Once summer has gone and the colder months stretch out before us we all need a bit of a pick me up and October is that time of year when a treat becomes a necessity, which is where Limoncello can help you out.
When it comes to food, a true delicacy has to be truffles. Usually hunted out by pigs and mixed breed dogs in Italy they have been called the ‘diamond of the kitchen’. Whether you’re trying them for the first time, as a way to impress at a dinner party or are a firm favourite with your family (lucky them!), we have an array of ways you can sample the ultimate indulgence.
Kitchen connoisseurs may want to splash out on white truffles and slice them into risottos or pastas, simple yet sumptuous. Black truffles have an earthier aroma, my research suggests these are better when cooked (as opposed to the white ones) and used in full-bodied dishes with stronger flavours.
If the idea of going the whole hog (pardon the pun) is too much for your palate, you could try truffle oil added to your meals as a more affordable way to get a little luxury into supper time. White truffle honey can be drizzled over cheeses or freshly prepared breads - you can get some lovely ones here! - if you wanted a themed dessert.
A good fig is a real find. While it can be difficult to transport ripe figs undamaged from their home country, these ones that have been baked in their own leaves are soft and fruity. Perfect for the Autumn season. There’s an inordinate amount of recipes, both sweet and savoury for figs but really all you need is a little good quality ice cream and a drizzle of honey, delicious. These and many more Italian treats are ready for you to sample and purchase at Limoncello. Come on in, the door is open!
What’s your favourite truffle or fig recipe?
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!
Cambridge and Mill Road in particular is well known for its food scene. We so enjoy watching our customers pop in for pizza and nibbles during Italian evening or serving you guys coffees and pastries on a weekend morning. While we have always offered samples and tastings, festivals are fast becoming a standard way for other business owners to get their wares tried out. This year we’re taking part in three such events coming up over 2016. When are they you say? Well isn't that a coincidence, I was just about to tell you!
Eat Cambridge 7th -22nd May
A highlight of the foodie calendar, the aforementioned Eat Cambridge Food and Drink festival will be enjoying its third successful year this May. We love that Cambridge caters so well to the foodies here and Heidi White, Organiser of Eat Cambridge agrees saying ‘We have such a fantastic indie food and drink scene here in Cambridge’. She continues ‘I'm thrilled to be releasing another amazing line-up of festival events and it’s great to see so many local independents getting involved.’ With fringe events, workshops and more wonderful things to try then you could handle, you’ll kick yourself if you miss out on this two week bonanza! Heidi confirms ‘I'm always pleased to see the city's steadfast favourites, like Limoncello, getting on board’. We’re looking forward to it as well!
Mill Road Summer Fair2nd July 5pm
Prana Indian Restaurant is sponsoring this event which we, and many of our neighbours will be taking part in. 'Last year's event was a huge success’ Franny Ritchie the Mill Road Coordinator says, advising ‘we are so excited to build on it to bring Mill Road an even bigger and better Midsummer event in 2016’. Not strictly speaking a food event Franny confirms ‘there will be a new family-friendly creative area at Ditchburn Place, and we have booked some great local musicians as well.' We’re excited there is yet another opportunity for you to experience our products. Fingers crossed for good weather!
Mill Road Winter Fair – 3rd December 2016 10.30 – 4.30pm
Look, if anywhere was going to get a double mention it’s going to be Mill Road right? If you like the Summer fair you’ll love the winter one, it's well established as one of the bests event in the town centre for culture, food and Christmas gifts (too soon to mention the C word?) Last year’s fair had an amazing buzz to it and we thoroughly enjoyed warming you lot up with our amaretto infused mulled wine!
Dates you should definitely add to your diary, right?
Midsummer Images courtesy of Justin Whitaker