This is my favourite market to go to, it’s close by so we can walk down with little Jed, buy our groceries, have breakfast and walk it off on the way home! Blackwood Street is closed and filled with over 100 stalls and locals bustling through buying fresh local produce, gourmet food accompaniments and breakfast. Live music, delicious aromas and laughter fill the air. It make’s grocery shopping exciting…I cringe each time I am forced by lack of time to buy poor quality fridge stored fruit or vegetables at a supermarket, when I could be experiencing this!
Samples are the next best thing about markets – you can try all sorts of things. I had some beautiful dips, tempura prawns dipped in lime aioli, lychees, apple, pear, fresh juice and curry paste. The options are almost endless!
The stall that makes carrying heavy groceries home completely worthwhile is ‘French Sin’. It is a french bakery that cooks most things on site (yes, that means at the markets) owned by Anne and Jean-Pierre Calvet. They make French bread, croissants, danishes, petits fours, terrines and pates, French cheeses, foies gras, rillettes and confits…yum! Rees and I always get a chocolate filled croissant (and a coffee from the next stall)…it is like heaven in your mouth!
It’s quite the skill to juggle a dog in amongst carrying your groceries and ensuring they don’t jump up to eat the German sausages, bakery goods or whatever other delicious food takes their fancy! Most locals enjoy this challenge and bring their dogs, a few stall holders even have water bowls for the pups! Jed loves it.
(The basket I have in the above picture was given to us by two dear friends, Chrisy and Tony as a wedding gift – we use it all the time! You should check out Chrisy’s blog ‘House of Mrs Wong here, it’s one of my favourites).
Two new market purchases:
Muesli has not been on my list of things to buy before but I found a great little stall called ‘Maple Muesli’. They sell two products that interested me – the Stark Naked Muesli which has no fruit or coconut (particularly good for Sarah Wilson’s ‘I quit sugar’ diet I’ve started this week – more details to come!). The other product is Gluten free Maple Muesli – a very tasty alternative for those sensitive to gluten. Check out their website www.maplemuesli.com.au, here you can see all their ingredients and order online.
Mushrooms – I love them! FUN FACT: They are the only fruit/vegetable that has vitamin D and they have heaps of vitamin D which helps the body turn food into fuel and helps increase your metabolism for fats and proteins.
I bought a few different types, but here is what I did with some of my cremini mushrooms:
1. Steam baby brown mushrooms with spinach (this spinach was from my garden!).
2. Toast wholegrain bread and spread with homemade bruschetta sauce (this came from the markets too).
3. Place spinach and mushrooon top of toast and season to taste. Yum-O!