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Naschmarkt, Vienna – A Sensory Treat!

On a summer trip to Austria last year, I discovered this gastronomical and delightful  and luxurious food and produce market.  

 Fresh meat  butchers, fishmongers,  local bakers and farmers display their wares and offer the freshest produce.  There are also stalls offering specialty cheeses, jams, sauces – fresh appetizers, snack and wine bars,  flowers, souvenirs and many more.

The uniqueness of this market is its multicultural atmosphere and alongside  the local stalls and restaurants you will find restaurants, produce and wares from all around the globe.

Known to be the most famous food market in Vienna – and now also a popular tourist destination,  NASCHMARKT is a must visit for foodies and everyone alike. Shop, dine, drink and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of this gourmet market!

 

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FROM LOCAL AUSTRIAN TO OTHER EUROPEAN CHEESES, FRESHLY BAKED BREADS, FRESH MEATS AND SEAFOOD, FRUITS, VEGETABLES,  FRESHLY COOKED APPETIZERS, SPECIALTY AND LUXURY FOODS – THIS MARKET IS A VERITABLE TREAT FOR THE SENSES!

 

Tantalizing aromas drew us to this bakery. They had an amazing variety of breads and baked goodies. We picked up some goodies  and muched our way through the market

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Visitors queued up and flocked this store to pick up their selection of fresh cheeses. I loved the soft gooey ones like the fresh bries which were literally running away if you get my gist 🙂 They had such an amazingly varied collection and the display was a real feast for the eyes.

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 COLOUR POPPING, EXOTIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES STRAIGHT FROM THE FARM TO YOUR TABLE

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The white asparagus (known as spargel) which is a delicacy,  is mostly available only in spring and early summer. It is best boiled, and served warm with a hollandaise sauce. It is my must-have when I am in Europe that time of the year

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Strawberries, Cherries and ……..

 

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FRESH CATCH OF THE DAY

THIS MARKET IS A SEAFOOD LOVERS PARADISE,  YOU CAN BUY  FRESH PRODUCE OR HAVE AN AMAZING SEAFOOD MEAL AT ANY OF THE MANY STALLS AND RESTAURANTS.

 

Crab claws – giant sized – enjoyed best just boiled and dipped in a warm lemon butter herb sauce.

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Fresh Norweigan Salmon

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Octopus!

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Calamari and local fish

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        A BUTCHER CARVES A LEG OF DRY CURED SERRANO HAM FROM SPAIN INTO PAPER THIN SLICES FOR PATIENT CUSTOMERS 

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THIS MULTICULTURAL MARKET OFFERS DELICACIES FROM MANY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES – THE  GREEK AND LEBANESE MEZZES / APPETISERS WERE DELICIOUS AND VERY POPULAR

 

A variety of feta stuffed peppers 

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Dates served with assorted hams, nuts and cheeses – Stuffed vine leaves

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The stuffed artichokes were unbelivably good

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AN AMAZING ASSORTMENT OF PICKLES, GHERKINS AND OLIVES FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN 

A huge variety of assorted stuffed olives

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Giant gherkins and olives!

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AN ARRAY OF STALLS OFFERING FOOD AND DRINKS ON THE GO

 

Just stop by for freshly shucked oysters with a quick shot of champagne!

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A Vinothek offering a lovely variety of handpicked wines and wine based cocktails

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RUSSIAN PIROGIS – Puff pastry encased savouries with various meat based and vegetarian fillings. A bit like Indian samosas but not as spicy.  My nephew who is a chef and foodie, and I tried so many of these guilty pleasures!

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WINING AND  DINING

Al fresco …..

 

And fine dining……

 

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There were plenty of choices and a multitude of cuisines



 

A VINEGAR BAR!  MOST UNUSUAL AND  EXCITING –  THE VARIETIES WERE MIND BOGGLING

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ASSORTED GOODIES!

 

Local Viennese Jams

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Iranian nuts

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Local Flowers!

