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Black Squid Ink Spaghetti as recommended by Nigella! http://www.nigella.com/books/nigellissima_stockists
This special pasta is made from finest durum wheat with squid and cuttle fish ink added to give it the fascinating black appearance and a hint of flavour too.
Perfect with all kinds of seafood pasta dishes or simply with olive oil, garlic, onions and chillies garnished with basil and pecorino cheese.
Delicious and original!
THE GRANIA PASTA RANGE
Grania have called this range of gourmet pasta Le Gemme del Vesuvio or "Vesuvius Gems". In the Volcano's shadow, a group of artisan pasta makers apply their art every day to produce a pasta which looks and tastes fabulous. Only 3 ingredients are used. The finest durum wheat, the purest water and time. Lots of it.
At Grania, they have revived an ancient Neapolitan production process which involves drawing the pasta through bronze moulds to produce a rough surface which grabs the sauce and binds to it. The pasta is then dried very slowly at low temperatures to maintain all of its natural taste and goodness.
It keeps its shape and consistency perfectly when cooking and the "al dente" moment is very forgiving in case you just miss it!
From: Naples, Campania, Italy
Grania's Bucatini pasta has won Gold Medal at the Great Taste Awards. Widely considered the "Oscars" of artisan food in the UK, this bears testimony to the quality of this fine pasta range.
Slitti's Caffé Latte was voted World Champion flavoured chocolate at the World Chocolate Championships in London.
Pure milk chocolate with 45% cocoa is blended with the most aromatic Arabica coffee beans to produce the most incredible coffee flavoured chocolate.
Who better than the Slitti Chocolate and Coffee Roasting company, Pistoia in Tuscany (the chocolate valley) to make this thrilling coffee flavoured chocolate. They have skilfully combined the two things they excel at!
Slitti Caffé Latte is an absolute must-try product! Also available in a luscious dark chocolate version: Caffé Nero.
A delicious sweet green tomato and vanilla compote (composta di pomodori verdi e vaniglia).
The fresh sweetness of ever-so-slowly cooked green tomatoes with cane suger and lemon juice on a bed of smooth vanilla provides a blend of flavours which combine in perfect harmony to produce a superbly refined preserve.
It is delicious on its own, with all kinds of cheeses or as a side to complement to white meats, pork and roasts (see below for other suggestions).
This green tomato and vanilla conserve is fresh, smooth and tasty with just the right amount of sweetness. Its fragrance will instantly grab your attention and one taste will captivate. An easy to use gourmet ingredient which you'll keep coming back to time and time again.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Remember - a little goes a long way, so there's no need to dollop the whole jar on!
It is fabulous on its own spread across toast or thick bread. How about chees toasties with this green tomato preserve? - divine!
Serve it with all kinds of cheeses, fresh or aged. Outstanding with mature cheddar, pecorino or fresh ricotta.
It makes a superb base for meat sandwiches.
Try it as an original base for bruschetta with melted mozzarella.
This green tomato conserve works wonders as a side complement to white meat and pork. Give it a whirl with turkey or roast chicken.
It is also the perfect accompaniment to cured meat platters and lovely with meat paté.
Green tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice and zest, vanilla. It does not contain any preservatives or colourants.
Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 1 month. As you would a jam.
Guappa is a unique Italian cream liqueur made with DOP Buffalo milk cream from Campania, expertly blended with a fine barrique-aged brandy.
It's the only liqueur of its kind in the world. Extra smooth and very special. 17% ABV.
Guappa cream liqueur is produced by artisan experts at the Antica Distilleria Petrone from near Mondragone, just north of Naples, at the very heart of the buffalo farming area. Guappa is culmination of over 100 years' experience and passion for blending and distilling. Petrone have been able to really bring out the rich creaminess of the buffalo milk which marries perfectly with the distinctive personality of the exclusive, aged brandy.
Guappa is making it's debut in the UK after incredible success in Italy. It is perfect at any time for any occasion.
Comes in this gorgeous bottle - check out the photos below!
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Best served chilled over ice.
Guappa is superlative as a base for cocktails.
Try it as an ingredient for cakes, biscuits and desserts.
A delightful and wholesome Mediterranean paté of yellow pumpkin expertly blended with Italian leeks and chickpeas. It derives from an old Tuscan recipe and the rich nutty flavour of the chickpeas combines perfectly with the smooth sweetness of yellow pumpkins.
