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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Boxing Day Shopping in Tartous

I've already posted pictures from the vegetable market in Tartous. Even if I run the risk of repeating myself, the orgy of colors and forms deserves a second look. On the morning of Dec. 26th, clueless as to what we're going to have for lunch, we marauded the open Souk El Khedra on the southern side of town. We triumphantly returned with more than a dozen bags of fresh fruits and veggies and these delicious photos below (taken with my Nokia mobile phone).

Hot Peppers & Fava Beans Drop Box


Oranges, Green Beans, Cucumbers & Corn Drop Box


Apples, Avocados, Kiwifruits & Eggplants Drop Box


All sorts of Apples, Tangerines, Yellow Carrots, Garlic, Mushrooms & Chestnuts Drop Box



Radish, Green Onions, Spinach Beets, Spinach, Parsley & Mint Drop Box

31 comments:

bint battuta said...

Fabulous photos, especially the first one. And while I'm here, season's greetings to you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks.
A@

Anonymous said...

Everything looks delicious! Yum.
w.b.yeats

Anonymous said...

Everything looks delicious! Yum.
w.b.yeats

Anonymous said...

sorry... I don't know what happened, but my post was downloaded 3 times....

Maybe I had to, because once wasn't enough to convey how wonderful the vegetables and fruits on the market look!
: )
w.b. yeats

Mariyah said...

The colours and textures of outdoor markets are difficult to resist. This one is particularly inviting. Thank you for sharing the photos!

Lujayn said...

Thats one hell of a mobile phone camera you have there, Abu Fares, the colors are so vivid!

I love the kaleidescope of colors, everything looks so fresh and appealing. I am rarely enticed by veggies, but these, I would definitely munch on!

Lujayn said...

Meant to ask, what did you eventually decide to make for lunch? :)

Isobel said...

Yup, that would make me go mad and buy way more than my fridge could hold. Amazing colours...my mouth was watering as I looked at the pictures!! Yes, so what did you make for lunch?

abufares said...

@Bint Battuta
Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and yours as well.
The red peppers were so gorgeous there was no way their photo wouldn't come out exceptional.

abufares said...

@A
Thank your for coming over.

abufares said...

@w.b.yeats
I enjoy your company and presence so much even my blog's settings took that into consideration.
There's no better way to start one's day than in an open food market. Well come to think of it... there is, but we can't print everything we have on our minds ;-)

abufares said...

@Mariyah
The colors and textures of fruits and veggies, the laughter and scent of a beautiful woman, the taste of a fine wine, an exotic dinner and her parted lips. That would make a perfect setting to end a romantic novel or a perfect day.

abufares said...

@Lujayn
Kifek Ya 3arous!?
It was 7:45 AM and I didn't have my wits to take along my digital camera. Once assaulted with the kaleidoscope of colors, hues and shapes at the market I instinctively drew my Nokia E71 and shot wildly in every direction. I was as surprised as you are as to the quality of the photos. But I think the subject matter was so decisively photogenic neither I nor the limited lens could detract from its beauty.

abufares said...

@Isobel
As you and Lujayn rightfully asked I think I should tell you.
1) Green beans with lamb - Rice on the side
2) Tabbouleh
3) A crazy salad
4) Vegetable soup
5)Chicory in olive oil and garlic (eaten with pita bread by hand)
6) Raw and unprepared vegetables on the side, see last photo (my favorite munchies)
7) Apples and oranges
We had company for lunch that day. It was the least we could do :-)

Anonymous said...

OR from another perspective...The colors and textures of fruits and veggies, the touch and scent of a ruggedly handsome man, the taste of a fine wine, an exotic dinner and looking into his dark, intense eyes. "That would make a perfect setting to end a romantic novel or a perfect day." :D

Mariyah said...

I am Anonymous from above...my error!!

Allie said...

That is simply spectacular. I went to our farmer's market today but it just doesn't compare to yours! Beautiful!

Az3ar's Fan said...

The global magic of Farmers Markets. It is called abunDANCE. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Dear Abu Fares,
I do appreciate if you write about the(Arum plant or Araceae plant,نبات اللوف);I think they eat it in Tartous;
They mix it with Sumac..
Thanks a lot.
Ain.

abufares said...

@Mariyah
Is that what women perceive from their side. And I always thought that you're just being nice to us. So there's something for you in it after all. Ruggedness and intensity... You like that in a man. I like that in my SUV.

abufares said...

@Allie
The more refined and sterile a farmer's market is the less charm and authenticity it inherently possesses. I believe that this is the strongest point in favor of our local vegetable market. Of course there is a negative side to veggies and fruits being completely organic and natural but nothing that a good scrub and clean can't fix.

abufares said...

@Az3ar's Fan
You're right! None of the stands can convey an image of beauty by itself. It's the orchestrated melange of colors, shapes and forms that conspire to make a work a culinary work of art.

abufares said...

@Ain
We have never prepared the Arum plant at home and I really haven't heard of it being eaten in Tartous. The word Araceae is well-known through a song by Sabah Fakhri, but I, like most Tartoussis, have no idea what it is.
Can someone offer a suggestion?

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Thank you.
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Anonymous said...

I don't see any Prices on the goods,they expose..??
Cheers.

Mariyah said...

An SUV??? Can they be intense? Well so much for my romantic image. I cannot equate beauty and parted lips to anything in my life... :P

Isobel said...

Do you have the recipe for green beans and lamb? That sounds good!! (how can it not be with lamb?) And the chicory...we eat that too but without the garlic. Do you boil it? Or is it raw? We boil it and drizzle olive oil and, if you want, lemon over it. And tabbouleh...where do I start? I could eat the whole bowl!! :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Isobel,
Jus wanted to see how much cheap ,compare with your country or Eurobe..thanks for your joaks.
Cheers.

Allie said...

I completely agree with you, Abu Fares. Although I love the freshness and the dirt of my locally grown produce, the chaos of your market is infinitely more beautiful to me than the organized markets we have here in America.

Anonymous said...

Correction:Jokes.
Cheers