-Excellent Gusto Recipes-
Grand Prix Insalatissima has been created by Excellent Gusto in collaboration with Xavi Martos, Formula 1 Personal Trainer. Excellent Gusto dedicates this Recipe and its Gusto Story to Formula 1!
In bringing together Gusto & Sport, this is a healthy and nourishing Recipe for those who enjoy a light, tasty and tangy meal.
Curly lettuce heart; 2 leaves of radicchio lettuce; 125g buffalo mozzarella cheese; 4 artichoke hearts; 1 watermelon slice; 1 kiwi fruit; 50g red fruits (your choice); 1 pear; 2 slices of Prosciutto; 4 walnuts; 1/8 cup raisin; 1⁄2 unpeeled garlic clove; salt; extra virgin olive oil; balsamic vinegar; 2 lemons; 2 mint leaves.
Prepare the mint leaves
Squeeze 1 lemon, pour the juice into a bowl and put aside 1 tablespoon of the juice. Soak the mint leaves in the lemon juice and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Prepare the Artichoke hearts
Squeeze the second lemon and pour the juice into a bowl. Peel the artichokes until the hearts are left and wash. Boil the artichokes in a pot of lightly salted water. When the artichoke hearts are tender, remove from heat and drain water. Pour the lemon juice into the pot, add the artichoke hearts, cover the pot with a lid and allow them to rest for 5 minutes. Separate the artichoke hearts from the lemon juice and place them aside. In a pan pour the extra virgin olive oil and add the garlic. Fry the garlic. Add the artichoke hearts, and fry for a few minutes.
Prepare the fruit
Soak raisin in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes. Crack open the walnuts, break them into small pieces and place them aside. Peel the kiwi fruit, cut it into thin slices and place aside. Peel the pear and place aside. Wash the red fruits and place aside. Remove the rind from the watermelon slice, dice the watermelon and place in a blender until it’s a smooth juice, and place aside.
Prepare the buffalo mozzarella cheese
Cut the buffalo mozzarella cheese into big chunks pulling at it with your hands to view its stringy texture.
Prepare the dish
In a large salad bowl place a layer of lettuce leaves and radicchio lettuce. Add the artichoke hearts and mix with a wooden spoon. Add the red fruits and pieces of pear, and mix. Pour in the watermelon juice. With two wooden spoons mix all ingredients around the bowl, from right to left and from bottom to top. Sprinkle in the walnuts and raisin. Wrap the slices of kiwi fruit in the Prosciutto slices and place the two rolls on top of the salad.
Decorate the salad with mint leaves. Sprinkle the salad with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The dish, with its natural taste and fresh aroma, is now ready to be tasted!
Grand Prix Insalatissima may be accompanied by a glass of extra-dry Champagne.
Formula 1 – What a feeling!
I am at the Australian Grand Prix Formula 1 race, with friends. It’s the final day. Waiting for the start of the race we walk around the park and watch the crowd. A military plane flies overhead, inaugurating the day. It flies low over the spectators, breaking the sound barrier, doing daring acrobatics across the blue sky, it disappears, then returns in a dive.
Ready! Set! Coming from the track one can hear the loud roar of cars ready to start in the most outstanding race, the Formula 1! GO! All eyes are fixed on the race. Racing cars have been modified by drivers and engineers in line with the particular requirements of the Australian circuit. Formula 1 performances are larger than life, with cars designed to be unbeatable! Energy and emotions run high! Cars whiz by very fast, soaring aerodynamic figures that one catches only by the blink of an eye. Suspense, an accident! Nothing serious has happened to the driver, the race continues. As the huge tyres take a corner we feel a shiver down our spine! Speed makes all the difference. When taking a corner, speed pushes downwards and is met by a horizontal force that is even stronger than the force of gravity. This causes cars to jolt, and sets off a mechanical noise. Drivers don’t breathe when they drive at such high speeds: driving becomes a really athletic exercise. Minutes pass by frenetically, but time seems to stand still. Now the race is almost over. Spectators are highly excited! End of the race! IT’S VICTORY!
The three winning drivers celebrate, and share their success with the public. The other drivers move on. My personal experience is not over: I move on to the track which is now open to the public. It’s like entering an ancient arena! I smell the exciting scent of burnt rubber while I pick up, as a symbol of worship, a small piece of rubber tyre left by cars on the asphalt, as if it were a rare find.
Come on everyone! The Formula 1 race is such an emotional experience!! Now Albert Park comes alive with parties and music. I’m coming too! Wait for meeeeeee!!! – Andrea