Whenever I am around food I am at my happiest; nothing can be more pleasing than the sight of beautiful, freshly prepared rustic and tasty food. It kind of warms the heart, lifts your mood. Food is one of the greatest gifts of life.
Do you know the feeling of being in the right place at the right time? That’s how I felt at “Taste Italia” an Italian food fair I recently visited in London.
There was lots of prosciutto and I could not take my eyes off it. I kept munching from stall to stall going from savoury to sweet, from sweet to savoury then from savoury to sweet again. Later, I actually felt ashamed by how greedy I was. But only later though..when my belly was nice and full.
I met “Salumificio Leoni” a family run producer of Italian cold meat cuts which makes many types of prosciutto, like culatello, a delicacy made with the best part of pork’s leg. Ham marinated in balsamic vinegar and various types of pancetta, one flavoured with chilly which I found particularly interesting. All lovely meats, for a perfect antipasto or to fill a good hearty panino.
Continuing my tour I loved the many types of salami, particularly the spicy ones, I loved Nduja a spicy spreadable pork sausage typical of Calabria
And then a magic vision before my eyes: tararallini with pecorino cheese.. I literally dived into that!
A taste of fried vegetables in a light tempura batter was interesting, especially if served with white wine. They are very popular for aperitives in Italy. I particularly love the fried courgette flowers.
I love these cute tortellini of different colours.
A grab of these fab gianduiotti came at the right time when the urge for something sweet was almost driving me insane
And the feast continued.. could you say no to these??
And greedy me I ended my binge by sinking my teeth into two of these Sicilian cannoli. The soft, perfumed creamy ricotta filling was to die for. In Italy we say “Mangia e muori”, eat and die. And these literally took my breath away as they were so exceptionally good.
The “Salumificio Leoni” kindly gifted me with a selection of their fab prosciutto to take away; so the feast continued at home the next day. With the addition of some olives, tomatoes and grissini I made the perfect starter.
Two days of authentic happiness, I would not have swapped it for anything else.