Foglie di Grano / handmade Italian crispbreads
Saporista discovered these delicate, crunchy handmade Italian 'foglie' (or crisp breads) in an artisanal bakery in the heart of Barolo, in Piedmont, run by the Cravero family. They are truly special. The Cravero brothers' story began in 1979, when they bought the historical oven situated in front of Barolo's medieval castle. At the end of the 90s, needing more space, the bakery moved to new premises in Barolo's main town square. Over the years the bakery has maintained its traditional rituals and methods and not compromised on the quality of the ingredients they use. They have a deep love for a job that they describe as being 'born in our hands'. The foglie are made using an traditional Piedmontese method. Crunchy and fragrant, they are ideal with cheeses and cured meats, alternatively we recommend trying them with the olive, pepper and artichoke spreads in our aperitifs range. The foglie are made with soft wheat flour, water, sea salt, brewer's yeast and extra virgin olive oil. All the ingredients are natural and contain no flavourings or preservatives.
Pimiento cherry relleno de queso / Cherry peppers stuffed with cheese
'Pimiento Cherry Relleno de Queso' (cherry peppers stuffed with cheese) are perfect to snack on with an aperitif. These delicious little snacks are popular nibbles in Spain, where peppers thrive in the year round sunshine of its southern regions. Conservas Alamanaque is a small, family run factory, using traditional artisanal methods to produce canned organic fruit and vegetables from the Ebro riverbank. They work in partnership with the seasons, and therefore these stuffed peppers are only produced from September to November. The peppers are stuffed with cheese and preserved in sunflower and olive oil. They are gluten free and contain no additives.
Untapan de Pimiento / Red Piquillo Pepper Paste
Also from Conservas Almanaque, this 'untapan de pimiento' (red piquillo pepper paste) is as tasty as it looks. The spread is made with piquillo peppers, sunflower oil, corn flour, vinegar and salt, is gluten free, and contains no additives. It really is a delicious appetiser - try it spread on toasted sourdough, or crackers. Alternatively it makes a great pizza base, pasta sauce, or could even brighten up a cheese sandwich!Conservas Almanaque is a small, family run factory, using traditional artisanal methods to produce canned organic fruit and vegetables from the Ebro riverbank. Conservas Almanaque take pride in their artisanal methods that ensure their preserves are worthy of the finest of palates.
Crema di Alcachofa / Artichoke Cream
Create a delicious appetiser by spreading this delicious 'crema de alcachofa' (artichoke cream) on toast or crackers, use as a dip with breadsticks or fresh vegetable crudités, or as a topping for canapés. In Spain the artichoke is prized for both its taste and its health benefits. This beautiful, striking vegetable is full of cynarine, which is good for your liver and is known to soothe an upset stomach. This creamy spread is made by Botularium in Catalonia, with natural ingredients and no added preservatives. Botularium's mission is to delight lovers' of gourmet cuisine, and they describe themselves as 'flavour artisans'.
Two Farmers Salt & Cider Vinegar Crisps
We think nothing can beat the traditional British crisp, and Two Farmers crisps are our favourite, as not only are they crunchy and flavoursome, they are also great for the planet! Two Farmers began with the vision of making delicious hand-cooked crisps that celebrate the true flavours of Herefordshire, whilst protecting the wonderful countryside. Two Farmers grow, harvest, store, cook, and pack using renewable energy that they generate on their farm, and their crisps are packed in a 100% compostable packet. Nibble on these lightly salted crisps, that are flavoured with cider vinegar made from apples grown in Herefordshire orchards, alongside a refreshing aperitif, such as a fino sherry, a vermouth or a glass of bubbly Prosecco.
Pistachios are a popular Spanish snack, and these ones are hand selected by Botularium, who are dedicated to offering gourmet products made in a traditional way. Botularium describe themselves as 'flavour artisans'. Pistachio trees thrive in the drylands of Spain, and in recent years pistachio tree planting has expanded in Spain by as much as 30%. Nibble on these delicious nuts alongside a glass of sherry or vermouth, and imagine yourself basking in the sun outside a Spanish bar...fabuloso!
These toasted almonds (almendras tostadas) are delicious enjoyed with a vermouth or sherry as a traditional Spanish aperitif. Almond trees thrive in the drylands of Spain, and are a traditional appetizer. These almonds are carefully selected by Botularium of Barcelona, who are dedicated to offering gourmet products made in a traditional way.