This tuna and orange paté proves how simple ingredients can create something elegant and refined. Featuring red Mediterranean tuna, Sicilian oranges and extra-virgin olive oil from the producer's own estate, it also demonstrates how fundamental elements of the Mediterranean diet can combine to produce unusual and delicious foods.
Prepared by expert hands, following ancient artisan methods and recipes, this paté remains faithful to the traditions of the island. Local aromatic herbs are used to enhance the wonderful fragrance and depth of flavours within the paté.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
This Paté is as versatile as it is delicious. Excellent on bruschetta or crackers, smoothed onto warm bread or as an indulgent buffet dip.
Try it as a filling for sandwiches or for soft savoury pastries (exceptional!).
It also makes a simple but tasty addition to pasta and rice dishes.
Try it as part of a tomato-based salad.
Goes perfectly with a good glass of Prosecco.
Garnish with cherry tomatoes and a sprig of parsley.
For the adventurous, try with semi-aged pecorino, multi-flowers honey and pistacchios.
Tuna, extra-virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, white wine, orange, aromatic herbs, Trapani sea salt. Contains no artificial flavourings or conservatives
Long life product. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within 1 month.
Please note this item has a Best Before date of 5/09/2014 and has been discounted for this reason. You can rest assured it has been kept in an ideal storage environment and will remain in perfect condition for well beyond this date. You also have our full-refund peace of mind guarantee if you aren't completely satisfied with it.
A great chance to get hold of quality sundried tomatoes at a great price. Last pieces remaining!
Pure and natural sundried tomatoes ready to use straight from the bag.
One of the staples of Mediterranean cuisine. These delicious sundried tomatoes are full flavoured with a bright zest you can only find when quality tomatoes are prepared correctly.
They have a lovely soft consistency, easy to slice and dice and require no reconstitution.
Tomatoes are such a fundamental part of Mediterranean cuisine, drying them naturally in the sun was a logical step to ensure a year round supply. They now play a starring role in thousands of dishes. However, as with all popular ingredients nowadays, there is an increasing demand for large scale industrial production. Most "sundried" tomatoes on the market are distinctly sunshine-free and should be referred to as "oven-dried" because that's how they are prepared. They are often bland and overly dry. Luckily, these Villa Reale tomatoes are prepared following traditional artisan methods which have been used in Sicily for centuries.
From July to September, the Licata family harvest their own tomatoes when they are at their ripest. They are quickly sliced in half and sprinkled with the fabulous sea salt from Trapani. One by one they are placed on wooden grills for good air circulation and laid out along tables stretching out in the open fields. For the next 5 or 6 days, they slowly dry, naturally in the Sicilian sun. This slow drying gives them their vivid red colour and great depth of flavour.
Sundried tomatoes retain all the nutritional properties of fresh ones. So they are high in Lycopene, antioxidants, vitamin C and low in sodium, fat and calories.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS:
Here are just a few suggestions for this super-verstaile ingredient. With a little imagination, it's easy to create countless other recipes. Remember the flavour is quite intense so you don't need that many.
Scoff them straight out of the bag for a tasty chomp! (kids love them like this).
Use them on their own with a drizzle of good oive oil, a little garlic and oregano.
They are splendid in all kinds of salads. Just chop them up a bit.
One of the most popular uses is in pasta dishes or risottos.
Try them with grilled fish together with other vegetables.
Great with soft cheeses and fresh basil - Ricotta and Mozzarella work well.
Blending them opens up another whole spectrum of uses:
As a spread or topping for bruschetta or sandwiches.
Commonly used to flavour sauces and stews - even a small amount can liven up placid sauces.
Make a pesto with ground basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.
Try them with sourcream and soft cheese as a delicious dip.
They accept marinades very well. Soak them in olive oil or wine for texture and flavour.
Sundried tomatoes, Trapani sea salt, Sunshine.
Natural product with long shelf life. Once opened, keep refrigerated for up to one month.
A wonderful assortment of the finest soft mini-nougat (torrone) in a stunning gift box.
These soft torrone feature a heart of toasted Avolan almonds, pistachio from Bronte, locally produced honey and egg whites. They are then immersed into an array of delicious coatings: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, lemon and white chocolate, orange and white chocolate and coffee cream to provide a smooth and elegant marriage of flavours.
Made by the Fiasconaro brothers, award winning bakers and confectioners from Sicily. Their soft torrone are straight from the finest traditions of artisan production, where the most noble local ingredients are skillfully hand-crafted in small batches to produce a taste and texture that is unmatched by peers and that none of the larger industrial producers can come close to.
They are presented in this beautiful black hexagonal gift box. If you're looking for a special and memorable gift this year, you won't find better than this!
Please note this item has a Best Before date of 12/11/2014 and has been discounted for this reason. You can rest assured it has been kept in an ideal storage environment and will remain in perfect condition for well beyond this date. You also have our full-refund peace of mind guarantee if you aren't completely satisfied with it.
A unique chance to get hold of a quality flavoured oil at a great price. Last pieces remaining!
This extravirgin olive oil flavoured with Lemon is part of a selection of quality flavoured oils from Umbria. They all have their own distinct character and uses, but they all start from the same basic ingredient: a premium quality extravirgin olive oil from a small local frantoio (olive mill) in Umbria.
It is made in the most natural way possible - the olives are cold pressed together with freshly picked and locally grown lemons. The result is a thrilling combination of 2 powerhouses of Mediterranean cuisine, whose flavours and aromas blend and contrast perfectly.
It is highly versatile in the kitchen. See just a few suggested uses below.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Lemon oil is perfect with all fish dishes. Drizzle over just before serving.
