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Friday, 12 October 2007

Good Food Month: Market in Pyrmont

Planning is not my strong point, unfortunately. Neither is keeping various things in mind. Sometimes, I secretly wonder why this seems to get even worse lately. However, it is at least a - somehwat meagre - explanation why it took me almost two years to visit the Pyrmont Growers' Market for the first time. After having seen several mouthwatering accounts of the going-ons and with the "Good Food Month" currently running in Sydney, I thought this time it has to happen. To have some company when foraging for food (and in order not to forget it again) I invited two friends to come along.

After a 45-minutes walk we finally reached our destination and I felt instantly overwhelmed by the masses of people. Of course, on a bright, sunny day this was to be expected. Anyway, after a little while I lost all shyness, simply looked over shoulders and peeked with my camera through queues of waiting customers to get shots of all the lovely produce on display.

Remarkably many people had not grocery supplies sticking out of their bags but flowers. They were beautiful indeed!


Pretty soon we all felt pretty hungry. Although the bacon-and-eggs guy was truly impressive with his fast turn-around technique...

...I opted for a nice sourdough roll instead. Can't resist a crusty roll...


...while one of my friends chose a savoury tart to start the day. As you see, my focus was on the sweet ones...


Perousing all the food, it was pretty clear that this market had little to do with the small town farmers' markets I was used to. With plenty of fruit and vegetables stalls and the occasional beekeeper or baker inbetween, these markets are very local. Here in Sydney, the focus was on gourmet fare: smoked fish...

or rare cheeses...


even chocolates...
and unusual honey...



and even christmas cakes...

on this colourful stall:


After a first browse it was pretty clear that I had to prioritize in order not to splash out money triggered by all these visual stimuli. So I concentrated on the really important things and bought wattle seeds (finally, I could get my hands on them), lemon myrtle (its odour slowly permeates my fridge, need to think about proper storage), a jar of blackberry jam (it's a bit weird, looks and tastes more like blackberry honey), lots of fresh herbs and a few other odds and ends.


It was a very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday morning. With a little bit of envy we watched the people participating in the slow food brunch, a "Good Food Month" event that took place at the market. However, it was so hot that I wasn't too disappointed to get back into the shade after a while. Not sure how much this canine visitor enjoyed his market stroll in the blazing sun. With roaring breath and sticking out his tongue, he tried to cool down, poor little bugger...

In any case, if my friends happen to remind me in time, I'll go again next month!

8 comments:

Patricia Scarpin said...

Your photos blow me away, Eva! They're beautiful - and the food looks fantastic, too!

Eva said...

Thank you, Patricia! There were so many wonderful things to take pictures of that I almost forgot to buy something myself..;-)

Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

gorgeous photos :) it's been so long since i've made a trip to the markets. your photos made me feel like i was there!

Eva said...

Glad to hear that, Helen! Can't guess how long it will take me to go there again, all this planning you know...

jenjen said...

Wonderful photos Eva! I love that photo of the fish.
I was there at the markets too although my hands were too full of groceries that I wasn't able to take photos. If you ever want to meet up at the markets sometime just let me know. It would be a great incentive for me to get up so early.

Eva said...

Thanks Jenjen, that's very flattering!
I'd love to meet up with you at the markets - not only to make me remember the date..;-) I'll let you know when I'm planning to go or the other way round!

Mad Baker said...

Hi Eva,

Your photos are simply gorgeous! I loved the macro of the flowers and the smoked fish.

I intend to try your cheesecake recipe, now that I've finally found out where to get quark in Singapore. My husband is from Bavaria too. =)

- Karen -

Eva said...

Thank you, Karen, a warm welcome at Sweet Sins!
I'm pretty sure your husband will enjoy the cheesecake - it's so popular in Bavaria (or all over Germany for that matter) that I don't know a single person who wouldn't like it!