January 6, 2006
Today is when good girls and boys get a visit from the Befana.
More like a kitchen witch then Santa, she came following the Re Magi, bringing gifts for the children. Today being the epiphany, she arrives... filling the hung stockings with candies and treats if you are good, and coal if you are bad!
Of course in Italy, the coal, carbone, is also sweet, being made of sugar!
It is a legal holiday in Italy and this year created a long weekend.
Perfect for cooking.
I have a peposa slow stewing stovetop, and am brining pork belly for my Friday with Fergus on the Going Whole Hog Blog, so since everything is closed... I also am roasting 2 pork shanks for dinner tonight and making a Casietello, a Naples Pork bread.
Going to far???? no going whole hog!
the befana always pictured as a ugly old witch-like woman... and the big joke here is to wish all the women a happy celebration!!!
I love being a Befana!!!