After baking a Tortano last year, which turned out really good actually, the only logical next step in my Italian easter baking progression, was to attempt a Pastiera.
I read a bunch of recipes over the last week, did a big ingredients shopping and finally on the weekend, between studying and skype-writing a group project with my colleagues from uni, I baked the Napolitan easter cake, filled with cooked grain, a rich ricotta cream and candid orange and lemon zest.
It’s a rather complicated recipe and basically every nonna has her own version. My hopes weren’t that high, given that it was my first attempt, but I got a bunch of compliments from my flatmates and my friends from uni, so I guess I’ve done well. 🙂
I am really proud of it, especially as it was the first time I made it! Now I’m one step closer to obtain the official grandma-certificate 😉
Summer time is visitor’s time!
And who was missing on my list? My lovely and beautiful sister, obviously! 😀
We had a really nice and cozy weekend, with lots of tea, biscuits, gossip and Disney movies (rainy season started in London). Today we went to the airport together. Kathi took the plane back to Austria and I went to Napoli.
I am going to join Gonzo at Cdm – again 😉
Right now I sit in a nice Treno Regionale, with a view to the seaside and the sun is beaming through the window. When we left London this morning, it had merely 17 degrees, now it’s about 32!
When I arrive, I’ll lie on the beach like a lizard, soaking up the heat – as compensation for the the rainy London “summer”. Gonzo went to CdM already two weeks before me and to make sure that I’ll take a good holiday before throwing myself into work, he declared “you won’t be allowed to work with me without a sufficient level of tan!!”
Well, so I guess I better go to work! 😉
Hope you have a lovely summer everyone – mine just started now!
Over Easter Gonzo and me went to Italy to rompere un po`il cazzo di Andrea. We spent six marvelous days in Caserta, near Napoli, eating, drinking, seeing friends and eating some more! What can I say, guys? It’s Italy and … Continue reading →