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Sunday, July 24, 2011

weekend foraging at Hobart's Salamanca market, bottega rotolo and pigeon hole cafe

Saturday morning I visited the famous Salamanca market in Hobart in order to gather goodies for a special birthday dinner party I was to host that evening. Firstly I picked up a few bunches of one of my favourite flowers, tulips. I love the simplicity of tulips, the fact that you can just pop them in a simple jug or vase and they instantly look great... The menu was planned during the week. A good friend is responsible for the dessert and birthday cake, the Gateau Opera. Thank goodness! As I wouldn't have a clue how to make such a complicated layered cake. But this particular friend just so happens to have completed the "Tortes and Gateaux" masterclass at the Agrarian Kitchen cooking school. In this class she learned pastry tricks from Sweet Envy's Alistair Wise. Lucky gal!
At Salamanca market I also bought some fresh vegetables including rocket, garlic, pinkeye potatoes and green beans.
Look at the vibrant colour of these carrots!
Next stop was the recently opened Bottega Rotolo, located in Bathurst Street. It has its very own cheese room in which we bought some French cheese for the entree, twice cooked gruyere cheese souffle. They do not stock gruyere and we were supplied with comte cheese, the French equivalent instead. Sounds fine to me.
A bike at the entrance to Bottega Rotolo conjures images of Italian food markets and sunny days. Well, it does for me, anyway. Anyone else?
Look at the neat shelves! And at the range of yummy supplies. I spied bags of dried mixed forest mushrooms, perfect for winter soups as well as authentic Italian pasta, olive oils and sauces. And much more. We left with more than just cheese!
As it was nearing lunch time and we were after a guaranteed delicious meal, we headed to the Pigeon Hole next. We also bought some of Jay's now famous Pigeon Hole bread for dinner, to serve with the souffle. The fruit and seed sourdough is a special bread, it is only available on Tuesdays and Saturdays...I love it with a little bit of honey but is great with a nice cheese too.
Back home I started sorting the kitchen out to prepare for cooking. I found these vintage scoops at Salamanca market and was tempted to keep them for myself but I think they will make great pieces for prop hire available at The Drill Hall Emporium. I am drawn to their simple function and form.
The large soup tureen is French and I have only just unpacked it since its arrival in our latest shipment. It will keep my small French soupiere company on the bench. It is no secret that I am quite partial to white French porcelain.
Which is why I also bought this large French cake stand on my last buying trip. It has only just been unwrapped too! It goes perfectly with my French glass cloche that I already owned. On my next free day I will make some muffins or friands to place under the cloche.
I potted some hyacinth for the dinner table, an alternative to flowers and low enough not to block vision between diners across the table.
And a potted hyacinth for the birthday girl! In an antique French terracotta pot, of course...


  1. Tulips !! nice!!.......good food.....and beautiful stuff you show us today.....enjoy darling....love Ria...xxx...

  2. wonderful good food :) and great soap tureen!

  3. That sounds like an AMAZING Saturday! Am definitely adding Bottega Rotolo to my 'must visit' list - perhaps it will make a nice lunch break visit durin the week?

    I'm a complete novice at potting hyacinths (yours look fabulous!), but have always admired them - how long do they generally last in a pot?

    Have a great week! xoxo

  4. Hi Katrina, Yes, Bottega Rotolo would make a great lunch time visit but you can't sit and eat there as far as I could gather. Hyacinths seem to last about 1 to 2 weeks in the pot in a heated area...not long but worth it I think! Thanks for calling in, Tammy

  5. Tammy you have such an eye for attention to detail in everything you do & you make it look so effortless! If you ran a weekend Workshop in Tassie about this said ability I'd be there in a heartbeat!
    Millie xx

  6. Hi Millie, thank you for your kind words. A weekend workshop...hmmm, interesting! Thanks for dropping by, Tammy

  7. Hi Tammy,

    Have enjoyed reading this post. LOVE, LOVE tulips too and wish there was a place like Salamanca here where I could buy bunches and bunches of them. Like you said you just put them in a vessel and they always look stunning. Loved seeing your tureens and they look so beautiful on your benches.

    I NEED a holiday in Hobart just so I can poke around and find all these hidden treasures.

    I hope your dinner went well, menu sounds wonderful. Millie is right you make everything look so effortless and stylish.

    As always thanks for sharing.

    Take care
    N.W. Coast Tassie

  8. Hi Janine, thank you for your thoughtful comments. Yes, do come to Hobart to discover some of these places. We are very lucky here in Tasmania, are we not? Have a great week ahead, Tammy