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Venice--dining on fish on Sundays and Mondays?

Venice--dining on fish on Sundays and Mondays?

Aug 6th, 2012, 04:56 AM
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Gosh, I never saw seppie in the UK!

OP, we went to the Santa Marta farmers' market again today, this time getting there c.11.30, and thought it was well worthwhile. Today there about 6 fruit & veg stalls, 2 wine stalls, 1 baker, 1 small butcher/salumeria stall & 1 stall with plants including herbs. Small compared with what we were used to in Edinburgh but nice & all very friendly. We bought nice breads & savoury tarts, very well-priced fruit & veg & a selection of also very well-priced wines from one of the winemakers. We couldn't accommodate the butcher's this time as we're are going away for a few days soon, and will miss the next 2 Mondays, but very much look forward to shopping there again in 3 weeks' time. Stallholders still seem to be coming & going with holidays, so hopefully by September the market will be back at max strength.
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Aug 6th, 2012, 01:29 PM
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Caroline,

Great, it sounds perfect! We'll probably make the Santa Marta market one of our first destinations on that first morning (a Monday) after we arrive.
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Aug 6th, 2012, 03:31 PM
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Caroline... how often does your husband post to his blog? I've so enjoyed his writing that I check every day. I certainly do envy you and this adventure!
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Aug 7th, 2012, 04:07 AM
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Hi Gwendolynn - very pleased you enjoy DH's blog so much. When he posts just depends on when he thinks we've done anything worth writing about. You can set it up so it sends you an email when there is a new posting. There may not be one for a while now as we've not been doing much due to the heat & humidity, and we have a few short trips away from Venice in the next few weeks.
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Aug 7th, 2012, 04:33 AM
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>>Gosh, I never saw seppie in the UK!<<

Cuttlefish is available from good fishmongers - you may have to order it in advance as it isn't that popular and fishmongers don't like to buy in stuff they'll have to throw away.

I made trofie di seppia the other week - took hours, made a right mess and stank the house out. From now on I'm only eating it in restaurants. And my partner is the Queen's fishmonger!
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Aug 7th, 2012, 06:21 AM
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Kate, I'm not sure any of the fishmongers I used to use in Edinburgh would/could have got it Maybe just in London, where I daresay some restaurants might use it?
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Aug 30th, 2012, 03:35 AM
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A P.S. on the Santa Marta farmers' market which we visited again this week after being away the last 2 Mondays. This week, in addition to the stalls previously listed, there was a cheesemaker and a stall selling eggs with the option to order poultry. For the first time we bought from the butcher's stall which has mainly value-added products like sausages, meatballs, kebabs & salamis.
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Aug 30th, 2012, 09:59 AM
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thanks for the update, caroline.

what did you buy from the butchers and was it/they any good?
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Aug 31st, 2012, 02:39 AM
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Hi Ann! We bought some pork boconcini which we had with spaghetti & fresh tomato sauce and which were very tasty & juicy, and a whole small salami which we haven't yet started on. As with the other stalls there it was all very well-priced compared with anywhere else we shop (about E4 for the meat).
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Aug 31st, 2012, 11:08 AM
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boconcini? il mio dizionario italiano defines "bocconcino" as a delicacy.

pork delicacies? yum!
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Sep 1st, 2012, 08:49 AM
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It seems to be used for small balls of anything - little meatballs, little mozzarella balls, etc.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 10:27 AM
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Caroline - it just struck me that the word must come from "bocca" [meaning mouth for the non-italian students amongst us] - so "bocconcini" will be little things for the mouth.

what a lovely language it is.

how is Venice?
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 03:28 AM
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Mm, little mouthfuls!

Lovely, thanks! It's been cooler & a bit cloudy at times for the last week - and it's even rained a couple of times, for the first time since (I think) mid-June - but it's been quite refreshing, and certainly was pleasanter to sit outside for 4.5 hours yesterday for the Regata Storica than if it had still been 32 degrees & 90% humidity! We are off to England tomorrow for a couple of days, then must get properly stuck into the Architecture Biennale.
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:05 AM
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buon viaggio, Caroline.

my italian conversation classes start again in a couple of weeks time, i'm feeling very rusty!
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:52 AM
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Ann, so am I, only a few weeks after finishing 3 months of 20 hours a week! I could do with starting conversation classes too. But at least lectures etc are starting up again after the summer so that will help with listening. Btw we had the farmers' market salami for lunch today and it was lovely. (We didn't go today as we are off to England tomorrow for a few days.)
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Sep 3rd, 2012, 07:58 AM
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What great advice! I will print this out for our trip.
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:02 PM
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Latest update on the Santa Market farmers' market (after posting it on the wrong thread!): c.6 fruit & veg stalls, 1 winemaker, 2 cheese stalls, 1 baker, 1 butcher, 1 salumeria, 1 selling eggs with poultry to order, 1 with honey, 1 with plants & herbs. The hours are no longer 2-7pm but 11am-?c.4pm (Mondays).
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Sep 17th, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Thanks again!
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