Station Street Markets, Subiaco

12 Sep

Almost every weekend since I’ve been here I’ve made the trek to Subiaco for these markets .. I love them!
From the outside it looks like nothing, maybe a warehouse or underground carpark but once you get inside its a hive of activity and I adore the buzz! I like to think I am a bit like my hero Darina Allen pottering around the English Market in Cork picking the best of everything … perhaps the sun really is getting to me.

There’s a superb health food shop called The Angry Almond where I buy porrige oats, basmati rice, dried apricots and lentils among other things from huge open metal bins. It is also a great place for spices, oils,  flours, yeast,  hard to find ingredients (just this weekend I got coconut sugar) and some good cheeses!

Angry Almond
There’s a branch of my favourite french patisserie La Galette de France, a florist, juice bar, milk bar, numerous restaurant stalls offering all sorts of delights but the largest part, and my favourite hands down are the fruit and veg stalls!!

The array of fruits and vegetables astound me everytime .. 5 types of melon, 6 types of tomatoes, 4 sizes of avocados (my addiction), fresh herbs in huge bunches, produce I don’t recognise, bright colours, fresh smells, choice, choice, choice!!

Kiwis

Potatoes Royal Blue potatoes are really good, they are white on the inside and sadly don’t keep their bright blue colour when cooked but taste really good!

Herbs

sprouts

fridge

Pumpkin

Eggplant

I have no idea what this is or what to do with it? Anyone??

corn

Chillies

peppers

uglyHow’d you like them (custard) apples??!!

Avos YUM YUM YUM!!

oranges and apples

There is better value to be had here compared with the large supermarkets, these eggs for example are about €6 in our local supermarket and since discovering these markets our food bill has decreased … however we also had to get a larger fridge for the amount I haul home every week.. five a day is no longer the aim but a minimum!

While in Ireland last month I treated myself to this new book from another one of my food heroes Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, I’m hoping to try lots of new vegetable dishes and salads suitable for the warmer weather while taking advantage of the huge array of fresh good quality product available here.

 

Station Street Markets are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays.

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6 Responses to “Station Street Markets, Subiaco”

  1. Paula September 12, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Mmmmmmmm – you don’t get that in Tesco Baggot Street let me tell you!! Great post, love the photos – dying to visit this place!! xx

    • Sarah-Jane September 13, 2012 at 3:13 am #

      I’m dying to have you visit, so many places to bring you and you’ll be a great help carrying all the purchases 😉 x

  2. lovefromitaly September 12, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I really need for one of these to open in my town…

    • Sarah-Jane September 13, 2012 at 3:13 am #

      Are there not markets like this in Italy?? I always thought Ireland was the only place totally under serviced in this way!
      Thanks for the comment, loving your blog my Boyf is a pasta addict! X

      • lovefromitaly September 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

        Lots of markets with wonderful fresh foods, but it’s really hard to get anything even remotely exotic here. I’d love to try some of the more uusual stuff in that market.
        Here a mango is considered adventurous eating – sometimes Italian cooking is too tasty for its own good because it doesn’t inspire people to try something that ISN’T Italian. It’s slowly changing with the younger generations, but the key word here is definitely “slowly!” 🙂

  3. Paula Ryan September 13, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    I adore that book, have cooked loads of great recipes from it! The fruit&veg looks fantastic! Everything looks so fresh & shiny.

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