Saturday, February 07, 2009

Another Saturday Market

It was a very dreary day here in Enschede, but that didn't stop Roxi and I from making our second trip to the Saturday market. It wasn't that cold when we left our apartment, but by the time we made our short bus ride to the city center, a light drizzle had started. Roxi and I had both planned on having lunch at the market this week, so we made our way up and down the aisles of tents checking out the various food vendors and started by splitting some sort of chicken dish. I'm not sure what kind of seasoning was on the chicken, but it was pretty tasty. I guess you could say that it was Dutch chicken, but I wouldn't know what that means! We were still a little hungry and found a little Vietnamese stand and sampled some of their wares. We split a couple of vegetarian egg rolls and a very odd looking, but delicious bread roll stuffed with beef. By the time we had finished eating, the light drizzle had turned into a cold and steady rain. Thankfully, most of the vendors were under tents or at least had awnings to protect us from the rain while we shopped.

Based on our experience last week, we decided to branch out from the fruits and vegetables and get a few other items. We started by looking at the fish and were very overwhelmed by the selection as well as the amount of work it would potentially take us to prepare them in our very limited kitchen.

Seeing as how most of the fish still had heads, we decided to forgo them and move onto something a little less daunting. We headed to a cheese stand and made three selections: pesto, walnut and tomato basil. After choosing our cheese we moved on to a meat stand where we bought some cooked beef patties, cooked meatballs and minced beef. We followed that up with a stop at a sausage stand where we sampled and purchased a delicious aged salami.

Finally we wrapped up our afternoon at the market with a trip down the produce aisles. We couldn't resist getting more clementine oranges (5 kgs), gala apples (5 kgs) and Asian pears (3 kgs). We balanced the fruit with a couple of stalks of celery and we were on our way home.

We certainly felt like it was another successful day at the market. The only problem was finding room in our tiny fridge for what we had left after our last trip and what we bought today. But after some creative arranging, everything just fits!

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