Baroque & Chocolate . . . This is Modica, Sicily

It is no secret that I love architecture and chocolate. I knew that no trip to Sicily would have been complete without a trip to Modica.

Gingerly Stepping Into Cold Waters.

Post inspired by  Daily Prompt: Gingerly I will be honest and say that as I looked at the daily prompt, the first thing that came to mind reading the word "gingerly", was ginger, as in tuber. I love ginger with its pungent but refreshing taste and its sweet, exotic fragrance. Not to mention that its …

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A Peek Into Beautiful Noto, Sicily. Photo Challenge

Coming back to my blog after such a long time has not been easy. I have so much that I would like to share that it’s difficult to prioritize. I am using this week photo challenge to share some pictures from this past summer’s trip to Sicily. On my trip I visited the South-East region …

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La Pastiera Napoletana

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Pastiera - Easter DesertThis is the last day of My Easter baking marathon, time for the sweet things.

La Pastiera is another traditional dish of the Neapolitan cuisine.

The nuns of the ancient convent of San Gregorio Armeno were considered to be master in the preparation of the Pastiera. They used to prepare great quantities for the rich families during Easter time.

Today, there are two different ways of preparing the Pastiera: the traditional one mixes the ricotta cheese to the eggs; the most recent one, adds to the mix thick pastry cream.

I follow the traditional recipe, I do however, purée half of the wheat/milk mixture to favor a creamier texture.

The Acqua di Millefiori (Literally “ Thousand Flower Water”) is the one ingredient in the Pastiera that gives it its very distinct aroma . . . It truly reminds you that it’s Primavera (Spring)!

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Easter Baking. Pizza co’ l’erba

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easter bunniesSince Easter is only three days away, this post is probably overdue. Nevertheless, I am sure some of you out there are still looking for traditional Italian Easter recipes.

In the next three days I will share with you one recipe a day: the pizza co’ l’erba, the pizza piena and the pastiera. So, don’t forget to come back to my blog everyday!

Easter baking is not just about the food, it is also about rituals, traditions and timing.

My childhood memories of Pasqua (Easter) are really happy ones. During the weeks heading into this Holiday, my mom would take me shopping for a my new Easter Sunday dress. This was also the first new dress of Spring. With the dress, of course, came new shoes. . . that’s where all started!

It was also time for Spring cleaning, but I have to admit that I was never…

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