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Coronavirus: 5 unusual but useful products to buy now

Let's make quarantine tastier!

1y ago

Eggs, yeast and flour are almost impossible to find in Italian supermarkets. In the meantime, the quarantine is getting longer, and we are all bored and a little disheartened.

In the absence of the necessary ingredients of our cuisine, we can find refuge in unusual but tasty foods that help to season and flavour our quarantine.

Anchovy paste

Salted anchovy cream pounded in a mortar, available in convenient tubes. It is an unusual but very delightful ingredient for flavouring dishes and snacks. An excellent addition to pasta sauce and vegetables – or, spread on bread with a knob of butter.


It is not the most used sauce in Italy; in fact, it is a bit underestimated. It goes well with meat –but not just that. Added to vinaigrette with oil and lemon, it is perfect for seasoning fresh spinach and salad. Mustard is also excellent added to curry chicken or a turkey sandwich.

Cocoa powder

It can be used to prepare many desserts, creams, tiramisu and hot chocolate, and it can also be added to warm milk. It is not unusual, but it is multifaceted – it can also be used for savoury preparations, and it is a warm cuddle during moments of sadness.


Salami with a soft consistency, it can be eaten sliced or spread. Rather fat and tasty, it can also be added to pasta sauce, but it is simply delicious on hot bread.


After the Ciauscolo, something more healthy is needed. Daikon roots are typical of Japanese cuisine. It is excellent if eaten sliced very thin and seasoned with oil, vinegar and salt – and it's very good even if steamed and seasoned with oil and salt to accompany fish. For a different appetizer, you can serve fried daikon chips; delicious and unusual.

These five ingredients are unusual, tasty and can be used in many different ways. Ideal for breaking lockdown routine and giving more flavour to your dinners.

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Comments (11)

  • Anchovy paste sounds amazing

      1 year ago
  • beef & daikon soup, perfect for winter

      1 year ago
  • Is daikon like mouli, a sort of radish? It 's delicious grated and combined with mayonnaise.

      1 year ago
    • I don't know "mouli", but yes, it's a radish... it does not have the spiciness of radish, it is quite delicate.

        1 year ago
    • Result. These very healthy veg are related. You would like mouli.

        1 year ago
  • Very nice!

      1 year ago