Sunday, January 01, 2012


We were a jolly gathering for lunch at Gina's house in the country today and I thought you'd like to see the company:

I'm second from the far end on the right.

Now for the food!

There was lovely, crispy pasta al forno as only Gina can make it:

There was salsiccia

and good, local bread

and there were patate al forno:

Then there were polpette

and spiedini

and peperoni:

There was orange salad

and then there were vanilla oranges:

Gina's husband is peeling the orange in the Sicilian way.

Next came these wonderful cakes, made by Gina's sister and sister-in-law

whilst another sister had made this sumptuous chocolate crostata:

I had decided to mix traditions and had invented this Semifreddo di Christmas Pudding.  I am glad to say it was pronounced a success and tomorrow I'll post the recipe for you!

There had to be cannoli

and finally there was my favourite gel al limone, made by Gina's mother-in-law.  This dessert is always so refreshing, whatever the season:

Grazie per la bella festa, Gina!


Elisa N Viajes said...

Happy New Year Pat
My best wishes for your 2012
Elisa, in Argentina

jams o donnell said...

Way to start the New Year!

Leslie: said...

Happy New Year - looks like you really feasted well. Hope 2012 is the best year ever for you. :D

Unknown said...

New Yeak blessings, Pat and Simi! Looks as if you had a yummy, yummy day!

Patricia said...

Food is always at the center of each festivity!! Meraviglioso!! Auguri di buon anno!

betsy said...

Lovely. It is wonderful to see what life is like in civilized countries where people cook.

Liz Hinds said...

It all looks so delicious!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

How nice to see you here, Elisa. Hi, Leslie and Happy New Year to you, too. x Oh, it was, jams! Happy New Year to you three, Nick! xxx woof! Grazie, Patricia e auguroni di buon anno! Thank you, Betsy and welcome. It was, Cherie and Liz.

Buon anno a tutti!

Cuby said...

What a fantastic spread. A fabulous way to start 2012.

Ellee Seymour said...

That takes some beating, what wonderful company you keep :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Cuby and Ellee. Yes, a great start and great company. xx


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