I love doing groceries, truly. Making my list at home (yes, I’m a list-maker, first one for everything I want to eat/bake/cook the next couple of days and than a second one with all the ingredients I need), taking my big grocery bags and entering the store full of anticipation. Cause I’m also fully prepared to be persuaded into buying things not on my list, and who knows what they have in store (pun intended!) for me this time.
Sadly, in my Parisian supermarché, not much. If ever there is a place where service is at an all time low and about 25% of the offered food is already past its ‘use before’ date, it’s the supermarket around the corner over here. Last year (and unfortunately, this is a true story) the Christmas turkeys, with a ‘use before 27-12’ sticker, where still there on the third of January, turning purple and looking quite unappetizing. Completely ignored by all the people working there.
Because, and this is the strange thing, there’s usually enough staff in the store! They just don’t seem very interested in the products they sell. Quite often they sell seasonal fruit and vegetables, and since I’m Dutch most of those are new to me and I really want to try them. I should be so lucky!
We have to weigh the food ourselves before you can pay for it at the cashier. You place your bag with fruit or vegetables on a scale and the scale, which has a camera, makes a guess about what kind of product it is and and gives you a price (Quite a funny process, since the scale is wrong about 90% of the time. When I place my bananas on it, it will suggest ‘eggplant’ or ‘mango’, never the actual fruit. So most of the time you’ll have to search for the right button yourself). The seasonal stuff is often not on the scale, and after a long search, I normally ask one someone of the staff if they can tell me which button to use.
Stupid me. I keep trying every time, but they never know which button to use. And so I also never get to try these intriguing fruits, even the cashier tells me to leave them with her as she doesn’t know the price either.
On the other side of the street, just 2 minutes from this supermarket, is a big fresh market. It’s open two mornings a week, and whenever I get the chance, I try to buy my fresh products there. And by the look of it (and the lines I have to stand in….) most of my neighbours prefer to buy at the market. I found some nice peaches there, that I used to make a fantastic summer dessert, a peach coconut crumble. For those of you who eat gluten free, it’s a great dish, as the crumble topping is gluten free. But for all of you who do not eat gluten free, like me, it’s a great dessert too. The coconut gives it an incredible taste of summer, perfect to prolong any leftover summer vibes!
PS Of course, there are fantastic food stores, supermarkets and markets in Paris! We’re just not that lucky with the supermarket that’s near to our apartment…
- 2 peaches, washed and diced
- 1 tbsp brown packed sugar
- 30 gr (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
- 50 gr (1/2 cup) grated coconut
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Preheat the oven to 200 C / 390 F
- Mix the diced peaches with the brown sugar
- Mix butter, coconut and sugar with your hands, until you have a wet sand structure
- Divide the peaches over two oven proof ramekins and top with the crumble
- Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown