Market Lunch

9/05/2009 06:31:00 PM

Lunch - triple-cream cheese brie, Schwarzwälder Schinken and some doorstop thick multigrain bread

Although I love them, I don't normally do markets - they're on too early, they're too far away, and a million other excuses. However, this morning we had a very successful expedition to the Victoria Market - got there around 1:30pm, which meant it was quieter than in the mornings, and there were bargains to be had. This is, of course, awesome, but the constant yelling by the vendors can give you a headache.

"Cauliflower one dollar one dollar one dollar.........."

I was there to buy rack of lamb for my Father's day lunch tomorrow (we got 2 racks of 8 bones each for $18 all up!!), but also managed to buy monkfish, passionfruit, kipfler potatoes, Bretzels, Fleischkäse, bread, strawberries and a lot more...

My heart skipped a beat when I saw the Schwarzwälder Schinken (Black Forest Ham) at the Polish Deli, and I just had to buy some. I'm told that certain families in Germany don't bother slicing it, but just take alternating bites from a big chunk of ham in the left hand, amazing German Brot in the right. A very tempting idea. However, the ham there looked quite fresh, as if it had only been smoked recently. It didn't seem as chewy and dry as most smoked hams, and I didn't think I'd have a knife sharp enough to slice it. I asked the guy at the shop to slice it thinly for me.

If you haven't tried it, I'm not quite sure how to how to describe its taste - except to say it's similar to prosciutto, but BETTER. (Perhaps this is because I've only had mediocre prosciutto in the past, who knows). It is mildly smoky, and pleasantly salty, with a wonderful melt-in-the-mouth texture.

As you can see from the first photo in this post, I also had a small wedge of decadent brie (it was bought from the supermarket earlier this week; couldn't let it go to waste!), and thick slices of soy and oat bread. It certainly wasn't echtes deutsches Brot, but it did the job.

A nice little pilsner to wash down all the deliciousness...

And strawberries for dessert...
These were gorgeous, and $2 for 3 punnets. Bargain. I love how cute and small they were, and so much tastier than the flavourless gargantuan beasts you find at the supermarket. (And no, I didn't eat all of them at once... only got through about 1/3 of them).

Mmm... smoked ham...
I've read somewhere that Germany is the spiritual home of smoked pork, and I'm inclined to agree.

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  1. Wow, your market seems pretty cool. Seems like an ideal meal. Although I love the idea of just biting out of a side of ham instead of slicing.

    Have to admit, when I first read about this on Twitter in my head "Black Forest Ham" equalled Black Forest Gateau but...with ham added. I'm glad it wasn't...

  2. Felicia6:14 PM

    The bread looks good, what type of bread is it? and where did u get it from? Thanks :)

  3. Hey Laura - Vic Market is awesome. Huge too!

    Felicia - It's a soy and something or other bread, and I got it from one of the bread stores in the Deli section of the Vic Market. Have forgotten which exact shop, sorry!

    xox Sarah



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