Market Day….

Alozaina is a small village situated on the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, about 45 minutes inland of Marbella, Spain. It’s not a well known tourist town at all, with a population of about 2,300 people, but the village is charming with an interesting history and the surrounding area has some absolutely fantastic scenery.  There are no tourist shops and life here is typically Spanish, it takes me forever to get into the rhythm of the way things work here, nothing opens until at least 10:00am, and then closes again for lunch at 14:00 before reopening at about 17h00. You cannot get lunch in restaurants before 14:00, but you can get a drink and tapas before that. Always small plates of something, different on most days…little plates of red pepper salad, potatoes and green beans, pork in tomato sauce and mugs of gazpacho.blog-market-day-6

Most small towns in this region of Spain have a market day. The village of Alozaina has its market on Tuesday’s. Sadly I think, like a lot of places in the world, what used to be a traditional place to bring your produce for sale seems to have turned into an outlet for cheap clothing, shoes, toys, fake toiletries and handbags. It is however an extremely interesting place to people watch, have a wander around the village and there is always an enticing stand of fresh, colourful, seasonal fruit and vegetables. Oh, and of course the buckets of marinated olives and other pickles which make it worth the trip!

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We found some gorgeous looking “ensalada” tomatoes…….

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So after a long hot day, the best way to use up all the seasonal fresh ingredients, a lovely al fresco dinner with an amazing view.

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Tomato Salad

1 Large Salad Tomato

1 pack of mixed cherry tomatoes

1 red pepper

½ cup caperberries

1 small bunch of chives, chopped

1 small bunch fresh basil, shredded

Dressing

2 Tbs Jerez Sherry Vinegar

4 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 small shallot, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

Chop tomatoes and mix together with the herbs and caperberries.

Mix together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.

Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as a side dish.

Pear and Serrano Ham “Bruschetta”

1 small baguette, sliced diagonally into about 1 cm slices

Olive oil

Few slices Serrano ham

50g Gorgonzola or other Blue Cheese

50 Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese

A few slices of pear, use normal pears if you can’t find the small ones

Small amount of butter

Rocket leaves

Sea salt and black pepper

Drizzle the sliced baguette with olive oil and grill for about a minute on each side. Put aside.

Mix together the blue and cream cheeses, set aside.

Melt the butter in a pan and when bubbling, add the pears. Cook until slightly golden.

Assemble the bruschetta by placing a few rocket leaves on the baguette, followed by the cheese, Serrano Ham and finally the pears.

Season with some sea salt and black pepper.

Serves 4

Served with a beetroot and baby mozzarella salad and cracked green olives.

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7 Responses to “Market Day….”

  1. on 25 Jun 2010 at 6:42 am Hila

    wow you are really living the dream :)

  2. on 25 Jun 2010 at 12:38 pm Tandy

    As usual your photo’s are fantastic! It took a bit of getting used to the closing hours in Europe. We had to plan to not run out of petrol at that time. The markets in Italy were the same, fresh produce, ready made food and JUNK! And the same JUNK travels from town to town. Enjoy your weekend :)

  3. on 02 Jul 2010 at 10:38 am Marisa

    I am a dark dark shade of green with envy. You’ll take me with next time, right?

  4. on 03 Jul 2010 at 12:08 am laTEAgirl

    Your photos remind me how magical the Mediterranean light is, especially in the south. I’ll make the “Hollywood” version of your bruschette after a trip to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on Sunday!

  5. on 06 Jul 2010 at 10:39 am Koek!

    Oh gosh I could just inhale that bruschetta…. Lovely images, thanks!

  6. on 06 Jul 2010 at 8:33 pm Traveling Mama

    This just makes my heart hurt- I miss Spain so very, very much! I adore Denmark and I hope one day it will fill the place Spain always has… or maybe I will just keep that special place in my heart just a little while longer. Hope you enjoy your time of rest! Hugs from DK!

  7. on 25 Aug 2010 at 2:08 am Preppy Pink Crocodile

    What a fabulous spread! Looks delish!

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