I have ever spent. *swoon*
Definitely worth a visit if you’re heading into the Mountains – grab some apples and cheese and nice bread and maybe a little pecan pie for morning tea!
The Queen Victoria markets always make me want to move to Melbourne. We have great places in Sydney but this place really has it all, and for cheap!
My love affair is mainly with the vegetables – some of which (hello Romanesco broccoli) you can never get in Sydney.
Enormous celeriac, enough Remoulade for a party..
Three kinds of locally grown eschallots – the red ones on the right hand side were particularly lovely.
Giant tower of low salt Italian anchovies looking mighty odd.
Gerookde paling! Love it. Finally I can get some smoked eel in Sydney – the BF will be thrilled..
It’s walking distance from anywhere in town. Grab some cheese and bread and vegies and fruit and some local wine and you have a perfect picnic.
Every weekend Antwerp’s lovely “Vogelmarkt” is held on a square near the city centre. Saturday is the fresh market with fruit and vegetables, flowers, fish, cheeses of all kinds, and meats.
The market is frequented by a mix of locals and tourists and has a friendly vibe. Many of the stalls have little taste tests (the olives are particularly good) and there are places where you can get some of the mainstays of Belgian market food: sausages with sauerkraut, oysters, croquetten (garnaal/kaas – shrimp/cheese), karakollen (tiny little cooked shellfish), or a simple broodje kaas (bread roll with cheese).
This is what it looked like today:
Somehow these colours capture European summer don’t they?
Dried chillis in large bunches – a welcome move towards spice in Belgian cuisine courtesy Morocco and the Middle East.
Beautiful summer artichokes. Some other stalls had ones as big as your head – wonder how you are supposed to cook them?
The fruits of the North Sea: razor clams, live crabs, vongole and baby squid.
Cultivated mushrooms – spicy and meaty Paarse ridderswan.
This stall had so many varieties I have never seen before – looking forward to return visits and to trying my first ever fresh chanterelles.
If you just want a tiny snack how about one of these bite size eclairs? All the way on the left hand side is dark, fragrant speculoos (ginger cookies).
My slightly larger snack. Hot sweet tea and a fried pancake with ricotta, honey and plump dried figs. You can also get one “with the lot” which includes olives, artichoke hearts, dried tomatoes, baby dolmades, honey, ricotta, figs and more. Two of these and two cups of tea for less than 10 euros – a cheap and hearty breakfast or lunch in the sunshine in central Antwerp.
This is my top thrifty travel tip for the day!
NB Behind the stall that sells these is a large container of water with a small tap to wash the (inevitable) stickyness off your hands.
These “papavers” are what happens to a poppy after the flower. Quite striking!