Fish is a problem…


Friday, 5 Feb, Marché des Enfants Rouges.

…when you’re living far from the sea or in some remote village far off the supply chain. So imagine Paris as a paradise when it comes to seafood of all kinds. Every morning, you’ll find the best products coming directly from the Mediterranean AND the Atlantic’s depths and shores.  This morning, I’ve been strolling around and made it into the realm of the very ancient “Marché des Enfants Rouges”. It’s not a thriving market, actually, the vendors look bored and smoke all the time – but still you can find a fish stall as beautiful as the great still lifes painted back in the 17th century. Right now, as you can see above, it’s the high season of oysters and scallops. The French name of the latter is “Coquilles Saint-Jacques”, which always sounds like a line of poetry to me. Well, in the end I just bought a couple of mackerels (see below), a delicious yet cheap fish; guess I will pan-fry the fillets for dinner, lightly coated in mustard and flour and topped with some basil leaves.

Friday, 5 Feb, Marché des Enfants Rouges.

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