Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summery sodas

Tassoni soda and Calabresi Cedro di Diamante.
The Italian range of amari (bitters) are a summer favourite here at la tavola. Versatile and refreshing Crodino, Campari and Averna are suited to a slice of lemon, cocktails, as a digestivo on a warm nights.  However, if bitter is not your thing, don't fret. To say that Italy has its share of sweeter bevvies is an understatement.

Here is a great example.  Cedrata is not too sweet and the slightly perfumed sour citrus is an interesting combination, Tassoni has been making this soda since 1956 and their signature citron syrup since 1920.

And luckily, albeit only stateside for the moment, they are available on this side of the pond.

We also use it as a mixer.. ahh summer.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

growing your own

French breakfast radishes from
heirloom seed.
Radishes: I love them.  These are my french breakfast radishes in all their just-picked, jewel toned glory.  I love the vibrant, near fuschia red pink that fades to their pristine white tip.  They are as beautiful as they are flavourful. Plant a row, or two.  You will not be disappointed!

Their peppery bite is tamed easily by any number of citrusy dressings. Bon appetit pairs it well. But try this with a whole grilled local fish on these humid summer nights.  The Croatians know a thing or two about seafood and accompaniments. And any excuse to use mayo..

I made this for a World Cup barbeque buffet mix up last weekend and it was a hit.