People often ask to see what i was able to buy at a local food market. Well here is what i bought yesterday. The bill totalled ten euros, or eight pounds sterling. Here is what i came home with, and all for a 'tenner.'
Cherries are ripe at the moment. As with supermarkets in northern Europe, cherries are not cheap to buy in the supermarkets of Spain. But they are cheap at my local market.
Yesterday i could buy a kilo for one euro. So, naturally, I bought two kilos. They are delightful to taste at this time of the year, or so I am assured by the big cherry fan I live with.
Such is the competition for selling cherries from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, the price on sale at the market varies between one and two euros for a kilo.
It is a long time since I was in British supermarket, but I somehow doubt cherries are that cheap over there.
Plums are lovely right now. I have friends whose plum trees are creaking under the weight of the fruit right now. But my friends are away so I had to go and buy some at the market. Juicy, mouthwatering plums. Two euros for one kilo. They are lovely. I simply eat them on their own, but there are recipes for main meals that involve plums, including a dish where they are served with sultanas and chicken.
I couldn't resist buying some Pimientos de Padrón. Green peppers that are the Spanish culinary equivalent of dynamite. Which ones will have the sipciest kick to them? As they would say in Texas: "they are smokin'."
I have already had a breakfast of padrón peppers with fried eggs, a recipe for which is on this site. Is that a healthy meal? Probably not. Is it an enjoyable one? Most certainly. If you are a bit timid when it comes to spicy peppers, you had better give them a wide berth.
The hottest Pimientos de Padrón I ever consumed were enjoyed in the splendid northern city of Santiago de Compostela, the fiery little devils hail from this part of gorgeous Galicia. When I get an especially hot one, and reach for iced water as a consequence, i keep telling myself that eating these red hot peppers is good for me. They are full of vitamins, almost zero calories and are good for my digestion.
As are the lovely purple grapes i buy from the market at this time of the year. These are the most expensive single purchase made and I always promise myself that i will make them last. But, minus any pips, they are so nice to eat that i tend to go through them very fast.
Grapes are used often in Spanish meals. Either to dress them up, in salads, served with nice cheeses from the country or in meals such as Partridge with Grapes (Perdices con Uvas). Again there is a recipe for that dish on this site.
My weekly market shop also included fruit such as apples and bananas. Some big and tasty tomatoes, potatoes and a huge cauliflower which, i suspect, will end up being served with some lovely melted cheese.
So shopping at a Spanish food market is healthy and wise. And, best of all, you don't need to be wealthy to buy some of the best food for sale in Spain.