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WE UNFORTUNATELY COULDN’T SHOP FOR THE FRESH FOODS, BUT WE PICKED UP SOME LOVELY SPECIALTY FOODS AND REALLY ENJOYED STALL AND RESTAURANT HOPPING.

WE HAD A 5 COURSE MEAL, JUST STOPPING BY AS WE WALKED,  STARTING WITH AN APERITIF AND STARTERS AT ONE STALL TO DESSERT AT THE LAST ONE. WE VISITED THIS MARKET TWICE FOR THE EXPERIENCE AND THE FINE DINING RESTAURANTS DID NOT DISAPPOINT EITHER.

A VERY ENJOYABLE VISIT – THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO SO KEEP AN ENTIRE MORNING AND AFTERNOON TO SOAK IN THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS, SMELLS AND THE  ENTIRE EXPERIENCE OF NASCHMARKT.

 

 

 

 



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Giant Pretzels, Spargel and all things German!

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A German Pilsner in hand – watching the sun go down in Baden-Baden – looking forward to a meal of Spargel ( white asparagus )served with warm Hollandaise sauce.

I ordered one with some Serrano ham and boiled potatoes – mmm…it was magic.

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The schweincotlett caught my roving eye, and even though my stomach was groaning in protest – I couldn’t resist! So here we go… 🙂

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Woke up the next morning determined to walk off last night’s meal…..sauntered by a baker’s window and look what I found

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Gorgeous gorgeous freshly baked giant pretzels with a liberal sprinkle of coarse sea salt. Couldn’t resist! Picked up one and munched along the way…..

The baker obviously believed – big is better! 🙂

Lovely freshly baked giants.

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Khagina – Indian style slow cooked eggs

This delicious version of spicy  eggs on a bed of onions and coriander – is the perfect hangover remedy. Mop it up with a crusty loaf of bread – and wash it down with a glass of chilled beer, followed by a long nap 🙂 – and you will wake up as good as new!

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The recipe calls for 5 large onions, finely chopped – a teaspoon each of ginger and garlic paste, 1/2 a teaspoon of bright red chilli powder,1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric powder, 2 green chillies slit through the middle and a bunch of chopped coriander.

Fry the onions and green chillies in a couple of tablespoons of oil till translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for 20 seconds

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Sprinkle the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and give it a good stir.

 

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Add a bit of water to amalgamate the onion paste.

 

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So that’s what it all needs to look like before we add the eggs!

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Now break the eggs evenly all over the paste and cover and cook it on a low heat for about 7 to 10 minutes till all the eggs have set.

 

And, Voila! Your Khagina is ready to be devoured 🙂

 

My All-Time Favourites

PicCollage copy Just a a collage of some of my favourite dishes – grilled  Atlantic salmon with strawberries on a bed of lettuce – pate de foie gras – vol au vent – creamy morels and chicken – my all time favourite ‘quenelles de brochet with nantua sauce’ ( a Lyonnaise speciality ) This dish is very close to my heart! Watch out for the recipe.

A Gastronomical Delight

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On a recent visit to Paris I discovered some fantastic savory dishes at the famous Laduree on Champs-Elysees. I was pleasantly surprised to see the extensive menu and was not disappointed when our food arrived.

My starter was the classic French pate de foie gras – it was a house special and what made it extremely unusual was that it was served along with a macaroon, sprinkled with coarse sea salt. The macaroons were a first for me but – Ah! My taste buds went into overdrive on the first bite – the blend of the sweet and salty flavor  – the crunchy macaroon along with the  melt – in – your – mouth smooth pate, crusty bread – and accompanied by a glass of crisp chilled Rose wine,

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My mains consisted of a vol-au-vent with chicken and a morels – a warm, crisp, flaky casing encased with a layer of mushrooms and a pouring of a chicken morel cream sauce – I was in heaven.

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Dessert was their delicious Gateau St. Honore, named after the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs. It was an explosion of heavenly flavours of choux pastry, cream and caramelised sugar.

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I will be posting my version of these dishes shortly!