Its’ Carnival and -if I close my eyes – I can make winter go away. The glory and glamour of Venice and Rio de Janeiro are far away. Here in rural Umbria Carnival is a mostly a celebration for children. It’s all about being curious of the costumes of your school friends. It’s about stuffing yourself with all sorts of deep fried sweets bathed in … Continue reading carnevale!
Animal lovers have peculiar behaviors sometimes. Like, for example, eating 24000 sausages in one day. On the third week-end of January the village of Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assisi celebrates the feast of Saint Anthony Abbot . The Egyptian hermit is the patron of domestic animals, especially pigs, as well as of butchers. He has been invoked by farmers against a number of diseases … Continue reading twenty four thousand sausages
If our everyday meals were low profile, holidays were an entire different experience. In fact, a gastronomic extravaganza. Half of my extended family is Sicilian and most of them live in Umbria. For Christmas or Easter, it was not unusual to have large parties of 15-20 people. At each of these occasions, not only my mother, but all my Sicilian aunts and some uncles embarked … Continue reading festa