The Italian aperitivo

In Italy the aperitivo tradition is firmly woven into Italian food culture. We’re actually talking about the classical late afternoon snack, a kind of merenda that melts in with the happy hour. The small colorful dishes served at aperitivo, are greatly inspired by Italian Street Food, and the style depends of course on where you have your aperitivo. Its varieties are in proportion to the quantity of the country’s regions.

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Shrimp balls with potatoes & garlic

Potatoes & shrimps are fabulous ingredients, but not so often maybe seen together. They remind me of my origins, as in Iceland grow the most incredible and delicious potatoes, and the coldwater shrimps  (Pandalus borealis) of our sea are renowned delicatessen to be found in supermarkets all over the world. I tend to use local ingredients in my cooking, but when making these I go for the borealis shrimps and dream of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

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