The Carnevale di Valderice

Today is Shrove Tuesday, in Italian Martedì Grasso (Fat Tuesday), and it is the day which signals the end of carnival and the beginning of lent. It is therefore the last day of carnival celebrations across Italy excepting those which follow the Ambrosian rite.

So, what does a typical Sicilian carnival look like? I went to the town of Valderice to find out. Continue reading “The Carnevale di Valderice”

How to Make Chiacchiere- A Classic Italian Carnival Treat

So, when my mother-in-law heard I was going to write about Chiacchiere her immediate response was…

Let’s make some together, I’ll teach you how.

Now, it’s here that I should point out that my mother-in-law in some kind of culinary genius. She is an authentic Sicilian housewife of the old mould. She whips up all kinds of amazing things without a written recipe to be seen anywhere. So, whenever she offers to teach me things I’m not one to say no (after all this woman is the reason my husband is prone to say “that’s not how my mum makes it”).

If you’ve been thinking since my last post- I’m not going to be in Italy around carnival so I won’t be able to try chiacchiere- then you’re wrong.

Here is how you can make this delicious carnival treat at home. Continue reading “How to Make Chiacchiere- A Classic Italian Carnival Treat”

A Carnival Tradition You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

So carnival is fast approaching and that means two things:

  1. Everyone is looking for the perfect costume
  2. The appearance of Chiacchiere in the bakeries!


Ok, let’s address point number one first:


Continue reading “A Carnival Tradition You Shouldn’t Miss Out On”