What are preparing for Christmas in Italy? - video recipes at home
, Italy Christmas is considered to be the largest, most important, the most beautiful holiday. No other holiday is not fascinated in equal measure both adults and children, each of which is waiting in the shower a little magic, a little miracle, something new and beautiful. Not so long ago the Christmas holidays began on the night of 24 on December 25 and ends on January 6 per day Befana (Italian mythological character in the form of an old woman on a broom with a bag of caramels for the obedient and disobedient children to embers). Nowadays, things have changed: the Christmas spirit begins to fill the street, showcases the Italian cities have to the end of November and holidays do not last a couple of weeks, as before, but almost two months.
As tradition dictates? A festive table, as usual, the whole family: for gastronomic tradition has not been canceled! However, in every home, in every region has its own distinctive features, their details. Who prepares meatless dinner eve of and, after him, a luxurious dinner party who makes a simple meatless dinner in a rich table. Someone is eve no supper, but the next day suit gala dinner, gradually turning into dinner, and invites not only the family, but also friends, but what has recently become fashionable to do to organize dinners among young people friends a week before the holidays to quietly, without haste and without interference to celebrate Christmas, exchanging gifts, drink a glass of champagne for the new and beautiful. What do Italians eat these special days?
On the eve decided to organize Lenten table,
and hence the fish is on the menu, but what! According to tradition in many families prepare capitone or anguilla (eel, fried or pickled), and dried cod baccal à, mostly deep fried. From the first dishes often cooked spaghetti with tuna sauce with clams or vongole. However, this does not mean that other shellfish, seafood or any other fish "have no right to be." For dessert fed usually pandoro or panettone, torrone (nougat), dried in chocolate and nuts. The next day, a dinner usually starts with large sausage-meat cuts, is then fed tortellini broth lasagne or paste stew, after which the table appears stuffed capon or baked turkey, lamb or meat cuts broth. For dessert eat Christmas cakes panettone and pandoro, but this time with English cream or warm sabayon as well as a nice extra always possible to chew a piece of torrone, a handful of nuts or eat juicy tangerine. It is curious that Christmas is not accepted to serve and eat apples, because they are like a reminder of the original sin.
How do Italians decorate the Christmas table? The festive table is usually decorated with a beautiful red tablecloth with white ruffles and red and white napkins.
Plates from valuable the service put on the bright colorful podtarelniki or on a special large dishes for them - 3-4 crystal glasses for different wines and water, highly polished antique instruments. center of the table is decorated with The composition of the fruit, fir branches and flowers, and between the glasses and plates are arranged small red and gold candles and figurines of little white angels - in general, solemn an occasion does not happen. When it comes time to go to the table, usually a bunch of young people in one place, and small children are put next to the parents.
The most honorable places are occupied by elderly family members, next to them are close relatives who had come from afar, and all others who are seated as he wants. Of course, it is very important, so the hostess does not rushed back and forth, serving family and guests, endlessly changing plates and enclosing an additive, and sat with the others, because the Christmas - a holiday for all the