While I'm not currently working on major projects, I thought it would be nice to start posting (especially on holiday when I have buckets of spare time and the occasional photo opportunity!) about smaller goings on and more personal daily things that I come across. I'll be doing a few recipes a long with other bits and bobs- so here's to my first blog post and Bonjour from Périgueux!
Markets in Périgueux are held every Wednesday and Saturday and provide an abundance of fruits, vegetables as well as meat and fish. It's great to be surrounded by a buzz of people bartering for the best deal and snapping up all the glorious food. It's far more inspiring shopping this way. I often get ideas for both images and recipes by walking around the supermarket on the hunt for interesting looking food but the market provides a different kind of inspiration. Strolling through the stalls provides the opportunity to meet the grower (usually a small family run business) and find small varieties of vegetables that cannot be found in the supermarkets (I'm currently obsessed with the baby purple carrots). The majority of the produce you'll buy will be very local, so it's nice to know where your veggies are coming from!
We managed to buy a wonderful selection of veggies and some fish which I was excited to cook with! We came home with some sea bream (the biggest I have ever seen), some red mullet and some scallops. We also got some parsley, fennel, yellow courgette, aubergine, heritage carrots, tomatoes and some stone fruits.
Its exciting to both cook and photograph these ingredients, but find good light in the apartment where we're staying isn't proving the easiest! I stuffed the sea bream with parsley and lemon and served it up with the yellow courgette, green beans and rainbow chard. The light was horrendous by the time we ate so I can't show you the finished product- must eat earlier!
I hope you enjoy the read and keep an eye out for more blog posts to come- all comments welcome, I am completely new to this!