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  • An Italian Christmas, Cassatelle di Agira

    An Italian Christmas, Cassatelle di Agira

    I grew up in the kitchen. The kitchen was the house's room where I spent most of my childhood, doing my homework, reading or watching my favourite tv series, while my mothers was cooking our supper, a "crostata" or a cake.

    An Italian Christmas, Cassatelle di Agira

    I grew up in the kitchen. The kitchen was the house's room where I spent most of my childhood, doing my homework, reading or watching my favourite tv series, while my mothers was cooking our supper, a "crostata" or a cake.

  • An Italian Christmas, my homemade tortellini

    An Italian Christmas, my homemade tortellini

    It's not a secret that I love Christmas and I love to host in my home the family's Christmas lunch. Each year when the calendar turns to the first december's days I start decoranting my house, baking cookies for friends and thinking to the Christmas menù. In my childhood memories on Christmas lunch there was always pasta. Pasta with meat sauce or, more often, pasta "al forno", that is baked pasta with red sauce, cheese, meat, ham, peas and any other ingredient you immagination can suggest you.I'm not a big fan of baked pasta, so some years ago I decided…

    An Italian Christmas, my homemade tortellini

    It's not a secret that I love Christmas and I love to host in my home the family's Christmas lunch. Each year when the calendar turns to the first december's days I start decoranting my house, baking cookies for friends and thinking to the Christmas menù. In my childhood memories on Christmas lunch there was always pasta. Pasta with meat sauce or, more often, pasta "al forno", that is baked pasta with red sauce, cheese, meat, ham, peas and any other ingredient you immagination can suggest you.I'm not a big fan of baked pasta, so some years ago I decided…

  • An Italian Christmas, a slice of Panforte

    An Italian Christmas, a slice of Panforte

    Candied fruits. Someone hates them, someone loves them. I have always been part of the first ones, small chunks of candied orange peel or candied pumpkin have the power to keep me away from cassate, cannoli or christmas panettone. For the same reason I was not a big fan of the senese Christmas cake, the panforte. Panforte, litterally "strong bread", the name says a lot about its origin, a medioeval focaccia enriched with honey and fruits and, later through the years, with spices. Nothing interesting for me until, as usually happens to me, I had to prepare it due to…

    An Italian Christmas, a slice of Panforte

    Candied fruits. Someone hates them, someone loves them. I have always been part of the first ones, small chunks of candied orange peel or candied pumpkin have the power to keep me away from cassate, cannoli or christmas panettone. For the same reason I was not a big fan of the senese Christmas cake, the panforte. Panforte, litterally "strong bread", the name says a lot about its origin, a medioeval focaccia enriched with honey and fruits and, later through the years, with spices. Nothing interesting for me until, as usually happens to me, I had to prepare it due to…

  • The easiest cake in the world: 7 yoghurt pots cake

    The easiest cake in the world: 7 yoghurt pots cake

    It's monday morning, kids came back school after the festive holidays, so we can say that in Italy the New Year begins now.

    The easiest cake in the world: 7 yoghurt pots cake

    It's monday morning, kids came back school after the festive holidays, so we can say that in Italy the New Year begins now.

  • Sicilian scacciata

    Sicilian scacciata

    The "scacciata" is a sort of flattened pizza, typical of Catania, my city. Omnipresent on the Christmas Eve dinner table, during my childhood this dish was a Saturday family dinner classic. The dough is crunchy outside and soft inside, with a rich and tasty filling... soo good. A proper scacciata catanese needs the "tuma". The "tuma", improperly defined as a cheese, it's a step of the maturation of the pecorino, that comes directly from the curd, before the addition of the salt. The absence of salt makes this product perishable in few days.

    Sicilian scacciata

    The "scacciata" is a sort of flattened pizza, typical of Catania, my city. Omnipresent on the Christmas Eve dinner table, during my childhood this dish was a Saturday family dinner classic. The dough is crunchy outside and soft inside, with a rich and tasty filling... soo good. A proper scacciata catanese needs the "tuma". The "tuma", improperly defined as a cheese, it's a step of the maturation of the pecorino, that comes directly from the curd, before the addition of the salt. The absence of salt makes this product perishable in few days.

  • Mince pies

    Mince pies

    Since I got married I always spend a couple of days in the kitchen before Christmas baking cookies and cakes for friends and family.

    Mince pies

    Since I got married I always spend a couple of days in the kitchen before Christmas baking cookies and cakes for friends and family.