Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Las Palmas' food market

I have roamed through food markets in Barcelona, Marseille, Florence, and Gothenburg. The capitol of the Canary Islands, Las Palmas has, as every Spanish city with respect for itself, a great food market. Here there are an impressive selection of fish, meat, and vegetables under offer, as well as prepared food. I am envious of the citizen of Las Palmas. If I had a market like this close by, I would have been a regular guest! February 12th, I walked through this market, and here is a little of what I saw.

Jámon, jámon.......

The film Jámon, jámon, from 1992 directed by Bigas Luna, encapsulates the Spanish passion for ham. The film ends with a violent clash between two of the main characters where they fight with a whole ham as weapons.

Believe me, ham is serious business in Spain and Italy and a symbol of pride. In Spain, different qualities of Jamon Serrano, or the legendary Pata Negra are sold at staggering prices, and the best just melts in your mouth.

This craving for a noble pig, can even be met at Las Palmas, where you will find these specimens to be purchased. At what price? I do not know - I never asked!

My nephew Hans Ørnes visited ham heaven when staying in Barcelona. Read hist story here.

Squid in Salsa, and much more.....

Here is what you can buy for dinner, if you do not care to make anything from scratch.

Ropa vieja shredded flank steak in a tomato sauce base priced at €9,95 per kilo. This dish has its origins on the islands but has spread to much of New World.

If you want seafood you can switch to Chocos en Salsa, squid in a thick sauce priced at €14,95.

If you want something less pricey, why not choose a delicious "tortilla" a potato omelet at around €5.

Tortilla de Patatas - Spanish potato omelet and other tapas served at a 50th anniversary. Read story here

Tuna in Adobo and Fidelia

Adobo is the Spanish word for seasoning.

Adobo is prepared in regions of the latin world, including South America and the Philippines. Pork, spices, and especially red pepper are used.

At the Las Palmas Food market I found that this marinade is even applied in fish like this Tuna dish.

Another dish under offer was a pan with something called Fidelia, but I have not been able to find what this refers to. It looked like a pasta dish and it had the same saffron and tomato colour as most of the prepared food for sale at the market.

Abundance from the sea

Walking among the fish mongers you are struck by the abundance of fresh fish under offer.

Here you see the local names of the different species. The sign by the colourful fish, viejos, refers possibly to Sparisoma cretense (wikipedia), a fish living by the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Another species, called Romeres, has not been possible to identify, and what could be better than large prawns on a paella or as a starter.


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trine said...

Where is this market in Las Palmas?

Anonymous said...

Where is this food marked located in Las Palmas? Thank you.