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Monday, September 11, 2006

Farmers Market, Entertainment Quarter

cupcakes
Cupcakes

Continual sporadic showers and a dramatic temperature plunge last Saturday did little to deter our market browsing intentions.

We headed to the Farmers Markets at the Entertainment Quarter, the enormous white canopies offering welcome shelter from the unobliging weather.

muffins
Muffins

The cupcakes and muffins loked cute, but with our bellies grumbling at 11am we were more interested in the prospect of a nourishing tasty breakfast.

garlic prawns
Garlic prawns from Mojo Picon

A had the garlic prawns, cooked fresh on the grill with Mojo Picon's garlic tomato sauce. Veruca Salt and I, however, only had eyes for the thick fingers of juicy chorizo, seared on the grill to produce patches of caramel brown along its skin, and jammed into a crusty roll and smothered in Mojo Picon sauces.

chorizo
Chorizo with green coriander and red capsicum sauces from Mojo Picon

michette
Michette loaves from Beb Patisserie

macarons
Macarons and tarts from Beb Patisserie

almond crossiant
Almond crossiant from Beb Patisserie

Now that we'd had our savouries, we could then move onto dessert. I waxed lyrical about the almond crossiant from Beb Patisserie so much that not only did I convince Veruca to buy one, but somehow I really needed one as well.

It's a crisp flaky crossiant with a rich pastry that tastes of almond meal. And to wash it down we couldn't resist a steaming hot chocolate from Toby's Estate.

hot chocolate
Hot chocolate from Toby’s Estate

jackfruit
Fresh jackfruit

One stall was selling fresh jackfruit much to the intrigue of passing shoppers. The jackfruit was a little unripe and firm for my liking, but then perhaps they thought its lighter flavour would be more appealing to the uninitiated.

broccoli
Fresh broccoli

flowers
Spring flowers

vegetable baskets
Brussel sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, radishes and parsnips

vegetables
Garlic, sweet potatoes, butternut pumpkins, limes and lemons

radishes
Jerusalem artichokes, radishes and parsnips

olives
Green Sicilian olives

One of my favourite snacks.

flowers

Farmers Market, Entertainment Quarter
Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am -4pm

Parking is free for the first 2 hours up until 6:00pm.


Related GrabYourFork posts:
Beb Patisserie, Ultimo
Farmers Market, Entertainment Quarter, March 2006
Farmers Market, Entertainment Quarter, March 2005
Farmers Market, Entertainment Quarter, January 2005

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 9/11/2006 09:28:00 pm


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  • At 9/11/2006 10:22 pm, Anonymous FFichiban said…

    oh noooess *smacks head*
    i went to entertainment quarter recently to watch cirque... yet i stupidly walked past the inviting white canopies in the rain 0.o

    ill have to go bak again then hee hee
    hmm i concur the chorizo looks mighty appetizing but i have a very large sweet tooth myself so probably raid the sweets first!

     
  • At 9/11/2006 10:41 pm, Blogger shez said…

    Mojo Picon were at the (very unfortunately rained out) Chatswood Spring Fair on Saturday. their chorizo rolls are so good - i'd never tried them till then! i had everyone at work looking enviously at my lunch... so much better than the usual fare!

     
  • At 9/11/2006 11:11 pm, Blogger Kat O+ said…

    OMG, jackfruit! Yeah, it looks a little pale in the picture but...fresh jackfruit!!! Do you know where I can get them from on a normal weekend?

     
  • At 9/12/2006 7:15 am, Anonymous ben said…

    Hi Helen, Does Beb Patisserie have a shopfront? The macaroons look to die for!

     
  • At 9/12/2006 11:36 am, Blogger joey said…

    whao.. fresh jackfruit. ive only had them in cans. wonder what they taste like fresh.. mmm... =P

    oh btw.. was wondering if you know where i can get good home made jam or just special jam like mango jam??i need to get it before the 29th of this month.. i was gona go to the good living growers market but missed it.. ><" am very desperate..

     
  • At 9/12/2006 11:38 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    The almond crossiant was beyond words. I regret sharing it with A.

    Must get me to Beb on the triple!

     
  • At 9/12/2006 11:55 am, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    I'm still a little undecided about Chorizo, in my experience it's always been a bit too fatty or salty (maybe I've just tried bad places). But i'm very into fresh flowers & markets at the moment so I'll probably be making a visit soon.

