Thursday, 15 November 2007

More from the Noordmarkt

Other things that got my attention at the market were Ijs Kruid or Ice Plant, a very curious leafy succulent that was studded with what looked like ice droplets all over its leaves. It has a intruiging flavour, a cross between watermelon, fennel and celery, and had a interesting natural saltyness that lingered on the palatte. Next were was a stall totally devoted to herbs - where alongside bundles of conventional herbs were also chamomile, lavender and roses, for use in salads or for use as infusions. Also they were clever bundles of herbs for soups, fish or salads that had a bit of everything in them, even spring onions which were tied in upside down, showing off their beautiful roots. I hadn't seen herbs look so artistic until now, or so creatively presented.

Also in the market there were stalls stacked high with balls of Gouda, and other continental cheeses - there were two that caught my attention, a hard cows milk cheese that had caraway seeds, and another that was coated in raisins that had been soaked in a curious liquor. Lastly, there were plenty of wild mushrooms on sale, arrange in kitsch little hand baskets, as if Goldilocks herself had picked them and dropped them off on her way to visit the three bears. There was most definately an air of bohemian celebration and pride in all the produce that was sold, and deservedly so I do think it's one of the best food markets I have seen in Europe, with some of the freshest produce any cook or chef would desire.

1 comment:

vida said...

Steven, aren't the markets just wonderful these days, I am absolutely loving the farmers markets that are popping up all over the place. The growers are so proud of their produce (right so) and it is a pleasure to purchase, eat and enjoy their wonderful work!! If you are ever in this country I promise you a grand tour of all things foodie!! Vida x