Went to to the annual Italian Market that comes here every Easter weekend. It was a perfect weekend, weather-wise, and rather enjoyable walking around the town. They have stalls selling various Italian cookies, oils and vinegars, olives, breads, meats and of course, cheese.
We tasted several of the olives before buying. Got some with garlic and chili and also got a pot of artichoke hearts in olive oil…yum. We also got to taste a Gorgonzola cheese that was creamy and absolutely delicious. I wanted to get some mozzarella cheese as I was making eggplant Parmesan for dinner that night, but unfortunately, they didn’t have any as they said they don’t carry it due to the hot weather. 😦 However, I did manage to purchase some lovely Parma ham.
Handmade Pesto keeps better and tastes both richer and subtler. To make your own pesto with a mortar and pestle, mash garlic and salt with pestle, using a circular motion. Add pine nuts and mash, then add basil by handfuls and mash to form paste. Mix in extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese.