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Aller au marché! Plus a little fishing on the way back...
On Wednesday and Friday mornings, very early, I go to the market. It is, even after nearly two decades in France, one of my greatest pleasures. The interaction between the producers and the customers is like a delicate ballet, and it took a few years to learn it. But now I shop with confidence, and know my farmers well. I shop at the market because it is local, fresh and seasonal
The end of September says good bye to the summer vegetables - tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, and hello to the more substantial veg of the Autumn. Pumpkins, squashes, chard, things that I haven't eaten for months whet the appetite.
For years I have told myself that I cannot use clay or model things very well. But I have always wanted to! There are so many amazing miniature food artists out there, that I have always generally bought rather than attempt to make.
But I had a real desire to make a pumpkin! I bought some fimo in cognac, thinking that if it were a total disaster, I would not have wasted much. I made a round ball, squashed it a little, and used a cocktail stick to make indentations. A twist of fimo for a stem, and hey presto! A pumpkin! And then another....
And then a squash...
And a late marrow...
And then a large amount of root vegetables! It is funny when the miniature bug takes hold, and pushes you on and on to create more.
On the left are three turnips, or 'neeps', as we say in Scotland. Though some call them swedes and others rutabaga, it is the bright orange neep that graces a plate of haggis.
Traditionally for Hallowe'en in Scotland, carved turnips are used as lanterns, rather than pumpkins which came from the New World.
Then I realised that I had some lovely things in my stash for the kitchen. A cabbage and mushrooms from Irinaminiature on Etsy...
And some fish, also by Irina, that go so well with the fishing creel I made. That looks like a lovely bit of salmon! Someone has been down to river for a spot of fishing on the way back from market.
A pottery bowl of bread and cheese from Elizabeth...
What a productive morning at the market and down by the stream!
It just needs one more thing...
A lovely, filled shopping basket, also made by Elizabeth. Now I am starting to get hungry!