Shopping around: Antipasti
We're still getting the most out of the weather so picnics in the park are very much on the agenda.
A great staple to have on hand for an impromptu picnic is a packet of cured Italian meats, or antipasti.
Most supermarkets offer a range of antipasti these days, and they're often affordable.
Parma ham is the most famous of the Italian cured meats, with its strong salty cure and wafer-thin slices. It can be expensive but a little goes a long way.
Pick up a selection box of meats and add a couple of baguettes, some hummus and fresh salads and you have a ready-made picnic.
Aldi Specially Selected Parma Ham 90g
(€2.49) Price per 100g - €2.76
This is an incredibly affordable option and the ham has the regist-ered Parma stamp. And it is as good as any supermarket Parma that I've come across. Per 100g, you get 268 calories, 29.8g of protein, trace of sugar and 16.1g of fat.
Tesco Finest Italian Antipasto 120g
€4.40 Price per 100g - €3.66
A perfect pack for a picnic of snacking in advance of a barbecue with a mixture of meats including Parma, Coppa and Salami. Per 100g of Parma ham you get 250 calories, 27.2g of protein, 0.5g of sugar, and 15.2g of fat.
Marks & Spencer Italian Deli Parma Ham 80g
€4.49 Price per 100g - €5.61
Good quality with less fat than the others in this selection of packets but this varies from packet to packet. Excellent flavour but a bit on the pricey side compared to the other two options.
Per 100g you get 275 calories, 28g of protein, 0g of sugar and 18g of fat.