My husband remembers when he was growing up in Florence the joy of waking up and finding your "calza", the stocking with candy and gifts. Christmas in his family was not gift giving time, there was something. Perhaps a new pair of shoes or a jacket, but the gifts normally associated with Christmas were given January 6th.
I wrote about it before on the blog here
In my village there was no festival this year, no candy trucks and no witches anywhere to be seen. Not sure what happened, perhaps the economy.
We played it cool at home and ended the holiday season with a fabulous salad fresh from our own garden and combined one of my favorite winter salad combinations, fennel and orange salad with red onions. A little something I learned in Sicily.
I adore the colors and the flavors.
Normally we thinly slice the fennel and then top with orange slices. Sometimes I use green onions to garnish, but where I live, in Certaldo, we are famous for our sweet red onions.
I topped our greens with the fennel and red onions and then use clementines I had, another winter addiction.
Lightly season with salt and dress with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.
Here is another version from Ortygia, at Trattoria Mariano- his insalata di arancia con l'acqua pazza.
Our last trip in Sicily this was the version we made with Chef Angelo at the Planeta Estate in Menfi.
|this version had crenshaw melon, cherry tomatoes and oregano|
A clean start to a new year.
Looking forward to 2012 and sharing new recipes and my kitchen secrets with you.