Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. – Elsa Schiaparelli
Let’s adopt the attitude of dolce far niente, a type of past time enjoyed in Italy and other places in Europe – the essence of doing nothing and enjoying it.
While the weather still permits, find a pleasant place to sit and observe the buzz of life that is all around you. No stress, no pressure, nothing matters and time is NOT of the essence.
And as you lounge about living in the moment, what could be finer than grazing upon delicious Italian foods?
An Italian Picnic
Italian Picnic Food Suggestions
Prosciutto – Fennel Salami – Porchetta – Pecorino Toscano – Taleggio – Burrata – NEW Occelli Cheese wrapped in Chestnut Leaves – NEW Paradiso Dolce – Olives – Grapes – Figs – Pesto – Bruschetta – Olive Oil – Balsamic Vinegar – Baguette – Crostini – Saltspring Kitchen Co. Preserves and Spreads – Prosecco – Cloudy Lemonade – Crisp White Wine
At Herma’s find these wonderful NEW arrivals from Italy.
Pecorino Toscano DOP
Pecorino Toscano Suggestions
Italian Picnic Style
Pecorino sliced thin with savory olives, crusty bread and salami and/or prosciutto.
4 pears (quartered), Pecorino Toscano (sliced) and walnuts drizzled with honey and given a crack of ground pepper from a pepper mill.
Salami, Black Olives and Pecorino on Skewers
Serve Pecorino cubed on a skewer with salami and black olives.
It is also wonderful in salads, on a cheese board or grilled and placed on warm toast.
Occelli Cheese in Chestnut Leaves
Occelli in chestnut leaves is made from cow’s and goat’s milk and is produced in Valcasotto in the province of Cuneo. We find it tart and yoghurty with sweet pineapple flavours and an almost boozy intensity. A beautiful cheese to serve on your Italian picnic. Consider serving alongside grapes or with a nice fig preserve and baguette.
Dolce Paradiso is made up of alternating layers of two Italian cheeses – Gorgonzola DOP and Mascarpone. The delicate taste of Mascarpone complements the Gorgonzola DOP, whose aroma and flavor presents itself as the classic blue-cheese. What’s more? Its covered in pretty green slivers of Pistachio Nuts.
Developed during the 10th century, it’s considered one of the oldest soft cheeses and is aged in caves located in and around the Seriana Valley of Bergamo in the Lombardy region of Italy. Slice this raw Taleggio into small triangles and serve on a salumi platter. It may also be melted on pasta, risottos and is amazing on pizza. Try placing on a pizza with fennel salami.
The following beautiful Italian meats may be cut to your liking by Janis, Margaret and Herma upon request.
Prosciutto is beautiful with a texture that allows it to be wrapped around fruits and breadsticks for pretty presentation. The perfect addition to your charcuterie platter or placed in a sandwich.
Fennel Salami mingles with the distinct flavour of fennel seed. Also a tasty meat to have on a salumi platter or placed in a sandwich.
Porchetta Ham when sliced fine, drops in pretty folds on your plate and is absolutely delicious in a sandwich or on its own placed on a cheese platter.
Other pre-packaged salami is available as well.
Enjoy the Savings!
Italian Dishes from Maxwell & Williams 50 % Off
Ceramics Salerno Collection at Herma’s!!
Also 50% off Piecework Puzzles
At Herma’s we offer Piecework Puzzles that feature fun, colorful food displays.
Find sale items in our Studio toward the back of the store.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and that we will get to see you soon.