When I first moved from Italy to the UK I came to work as an au pair and as I was in charge of the evening meal I remember asking the family: “Do you have any Parmesan in the house?”
The lady of the house smiled softly and promptly reassured me: “Oh yes we do!” opening a cupboard to reach a long shaped plastic tube labelled “Parmesan”. Inside there was nothing that tasted or looked remotely like Parmesan: a white chemically charged powder with a funny aftertaste of old cheese.
Thank goodness you get much more of a choice in supermarkets these days. In fact I am pleasantly surprised to find more and more authentic Italian food available in the UK.
I have recently tasted some artisan food from Emilia Romagna and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
I tasted a 30 months old Parmesan which had an incredible deep taste. My young son was mad about it and we decided not to shave it on pasta but to enjoy it on its own as it was just pure heaven.
I made the most of it and I prepared an antipasto with bresaola (salted beef) with rocket (arugola) and parmesan, all sprinkled with delicious olive oil. Perfect with grissini or rustic bread.
I have enjoyed this with a good glass of wine.
I also tasted “Savour” which was new to me. It is a chutney typical from Emilia Romagna. It is rich in fruit like figs, peaches, apples, quince, apricots, prunes, grape juice and nuts. Really interesting, it is mildly spiced and goes very well with cheese.
All of this made a good lunch, I love trying new foods!