Lex and I had always talked about getting out to more of the growers’ and farmers’ markets but never really seemed to make it happen. The first Good Living Growers’ Market at Pyrmont of 2011 was a great way to kick off the year of market adventures ahead of us. An early start on a Saturday morning is not something I love doing but for the growers’ market I made an effort and we were up and ready early allowing ourselves plenty of time to get into the city. It was already 27 degrees by 7am so we knew it was going to be a hot one.
Finding a parking spot was much easier than expected so there was no need to fork out the $10 Star City car park was offering to the growers’ market patrons. As we got out of the car the temperature was unbelievable, a wall of heat just hit us and it took a little while to adjust.
You cant go to the growers’ market and not try one of the amazing organic egg & bacon rolls, and of course no morning is complete without a good coffee so we made our way along the stalls until we settled on Consummate where egg & bacon on a sourdough roll with chilli jam was my choice. While BBQ sauce is definitely my preferred egg & bacon roll condiment the chilli jam Consummate offered was a great change. The BBQ sauce like tang was still there but the accompanying chilli kick was a winner for me, not overpowering or even too hot and the amazing sourdough really just sealed the deal.
The cooking display was something we wanted to see so after we had our egg & bacon rolls and a coffee we sat by the stage as Nhut Huynh and Joanna Savill were preparing for the demonstration. Nhut Huynh is a Vietnamese chef and his diner Snakebean is on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. The heat had really begun to ramp up and as the announcement was made that the demonstration was starting soon the scramble to get a seat under the limited amount of shade was on.
For his presentation Nhut cooked ‘Tet Pork and Egg’ from his newly released cookbook Little Vietnam. The heat and the wind caused a little bit of havoc during the demonstration and it seemed like the stove top just wasn’t up to the challenge. Luckily Nhut had prepared the dish earlier and was able to bring this completed dish around so we could see the finished result and smell the wonderful aromas.
We hadn’t really planned to buy anything specific and thought of the morning as more of a reconnaissance effort to obtain a good idea of what was on offer so when we were ready to cook up a storm we knew what was available and what looked worth trying. During our wanderings we came across so much great produce that if we were buying decisions would have been very hard.
Sadly the heat soared beyond tolerable levels and we decided to make our exit a little earlier than anticipated. We will be back next time with a shopping list at hand so we can really take advantage of the fresh local produce on offer. And I really hope the weather calms down a little and next time we’re able to take our time exploring the markets at a leisurely pace.
Good Living Growers’ Market
Pyrmont Bay Park (Opposite Star City Casino)
Pyrmont NSW 2009