Here in the village of Plougrescant, our market is on Sunday and it is a tiny little thing with maybe 5 or 6 vendors. Probably during high season, July and August, it will get more. Wife and my casual, non-scientific observation of the area is that maybe 50% of the houses around the coast are vacation rentals. But even with only a few vendors there are good things to be had and for a gastronome like me opportunities to create meals.
Marché á Plougrescant
Very cold and blustery
We came back with some great produce:
Local artichokes which are grown in fields all around here
I've never been in Europe for asparagus season and never quite understood the hype over the white variety.
Know I know. Super sweet and delicious
Big ass local cabbage
We've been gorging ourselves with the local artichokes
I processed a half dozen of them
The Great Crab Fiasco
No matter how good a cook you are, there are going to be days when things just don't happen for you. When we were at the market, there were some people selling local clams and oysters as well as another person selling local lobsters and crabs. It was Mother's Day and with us being far, far away from our kids, I thought I would treat Wife to one of her favorites. The lobster was really expensive but the crab was very reasonable and they were huge. They were a variety I've never seen before.
I bought two and some clams for myself and decided we would have a nice big seafood lunch. First I didn't quite account for the fact that these were very lively crabs and I had a not so big pot. So we had a bit of an ordeal as I'm trying to get these guys (actually one guy and one gal) to accept their fate. I'm holding on to the lid and they're fighting to get out. I'm thinking this can't be very good for my karma.
Crabs finally in cooking mode
The clams were much more docile and they also were very good
Crab is finally done and we sit down to eating. These things have the hardest shells I've ever encountered on a crustacean. I'm whacking away. Shell is going everywhere. Especially on Wife. But finally in the middle of it all we find.....
So little meat as to be almost inconsequential. Any meat there is firmly fixed to the harder than steel shells so when it shreds into nothingness when you try to get it out. After about an hour of eating we had a huge mess and were starving. I suspect these crabs developed this evolutionary survival mechanism where predators found that even though they looked like a great big meal that if fact they would succumb to starvation if they made them their diet.
We punted and had bread and cheese.