The last Saturday of every month is market day in North Kessock. Organised by Transition Black Isle, the market takes place in the village hall and is a modest but wonderful assortment of local food and craft stalls. There’s a tearoom serving homebaking and in the warmer months plant stalls are lined up outside the enterance.
The market starts at 10am and I always arrive at 10am. My route around the hall seldom changes. First up is the hen lady. Her free-range, organic chickens always sell out quite quickly so I head to her first to nab a bird and some eggs. Next is the Strathpeffer bread stall to buy some seeded rye bread and a big sourdough followed by Macleod Organics for fruit and veg. David would freak if I came home without a joint of Highland beef from Bogallan Farm or some fruit scones so I head to those stands next. With all the “essentials” bought, I have a wee nosey around looking at the crafts and second hand books before buying some home-made onion bhajis or samosas to nibble on as I wander up the road.
It’s a very nice way to start the weekend.
Yesterday the bags I brought home from the market included:
- Brisket joint of Highland beef
- Whole chicken
- Kabocha squash
- Purple sprouting broccoli
Thought it might be fun over the next couple of weeks to write a posts sharing what I did with each of the above items. Not promising anything terribly exciting and some of the recipes won’t even be new to these pages but, hopefully, the ideas might inspire someone out there… Will start tomorrow with my favourite vegetable of all time: purple sprouting broccoli.