As with all Caccia e Corte products, only the finest quality ingredients are used including extra virgin olive oil and Tuscan white wine (to offer flavour, no alcohol).
It is delicious and healthy too! Rich in protein, fibre and minerals. Kids love the sweet nutty flavour, so a nice way to get them eating something healthy.
This pumpkin paté is highly versatile and so easy to use. Perfect for a vegetarian snack or as a charming addition to a platter of starters. See some suggestions below.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
This sweet pumpkin and chickpea paté is classically used as a starter spread. Just serve on toast, crusty bread, ciabatta or pita.
It also makes superb canapés.
Use it as a dip for raw veg. (You can extend it a little by adding a drizzle of good olive oil.)
Try this pumkin paté as a base on sandwiches. It pairs magnificently with all kinds of toppings. Try it with aged cheeses, green salad and roast meats).
Can also be used as a lovely side complement to roasts and fish dishes.
Its sweet smooth flavours make it a perfect partner for all kinds of vegetarian starters and main courses.
This pumpkin paté works perfectly as a side dressing (with pita) for vegetarian curries. It can even be added directly into the curry sauce for an extra flavour boost.
Delicious soft Tuscan amaretti made with stone-ground rice flour, sweet and bitter almonds, honey and stiffly whipped egg whites. They are produced by Ghiott in Florence following an ancient traditional Tuscan recipe.
Ghiott's amaretti have a decidedly artisan look typical to Tuscany and are based on a 50 year old recipe by Florentine maestro Enzo Salaorni.
The quality of the ingredients is outstanding and belies such a low price tag. They provide distinct layers of taste. The initial sweet almond flavour gives way to the rich depth of stone-ground rice followed by a long bitter-sweet finale with a hint of orange.
These soft amaretti are perfect served with tea or coffee as a rewarding break or try with a glass of dessert wine after a meal.
Slitti's signature pure dark chocolate with 60% cocoa is blended with aromatic Arabica coffee beans to produce the most incredible coffee flavoured chocolate.
Who better than the Slitti Chocolate and Coffee Roasting company from Pistoia, Tuscany (the chocolate valley) to make this thrilling dark coffee flavoured chocolate. They have skilfully combined the two things they excel at!
Slitti Caffé Nero is an absolute must-try product!
Caffé Latte, the pure milk chocolate sibling of Caffé Nero was recently voted the best flavoured chocolate in the world at the International Chocolate Awards in London.
High quality extra-virgin olive oil from Umbria infused with sweet blood oranges from local orchards near Terni.
The olives and oranges are cold pressed at the same time to give a very smooth citrus infusion which delivers the distinctive taste and surprising depth of flavours of a quality Umbrian olive oil, superbly rounded off by the brightness and zest of the freshly squeezed oranges.
Orange infused olive oil has countless uses in the kitchen as it works perfectly with both savoury and sweet dishes.
HOW TO USE - SUGGESTIONS
Just a few ideas how to use this orange and olive oil:
On its own as a delicious bread dip.
Adds a new twist to all kinds of salads.
Delicious over freshly cooked vegetables. Try it on green beans or roast potatoes. In fact any roast veg will be shouting out for a drizzle.
Perfect for marinating fish, poultry, duck and pork. In general it will work over all roasted fish and meats where you'd usually add olive oil.
Add it to serve or conserve antipasti vegetables and olives.
Many Asian-inspired dishes will benefit from the orangey flavour in the oil.
It really is a lovely ingredient to add to orange biscuits or cakes.
Works very well with dark chocolate. Pour some into a saucer and shave the dark chocolate in, or dip if preferred.
This is the ultimate 1000g Colomba cake, featuring dark chocolate drops and the sweetest William pears floating on a velvety soft cushion of bread-cake and topped with a couverture of white icing and chocolate diamonds. Simply wonderful!
Colomba is a delightfully fragrant leavened cake shaped like a dove (Colomba in Italian), the symbol of peace.
These beautifully handwrapped Colomba cakes are quite simply the best we've ever tasted (and we've tried a lot!). They all enjoy an extraordinary fragrance, lightness and a moist texture you can only experience with cakes literally fresh from the oven.
They are made by the Fiasconaro brothers in Sicily, for generations a family owned artisan bakery. The 3 brothers who run the bakery now still rigorously uphold the local artisan traditions of their father and grandfather. This is slowfood at its best - each cake taking nearly 4 days to bake!
Such quality is almost matched by its stunning and elegant presentation. It really makes a memorable gift for any occasion.