#8 FOOD NEWS: Courgette flowers, mortadella & spaghetti jars

KEEPING AN EYE ON ALL THINGS BRITALIAN

In season

Strip

What does June mean to you?  ‘Hopefully the start of better weather!’ I hear my fellow English folk cry. For mamma Romeo it’s the start of the courgette season – as well as tending to the vegetables she’ll be looking out for the beautiful male flowers on her crop of summer squash. Like most things in Italy, they’re destined for the pot!

Final

With my Italian still shamefully ‘just above basic’, I love to help mamma Romeo cook; after dipping the flowers in a light batter, they’re carefully shallow fried until crisp and golden. Extremely house-proud, any frying goes on outside, but with gorgeous weather and a breathtaking view of  Pollino National Park, I don’t need to be asked twice!

me scene duo

Look out for courgette flowers in good greengrocers and use them immediately if possible, or store in a zip-lock bag and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. This August I’ll be writing down mamma Romeo’s batter recipe but here’s my fail-safe version for now:

Mix 150g sifted self-raising flour seasoned with salt and pepper with 250ml San Pellegrino sparkling mineral water to form a smooth batter. 

Mortadella strip

As Antonio Carluccio once put it, ‘the most underrated ham in Italy’. Smoky, silky smooth mortadella is a favourite of Giuseppe’s too – watch him eat this stuff and you won’t be able to see him clearly for jumping up-and-down and waving hand motions! I’m more of a Parma ham girl, so I just make sure all the glasses are out of the way when this is at the table. Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference, Mortadella, £3.00 for 130g.

Must go – Gone!

Ever wondered what happened to spaghetti jars? I stumbled accross these lovelies on my visit to the Firmiloe building as part Clerkenwell Design Week last week.

lights crop

What beauties! I just needed to convince Giuseppe about the benefits of drilling another 15 holes in the ceiling complete with a mammoth re-wiring task. He calmly guided me to Kathleen Hills stand. Where I found THIS!

photo 1  ‘Made in England’ imprint, bone china and beech rolling pin.

I had wondered why he was so willing to fork out £42.50 for a rolling pin. The distraction technique definitely worked! http://www.kathleenhills.co.uk/

See original CDW posting #7 FOOD NEWS  https://britaliankitchen.com/2014/05/19/food-news-7/

 

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