Sometimes when the sun is shining, the air is crisp and there is just a gentle perfumed breeze through my hair, the little things take on more importance.
And when I am busy, it is those tiny things which I really really appreciate. The very (sadly) rare opportunity to go for a run around the Tan, or to sit still for more than about one minute with a latte and a newspaper. And I put in that category a leisurely stroll (as opposed to a military style operation complete with pincer movements, knapsack of provisions and a stern 'don't mess with me' expression) around my local market in Prahran.
I took some photos of some of beautiful spring food there when I visited yesterday.
I hope you don't mind but I have not included photos of the bits of the market I am not so keen on (pigeons sitting in the roof trusses, wandering troubadour singing out of tune songs, the Bob the Builder tractor ride which my son wants to sit on incessantly, the ATMs which charge $2 for withdrawals and the loudspeaker announcements for lost children).
I probably haven't mentioned before now that I am an Apple Addict. I would say I have eaten an apple a day since I was nine years old.
No 1 favourite apple is the Pink Lady:
No 2 is the Sundowner, these come from the hills outside Melbourne:
And No 3 (fallen from no 1 in recent years) is the Granny Smith:
The other items which caught my eye were:
Fresh green peppercorns:
Local asparagus at a bargain price:
My favourite way to eat these is to boil until par cooked and then put in shallow dish sprinkled with butter and grated parmagiano and bake in hot oven for 10 minutes:
And broad beans (fava beans in the US) - I usually peel, boil, peel again then mash with a fork with lots of olive oil, parmagiano and salt and eat on bruschetta: