As I was busy last weekend, I decided to explore a different market on Friday instead of my usual Saturday trips. Off I went to Bürkliplatz! It was a pretty miserable morning, but the market was still packed… This is located in a square just by the city-end of the lake. The market takes place Tuesdays and Fridays from 6am to 11am, so is the perfect option for early-risers before work! They have a huge selection of everything, and I recognised some of the stands from Dietikon and Oerlikon markets (these guys must be really busy). The stalls that jumped out at me were the flower stands, the ones selling fresh herbs (in pots) and the guy selling gherkins.
Damp view from the market
Above…Some of the delicious Sauerkraut and gherkins on sale from the ‘Gherkin King’!
So… Here’s what I got! I’ll be fixing up my balcony garden in the next few weeks, so will write a post including my rosemary, thyme and bay plants in their new homes. I have sliced the loaves of bread and half, and have frozen each half to have during the week. The asparagus and smoked salmon were used in a soup. The rhubarb was made into compote and used for a chia seed pudding (I’ll post the recipe soon). Peppers were roasted and we have been nibbling the carrots and gherkins throughout the week. One of my favourite ingredients I bought was the monk’s beard/Mönchsbart (it’s the green, stringy vegetable above the red peppers in the picture below). This is a vegetable that can only be found in northern Italy for five weeks of the year. It grows on salty plains and definitely has a slightly salty flavour. It reminds me a little of samphire. It is delicious cooked simply and quickly in a pan with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, and pairs really well with fish. Do try it if you get the chance! I also used it for a simple, cheesy starter.