One of our favourites is Parma ham and melon. The biggest dilemma when serving this is how to present it. You can decide to wrap the slices of melon in the ham or serve them both separately. As a starter you can wrap squares of melon with ham and secure with a toothpick and hand them round with aperitifs. To offset the sweetness of the melon you can add some olives stuffed with almonds.
Another useful standby is Insalata di riso, Rice salad. Everybody has their own favourite recipe for this. Mine is to cook a packet of Rice , riso per insalata, al dente, drain and rinse under cold water. In a large bowl put two drained jars of special Insalata di riso mix. This is a mixture of vegetables in olive oil or brine. Sprinkle over olive oil and lemon juice and store in the fridge.This is enough for more than one meal. When ready to serve you can add a variety of other ingredients.
Cherry tomatoes, small mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves
Drained flaked tuna fish, capers and olives
Cubes of Emmenthal or Gruyere cheese, grilled aubergines and peppers.
Chopped hard boiled eggs and cubes of ham, drained sweetcorn.
This way you will not feel as though you are serving up the same old thing.
You can keep the basic rice salad in a Tupperware container and by adding the fresh ingredients each time it stays fresh.
Here are some ideas for a summer in the sun.
Bresaola with rocket and Parmesan cheese
Thinly sliced roast beef with lemon and olive oil
Parma ham and melon
Mozzarella and tomato, Caprese
Ricotta cheese tart
Tuna fish and potato flan
Couscous and Ratatouille
Melanzane alla Parmiggiana
All these recipes have been in my blog already or will be
Buon appetite e Buon estate tutti
|Shopping for the day|
|Parma ham and melon|
|Stuff some olives with almonds for extra taste|
|Italian cherries - in a class of their own|