Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CENTRINO

You cannot pass the Italian homemaker test unless you have a centrino, which is a table runner that you put on your dining table when it is not in use - which is nearly all the time in many households as most Italians eat in the kitchen while the beautifully polished dining table stands in the hardly used, perfect lounge for "show".  On your centrino, you put the heaviest, most expensive and most beautiful piece of porcelain you have.

I have several centrini but no expensive porcelain and I was cheered by the bright, Christmas centrini on sale for three euros or so at Catania market two weeks ago.



Yes, I know mine has a crease in it and no, I don't intend to go in for that other Italian homemaker test by ironing it!

12 comments:

sally in norfolk said...

I have a Christmas table runner that i made :-) Its in Cambridge so cannot take a pic of it yet but will show you it another time :-)

CherryPie said...

Very pretty :-)

rosaria said...

Oh my, I remember those runners, and the entire idea of always presenting the house in a beautiful way. Fortunately, it is not an inhereted trait.

I do admire anyone who adopts local customs.

Buon Natale. Aren't you glad you are not heading to Heathrow now?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Sally. I'm sure it's lovely and I look forward to seeing it. Thanks, Cherie. Hi, Rosaria. Glad you don't have that trait either! Yes, a nightmare travelling this Xmas. A lot of people have been delayed getting home to Sicily from the mainland, too.

Winchester whisperer said...

Can't you ask your cleaner to iron it?

Miss Footloose said...

I like your centrino. It looks handmade. Nice for Christmas to cheer up the dining table, used or not for eating.

rochambeau said...

To nice to hear of this tradition and nice that you finally have your very own centrini Welshcakes!
Merry Christmas and hugs to you dear one!!!

xox
Constance

James Higham said...

The porcelain will come.

Ellee Seymour said...

I think you are a wonderful Welsh homemaker.
Have a wonderful Christmas, and let's hope next year brings you lots of good fortune and success worthy of your talents.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I could, WW. I'm glad you like it, Miss Footloose. Hi, Constance. A very Merry Christmas to you, too. xx
Just like the revolution, James! Thank you, Ellee. I really appreciate your kind words.

Liz said...

My Christmas runner has several creases in it. One year - you'll be impressed - I did iron it but it kept its creases so I no longer bother.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Liz. You're right - I'm impressed - and you've also given me a reason not to bother! Thanks. x

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