Today, after my visit at the street market not far from home, I couldn’t help unpacking everything I had bought just to admire my great catch. When you look at the picture, you’ll know what my family will eat in the coming days – and let me introduce you to some of the produce and products you see.
I’m looking forward to heat the four nice and hearty saucisses de Montbéliard (far left), smoked over wood shavings in the French far east close to the German border. Maybe I’ll prepare a potato salad with it, made from that kilogram of famous and noble La Ratte potatoes (the small guys in the potato section), a very firm, nutty variety.
Tonight I’ll surprise my loved ones with an interesting dish combining, as the French say, “mèr et terre”. It’ll bring together the Savoy cabbage (center) and the scallops (in the left upper corner), called coquilles Saint-Jacques in French. Lovely name, lovely seafood.
I admit, I don’t know yet what I’ll do with all the other catches of the day: the smoked haddock (top), the olives, the celery. Have you noticed the dark skinny sticks next to the cabbage? That’s black salsify, a superb vegetable that most people don’t know at all which is a shame. Equally good are the parsley roots next to it and, hey, combined with the formidable sand carrots and the tiny turnips the four of them could make an excellent, heart-warming winter stew! I’ll just add some butter, chicken stock, an onion maybe, a hand full of raisins and a pear, cut in slices and slightly colored with butter in a pan. Sounds good. But maybe I’ll come up with something completely different. That’s the real joy of cooking.