9 May 2013

A continental market


Last Saturday I went into town to meet two Chinese girls.  I  belong to a university friendship project that welcomes overseas students and sometimes families, which is something my husband and I have enjoyed doing wherever we've lived in the UK.  We both know what it's like to live in unfamiliar situations abroad.
We went and had a coffee and a chat and because the continental market was in town in the high street we had a look around at the different stalls.
On another occasion I might have bought some plants, although carrying them home on the tram would have proved difficult.  I thought that the stall was in an excellent spot and the stall owner had made good use of the stone street seating to display some of the plants.


Naturally I was drawn to the Italian produce and we tried out some samples before I bought some special biscuits and cakes to share.  I took some home to be enjoyed during the May holiday weekend. There were family favourites such as the hazel nut and chocolate 'boats', a fruit liqueur sponge and  a crispy pastry Sicilian cannolo filled with pistachio-flavoured cream.



10 comments:

  1. It's very thoughtful to help welcome new people to the area. The continental market looks really fab and looks like a nice day weather wise too.

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  2. What a lovely welcoming gesture. When I was new to this country I was always grateful to those who went out of their way to do the same thing.

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  3. The market looks great,

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  4. That looks like a wonderful market, lots of things which you wouldn't ordinarily see when shopping in the UK. I didn't know such things as friendship projects existed, what a great idea. It must be quite daunting for overseas students being so far away from home so it's a brilliant idea to have people on hand to welcome them.

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  5. What a lovely quaint little market. Those cakes do look delicious.xxxx

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  6. What a lovely project to be involved with, the students must appreciate seeing a friendly face or two when they are so far from home. Those biscuits sound delicious:)

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  7. Your day sounds like it was quite lovely. Bringing home beautiful, delicious looking biscuits and cakes is the best.

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  8. A continental market? In Sheffield??? How things have changed! Lovely food

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  9. What good folks you are to welcome others to your country.
    I would love to nibble those bakery goods.

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  10. A beautiful project...and such a lovely market.

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