What is the Italian national sport? Not football, but complaining about current and past governments. Indeed, the favourite pastime of most Italians is talking about politics. They are obsessed with it.
If you listen to Italian people, they will be complaining either about how hot or cold it is, or about how corrupt politicians are. Or otherwise about the state of the nation and the high levels of taxes. This is further revealed by the common Italian saying Piove, governo ladro! roughly translated as it’s raining – blame the thieving government. Continue reading “Piove, governo ladro! It’s raining – blame the thieving government”
On Colomba Pasquale, or Easter Dove, the traditional Italian Easter cake (the counterpart of the Christmas Panettone) and Milan, where the recipe was invented in the early ‘900. A unique cake, classy like the city where it was created. I’m in Milan for the Easter holidays. It’s a gray rainy day. It’s late March already but spring seems like it is still a long way off. It’s too cold to walk, and wrap up in my warm winter clothes. I tour around the city on the number 5 tram – one of the few originals from the 20’s which are still on the road. An original and inexpensive way to explore Milan. Continue reading “Italian Easter Dessert: Colomba – Easter Dove”
It’s not the first time that I talk about Slow Food in this blog. That’s not just because Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food movement, is from my region. Piedmont, in Italy, but also because I share his vision about food. Indeed, food is not only a commodity. It is culture, it is taste, it is a lot of things that are closely related to our history.
The naming of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming is good news, especially in times of obesity epidemic and processed food scandals. Hopefully, it will offer opportunities for change and for collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Slow Food. Continue reading “Family Farming Campaign: Why the International Year of Family Farming can make the difference”
Now, it’s my comfort food after a hard working day, when I’m too tired to make complicated recipes or I just want a taste of home. Recently, I learnt to make my own homemade pasta. It’s very easy and with a bit of practice, you can have your own pasta ready in around half an hour.
It’s a rewarding experience eating your own pasta. The general rule about pasta is to use 100gr flour with 1 egg per person. The following recipe is therefore enough for one person and needs to be multiplied by the number of people eating. If you can get the 00 Flour it is definitely worth it. 00 Flour (Doppio Zero) is a very finely sieved flour used in Italy for making egg pasta and also cakes. Continue reading “Mani in pasta! How to make homemade pasta”
What’s the link between Cheshire, the football clubs of Juventus and Torino, the renowned Italian director Dario Argento and the Bicerin drink? Apparently there isn’t any. Che c’azzecca – it doesn’t make any sense! However, everything has a meaning, even though sometimes it’s difficult to see.
So, long story short, a friend from Cheshire is going to Turin in early December to watch the Juventus – Torino match, AKA Derby della Mole – The Derby of the Mole. Not that I am really into football, not at all actually – Panem et Circenses, bread and circuses, as the Latin wisdom teaches – but any excuse to visit Turin, one of the most underrated Italian destinations.
While everyone should visit Rome at least once in their lives, and Venice is enchanting with its decadent beauty, Turin always surprises tourists with its regal style and enduring glamour – after all it was the capital of the Reign of Italy under the Savoy dynasty. However, I think part of the fascination with Turin relies in its dark side. Continue reading “24 Hours in Turin: from morning espresso to evening aperitivo what to do in Turin”