Mozzarella Panzanella Salad from Gousto – this lovely Italian salad is quick to prepare and full of tasty, healthy ingredients. It bursts with flavours and can be treated as a started or a light dinner.
It sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Ok, so let’s start with the ingredients list:
1 red onion
250g cherry tomatoes
2tbsp red wine vinegar
1tbsp dried oregano
30g black olives
10g fresh basil
1 mozzarella ball
Salt & Pepper to taste
These ingredients will make enough food to feed 2 people (or more if you treat it as a starter).
Boil a full kettle of water.
Preheat the grill to high.
Peel and finely chop the red onion. Place the onion pieces in a sieve and pour all the boiling water over them (ideally do it over the sink or over large bowl). Place the blanched onions into a bowl and add the red wine vinegar and sugar and mix well. Leave it to soak for a while.
Tear the ciabattas into bite size pieces (or alternatively cut them into nice cubes) and place on a baking tray. Drizzle it with around 2tbs of olive oil; salt and pepper to taste. Place under the grill for 10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
Chop the cherry tomatoes in half.
Chop the black olives.
Place the tomatoes, olives, capers and oregano in a salad bowl.
Tear the basil and add into your salad bowl.
Drain the mozzarella and tear into bite size chunks (or again cut it nicely with a sharp knife) and add to the salad bowl.
Drain the onion, discard the marinade and add to the salad bowl.
By this time your ciabatta should be nice and ready. Remove it from the oven / grill and add to your salad.
Mix well and season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
This recipe is our twist on the famous Spaghetti with Eggs and Bacon. We had a lovely Italian sausage and it seemed like the perfect dish to put it in.
So, let’s start with your ingredients list:
300g good quality sausage – we used Lucanica with Chilli from Delicatezza
400g spaghetti (fresh is best)
3 eggs (free range of course)
75g Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tbsp olive oil
2 gloves of garlic, squashed slightly
Salt and pepper to taste
And now step by step instructions on how to make it 🙂
Take a large saucepan, fill it with water and bring it to boil – this is where your spaghetti will be cooked, once the water is boiling. Add some salt and a splash of olive oil, the salt to enhance the flavour of the spaghetti and the olive oil to stop it clumping together.
Prepare your sausages by cutting them into a 1cm cube sized shapes, or thick slices if you prefer would work I guess, depending on the original shape and size of your sausage.
In a frying pan heat the olive oil and start frying your sausages and add the garlic, fry nice and slowly, until they have a healthy brown glow. Remove and discard the garlic. Keep your sausages on a very low heat until you are ready for them.
By this time your water should be boiling away nicely, so it is time to start cooking your spaghetti. Pop the spaghetti in and let it soften and bend and slip into the water itself, don’t be standing there pushing it if you’re using dried spaghetti, the fresh stuff is already bendy so just pop it in.
While your pasta is cooking it is time to mix all other ingredients.
Warm a large mixing bowl and break the eggs into it. Beat them slightly. Add in the Parmesan cheese and stir it in. Add salt and pepper. Stir till you have porridge like consistency.
As soon as your pasta is done, drain it quickly and add your egg mix into it (do not worry about uncooked eggs, heat from your spaghetti will cook them for you). Toss the contents of your bowl until the egg mixture has covered all the spaghetti evenly.
Add your sausage and again toss until evenly distributed and you are done!
Serve with some salad leaves drizzled with your favourite dressing and maybe some chewy garlic doughballs. Enjoy!
London – a busy city full of busy people and inevitably at any given moment a lot of them are hungry people, who are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. 1000’s of restaurants, cafés, and takeaways have built up businesses to meet this unending tide of need. However it is not always easy to find the right place to buy your food that specifically caters to our evolved palettes desire… so many of us use the trial and error method. We go, we buy… oh yes we like, we go back and buy more…or we don’t like, we move on to the next choice or even the next place, which is more than likely next door or just around the corner… The choices are seemingly endless and the only real limit for many of us is the contents of our wallet… but who amongst us likes to spend more than necessary for a great meal? When choosing a take-away firstly we need to decide what type of cuisine we fancy and then find a supplier of that cuisine that suits our budget… and ideally we would love for our food to be tasty, healthy and prepared with some if not total love.
Well we have found out about a company that ticked all our boxes, and after sampling their wears we need to tell you about them so you can enjoy as well.
Delicatezza offers a lovely selection of Italian Food. You can pick from:
A Freshly Made section that offers a range of handmade filled pasta, fresh egg pasta, pre-prepared meals, fresh sauces and award-winning cannoli, mozzarellas and sausages.
A Pantry section featuring a hand-picked selection of premium delicatessen items, from a superlative truffle range through to a bakery, a wide choice of antipasti and a fantastic set of drinks to suit any occasion.
I was offered the chance to try them out… just looking at their website I become so hungry my saliva glands were in overdrive, so I simply couldn’t refuse. I was provided with a £30 credit which gave me a fantastic selection of products. I picked:
1x Caprino (avg. 140g)
1x Lucanica (avg. 300g) – Chilli
1x Modena Balsamic Vinegar (250ml)
1x Lasagne Sheets (500g) – 500g
1x Girasoli – Braised Beef / 250g
1x Pizzaiola – 250g
1x Napoli (avg. 400g) – Mint, Sundried Tomato & Scamorza
This is a lot of food for £30.
I ordered more ingredients than ready meals as we like cooking, but there is an extensive choice of Fresh Meals, including vegetarian options.
When your food is ordered you can pick your delivery time slot. Unfortunately for some at this moment in time delivery is only offered in the London area (I really hope this will change someday soon).
A lot of us eat with our eyes first and the guys at Delicatezza must for sure know this. Their food looks delicious, their packaging although not fussy is very effective at conveying the sense of quality of the product inside, it is inviting and it really looks the part. Every pack is carefully labelled so you know exactly what is inside. As you would expect you can study all the ingredients used if you so wish, all best before dates and cooking instructions are clearly stated.
We ate our Girasoli with Pizzaiola as they came… after cooking of course… and prepared meals using the rest of ingredients.
We cooked some lasagne, spaghetti with egg and sausage (we used Lucanica Chilli for this one) and a traditional English mash, beans and sausage using Mint, Sundried Tomato & Scamorza Napoli.
Did we like the food?
Yes, we did like it however… it was not what we expected, it was a big surprise. This is not actually a criticism; let me explain… We like spicy food and we do buy chilly flavoured foods such as sausages from many different sources… and although they are often marked as spicy they are never really that hot… Lucanica is! Really, it is HOT. I guess you would think I should have expect that when ordering a chilli flavour, but taking our past experiences into account I was prepare to get something maybe with a mild to moderate heat… but oh, no… Lucanica Chilli is hot, really hot! Same with Mint, Sundried Tomato & Scamorza Napoli – you can taste all the things which were used to make it, especially the mint. So if / when you will be placing your order with Delicatezza it is worth remembering that the food will taste as stated on the box! This is such an amazingly nice change; you can finally enjoy your favourite flavours. No more do you have to convince yourself that what you are eating tastes like what the label says, that it’s really is that particular flavour, even though you can’t distinguish that flavour whilst it’s in your mouth. Delicatezza’s food lets you read the label and then hits you with a fully loaded express train straight from flavour town, you will be left in no doubt what so ever what you are eating, I bet even on a blind test you would know without any doubt or question.
Would we buy it again?
Yes, we would definitely order some more; especially given that there is so much more we haven’t tried yet.
So, if you are one of those hungry Londoners out there is search of a nice Italian meal look no further… Delicatezza is there for you!
Give ‘em a try Gov.
I received a £30 credit to shop with Delicatezza for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.