Friday 12 July 2013

Getting saucy!

At Kristy's, as well as our bread, cakes, savouries, sweets and chocolate wedding cakes (we could go on...) we've recently introduced a range of home-made Italian sauces to the shop.

It began about six months ago, when Antonio decided to sell a few jars of his Pizzaiola sauce (tomato, garlic, olives, capers and oregano). These sold out quite quickly, so he made another batch and soon added his Puttanesca sauce (similar to Pizzaiola, but with anchovies) and Arrabiata sauce (tomatoes, onions, basil and hot chili) to the range.

All the sauces are made downstairs in the bakehouse, using simple, fresh ingredients and old family recipes.

Messinese sauce ready for jarring

And today Antonio has introduced a new sauce to the line-up: Messinese. This is a traditional Sicilian sauce with a tomato base, brought to life with chunks of aubergine and fresh basil, with a hint of garlic.

Antonio says: "I learned this recipe when I worked as a chef in my uncle's restaurant in Busto Arsizio (just outside Milan) in 1975. We cook the aubergines in their skins until tender and don't use too much garlic... it's beautiful!"

He advises the sauce is best served with short pasta or, for a more robust meal, pan-fried chicken and sauteed potatoes.

All our sauces are made as you would have them in a restaurant. Just four or five ingredients. No flavourings or colourings - just simple, delicious food!

Pop in and take one home today - they are all £2.40 a jar (and remember we'll give you 20p when you bring your empty jar back to us).


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