Keep some on the table for any barbeque or grilled meat dishes you serve.
Just cooked veg will spring to life with it. It's aromas are intensified when drizzled onto steaming foods and really adds something to the whole taste experience.
Wonderful with salads of all descriptions.
Try it on anything you'd normally add a twist of lemon to.
The winter black truffle (Tuber Melanosporum) comes under many guises including Perigord, Precious Black and Sweet Rare black and is, after the white truffle, considered the most valuable and desirable. Renowned for its complex, slightly sweet notes and earthy undertones, it's the most aromatic of the black truffles. Prices can reach £2000/kg for fully mature pieces.
This is a jar of 30g whole winter black truffle resting in a little water. It lasts for years and makes a great alternative to fresh truffle without the huge cost or rush to consume.
Use: It has many uses in international cuisine. Like the white, it can be shaved directly onto just cooked dishes of pasta, rice, meat, fish, potatoes and omelettes. It can also be added at the end of cooking so the heat will bring out all its flavour. Real Haute Cuisine at home!
Comes with an elegant booklet featuring a classic Italian truffle recipe (in English and Italian).
We have the largest range of preserved truffle products in the UK, including a number of award winners. Have a look around our truffle category for some excellent and original truffle inspired creations!
Porchetta is one fof Italy's most famous meats. Ours is prepared by artisan expert Signor Gelli at his workshop near Siena in Tuscany.
Premium quality pork loin is wrapped in Pancetta (if you've never tried it, Mr Gelli's Pancetta is fabulous, a Double Gold winner at the Great Taste Awards) and seasoned with Tuscan herbs and spices. It produces a lovely aroma and savoury flavour and excellent on panini or makes fabulous party food. Just slice it and off you go!
Try it also as a delicious starter with vegetables in oil and pickles.
This is a whole roasted porchetta. Perfect for any kind of event or family use.
Please note this item has a Best Before date of 30/10/2014 and has been discounted for this reason. You can rest assured it has been kept in an ideal storage environment and will remain in perfect condition for well beyond this date. You also have our full-refund peace of mind guarantee if you aren't completely satisfied with it.
A unique chance to get hold of an amazing cured meat at an incredible price. Only 1 piece remaining at this price!
Delightful small cured wild boar sausages - a memorable and addictive taste experience!
These wild boar sausages are produced near Siena, Tuscany by artisan experts Gelli Salumi. They use only the finest quality wild boar meat to produce a lovely, tasty seasoned sausage, perfect to garnish salad or simply to be eaten by itself as an antipasto or even as the base for pasta sauce. The meat is lean and full of protein.
These wild boar sausages are a classic Tuscan cured meat and no cooking is required. Simply cut the sausages into thin slices and serve.
NB this is an hand-made artisan cured meat and weights may differ slightly. Approx £23.79/kg
Special-quality breadcrumbs, Pangrattato, made from the superb Altopascio bread from Lucca in Tuscany.
Unlike most breads for making breadcrumbs, Altopascio most certainly isn't second-rate or a left-over from another production. Delicious in its own right, it is also renowned as being the best Italian bread for the production of high quality breadcrumbs.
Granoro Pangrattato breadcrumbs are perfect for preparing thousands of dishes from all types of cuisine, including meats, baked pasta or potatoes, all kinds of stuffings, meatballs etc. It cooks to perfection every time, leaving a wonderful flavour and texture .
Great price too for this quality. Why not give it a try?
Capellini pasta is a very thin pasta with long strands, like a thin spaghetti.
Capellini literally means thin hair (often used for a child's hair) and in many parts it is also known as Angel Hair pasta. Despite its thin nature, it actually holds its shape perfectly during cooking and in contact with sauces.
A lovely long shape to experiment with, its thin strands capture sauces brilliantly. Capellini will pair perfectly with all kind of light sauces, especially tomato or olive oil based and is a favourite for adding to a nice flavoured broth.
Try it with fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil, or with a tomato and olive sauce. Capellini Angel Hair is delicious with shrimps or prawns too and you have to try it baked. Looks wonderful!
This lovely compote features a combination of pears and wild flower honey which will brighten up so many other ingrediients. It is made by the D'Alessandro family from Abruzzo and both the pears and honey are from the local area.
It is outstanding as an accompaniment to all kinds of cheeses both fresh and mature. Try it with roasts and boiled meat, with game or with salami.
Original and unique Stone Ground Chocolate and outstanding quality peppermint (see below). Made by Leone in Turin from an 18th century recipe and following the same production process. This is the way chocolate used to be made!
This amazing stone ground chocolate is prepared from a base of the finest cocoa beans from Central America, the bright flavours of their unique peppermint and raw cane sugar... and that's it! It doesn't contain cocoa butter or any artificial additives. It is flavoured with Mexican vanilla pods and cinnamon sticks from Sri Lanka.
The recipe dates back to the 1700s and the process incredibly, is the same. Leone searched for years to install original period machinery all made of stone granite; stone muller mixers, stone cylinders and stone conches!
The stone-grinding creates a granular almost gritty texture which carries a deeper fragrance and incredible intensity of flavour. This stone ground chocolate is perfect on its own or as a base for the most sumptuous hot chocolate imaginable!
What's special about the Leone Peppermint
Leone use a unique essential oil of Peppermint in their sweets. It comes from special plants grown only at the Pancelieri plantations near Turin. This precious peppermint is unique in the world thanks to its superior fresh taste and persistent aroma.
Gluten and milk free. Does not contain soia lecithin or cocoa butter.