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When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

From the orchard straight to the dishThe Italian lifestyle could never be complete without the golden and green citrus fruits, Lemon. From Campania to Sicily to Liguria, Italy practically screams lemons and limes left, right and centre. These luscious fruits are certainly not ordinary, they are bright, vibrant and gigantic (well in Italy they are). You will commonly stumble across these in laneways, markets or painted across ceramics throughout different regions in Italy. A long-standing culinary significance to the Italian gastronomy, let’s explore the journey of lemons together. Photo by Lawrence Chrismorie from Unsplash Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino from...

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Pasticceria Fraccaro in Castelfranco, Veneto Italy

Panettone: The iconic Italian Christmas tradition.

Pronounced "pah-net-taw-ne". Panettone is the Christmas quintessential yeast-leavened sweet cake. This celebratory Italian Christmas cake originated when the Duke of Milan’s chef forgot his dessert in the oven, causing it to burn. His assistant Tony had prepared a dessert earlier that morning, and insisted he used it for his guests. The dish was coined “L'è 'l pan del Toni” or ‘It’s Toni’s bread’; hence the name Panettone. A now renowned symbol of Italian gastronomy eagerly anticipated every Christmas, especially for us Italians. Image by History Today, 2018 Sense the perfect Panettone See A tall, dome shape bronzed in colour traditionally spread with...

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What's in Season? Tomatoes... & Passata Day

What's in Season? Tomatoes... & Passata Day

Passata Day isn’t an undertaking you complete solo. It’s not an activity where one Nonna is hunched over her kitchen bench witnessing all the action. And it's definitely not an afterthought nor last minute "project". No, Passata Day is a sacred annual ritual where Italian families and friends come together for a day (or several) to make something special, that can be shared by all throughout the year. In Australia, tomatoes are at their prime in February when Summer is at its hottest. At this time of year, Passata can be produced in small or large quantities to use throughout the year by everyone who contributes on...

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