Another video from the Leiden market, this time focused on ilias of ilias delicatessen, a born salesman!
I’m walking on the other side of the canal when I spy a platter of dips and olives and 4 young men-students standing fast and eating away.
I’m unsure. Students? Food? It must be free, I’m thinking.
Ilias notices me ‘lurking’ and beckons to me, with hands and voice – ‘Come, come’. And when I see his excitement at sharing food and chatting, I make my way to the table.
And eat myself
The spread at the table was amazing. Chuck full of dips – aubergine hummus, and pesto, saffron aioli, tzatziki and olives to live for – from Italy, tossed in fresh herbs, spices, with slivers of garlic.
He has a range of the most beautiful breads ever: a curry-paprika ‘naan’, with bright strips of red bell pepper. Date breads, saffron rolls and more. All ‘authentic’ looking and tasting too. I tried them!
The saffron rolls reminded me of yeasted corn-bread which I loved as a child.
If you bought things over 5 euros, you got a bunch of free mint. And you know me….and my mint tea love. I left with stuffed peppers, Italian olives and a bottle of the finest Moroccan Argan oil. And a bunch of free mint.
Check him out at the Leiden Market: Saturdays, for sure – don’t know about Wednesdays!
Stay well friends. X X X