Food subscription boxes have been popular for quite some time and this looks set to continue. After all it is a treat to receive a box full of delicious food delivered straight to your door without having to worry about anything let alone do any shopping!
This time I tried “Italinary” which matches the ethos of my blog very well: gourmet Italian food from different Italian regions. Every month the box has different Italian specialities from different regions with selected local producers.
In every box there are 7 or 8 “surprise” products, I am saying surprise because you never know what you are going to get. Every month the box is going to be different.
I was sent the start box which gives you a pretty good idea of what these boxes are like.
Inside there was: Amaretti cookies, taggiasche olives (which I have always loved!), a jar of pesto genovese basil, a salame of culatello, a small bottle of extra virgin olive oil, a packet of tarallini with fennel seeds, a packet of linguine and a preparation for “trenette alla Taormina” which is mixture of dried herbs for seasoning your pasta.
The salami was made of culatello which literally means “little backside” and refers to the fact that culatello is made from the loin of the hind leg of the swine. This tasty little salame didn’t last long in our household, my children literally went for it like there was no tomorrow!
The Taggiasche olives which are small, fruity olives, particularly tasty were just as delicious as I expected. I always buy them when I am Italy. They add great flavour added to pasta sauces too.
I enjoyed some tarallini dipped into olive oil and with the olives and the salame.. it was the perfect antipasto!
The classic pesto genovese was delicate, mild and not too salty.
The pasta trenette from “Gragnano” is a special bronze die pasta from Naples. The dough is passed through rough bronze forms and it is then dried at low temperatures.
This type of pasta has a rough texture which allows it to absorb the flavor and the liquid of the sauce with which it is served. I have used the preparation for “trenette alla Taormina” as a sauce. This is a spicy herb mixture that, with its hot and powerful flavour, can instantly transport you to the warm Sicilian sunshine.
I finished my meal off with coffee (Italian of course) and amaretti, a classic Italian cookie that never goes out of fashion.
And guess what, Italinary is offering a start box to one of My Little Italian Kitchen’s readers!
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