Friday, August 24, 2012

Market finds + Salad with Figs & Arugula

Here is what we brought back to the casa from the Cadiz market. We would have loved to have gotten some seafood, but we'll need to remember to bring a little cooler with us to do that. All of this was purchased with some Euro coins Meghann found at the bottom of her purse. It's amazing how inexpensive fresh produce is here.

Big, beautiful sunflowers for a Euro a stem.

A few delicious pears. 

The vendors wrap the fruit in heavy paper.

Cilantro seeds (what we Americans call "coriander").

A bag of small cherries, great for snacking.

Fresh figs - we had never seen the green ones before.

The figs were perfectly ripe, so for dinner on Sunday, we decided to put them in a salad. Here's what we threw together (sorry, there's no measurements, but it's a salad, can't really mess it up).

Salad with Arugula & Figs:

-Baby lettuce, chopped
-Figs, quartered
-Red onion, halved and thinly sliced
-Parmesan cheese, shaved

-Olive oil
-Black pepper

The salad is simple, but each ingredient brings a different flavor - the figs are sweet, the arugula is bitter and peppery, the onions are spicy, and the cheese is salty and rich. 

Oh, and in case you are thinking we are the type of people who just eat a giant salad for dinner - ha! We're not that skinny. We also had some homemade soup - you can see it peeking out from behind Graham's cerveza. We usually make a big salad and leave the dressing on the side, so that we have leftovers. 

¡Buen provecho!


  1. I think you guys captured the essence of European living :) Love everything about it!

    1. Thanks, Danielle! All of the fresh (and affordable) produce and locally made products are one of our favorite things about living in EspaƱa. "Fresh, local, seasonal" are trendy words in the States, but here it's a way of life and we are trying to stay true to that. Although we do occasionally slip up and order takeout Indian food...



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