KEEPING AN EYE ON ALL THINGS BRITALIAN
A slower-paced, sunny weekend, made me think of holidays in Italy. Inspired, I sprang into action – English sunshine doesn’t hang around. Here are two ways to taste Italy quicker than you can say, ‘how long is it until our next holiday?’
Ultimate Italian ciabatta
Stuff a large ciabatta roll with buffalo mozzarella, roasted cherry tomatoes (See Britalian Tip), rocket, Parma ham and shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt & pepper and top with a squeeze of honey.
Roasted tomatoes, give a delicious, sweet flavour, however looking for the speediest way to assemble this gorgeous sarnie and get back to the sunshine, I used lovely SunBlush tomatoes – a great instant alternative.
Visit http://www.discovertheorigin.co.uk/ciabatta-sandwich/ for the full recipe
Instant summer fruits ice-cream
Place 500g frozen summer fruits, 125g mascarpone and 4tbsp honey or golden syrup into a food processor. Blitz and serve! Serve with extra honey or golden syrup (optional). Decorate with a sprig of mint (again optional – but I couldn’t resist!)
Any excuse to tell you about .IT All About Design in Clerkenwell, this shop has got it going down! It’s an added bonus that it’s taking part in Clerkenwell Design Week. This stylish event hosts pop-up exhibitions, talks, workshops and special installations all highlighting the brilliant design community and businesses that showcase in Clerkenwell. Furniture shop .IT All About Design is the sort of place you dream about. Whilst being surrounded by gorgeous furniture from top Italian designers, you can enjoy a glass of wine, and Silvano, the wine bar manager, is happy to delight the palate, offering up superb delicatessen-style Italian treats. For more details visit http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com
Ciabatta photo: Discover the origin