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The Porta Palazzo Market, Turin

18/01/2016 | By

A wander around Turin’s Porta Palazzo Market, the largest open-air market in Europe.

markets, Porta Palazzo

One thing that really stands out about the food culture of Italy is the abundance of fresh food markets in each city. The locals tend to shop for fresh produce daily, rather than doing the weekly (soul-destroying, IMHO) shop which is more the norm here in Australia. This means that, for the most part, people are eating fresh, local, seasonal produce  – a much better way to stay connected to the food system.

porta palazzo markets, Turin

Porta Palazzo markets, quail eggs

When visiting Torino (Turin) last year at least one market visit was high on my list of priorities. The city has 42 open-air markets and six covered markets dotted around the neighbourhoods and on our second day in the city we visited the most significant, the Porta Palazzo Market.

Porta Palazzo Market, eggplant

The Porta Palazzo Market takes it’s name from the ancient gate which marked the entry to the Roman town of Augusta Taurinorum and is the largest open-air market in Europe. It is open six days a week and boasts 800 stalls spread over a 50,000 square metre space, surrounded by four  covered markets – a clothing market, a fish market and two other food markets, plus various stores, cafes and restaurants.

Porta Palazzo market artisan cheese

Gorgeous , little handmade cheeses direct from the producer at Porta Palazzo Market, Torino

Unusually, part of this space is also shared by up to 100 farmers market stands, with the farmers travelling in to sell their produce direct to the public – making it one of the few places where city folk can come into daily contact with the people who grow their food.

Porta Palazzo market, fragrant herbs

porta palazza market tomatoes

Honestly, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to be bothered with a sterile shopping centre when there is so much more pleasure to be had buzzing around these intriguing stalls which sell just about anything one could need. From vegetables, oils, cold cuts, cheese, breads, local delicacies and flowers to clothing, shoes, household goods, second-hand goods, jewellery – you name it, someone there will be selling it, guaranteed.

offal meat, Porta Palazzo market

Offal – all the spare bits ready to cook at the Porta Palazzo Market

Porta Palazzo market seafood

Fabulous, fresh seafood at Porta Palazzo Market

Porta Palazzo Market, pesce sciabola

Pesce Sciabola – also called Silver SCabbard Fish – a local deep-water favourite.

Porta Palazzo Market, sometimes known as ‘Torino’s kitchen’, is much more than just a food source for the city of Torino, though, and is recognised as a local cultural and social hub, for both Italians and migrants to the city. The importance of the market is such that an anthropological study, “Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market”, has been published using this market as an example to show how important such centres are for the culinary culture and social life of cities.

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In My Kitchen – December 2015

04/12/2015 | By

Some special treats in my last In My Kitchen roundup for 2015.

in my kitchen december

This is the final IMK roundup for 2015 and I’m very pleased to say that I’ve only missed one all year – and that was because I was in Italy, nowhere near my kitchen!


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In My Kitchen November 2015

06/11/2015 | By

A quick look at what is making me smile In My Kitchen at the moment.

Chocolate IN My Kitchen Nov 15

Unfortunately I missed out on Fig Jam and Lime Cordial‘s October In My Kitchen food blog roundup as I was travelling and nowhere near my kitchen at all, however I’m back in the saddle for November with some of the travel loot.


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2 Fab Cheesefest 2015 Packs to Win!

05/10/2015 | By

Make Cheesefest 2015 a true luxury experience by winning one of these fab Tuckers Natural Picnic Trail Cheesefest packs!


Yes my friends, I don’t know where this year has gone, but it’s almost time for one of the most fantastic celebrations of all things cheese once again!


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La Cigale French Markets in the Heart of Auckland

21/09/2015 | By

La Cigale French markets – a gorgeously Gallic gourmet treat in the heart of Auckland.

La Cigale Markets

I recently found myself in Auckland for a few days. This was only my second visit to New Zealand, although I don’t know why I can’t seem to get there a little more often – it is a breathtakingly lovely country. 


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SEAsonality – the Marine Fishers Association New Resource For Seafood Lovers

11/09/2015 | By

Check out the new Marine Fishers Association SEAsonality website for fresh, new seafood inspiration and some fab recipes!

SEAsonality MFA website

I’m told that the warmer weather is approaching (although at the time of writing this, this food blogger is finding that a little hard to believe) meaning lots of us will want to move away from the heavy comfort dishes of winter and look to lightening up our diet – often seafood is a favourite way to do this.


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