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Casatiello : The King of the Easter Meal

Il Casatiello

Il Casatiello. A crown on the table during the Easter holidays. It’s not Easter if there is no Casatiello. And how can you call it Easter Monday without Casatiello? It is part of the Easter Saturday lunch. And the left over, because there is always leftover, is part of the Easter Monday’s picnic. It is a complex and rich bread, for someone it could be heavy . That’s why “casatiello” is also used to describe a person who is

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Autumn: soup and legumes

Legumes: Zuppa di fagioli

Autumn has begun and it is time to change our weekly menu as we introduce different products on our table. First of all, the legumes. Legumes are a significant source of protein, dietary fibre, carbohydrates and contains many minerals. We don’t like cooking the same food everyday – hence why we love to follow the seasons. It help us to have a different meal everyday. To start Autumn in the best way, the

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Nudilla: hot spicy Calabresi fish

Nudilla: hot spicy Calabresi fish

Growing up in Calabria, it was essential that with every meal I had fresh chili on the side. Sometimes more than bread! U’ peperuncino ( or u cancarrieddu ), the chili has an important role in the Calabrese diet.

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Tomato Day: an Italian tradition DownUnder

Tomato Day

it’s time! / come on!  on the table, in the middle of summer, / the tomato, star on the earth, / recurrent and fertile, / displays its convolutions, / its canals, / its remarkable amplitude and abundance, / no pit, / no husk, /
no leaves or thorns, /
the tomato offers its gift of fiery color / and cool completeness.

(P. Neruda – Ode to Tomatoes) 

The Tomatoes is the essential part of the Mediterranean diet and it is a star on the Italian table. Introduced in Italy after the Discovery of the Americas it has been treated as a precious gift. In Italian it’s called 

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Fashion & Food? Can they mix?

Fashion

It’s 3am and my Italian friends and I happen to walk past a mens fashion shoe shop after an after work drink and snack. “I’d like a new pair of sneakers”, Valerio says. “Adidas are really trendy at the moment but Reebok sneakers are making a comeback!” I reply with enthusiasm as I exert my fashion knowledge of the season:  “Natalie, we are Italian- we make the fashion of the season”. Well, duh!… I dedicate this article to another valuable item Italians have brought with them down under: Style.

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“O Ragu’ “: The Sunday Ritual

The Ragu

It’s not Sunday without the Ragu. First of all don’t call it “a sauce”! It is not a simple sauce, it is not just a dish. The Ragu is the proof of how important the food culture is  in Italy. When you prepare it you are not just preparing food. Preparing it for  Sunday lunch is a ritual which requires passion. There are specific processes and steps to be done. Please, let us introduce “o ragu’ “.

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