It was a beautiful spring day here yesterday and I spent a good part of it on the island of Chatou, just west of Paris, where there's a well known antiques fair each spring and fall. For some reason, this event is known as the Foire aux Jambons. How ham got involved I'll never know, but it made for some delicious smells. Believe it or not, you can actually work up an appetite going stall to stall examining silver, ceramics, furniture, tools, signs, and gimracks of every description. Had I been in the market, I could have bought klieg lights, an antique gasoline pump, commodes and light fixtures encrusted in gold, or enough silver cutlery to serve the entire court at Versailles. In fact, I just came home with a hand painted platter and even bargained for a pretty good price. The highlight of the day: the warm sunshine, spending time with my friends, and the best ham sandwich I've ever eaten.
Just a sampling of the wares for those with a chateau to furnish.
Or treat yourself to some rusted toys?
The choices? Ham on a plate or as a sandwich, with or without vegetables.
Roasted pig with endives, onions, tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini.
I didn't see anyone order the pig's head but I'm sure it didn't go to waste.
And yes, you could even buy the kitchen sink.