To Market: Cours Saleya in Nice
I must honestly tell you that I am entirely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of amazing (to me) things to show in the Cours Saleya market in Nice. I do not know where to start, where to divide, where to conquer, and where to end.
So…since there is so much that it is making me feel just a little fruity around the edges, maybe we should start with:
Now I offer this photo because it is clearly superior, in terms of photography.
But as I am looking at my collection of photos, I found my eye slowly focusing on the right corner of THIS photo.
LOOK at it! Candied cucumbers! I am just now realizing that I passed THIS CLOSE to candied cucumbers, did not even notice them at the time, and failed to seize the moment and try one.
I am bereft. Candied cucumbers. I can’t even begin to imagine how that would taste.
There’s no hope for it. I shall have to return, or else continue to browse French markets until I find someone else offering candied cucumbers.
It being a hot day and having recently come from a chocolate shop, none of us felt too much like fruits confits, in fact.
Lucky us, healthier snacks were to be had.
This is just a tiny portion of the dried fruit available at another stand. The dried melon, in the foreground of the photo, was absolutely delicious. I should have bought their whole supply.
Maybe it’s because we were in the Midi, I don’t know, but fruit–dried, fresh, glacé or confit–seemed to be in abundance. Remember Auer, the chocolate shop just down the street from the market? It featured in one of my major life tragedies. Here are their fruits confits.
Look at the syrup at the bottom of that pot on the left. We are having a debate as to what is confit there. Plums? Cherries? Cherry tomatoes? What do you think?
Keep the Mediterranean in mind, with its azure water, green and blue shutters, ochre buildings, palm trees, hot and happy people, and infinite quantities of yummy things to eat, because there is more to come…