Feature: Faleschini’s organic conserves, sauces, mustards and more

Since 1990 Luigi has been running his certified organic farm ‘Azienda Agricola Luigi Faleschini’ at some 720m above sea level, in the mountain area of Valcanale in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Right from the start, vegetables and autochthon varieties of fruits such as apples, pears, plums and small fruits are grown during the summer and autumn months, according to certified-organic agriculture methods.

Alongside fresh produce production, the farm also operates an artisan laboratory in which vegetable conserves, vegetables in oil and sweet and sour, compotes, mustards, sauces and juices are produced, exclusively from fresh and organically grown fruit and vegetables grown in the farm’s own fields or when not, from other certified organic farms. The use of genuine and high quality ingredients, together with taking inspiration from old traditional recipes, confers the end products organoleptic properties, fragrances and taste akin to those of the much loved home-made preparations! The quality mark ‘Savors di cjase’ (home flavours) testifies to this philosophy.

In Salumeria you can find a small selection of these quality products. Just to whet your appetite, you can read about a few of them here…

Antipastino di verdure “in agrodolce” da agricoltura biologica (Sweet and sour vegetables antipastino) During the early autumn weeks, just before the autumnal frost sets in, any vegetables left in the fields, which will no longer mature, are used to make these sweet and sour conserves, according to a traditional recipe from valleys in the farm’s vicinity. Fresh vegetables such as green tomatoes, peppers, onions, are finely cut and mixed, then blanched into a mixture of naturally fermented wine vinegar, sugar and sea salt.

 

 

Antipastino di verdure “mediterraneo ” sott’olio (” Ratatuia”) da agricoltura biologica (Mediterranean Ratatuia) An ideal accompaniment to Pilaf’s rice, seitan, couscous or as a pasta condiment, this Ratatuia is made using fresh vegetables such as cherry-tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and onion, finely chopped and cooked in extra virgin olive oil and naturally fermented wine vinegar, with sea salt, sugar, capers and chilli, and then preserved in extra virgin olive oil.

Peperoni “sott’olio” da agricoltura biologica (Peppers in oil) Peppers cut into strips, blanched in wine vinegar and brown sugar and aromatised with ground pepper, garlic and basil, and then preserved in first-cold-press extra virgin olive oil.

Melanzane “sott’olio” da agricoltura biologica (Aubergines in oil) Chopped and then salted so to eliminate water, aubergines are then acidified in a warm mixture of wine vinegar, water, aromatic herbs and spices, and then preserved in first-cold-press extra virgin olive oil, capers, oregano and chilli.

Radic di mont (Cicerbita Alpina)”sott’olio” (Mountain Radicchio in oil) See our previous blog. 

Mostarda di pera (Pear mustard) Pear mustard is a delicious accompaniment to sweet and mature cheese, e.g. Stravecchio Friulano or sweet Grana Padano, and is also great with stews. Faleschini have produced a range of pear mustards to accompany young, medium or mature cheeses, as well as goat cheese and ricotta. At the moment we stock:

Senapata di pera (pear mustard sauce) Produced with pear puree made with local pear varieties, a natural mustard aroma, brown sugar and lemon juice. It is a perfect partner to mature sweet cheeses (e.g. Stravecchio), a classic accompaniment to stews or smoked fish (e.g. rainbow trout or smoked sea bass), and ideal also with raw fish fillets, shrimp and scampi.

Salsa di pera al pepperoncino (pear mustard sauce with chilli) Produced adding fresh chilli (previously acidified in apple cider vinegar), sugar and a little apple cider vinegar. Ideal with young cheeses, such as 2-3 month old mountain cheese.

For more information about Faleschini’s wide product range (including conserves, mustards, vegetables in oil, syrups and juices, compotes) please check their website, or just come see us.

 

Feature: Apicarnia Honey

You may have heard about the birds and the bees. Well, we don’t know much about birds, but we certainly know someone who knows one or two things about bees. The Garibaldi family of Apicarnia has for some 300 years been in the business of apiculture, or beekeeping to you and me.

To say ‘business’, however, is a bit of an understatement, and all of their work is driven by their philosophy of respect for the environment and all its living creatures, and zero waste. This they apply throughout their supply chain.

Their energy needs are satisfied entirely though their own renewable energy sources, such as a wind and hydro-electric power, biomass, and photovoltaic panels. They are certified organic, and alongside beekeeping they also run a ‘fattoria sociale’ (community farm) located within century-old forest around the very alpine and beautiful locality of Cercivento, where they grow vegetables, fruit and maintain the local woods.

Such activities allow Apicarnia to thrive for self-sufficiency, however for anything that they don’t grow, breed or make themselves, their purchasing policy is ‘seasonal and regional’. The farm has a very strong community commitment, welcoming anyone who may wish to spend some time there, whether for therapeutic or rehabilitation purposes, or simply an interest in its activities and values.

