When we went back to Naples, a place where I lived twice in my childhood for a total of six years, I did more than relive memories. Thanks to a friend I made during our time in Hawaii, who was then stationed in my hometown, I got to see a new side of Napoli. Places I had not yet seen in a place that still retains the title of the ‘longest place I have ever lived’. This museum is on top of a hill above the funicolare and overlooks the bay of Naples and the Castello Nuovo. My favouite aspects were all the details, colours and history that encompassed every part of the museum. I think the skulls outside were probably my favourite aspect as we viewed it in the bright sunny afternoon. We took so many photographs and saw so much it became worth every second we spent. I just found it amazing that even in places you call ‘home’, you can still play tourist and be mesmerised by such beauty. I will let the photographs now do the talking. Continue reading
I have to share with you a gem we have found here in Bath. A Neapolitan restaurant called Yammo!
Having lived in Napoli, Italia as a child and later as a teen I have become a food snob when it comes to Italian food. I resist going to any so-called ‘Italian’ restaurants in the USA and only found one in Malibu, California that came close to the food on which I was brought up. We stumbled upon Yammo one evening for dinner as our stomachs were growling, not knowing what was in store for us. I was taking by surprise by finding a restaurant owned by a man from Napoli and won over by the amazing food. I have never tasted a pizza that tasted like the pizza from my home in bella Napoli, until I went to Yammo. One taste of the sauce on the pizza margherita and I was transported back home. We have since decided it is our favourite resturant in Bath and have returned to dine in as well as to order pizza delivery to our home.
For my birthday this year all I would have loved to go home to see my friends and ‘family’ in Napoli. My husband got me the second best thing which was to attend a Panettone demonstration with Ottavia of Ottavia in Cucina at Yammo with a free coffee and tasting session. I have only ever eaten panettone, never have I made one. Last year my mum (known as ‘Nonna’) and sister came for Christmas and we were all gutted that we did not get a panettone to share for the holidays. Needless to say I was very excited to be able to learn all the steps for making this Christmas treat from Italia.
I felt I had learned so much more than just how to make panettone from Ottavia at the panettone demonstration at Yammo. Not only was I enjoying hearing her accent but she was filled with rich information about which ingredients will produce a better panettone and explaining the science behind cooking this yeasted rich bread. In the photos above she shared tips of how to preserve the aroma from the orange zest by mixing it with your butter first, how to make your own candied fruits, the tools she uses for when she is kneading the dough, and how to hang your panettone upside down after it has finished baking.
The demonstration was amazing. I only wish we could have made it there as part of the class. I did however get to buy panettone cases so I can try this at home.This was my first time having homemade panettone, having grown up eating the ones from the store for Christmas in Napoli, Italia. It was really soft and the most delicious panettone I have ever eaten. I cannot wait to make my own this year too! Thank you so much to Ottavia and to Yammo for hosting such an amazing afternoon!
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Q: Have you ever tried Italy’s beloved Panettone or made one at home?
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Checking in on the Nutcracker this morning, Prince Ice, who was up last night playing cards with T.Rex for peanut m&ms. Unfortunately with T.Rex’s limited arm reach and after the Maddox broke the Nutcracker by having him eat a jelly bean, neither of them could enjoy their winnings. So the treats were left for the boys to enjoy with a game of cards after school.
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|I am very passionate about Italian food.
To the point that if you take me to an Italian restaurant outside of Italy,
I will tell you it is not ‘real’ Italian food.
My in-laws insist that that the family owned Italian restaurant
in their small midwest town is authentic because the owner is ‘I-Talian’.
However both the pizza and pasta sauces are so sweet,
you could have fooled me with a jar of processed Prego sauce.
Both do not sit well with my palette or my years from growing up in southern Italy.
I am convinced that any Italians cooking in America cook for the American palette.
Any American-Italians that cook food are cooking ‘American-Italian food’
which is not Italian food.
Which is great. Just do not confuse the two as one.
I am also a purist and I believe that you need certain ingredients like the
salty Mediterranean air to make anything truly authentic.
However I did find one place in Malibu, California that served the closest to the real thing.
I liked the food so much that I made sure to give my compliments personally to the chef.
He was Italian and I give him props for sticking with the pure tastes of Italy.
My husband has had to hear my views on Italian food since before we began dating.
The one story I used to tell him about often was eating at the houses of
|The busy city of Napoli, Italia became my home twice in my life for a total of six years.|
|The meal being prepared by Maria and Ada.|
|You will never leave hungry. Quite the opposite.|
|Must continue to brush up on my Italian vocabulary to keep up in the passionate fast talking conversations.|
|Delicious foods that were the ensemble to the main pasta course.|
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Having spent a significant part of my childhood in Italy has left
My husband I in Paris on our 9th Wedding Anniversary 2.8.12