Monday = market day in Selami Çeşme!
So earlier this week despite a rather fearful sky, off I set. Would there be any signs of spring in terms of produce, I wondered or was it still a bit early?
After all those carrots and potatoes, onions and leeks, it did the heart good to spy piles of enginar or artichokes. These are a real treat here as the hearts, sold in plastic bags containing acidulated water to stop them discolouring, are beautifully cleaned and prepared on the spot ready for cooking. They are graded and priced according to size. The biggest and best today were 2.50 TL each: about £1 so not given away. Apparently these early ones are coming in from N. Cyprus ie where the climate is milder. Later the bayrampaşa ones will make an appearance and they are magnificent both in size and flavour. It is still very much early days.
Decorate with the sprigs of dill. Serve at room temperature.
I have seen nice little airtight bags of prepared rounds of carrots, onions, and potatoes in the main supermarkets eg Carrefour, which would speed things up in the kitchen.