     
  • At 9/12/2006 1:16 pm, Blogger jenjen said…

    oh those mojo picon chorizos are the best! I was caught by the lovely guy that mans the grill, licking every scrap of sauce off my plate. It's just too good to waste. He was understandably amused and suggested I should just buy a jar of the stuff. So I did : )

     
  • At 9/12/2006 2:59 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    BTW - I was very disappointed with the green silician olives. For $8, I expected something with more bite.

     
  • At 9/12/2006 4:09 pm, Blogger Myy said…

    Lovely and colourful pictures! Everything looks so appetizing. I never have seen or tasted jackfruit, do you eat it raw?

    I have a colleague, who lived and worked two years in Australia, must ask him. ;)

     
  • At 9/12/2006 5:17 pm, Anonymous Ellie said…

    Looks absolutely gorgeous!

     
  • At 9/12/2006 8:11 pm, Anonymous Miss K said…

    Chrizo roll sounds delish,i haven't been to the Entertainment Quarter markets in years,is it much bigger now?

     
  • At 9/12/2006 9:27 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi FFichiban - Ahh yes, we spotted the giant Cirque-branded tent as we approached.

    The chorizo was good. A perfect savoury base for sweets later on.

    Hi Shez - I noticed that the Chatswood Spring Fair was on and empathised with the organisers. The Mojo Picon chorizo is nice and juicy - I just wish they had some chilli in them to add some kick.

    Hi kat o+ - Jackfruit is popular with Asians so I'd head to Cabramatta and Bankstown for your best bet. I think it's only occasionally available at Paddy's Markets in Chinatown.

    Hi Ben - Beb do have a regular shop which I have posted on before. Thanks for reminding me to add some links which I've now done so as above (and yes their macarons are pretty good).

    Hi joey - I like ripe jackfruit which becomes supersweet, plump and almost pulpy.

    re: homemade jams - you could always try the other farmers markets which are on, like Orange Grove (the Farmers Wife jams are yum) or Ashfield. Otherwise head to DJs Food Hall or the Essential Ingredient.

    Hi Veruca Salt - They bake all their breads onsite on stones, and they have a tantalising display of gateaux, tarts and pastries.

    Hi Pickles - Oh you cannot beat good chorizo. Sure it's fatty, but that's like garlic prawns are fatty. It's where the goodness and flavour is!

    Hi jenjen - Yup I've bought the salsa verde sauce before (the red one). I was somewhat guilty of constantly topping up my roll with more sauce with each bite.

    Hi Veruca (again) - The olives were disappointing. Next time we will have to try before we buy.

    Hi myy - Yes jackfruit is eaten raw. It's a tropical fruit so it's very fragrant, vividly coloured and fairly fragile when ripe.

    Its flavour is hard to describe but perhaps a cross between mango and pineapple? It's often available in tins from Asian groceries. Hopefully you'll be able to track some down to try.

    Hi Ellie - I love farmers markets. Everything always looks so fresh, natural and tasty.

    Hi MissK - I think it has expanded. I've only really been a regular markets person in the past couple of years. It's a nice morning out, and parking is free and easy too.

     
  • At 9/17/2006 1:39 pm, Blogger Keith @ Rosmead Farms said…

    Hello to Grab Your Fork from Rosmead Farm Produce!

    I've read comments and have tried to answer all questions below. Blog again if I miss the mark.

    Thanks for your picture and comments. Youre ar 100% correct in that we are selling a little under ripe to initiate the 'western palate'.

    The good news is that to buy a segment and leave it in the fridge for a couple of days will give you that richer flavour you no doubt are accustomed.

    We are down at the Ent qtr ongoing so come and find us. Fresh JackFruit will be available all throughout the year.

    Our sources are well protected (they come from our farms in Northern Territory!). Standing orders are welcome.

    Best come on down to the Ent Qtr to try it fresh. We will be offering samples ongoing.

    I am also compiling a 'drivers manual' so you can exploit the full value of your Jackfruit (the roasted Jackfruit seeds are to die for!). Its a surprising versatile fruit, hence its popularity it the greater asias.

    Regards to all,
    Keith

     
  • At 9/17/2006 11:15 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Keith - Welcome to GrabYourFork and thanks for taking the time to comment!

    I didn't realise that jackfruit "ripen" in flavours in the fridge after you've opened them--thanks for the tip. And roasted jackfruit seeds? Sounds very intriguing. We'll have to check those out next time we're over there.

     

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