Sunday, January 30, 2011

CARNIVAL TIME

The carnival season is upon us and there are chiacchiere biscuits in the pasticcerie to prove it:



These wafer-thin biscuits are fried and derive their name from the verb chiacchierare, to gossip, either because they are said to be shaped like the tongues of old women or because they make a "Psst!" sound when the dough is dropped into the hot oil.

At our local pasticceria, trays of the freshly made biscuits are being brought out from the workroom behind the shop and, before expertly wrapping the small tray I have asked for, the assistant takes them back into the workroom for a final dusting of icing sugar.  Now they are chiacchiere to be proud of!

10 comments:

rosaria said...

It's already Carnival time? Oh my! Those pastries are so good looking, I bet you can't have just one.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You are right, Rosaria. I have hidden them from me!

CherryPie said...

They look very tasty :-)

Rowena... said...

Had some on are hike by candlelight, along with vin brulé.

angus said...

At first sight I thought it was a "handbag" welshcakes-must get some new glasses:)

Winchester whisperer said...

A latte grande and some chiacchiere please

James Higham said...

Oh yes - the delights of the Modican varieties of these things.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

They are, Cherie. That must have been lovely, Rowena. Hey, Angus,you might have a design idea there! Coming right up, WW. Yes, Modican varieties are always special, James.

Ellee Seymour said...

Do they count calories in Italy?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Ellee. Well, they don't eat between meals and a lot of my friends spend hours in the gym!

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