Monday, November 23, 2009

Medieval market in my village

Last week end our village entered the holiday mood hosting a medieval market. Beautiful stalls of food and crafts filled the little plaza. We had mulled wine and gaufres, bought some herbal tea, played with wooden toys. The stall below selling dates and dried fruit was my favorite. The woman who installed it comes from Elche, a little town near Alicante with the biggest palm tree area in Spain. I was completely fascinated by the soft colours of the fresh dates and palm leaves. So much so, I think it will be my decoration theme for the Christmas holiday.

of course, there is no Spanish Christmas without turron of all sorts and all colours
Have you ever seen braided cheese like this ? At first I thought it was some kind of tiny bread but the woman selling it explained it's a type of cheese made in Slovakia. Funny isn't it ?
But the cutest were definitely these two !

26 comments:

Caroline said...

I love dates!! Can't get enough of them!! Never seen those towers or that cheese before and check out those tartan trews!! Super post - love your blog!!

oiadweller said...

Loooooooong live village markets. A little reminder of how the world should be.... as opposed to those lifeless monstrosities aka "shopping malls".

Joyful said...

The table laden with dates looking divine. I love how the palm trees form part of the display :-) Also hearing about the cheeses makes my mouth water. I've been craving some good cheese this weekend. If I get to the deli today or later this week, I may find some.

Susana said...

Me encantan los mercados artesanales! And I love the triangle-shaped turrón!

Steph said...

May I ask, what is turron? It looks beautiful!

A thorough contemplation of life said...

I was born in Denia, Spain and often visit family who live not far from Alicante (Alcalali to be specific!).
These stalls are amazing! Spanish culture is awesome :]

Fab pics by the way!

David Engel said...

Hello Lala,

I loved the tasty pic of the turron. You're making me hungry!

David
http://www.globalaroundtown.blogspot.com

studioJudith said...

Wonderful images of your world, Lala!

Lots I'd like to see ... .
and taste.

Dragonfly said...

What a great day out!! I love it - all the foods look so fresh and delicious :-)

Inty swetha said...

Is that really cheese??? it looks yummy!! Thats a beautiful world out there!

Mélanie said...

J'adore ce genre de marché . Je reviens toujours les couffins pleins

French Kissed said...

I am so very happy that you stopped by FK to say hello for now I have found you and your wonderful site. I will have to thank Maria Cecelia for this introduction. I very much enjoyed my first visit to {Your} Castle in Spain ~ the market looks wonderful and the donkey is sweet and adorable and I just adore that little table at the bottom of your stairs. I will soon return when I have more time to get caught up exploring your wonderful piece of the world. Please come visit me in mine anytime. ~Jermaine~

dutchbaby said...

I love how the date palms appeared to be used as posts for the tent. I think it's a great idea to use them for a tropical Christmas decor.

I wish to fill my shopping basket with all you displayed here!

DolceDreams said...

Oh it all looks divine! I love the colours in the turron (torrone?), and the cheese looks so cool! hat a wonderful day you must have had...
Wish I were there... Hope your new home is coming along great!
Nathalie

howsyourrevolution said...

That artisan cheese looks absolutely divine!

Des said...

That cheese looks really cool. I wonder how it tastes.

Carey said...

Turron! Wow! Thank you for reminding me of something I'd completely forgotten about. I first heard of it (and gobbled it up) during two brief trips to Lima, Peru as a courier in the early 1980's. I love the variety and beauty of Turron in your photo. Hmmm, must try to make some I think. . .

maría cecilia said...

Hola Lala, qué gusto pasar por tu blog. Ese mercado medieval es realmente un sueño. No sabía que para los españoles el turrón es algo tan importante, es demasiado rico!!! Esos quesos están geniales!!!
Gracias por tu visita a mi blog y por tan lindo comentario.
Muchos cariños y felicidad para ti.
María Cecilia

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Tomorrow we are celebrating Thanksgiving here. I would like to have some of that turron! I didn't know they make them in different colours!

lakeviewer said...

Lovely display of all things palm. Intriguing and delightful for Christmas decorations.

Relyn said...

Oh my gosh! I would have never guessed that was cheese.

Lil Red said...

What I wouldn't give for braided cheese and turron de chocolate this holiday season. Que suerte la tuya. :)

¡Felicidades, Chica! xo

Linda Sue said...

Your world is so gorgeous!

Donna Deluso said...

I thought the cheese was pasta. Did you taste it? Was it good? Such a lovely idea to take modern society back to when things were rustic and simpler.

Helena said...

It looks absolutely lovely! Small markets like that are wonderful.

Christina said...

oh my, oh my! : ) yum!
xoxo

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