Friday, 06 May 2016 17:01
So we're called Limoncello and we sell Limoncello. But just how much do you know about this highly quaffable tipple? Here's our top 5 Interesting facts about the drink itself:
1. Limoncello is one of the most popular liqueurs in Italy.
2. Limoncello has been around for at least a century, but its precise origins are unclear. One story has the fishermen and farmers preparing their own versions. Another has friars making it in their monasteries… Do you ever wonder if any of the friars ever minded making all this alcohol but not supping it?
3. Limoncello is made from lemon zest as well as the flesh. The zest is steeped in alcohol until the oil is released which gives the drink its vibrant colour.
4. Were you so include you could make it yourself, here’s a relatively easy recipe from Nigella Lawson
5. If you can’t be bothered with the faff of making your own, come along to Limoncello Deli between 7th – 22nd May. As a fringe event for Eat Cambridge we are giving 3 samples for a highly discounted price!
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:05
The phrase ‘free from’ has been bandied around quite a lot these days but with good reason. The number of people suffering from intolerances is on the rise, reportedly in the last decade the cases of food allergies have doubled and the number of hospitalisations caused by severe allergic reactions has increased 7-fold*. More of us are starting to pay attention to what we are putting in our bodies and dairy and processed products are some of the first things we can decide for ourselves whether we want to eliminate. We’ve introduced some organic and free from products that may be worth giving a shot if you’re trying to be a bit more conscious of what you are consuming.
Soya and Almond Milk.
Almond milk in particular is a great alternative to that of the cow’s variety as it’s so sweet. As an added extra this means there is also no need to add the evil that is sugar if you like this in your coffee. Having tried it in the shop it’s safe to say we’re divided. Some people take to it like a duck to water, others not so much. It’s one that you’ll definitely have to test out for yourself (which you know we actively encourage).
A firm favourite of some of our staff as a general rule, these organic offerings are great stirred through fresh pasta with a few shavings of parmesan. We’ve even got a yellow pesto which is decidedly curry-ish, more in flavour than kick, and makes a interesting alternative to the standard basil pestos around.
The word literately translates as 'to become furious' and this spicy sauce is one of Italian’s favourites.
While freshly prepared products like bread aren’t necessarily organic any made without those preservatives that allow a loaf to last over seven days seem a bit more natural to us. Plus they taste better as well!
Have you noticed any irritations after you eat or drink recently? If so maybe it’s time you take back control.
* EAACI, 2015
Thursday, 04 February 2016 14:37
So Valentine’s Day rolls around again and while not everyone choses to celebrate, Italians it seems, always have. Baci chocolates have been exchanged between lovers since 1922 and the word literally translate as ‘kisses’ (this stuff writes itself!) These hazelnut spattered treats in milk, dark or white chocolate always include a message of love or friendship inside the wrapper. In accordance with our wonderfully multicultural society, the sweet sentiments are written in English, French, Spanish and of course Italian and are words from the likes of Walt Whitman and Federico Garcia Lorca (a totally famous Spanish poet in the early 1900’s). Perfect for your Valentine.
That said, who determined that Valentine’s Day had to be about romantic love? And if they did so what! These days many of us have friendships that last longer than their relationships. The people in your life that stood by you during breakups and breakdowns, laughed with you through the night and stayed with you in the early hours of the morning. If they don’t deserve some thanks, or better still a celebratory glass of Limoncello or Prosecco, then no one does!
So we say you get to honour whichever kind of love that you like this February 14th. Be it parental, sibling, friendship or romance, any excuse to show those you care that you care is worth, at the least the price of a box of chocolates eh?
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Limoncello.
Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:31
Here at Limoncello we haven’t failed to notice ‘that’ time of year has crept upon us again. No sooner have the first leaves of Autumn touched the ground then it seems time to bring out the Christmas decorations. Which means it’s also time to think about what to get that one person who is always so difficult to buy for, luckily we’ve got a few ideas for you. One gift that always works well is the Christmas Hamper due to it being so personal and thougthful. Here at Limoncello the hampers come in three sizes and can be gift wrapped with cellophane and ribbon for an elegant touch. You can decide exactly what goes in it or, if you only have an idea of what Uncle M. or Grandma may like, ask us to make one up for you... booze is usually fairly popular!
Those looking for a real decadent treat – and if you can’t be decadent at Christmas when can you? – may want to try something from our truffle selection. That said if the one you’re purchasing a hamper for has a sweet tooth we have an array of chocolates, biscotti, nougat and our ever popular panettone.
These incredible Italian Christmas cakes are available in many guises. Chocolate, fruit, infused with Limoncello (we particularly like this one...obviously!) or Vin Santo which translates as holy wine. Any one of our panettone would make a great hamper centre piece and, we believe, are among the most succulent and flavoursome Italian cakes you’ll find in Cambridge.
No one’s saying you can’t run around a chain store for Christmas presents or sit at home on your laptop clicking which gifts to buy for people on a website. But wouldn’t it be nicer to relax in a locally owned independent shop. Drinking a freshly brewed coffee, safe in the knowledge that this year the gift you give will truly be appreciated.
We know which one we’d prefer you do!