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Prada for the Larder

Epicurean essentials for the gourmand’s fridge are:

Pata Negra (Ibérico de Bellota)

A black-footed, acorn-fed ham can be bought from www.brindisa.co.uk

Carta di musica bread

A seriously moreish, brittle Sardinian parchment-like bread. Ideal with charcuterie, ham and softly oozing cheeses. Find it at most good supermarkets or Tavola, Westbourne Grove, W11 7229 0571 and Luigi’s, Fulham Road SW10, 7352 7739

Pimientos de Padrón

Play Spanish roulette with these sweet, usually mild green peppers from Galicia. Watch out for the occasional one with killer chilli heat. Fry in olive oil over a highish temperature until blistered, throw over some sea salt and serve as a speedy drinks nibble. www.littlegreenmen.co.uk

Check out advice from Peter McCombie to find the perfect drink to match to the foods here.

About Lorna Wing

Lorna Wing is known for her witty, much-acclaimed and much-copied Lilliputian canapés – fish and chips in the FT, teeny-tiny burgers, and bite-sized hot dogs. Her parties for the great and the good, the famous and the fashionable were stunning, stylish and spectacular. No wonder Lorna was often described as ‘the peerless expert on food and entertaining.’