Finally, we made it to Eveleigh Markets
This is another of those things I’ve been meaning to do for months, but the Charcutepalooza challenge gave me the kick up the backside to do it. We finally made it to the Eveleigh Markets last Saturday morning to seek out some top quality, humanely raised meat. I’m not quite sure what the definition of “close to home” is, but Eveleigh is a 60km round trip away, however, in the grand scheme of things, when you consider the size of Australia, that’s pretty close really!
Now Eveleigh is a foodies paradise! Every stall specialises in seasonal, locally sourced produce and most allow you to sample the goods. And even better there are a few stalls that are there to sell their food to snack on whilst you shop. One of these stalls being Billy kwong, and most Saturdays you’ll actually find Kylie Kwong serving the customers and making the dishes from scratch. I absolutely didn’t mind queuing for my dumplings as it meant I got to watch the master at work, and this week, Matt Preston was also sampling the delights right next to me, genuinely a foodies paradise!
The only slight downside to Eveleigh Market is it’s a cash only destination. We knew this before we arrived, but hadn’t quite budgetted for all the amazing things we just couldn’t resist buying, so we had to trot off down the road mid shop to collect more cash. But we found some, and successfully managed to purchase pork and beef – both organically produced and one coming from rare breed animals; some amazing washed rind cheese – only after we’d sampled everything that was on offer from that stall of course; some organic beetroot – we had difficulties choosing between the traditional purple and the more unusual golden variety; exotic mushrooms – pick and mix from about 10 varieties; some King Edward potatoes – the most amazing find.
For all of you reading this blog in the UK I can hear you shouting, “but I buy King Edward’s every week in Morrisons”. Well, I got very excited because this is the first time I have seen this variety here in Australia in the 4 years that we’ve been here. I thought maybe it was the sentimental, grass is always greener me that thought King Edward’s make the best roast potatoes, but with the cool change that came though on Sunday afternoon, it allowed us to put the oven on and test the theory, and accompanied with the duck fat, they really were the BEST roast potatoes we’ve had in 4 years! I can see Eveleigh Markets becoming a regular date in our diaries!
Posted: February 11th, 2011 under Uncategorized.