What’s ferragosto? Think of a new year’s eve like party in the middle of the summer. The 15th of August is a big day for Italians. It means mid-summer feast.
I love ferragosto. I love the big party in the garden, with lots of lovely summery foods, the smell of the barbecue which seems to deliver never ending juicy meat and all the lovely seasonal fruits and smells that only summer can give you. What a great way to celebrate. But the best of all is the family that’s all around you. That powerful feeling of belonging gives you a joy that nothing else in life could ever replace.
So good food, good wine and good company..and let’s celebrate! It’s ferragosto! 🙂
First, we start with a must-have vibrant aperitive with prosecco (original from Valdobbiadene please!) to have with my homemade olive and tomato focaccia.
And some chunky grissini with mortadella!
I could never get bored with the classic melon wrapped with gorgeous Parma ham..
A cold rice salad is perfect for hot summer days and if you make a good batch of it it can last well for a few days in the fridge
And of course some tasty meat to cook on a barbecue should never miss! To marinade the meat we picked some fresh herbs from the garden. Rosemary, thyme and sage are just what we need.
We marinade the meat for a couple of hours with the herbs, garlic, white wine and olive oil
And we love chunky Italian sausages too!
You can imaging the delicious cooking smells..
We had two fab cooks! Thank you both!
A decadent fresh and light sponge cake filled with silky creme patissiere and plenty of fresh fruit is what we want to end a meal on a hot summer day
And of course plenty of seasonal fruit can never miss on an Italian table.
So much tasty food! I enjoyed my ferragosto! Happy mid-summer! And you, are you having a mid-summer al fresco party?