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March 2016

Food Recipes

Crostata alle Fragole.

March 24, 2016

During this little Easter dessert series, we’ve featured recipes from Napoli and Molise, but none from my mom’s native region of Lazio. I think it’s time we change that, don’t you? Both the Pastiera Napoletana and the Pastiera Molisana are recipes that my mom learned to make when she immigrated to Canada from her Italian friends that live in the city. But the crostata alle fragole, that’s something she’s been making that since she was a teen living in Sperlonga.…

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Food Recipes

Another Pastiera.

March 17, 2016

Ok ok, I know you all are thinking “wait, she’s featuring 2 pastiera recipes?!” (I featured the pastiera Napoletana last week). Well the answer is yes! For this post, we’re travelling to Molise. The Molisana version of pastiera is quite different from the pastiera Napoletana. They may look similar, but the only thing that’s the same about them is the crust. While the Napoletani fill their pastiera with ricotta and wheat, the Molisan version is filled with cream and rice…

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Pastiera Napoletana.

March 10, 2016

It wouldn’t be Easter without Pastiera Napoletana. When I look back to Easters as a child, I remember the Pastiera Napoletana that my mom would make just as vividly as Easter egg hunts with my cousins (maybe it’s the Italian in me that always remembers the food?). Anyway, it’s interesting that my mom only started making this recipe at Easter when she immigrated to Vancouver from Italy in her 20’s. Apparently in the Italian region of Italy that she comes…

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Travel

La Festa Della Donna.

March 8, 2016

Whenever I think of International Women’s Day (or La Festa della Donna as they call it in Italy), one story always comes to mind. When my cousin Erica was 4 years old, she received a mimosa flower on March 8. It was from a Gaetano, a boy in her class that liked her, and his attempt to get her to notice him. Sadly, his attempt for attention didn’t work, but this story is exemplary of what is so special about…

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