Touring South Melbourne Market
In my 40 facts about me post a few weeks ago, fact 27 stated I was lucky at winning things. This rang true a couple of months ago when I was invited to a Nuffnang Bloggers afternoon function and won one of the door prizes. It was a perfect prize for me, a $50 voucher to spend at South Melbourne Market and a place on their Market to Market Tour. I was planning to use the voucher to buy produce for a dinner party but decided to take Nick and Emma for breakfast on a Sunday morning instead. It felt very nice at the end when I said “this one’s on me”.
Having used my voucher it was time to book for the tour. I wasn’t sure what I was going to learn on the tour as I’ve been going to South Melbourne Market for years, we used to live in the area and Mum and Dad would go there regularly. I still have vivid memories of the biscuit shop where you bought the biscuits by weight. They’d weigh them on scales with a big silver bowl, pour them into a paper bag, twist the bag around and around to place it on the counter. I set my alarm clock the night before and made sure I was at the LG Kitchen by 10am to meet Janet Lillie our tour leader and two other lovely girls from Germany.
We started off at the organic fruit stall and tasted dragonfruit and experienced what a real blueberry should taste like. Then onto Georgies Harvest a fabulous stall selling many varieties of potatoes and root vegetables as well as chillies, garlic, ginger and horseradish. Georgie spent a lot of time talking us through her stall and inspired me with this potato salad recipe suggestion. A colourful one made with Purple Sapphire, Purple Congo and pink skinned Viking potatoes.
Pictured below are some of the original stallholders at the market, they gather on this table on market days and catch up.
Fresh fish is a feature of the market and I try to get there on a Wednesday to buy fish for dinner. The salmon just melts in your mouth, it’s superb, I always ask them to take the bones out as I don’t have the proper tweezers at home for doing so.
A polish deli that sells lovely ham, bacon, sausage..
Markets like this always have its characters, like this butcher who loves Pavarotti and sometimes gets out the front and sings.
A big variety of cheeses in the custom made cheese room at one of the delicatessen’s.
I highly recommend the South Melbourne Market tour, Janet is very knowlegable about the Market and had a friendly relationship with all the stall holders we visited. The food tastings and samples she organised along the way were a nice touch. Janet has an indepth understanding of the food industry having worked in so many facets of it. Culinary consultant, caterer and food stylist only touch the surface of what Janet has achieved. I particularly enjoyed learning where different produce was grown and where it came from. I came away with a real insight into the daily workings of the market and the people who trade there.
Purple and Pink Potato Salad
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, juice or to taste 1-2 lemons, 250g creme fraiche, 1kg mixed purple and pink potatoes, sea salt, pepper.