I’ve been given a hamper! And the even bigger bonus is that it was never actually meant for me. It was bought for a couple who left the country before it could be given to them. It sat in my husband’s office for a couple of months, gathering dust, before he finally did the right thing and brought it home for me. It comes from Fourth Village Providore and their website says they are ‘an award winning family owned food market and restaurant offering the finest fresh ingredients and homemade delights.’ This sounds like my kind of hamper!
So…in my kitchen I have…Extra virgin olive oil and a baby fig and balsamic vinegar reduction. Can you ever have too much olive oil and good quality balsamic vinegar? I don’t think so. These bottles will be well loved and frequently used.
In my kitchen I have Organich Pasta. An organic handmade penne pasta made in Italy. Like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, you can never have too much pasta in your pantry; it is just so handy and convenient for quick family meals.
In my kitchen I have home made tomato and basil pasta sauce. It looks like I have the sauce base for my organic pasta.
In my kitchen I have two jars of marmalade, blood orange and mango and ruby grapefruit marmalade. One of the jars spells marmalade, ‘marmalade’ and the other jar spells it, ‘marmelade’. Never mind. Anyway, my husband’s favourite breakfast is marmalade on buttery toast so he will get through these two jars without any problem at all. I’ve never had mango and grapefruit marmalade before so it will be lovely trying something new.
In my kitchen I have a jar of eggplant antipasti. The eggplant is seasoned with garlic, chilli, oregano and fennel seeds. Sounds wonderful. This will be lovely on a torn off bit of baguette with a hunk of cheese and a pre-dinner drink.
Speaking of pre-dinner drinks, in my kitchen I have a packet of olive flavoured stiratini. These are very thick, crunchy and light bread sticks that go very nicely with a glass of chardonnay.
In my kitchen I have a wonderful looking bar of ‘Torrone alle Mandorle’ which is Italian for ‘nougat with almonds’. I just love nougat! It says on the packet that this is made with fresh honey, nuts and eggs and hand cooked for 12 hours to achieve the silkiness and sweet taste of nature. There’s only four ingredients in this nougat with the fourth ingredient being potato starch.
In my kitchen I have a bar of Cioccolato alle Nocciole which is chocolate with hazelnuts. This is a very dark chocolate with no less than 50% cocoa mass and it’s made in Sicily. This will be the first time I have tried Italian chocolate.
In my kitchen I have a packet of Biscotti Tipici della Contea di Modica which I believe roughly translates to ‘modest biscuits’. These are almond biscuits flavoured with pistachios. Something special to enjoy with a strong coffee at the end of a meal.
I’m very happy with my unintentional gift. Sometimes hampers can be full of a whole lot of things that nobody wants but this hamper is completely filled with things that are useful and things I will love cooking with or just enjoy straight from the packet.
And it wouldn’t be an ‘In My Kitchen’ post if I didn’t show you how the girls are travelling. Here they are resting after a dinner of chopped bar-be-cued chicken with a sprinkling of dried dog food (25% less for Ruby because she’s on restrictions), washed down with a bowl of filtered water. As you can see, best friends like to stay close together.
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