Spring kitchen

At Play People of Adelaide


Posted on 28 Aug 2019

There’s no denying that one of the city's most treasured icons is the Adelaide Central Market. Nourishing locals and visitors alike with fresh local produce for 150 years, the market is home to many remarkable store owners - all passionate about great food. We asked four local traders to share a favourite spring dish, their top picnic items and where they like to spend time in the city through the season.

Wills & Daniel Fresh Produce Merchant - Bill Zaharis

Bill zakaris wills and daniel
photo-icon David Sievers

Favourite spring dish.

Blood orange, yoghurt and filo pie

"When I was a child my mother used to make us a fluffy, moist, sweet and coconutty traditional Greek dessert called
ravani. It was a simple semolina cake that tasted amazing. This recipe is similar to ravani, in that it is also soaked in a delicious blood orange syrup, but instead of coconut the filling is held together with layers of filo pastry. The traditional name for this dish is portokalopita and it makes a wonderful dessert."

‘Must have’ picnic basket item from the market.

"As far as picnic basket ideas I can't go past a list of cold cuts from Con’s Fine Foods. They have so much variety and I've been a customer of theirs for what feels like forever."

Favourite thing to do in the city in spring.

"We service so many great venues in the city but one of my favourite things to do in the spring would have to be dining at the Mayflower Restaurant. Bethany Finn does an amazing job. Then, following on from that, going up to the Hennessy Rooftop Bar to finish off with some cocktails and gaze on our beautiful city."

Jagger Fine Foods – Robyn Siebert

Favourite spring dish.

Tangelo spiced duck with pearl cous cous salad

"I love to eat duck! It’s often considered difficult to cook just right, and that included me so, if I wanted to eat it, I needed to learn to cook it! Lucy, the founder of Jagger Fine Foods, loves duck too and provided much inspiration.

Allspice and juniper go so well with duck and spring tangelos are a great flavour partner for both the duck and the salad – fresh and tangy.

Duck is delicious, not difficult. And good duck is always available at the market (I buy mine from Meat at the Market)."

Robyn siebert jagger fine foods
photo-icon David Sievers

‘Must have’ picnic basket item from the market.

"How lucky are we to have so many choices! Currently my favourite has to be the duck rillettes and a baguette from Les Deux Coqs (and perhaps a wicked lava cake as well). Poh’s (Jamface) Chai Crème Brulee tart is hard to go past."

Favourite thing to do in the city in spring.

"I love to attend Cheesefest. There's just soooo much goodness in one place! I also enjoy going to Beer & Bubbles at East End Cellars - it's such a fabulous prelude to the silly season."

"One of the best aspects of living in Adelaide is the amazing variety of fish on offer."
Azou Bouilouta, Le Souk

Le Souk - Azou and Julia

Julia melvin azou bouilouta le souk
photo-icon David Sievers

Favourite spring dish.

Spinach & Potato Bourek

"We grew up making bourek. All day, during Ramadan, we would look forward to Chorba (a delicious lamb and vegetable soup) with potato bourek (great for dipping).

Bourek can have a multitude of fillings; minced lamb with cinnamon or spinach with soft cheese or tuna with sweet potato. They make a great entrée and kids love them."

‘Must have’ picnic basket item from the market.

"One of the best aspects of living in Adelaide is the amazing variety of fish on offer. We love sardines, and nothing beats grilling up a tray of Port Lincoln sardines from our neighbour, Samtass. When in season, they always keep a kilo on the side for the weekend. So delicious with our Charmoula spice blend, lemon juice and coriander."

Favourite thing to do in the city in spring.

"If we have friends visiting Adelaide, we always bring them into the city. Usually a stroll through the Park Lands, a cleansing ale in Rundle Street, window shop in the Mall and finish with a meal in Peel Street. Perfect!"

Rommy's Market Garden - Rom Chea

Favourite spring dish.

Cambodian Sour Beef Soup

"The Cambodian Sour Beef Soup 'Salaw Machu Kroueng' is my favourite because it was passed down by my mother who passed it down from her mother and through generations. Recently I went back to Cambodia for a holiday and when my brothers and sister cooked this dish for me it took me back to how my mum made it because of the atmosphere and the fresh ingredients used."

Rommy chea rommys market garden
photo-icon David Sievers

‘Must have’ picnic basket item from the market.

"I don’t think I have ever been on a picnic before but I do love snacks so I guess I would put these in my picnic basket: sliced fresh bread from Wild Loaf;  mettwurst or a bum burner from The Mettwurst Shop; cheeses, cold meat and pickled octopus from Con's Fine Food; crackers and dip especially the macadamia, coriander and chilli one from Jagger Fine Foods; assorted meat skewers from Meat at the Market and always a Coffee from The Grind. My daughter Kristina always buys these items and makes a sandwich or snacks for me."

Favourite thing to do in the city in spring.

"My favourite thing to do in the city in spring is actually being at the Adelaide Central Market. It’s not just a work place for me, it has become more of a home and a family."


Adelaide central market stories people and recipes book

All the recipes mentioned above can be found in the Adelaide Central Market - Stories, People and Recipes book, which tells the tale of Adelaide’s greatest treasure.

You’ll find delicious seasonal-driven recipes from the passionate stallholders, memories of the traders of yesteryear as well as the familiar faces who make the Adelaide Central Market such a lively place today.

You can also find the above recipes, kindly provided by the traders, on our Spring Recipes page.

Article by

Melanie Stewart

Melanie Stewart

Having lived interstate, Melanie is an avid promoter of her beloved hometown, Adelaide. With a passion for community and sustainability, she loves sharing stories of everyday people, doing extraordinary things.


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