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Highlights from the Organic Food Exhibition

Last weekend i had the chance to visit the exhibition of natural and organic products organized here in London, in Olympia: the organic food you know is growing everyday more and especially here in UK, the care for natural and organic products is very high.

I was curious to know a bit more, meet the industries and the clients, but also the simple passionate: between infusions, beauty products, vitamins and healthy food, I was happy to find also a little italian group of stands. So let’s start from them.

The first stand to catch my attention was “il Panificio Zannella“, a little stand of salty natural bakery products. Maybe it’s because here there is not a big tradition of crackers and grissini, but i love all these crunchy salty snacks and these one where made in any kind of flavor.

Then i found the classic italian Olives, but this time made by an organic farm “Gaudiano” and these were very good. Moving to cheeses instead there was an amazing stand from Campania with Bufalo mozzarella, cheeses and the classic mozzarella. Thanks good they were there! The brand is “Ponte Reale“. Finally to help the sweet tooth there was the “Aiello” brand with the tozzetti biscuits and nuts covered in chocolate or almonds in sugar and chocolate. Too good!

After that i went a bit around and i discovered lots of interesting things:  first of all a new brand of infusions invented by Mr Scruff, Dj and cartoonist in life and now also producer of this “make us a brew“. Go and check their website… this tea is too funny! And coming back to the past instead, i found the Dragonfly Tea stand with also the well known TickTock brand … so vintage but always good!

Speaking about famous brands here are two protagonist of the scene: “Eat natural” with their delicious bars (I’m addicted) and known also in Italy and “Montezumas“, an organic chocolate english brand that presented, in this occasion, a new flavor: chilli and lime. I can swear it was really good, the ingredients were really well mixed with chocolate, the taste was good not too strong and i could feel the hot of the chilli and the sour of the lime. Impressive! finally i was captured by the Booja Booja Stand, where they served amazing chocolate truffles and organic ice cream!

Then i came across the stand from Ecuador and there i lost my mind: they offered me creackers with exotic organic jams! Banano, papaya, mango…delicious! and then i tried the platano crisps called “Plantain chips” and they were super tasty!

Finally i will spend two words for some new products i tested there and that i want to recommend: from Hungary i discovered some organic salty or sweet snack made by millet and produced by “I love bio“. Then a brand for children “Ella’s kitchen“: it’s a family of organic products for babies from juices to food, but really really nice… no one could resist to their stand!

I also discovered a nice brand for wheat and gluten free products. It was full of this kind of stands, but this is my choice after i tried some of their tasty products, Hale&Hearty. Last but not the least, i present you The Granola from Rude Healt. I love granola and this was really good: they serve it in little plastic glasses with some white yogurt.

I would like then to open a little chapter on Fruit Juice: i went there hoping to find my favorite one and classic in Italy, the pear juice but instead there wasn’t any not even here. However i found 2 nice juice organic brands that i can suggest: Organic Village where i tried a peach juice really reach in fruit and not just watery, and Elite Naturel from Turkey that use to do pear juice and other weird but very good fruit juices like Quince Juice. I never seen this fruit before!

PS. Mamy l’altra settimana sono andata ad un’altra fiera, questa volta era tutta di prodotti naturali e organici, da creme di bellezza a integratori a prodotti culinari. Anche questa volta ho trovato un gruppo di stands italiani, ma erano un po’ pochini! Diciamo che  ho soprattutto fatto un giro tra i prodotti organici che vanno di piu’ qui in Inghilterra: da quelli senza glutine, a prodotti naturali dall’ecuador o dal brasile, a famosi marchi inglesi che si trovano in ogni supermercato. Immagina che ho anche chiesto se ci fosse qualcuno specializzato in prodotti aproteici ma non ho trovato nulla! Comunque ha partecipato un numero incredibile di  persone. In Inghilterra c’e’ veramente la fissazione per l’organico!

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Linguine pesto and prawns – product testing 2 Dolce vita event

Recipe 93: From the Dolce Vita event and Foodinthecity, i have the pleasure today to present you some new real high quality and truly original italian products: the pasta from Pastificio dei campi and the organic products from Sommariva.

I found this pasta really special: so traditional in the taste and in the consistency, but so innovative for the packaging and the blog they run. A real discovery! The Pesto from Sommariva instead is Bio and made with the best ingredients from Liguria, where the recipe comes from.

With these genuine products i could have done a simple pasta with pesto, sure of an amazing result, but to make it a bit special i decided to add some prawns, so… here are Linguine Pesto e Gamberetti.

The ingredients i used for 2 people are: 250 gr. of Linguine di Gargnano – Pastificio dei Campi (you can find them in Harvey Nicholson too), 150 gr. of peeled prowns, 100 gr. of Pesto Genovese Bio Sommariva, 1 red chili, a clove of  garlic, fresh parsley, Parmesan, olive oil, 25gr butter, a glass of white wine and salt.

Put some olive oil in a pan with a crashed clove of garlic and a sliced chili. Add some parsley leaves, prawns, let them cook a bit and then add some butter to let the prawns get a bit colored.

In the meantime put the linguine in some boiling water, add some salt and let them cook for around 8 minutes.

You will need to add some white wine to the prawn because they will be quite dry and the wine will give them a little twist in the taste.

At this point open the pesto, breath and prepare yourself to enjoy this plate! 🙂 if you will try a little spoon of the sauce, you will really taste the pine nuts and the basil. Fantastic! Put some of this in the plates where you will serve the pasta and add some hot water to make it less dense and easier to be absorbed by the pasta.

When the pasta is almost cooked, drain it and pass it in the pan with the prawns. Mix until the sauce is absorbed and then place it in the final plates.

Mix again the linguini until all the pesto is well absorbed and all the pasta has the same color.

Add some Parmesan and Buon appetito!

PS. Mamy non si che buoni questi prodotti: le linguine le fanno a Gragnano, mentre il pesto Biologico viene direttamente dalla Liguria. Li ho trovati alla Dolce Vita e ne sono rimasta entusiasta. Poi con i gamebretti insaporiti dal prezzemolo, peperoncino e una spruzzata di vino bianco, le linguine al pesto hanno fatto una riuscita fantastica!