There’s nothing more interesting than having a nose around someone else’s kitchen, and since 2010 my fellow blogger Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial has been allowing you to do just that through a feature called In My Kitchen.
I joined in the fun a couple of times on my previous blog and am now up and running and willing to show the contents of my Italian cupboards with all of you out there. So here goes.
First up, I have a lovely block of pecorino cheese flavoured with truffles, one of the most important local products as you will know if you read the About page. This is the first appearance of the truffle on this site and there will be many more to come. I am not sure if this cheese will end up in a recipe or if it’s just to good to not enjoy as is. We will see.
Next, there’s this cheeseboard with glass cloche, which I bought in a famous Swedish chain shop. You know where I mean. Far from putting the pecorino under it, I am going to use it to present cakes and pastries as it’s very fashionable to do so in France (where, as some of you will know, I used to live).
Talking of France, here is an import: fleur de sel. It’s one of the most amazing salts I’ve ever used but quite difficult to find locally in Italy, so here’s a freshly imported box from over the border.
Farro or spelt, has been a Tuscan favourite since Roman times. When cooked it has a nutty flavour with a curious popping texture when bitten. Served cold it makes the perfect basis for a salad with cucumber, tomato, and other vegetables. I love it with (I know it’s not very Italian) feta cheese.
So that’s what’s In My Tuscan Kitchen this month. Check in next month for more and watch out for the items in upcoming posts. And why not join in the fun over at Celia’s.