Celebrating Lucia, the bearer of light in the darkness of Winter
In the darkness of the early hours in the new day, just before the dawn announcement, Lucia advances with silent steps followed by mellow choruses, in a procession of candles, which lights the cold Winter sky with swaying vivid flames. Lucia brings light and hope to humanity.
Lussekatter in progress
On the third Sunday of Advent, late night, here we are in the kitchen working the golden daugh for the Lussekatter. I couldn’t miss this very special Swedish culinary tradition dedicated to Lucia. I’m going to leave the soft daugh to leaven and rest all night long and tomorrow will keep on working on it.…
Home made potatoes gnocchi and crisp appetizers on the second of Advent
On the second Sunday of Advent, I enjoyed to make potatoes gnocchi at home, introducing some variations on traditional local recipes. In particular, to the basic mixture for gnocchi (made of excellent red potatoes coming from the mountains of Calabria, one egg and some semolina flour) I added chopped parsley and a generous handful of…
Gingerbread and the coming of the Advent season
On tiptoe, the first Sunday of Advent arrived. Early, in the morning, the first small candle lights up in the kitchen to cheer the first warm cup of coffee of the day. Fragrant gingerbread biscuits are baked and are in the tray to welcome members of family and friends. Later on, Christmas decorations will take…
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Short pastry and season fruit to start this first December week
Grey sky upon the first weekend of Advent. In these days, leaves are turning yellow and golden and, slowly, light as delicate petals, they are falling from the trees. On the other hand, it was gorgeous time for starting to decor with warm lights and green balsamic fragranced branches of Abies. Besides, there was a…
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Christmas, Tolkien and a warm cup of creamy zabaione
Merry Christmas, everybody! It is time to sit by the fireplace, in good company of a beautiful book written by J.R.R. Tolkien and posthumously published for the first time in 1976, “The Father Christmas Letters”, while enjoying the pleasure of tasting a warm creamy zabaglione prepared with a hint of Armagnac, a sprinkle of cocoa…
First Sunday of Advent in the kitchen
Here we are, Christmas is knocking at the door again and we already know it will be a very special season for all of us. Even though it won’t be often possible to behave as usual, that is expressing our love by hugging members of family and loved ones, we wish all of them to…
A rich tasteful meal to welcome the arrival of snow
For lunch time, we prepared a symphony of different tastes, both from local culinary tradition and from the gastronomy of Central/Northern European Countries.