But what about the honey? Apicarnia’s one thousand’s beehives are scattered around Friuli Venezia Giulia’s territory, in order to make the most of the diverse microclimates it offers.  Indeed Apicarnia’s beehives are located at high, medium and low altitude terrains (including localities such as Fusine, Passo di Monte Croce Carnico, the hills around Gorizia and Udine), with their unique botanic varieties, each giving the honey very specific flavours and properties. And because Apicarnia have located their hives in areas free from industrial agriculture and pollution, they can ensure that the final product is as healthy as can be.

We are therefore delighted to be offering Apicarnia honey in Salumeria, not just because of the company’s work ethic, but also because they are quite simply delicious!

In store you can currently find the following honey varieties: Acacia, Mille Fiori (a thousand flowers), Lime, Honeydew, Chestnut, as well as Acacia Honey with Almonds, with Walnuts or with Hazelnut. We also have some very soothing lemon and honey drops.

So come and discover for yourselves what all the fuss is about!

 

 

 

PSSSTT! Apicarnia don’t just make honey, but a whole assortment of honey derived products such as sweets, face, body and hair products, soaps and of course candles. Check out their homepage for more information.

 

Our January sale continues

Still on sale at the moment:

Maritani Panettone - 70% off! 900g @ 8 Eur (instead of 28 Eur – crazy or what?!)

Dall’Ava Panettone – 40% off! 1kg @ 16 Eur (instead of 28 Eur)

Treccia Gubana Dall’Ava – 50% off! 600g  @ 6 Eur (instead of 12 Eur)

We also have a few bottles left of San Biagio artisan beer, now at 40% off!  75ml @ 9 Eur (instead of 12 Eur)

PANETTONE RABATTONE!

It doesn’t matter that Christmas is over, as far as panettone is concerned, it tastes just as great in January! (or February or March, for that matter) We still have a few artisan panettoni  left in store (500g and 1kg), from both our suppliers Dall’Ava and Maritani. Come and get your hands on one, they are 40% off!

We also have a few bottles left of the delicious San Biagio artisan beer (Verbum, Monasta and Gaudens variety) made to century old traditions in Monastero di San Biagio, Umbria.  A 75 ml bottle is now 9 Eur, instead of 12 Eur.

Christmas goodies

Ok, so here we are again,  t’is the season to be jolly, the frenzy has officially started, so come on, get into the spirit, find a Weihnachten Markt, drink some Gluehwein and all will be all right…Alternatively you can also find loads of ‘Geschenk’ ideas at Donath Salumeria Friulana.

Panettoni, Gubane and Focacce by Dall'Ava

On top of our usual range of cured meats, hams, cheeses from mainly artisan producers in Friuli (such as latterie Alto But), as well as cakes and biscuits baked in-house as always, we are now delighted to be able to offer you a delicious range of panettoni, gubane, sweet focacce, cioccolatini, cremini and patisserie-delicacies from Maritani and Dall’Ava.

Panettoni, Gubane, Biscotti by Maritani

We also have a brand new range of very fine pasta from Benedetto Cavalieri, a variety of artisan honeys from Apicarnia, organic chutneys and sauces from Faleschini, Radic di Mont, precious Vinegar from La Subida and of course wines from our beloved Masarotti, Marinig, Tiare, Antico Broilo and Flaibani.

Pasta by Benedetto Cavalieri

 

Radic di Mont

Honey varieties by Apicarnia

 

Sauces by Faleschini

So you see, there is just no need to be stuck for Christmas presents’ ideas, just pop into Donath Salumeria, get yourself a nice glass of vino and enjoy picking some treats for your loved ones or yourselves.

And if you are planning any Christmas catering or dinner events and want to find out about using our cosy taverna, just give us a call on 030 68001306.

Today at Donath Salumeria…

Meet our beauties for the day. To the left, Orange and Carrot cake will gently satisfy that mid-morning, mid-afternoon sweet urge…and will go down nicely with a cup of tea.

To the right, a journey for your taste buds awaits… a fresh strawberry and melon tart, with a sprinkle of chocolate dust.

For those with a more savoury tooth, we have: pizza, focaccia,  trout quiche and tramezzini. 

 

Wir sind wieder da!

Donath Salumeria Friulana is open again, after two delicious weeks off! We are now back regenerated, rested and inspired. Watch out for our forthcoming lunchtime meal offers and summer salads. Our opening times are: Monday to Friday 8:00-20:00 and Saturday 12:00-19:00. Bis bald!

Summer holiday

We are very happy to inform you that Donath Salumeria Friulana shall remain closed between Monday 14th and Sat 27th July.

It’s been a great few months since opening our doors, and now it is time for a little break.

However we look forward to seeing you all on our return, when we will be introducing some new offers, including new panini and a new lunchtime deal…

Keep your eyes peeled.

Tiramisu’ in the house!

A picture speaks a thousand words, so here is one. Tiramisu’ made fresh today by the loving and expert hands of Eleonora.

And after trying to ignore it for a while, but secretly looking at it all the time, well, I decided to give in to my quality control duties and have a slice.

Simply divine! So come and get yours, before I feel the need to double check…