December, 2009

Dec 09

An Italian Christmas


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Christmas day is a day of food and celebration and so in the few days before I like to tuck into a few simpler meals. It also makes life much easier as most of us are running round like crazy buying presents and making sure we’ve got the fridge stocked with what seems like an army’s worth of food!

I think we all go a little mad at this time of year but in a way that’s part of the enjoyment. It seems like several weeks of hullaballoo just for a single day, but somehow the peace that descends (most of the time) once the turkey graces the table make it all worthwhile.

The Italians seem to have a far more relaxed view of things and take life a little more easily. This recipe comes from some friends who run a country farmhouse Il Masero in the north of Italy near the city of Piacenza. They eat this simple delicious pasta dish during the festive season.

Making pasta might seem a faff but it’s actually incredibly simple and is a perfect way to wind down from the madness that is Christmas!

Click here to read the recipe for Tortelli Piacentini

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