Tasty Memories From Italy

 

You finally return home, after a long, long day at work: Half spent babysitting your boss and the other half asking yourself the reason why you play babysitter to begin with. After 45 minutes of commuting, you just look forward to slipp

ing off your unreasonably narrow shoes throwing your jacket on the couch and opening the fridge.

And there’s your salvation. A chilly bottle of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, just waiting to be uncorked! Grab the bottle, pour a glass of this authentic taste of Italy and enjoy it while sitting outside, in this near-summer evening, watching the sun going down. All sings point to the fact that this is a perfect ending to a hard day, but the groans out of your stomach tell you there’s one last thing that needs attending to.

You return to the fridge, where you see a bunch of asparagus and some ham from yesterday’s dinner. Worried about how to put 2 and 2 together? Of course not! You remind yourself of that fantastic asparagus salad you had last year in Italy. Where was it? Oh yeah, right in that lovely, family run restaurant in the heart of the Italian Alps, at Trattoria Vecchia Sorni (www.trattoriavecchiasorni.it). The recipe was fairly simple, but amazingly delicious!

 

Marinated white and green asparagus salad with browned speck

 

Ingredients:

– 7 peeled white asparagus

– 3 peeled green asparagus

– sliced speck or any smocked ham

– honey

– pumpkin oil

– extra virgin olive oil

– apple vinegar

– salt

 

 

Cut the asparagus into small pieces. Prepare the vinaigrette in a container. Mix the honey with the vinegar, the salt, the olive and the pumpkin oil until it is homogenized, then add the asparagus. Mix and let it sit for 10 minutes. In a pan quickly brown some smoked ham and then put it on the marinated asparagus salad.

 

Enjoy it with a refreshing glass of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, and suddenly, those narrow shoes and long work days are a thing of the past as you’re transported back to Italy.