No trip to the south coast of France can be complete without a stop in the covered market at Les Halles in Narbonne. The place buzzes with life and anybody with an interest in food will spend a couple of hours there without noticing. Let’s start with a few pictures:
First the fish.
Enough on the fish for now. We will come back to it, I promise.
The French have a very different approach to butchery than we do here in Ireland. Health and Safety would get in a flap if they thought that pork was being butchered in a public walkway.
She did not say the same about the tuna guy. Now, if Health and Safety had an issue with ‘Hot Butcher Guy’ they would have had something to say about the chap sawing the tuna in half. I thought of asking him if it was fresh but then thought better of it. He was holding the sword.
I stepped over the blood and ordered my tuna. Yes, to answer my opening question, the tuna was fresh – the freshest and best tuna I have ever tasted.
I fried it in the pan with some salt and pepper and served it with a tomato sauce and bread.
I will give more detail on the tomato sauce in ‘la sixième et dernière partie’ posting next week. For now, I have to ruminate on the overbearing food regulations that we live under in Ireland. In France it seems to be a case of ‘Let the Market Decide’. It looks like Les Halles has made the right decision.