I'm conscious of the fact that we haven't done any Turkish recipes on the blog for a while. This isn't because we've run out of ideas (there are hundreds of Turkish recipes for us to experiment with) or anything like that. It's simply because we've had - and continue to have - a constant stream of lovely friends out to visit and we just haven't had the time to sit down and think about what to make.
One of the entrances to Fethiye marketHowever, we do still have food on the brain and at the moment, Fethiye market is just packed with colourful, summer season produce. I know markets aren't for everyone but for the last two Tuesdays, the fruit and vegetable section of the market has been a joy to walk around and I actually get excited before we go. We've posted in the past about our belief in shopping at local markets so this post is not another rant but a celebration of Fethiye market and its seasonal produce.
Everything just looks so tempting on Fethiye marketThe great thing about shopping on Fethiye market at this time of year though is the tomatoes. Tomatoes in this area of Turkey taste beautiful all year round, but now we are benefitting from the early summer heat. Friends who have been out this last two weeks will probably go home today with tales of the joyous tomatoes - they just can't believe how tasty they are and have talked about them throughout their holiday.
The huge, beefy tomatoes are taking on their beautiful, vibrant red colours and sweet flavours. However, we're going to leave those to ripen further for a couple of weeks because at the moment, we just can't seem to buy enough of the scrumptious little plum tomatoes you can see in the top right of the photo. We've eaten them just as they are, we've made tomato salad with them and yesterday, we had a cold tomato and roasted red pepper soup. Just blissful. Can't wait to stock up on them again tomorrow!
Last Tuesday, I did a little experiment. I hung my camera around my neck, set it to video mode and hit the record button. Walk with us for a couple of minutes through Fethiye Tuesday market; the Salı Pazarı. What would you buy?