They've been celebrating "Carnevale" in Venice for several weeks now all in preparation of Lent where the fasting and preparation for Easter begins on Ash Wednesday. Carnevale (translates to remove meat) culminates on martedi grasso (Fat Tuesday) where decadence prevails. Each region of Italy has their own customs and foods, but the parties in Venice with their foods and artful masks and costumes are famous worldwide. In our family for preparation of the Lenten season we made a delicious lasagna with ragu and cenci (recipe below). Enjoy!
Gina and Mary
Cenci - "Little Rags "
These yummy little fried strips of dough are served throughout Italy for Carnevale. Also known as chiacchiere, stracci, lattuga or struffoli in other parts of Italy, the Tuscans call them
cenci (CHEN-chee) or "little rags".
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoon sugar
pinch of salt
1-1/2 tablespoon rum
peanut oil for frying
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Add the egg and rum. Mix with a fork until evenly mixed. Pull the dough together with your hands and knead until smooth.
Roll the dough until thin with a rolling pin or the pasta machine, cut into strips and fry in the oil until golden brown, being careful not to burn. Drain on paper towels and dust with powdered sugar before serving.
The Palio of Siena tour -
We are just about set for our first ever Palio tour! Gina will be leading a tour to attend THE JULY PALIO in Siena. Often spoken about as "the most exciting sporting event - ever", we'll guide you through these unforgettable "Days of the Palio"- trial races, a contrada dinner and THE Palio race with balcony seats.
|Our View for the Palio on a Balcony |
above the crowd
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Two spots just opened up for our Palio Tour.
The dates are: June 27 - July 4th.
If you'd like to join us, call or email us! 972-342-8308 firstname.lastname@example.org