Thursday, May 24, 2007

market goodies

Without any disloyalty intended to my beloved mango and delicious summer berries, the autumn cornucopia is something to be marvelled at. I am loving the short season of feijoas even if i did have a sneak preview a couple of weeks ago in NZ. Last week my secret stall had them for $3/kg but I knew it'd only take a few days before the word got out and the price jumps up. Today they clocked in at $5/kg which was still 1/3 of the price that 2 other stalls had them for. I have also been romancing persimons for the last month. A cheery orange fruit with a vanillary sweetness inside, I don't know why I haven't gone mad for them before.

But my finds of the day came from a specialist stall. I got my first hit of samphire, straight from some South Australian salt marsh and enjoyed bitting into the salty vegetation then and there. I was on the look out for this underused delicacy, since reading Ed’s recent post. Other than washing it well to get off the grit, its hard to resist nibbling them as is. I’m thinking salad with something fishy or in a simple stir fry. Any other suggestions?

The other beauty were some desert limes, or at least one variety of. I’m loathed to honestly describe what the hard, cylindrical fruit really remind me of but all scatological reference is forgotten when tasting the citrusy beads inside. Think juicy explosions of intensified kaffir lime leaves. The market guy, another shopper and I debated over best use of the fruit – which went in unison “alcohol”, “muddled” and “copious”. It definitely would be a great addition to a citrus flavoured cocktail. In the meantime, I sprinkled some beads on smoked salmon for my lunchtime sandwich. A great combination. I suspect they were used in a a curry sauce I had at Gingerboy (hang on to your hats for that post).

With winter a mere week away, it’s time to enjoy the autumn abundance while it lasts. Mandarins are well and truly in and apples still at their crunchy hiatus. The remaining grapes on the vine are 99% gone or shrivelled meaning the laborious task of pruning is before me. Hopefully by next year the recently planted rhubarb would have gone forth and multiplied in my tiny garden.

Enjoy whatever season you are in.

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Blogger Ed said...

you are right it is difficult to resist nibbling. I've mostly seen tiny amounts used in salads or garnish. In London most commonly it was served with fish . I was going say with the beurre blanc but you don't eat butter. Maybe a light sauce made with wine, lemons, olive oil...

5:26 pm  
Anonymous kathryn said...

Lucky you having marsh samphire - I've never seen the stuff to be able to buy it. Are desert limes the same as finger limes? If so, last year I bought a jar of finger lime marmalade and it was FANTASTIC. I wondered what they looked like.

5:31 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Kathryn - I think they are the same thing. A photo with the recipes at looks identical.

Ed - maybe samphire salad reduced your cholesterol :)

5:39 pm  
Blogger Ed said...

I can se where this is going - I each very little butter, perhaps once a week but take the point.

1:22 pm  
Blogger Desci said...

Ah, this post will come in VERY useful *adds a few more things to the market list*

9:31 pm  

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