Friday, October 2, 2009

Market Think

    I've been known to go to a weekly market--Mirepoix's on Monday, Lavelanet's on Friday--with a long shopping list and arrive home to find I never once even looked at it. 
    Recent random thoughts in Mirepoix:
    1) Do the stallholders selling vegetables deliberately price aubergines, courgettes, peppers and tomatoes all the same to make it faster to put for customers to assemble all the veggies they need for ratatouille? Except that I've noticed that this particular shot breaks this particular rule. But trust me on this, normally they're all priced the same.
    2) Aren't these organic heirloom tomatoes jaw-droppingly beautiful? Just look at those scarlets, sharp yellows and oranges, and all the different shapes and sizes. I can't count the number of times recently that I've bought a kilo and simply arranged them, sliced or not, depending on size, on a dark green plate, and simply poured a little olive oil over them. Check out that price too--three euros a kilo. Canadian readers: that's roughly $2.12 a pound. 
    3) Why is it essential to sit down at the St. Maurice café for a crème and a pain aux raisins with loaded baskets or else it doesn't feel like a "proper" market visit?

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