Fig & pancetta skewers

These fabulous barbecue skewers, always remind me of Icelandic bright summer nights barbecue parties. When the short summer announces its arrival in Iceland, the fresh summer air mingles with the sweet smell of barbecue from backyards all over the country. Precious moments, conviviality under the caressing rays of the midnight sun.

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Red grape & ricotta toast

This is a fantastic brunch toast or a merenda as they say in Italy, that is defined as a restoring  -in between meals-  dish. For me it has a strong connection with the autumn and the harvest season of the sensational grapes of Monferrato, Piemonte. I think of it as a variant to the classical Piedmont  merenda Soma d’Aj, which is simply a slice of toasted bread rubbed with garlic, salt and nut- or mild olive oil. This simple country snack is great in company of a bunch of freshly picked grapes and a glass of red wine.

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