What Would The World Be Missing If Italy Did Not Exist? Told In Three Parts And Well Worth Its Parts!
Look at a map of Europe. Look at where Italy sits on that map, with its boot-like shape, Sicily at its toe, Sardinia floating freely near its knee and surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea.
Now, imagine Italy wiped out. No more boot-like shaped mass and islands, no more Alps and Apennine Mountains, no more Italy, just water, just water.
If Italy never existed, what would the world be missing? Think about it? What would the world be missing? I’ll give you some time to think, maybe jot some things down on a piece of paper…what’s on your list? Now, as I continue, I do not want to imply that one country alone is the sole contributor of the following and if Italy did not exist, other countries would have given the world these things (maybe, not in the same way) yet as you read on, read again, and truly absorb what Italy has given the world…
Pane con Panelle
"U pani chi panelli" in Sicilian dialect
Fried chickpea patty eaten sandwich-style. Squeeze on some lemon juice and eat--absolutely delicious!
An original food from Sicily that has Arabic roots…
Sometimes it's eaten with crocchette di patate, otherwise known as Le Crocche' or Cazzilli which are potato fritters or croquettes which I'll be talking about in a later post…back to Panelle…
A quick recipe for Panelle:
Made with about 1 cup of chickpea (ceci) flour, 2-3 cups of water, salt and pepper to taste, some parsley and olive oil to fry.
In a pot, mix the flour and add the water slowly while mixing in order to get a thick, porridge-like consistency.
Add your salt, pepper and parsley while continuing to mix
Cooking for about 5 minutes or until thick, like porridge
While hot, and now at a thicker consistency, spread it onto a non-stick surface and shape into a long rectangular shape--it should be about 1/2 inches thick
Let it cool a bit and then cut into squares
Fry the squares in a large skillet with about a 1/2 inch of hot oil
Fry each side about 2 minutes or so and use a spatula to lift out of the skillet onto a plate with a paper towel on it in order to soak up the oil--viola, Panelle done!
Serve on fresh Italian bread, squeeze some lemon juice on the Panelle and presto, Pani chi Panelli!
Video taken in Friggitoria da Tony in Bagheria, Sicily
A Friggitoria is a food establishment that sells local foods, generally fried foods.
Some pictures provided by:
Music: Kevin MacLeod https://incompetech.com
Another little spot for Panelle in Bagheria that's been around since the 1950's
Ciao, io mi chiamo Anna
E' un piacere conoscervi. Nice meeting all of you. I am an Italian teacher in the States and have been teaching for almost 20 years. I love teaching Italian yet Public Education has changed since I started; or it may be that I have changed since I started--maybe a little bit of both. I was granted a sabbatical year to work on a project about my family that metamorphosed into something bigger than my family. It developed into a website called the Story of Silence. It speaks about seven women and the stories they tell about their personal experiences during WW2. I am hoping it can develop further into a resource for teachers of all subjects and for life-long learners in general who believe in the power of Storytelling and its capacity to connect us in the most human of ways. Storytelling lead me to create For the Love of All Things Italian as well. I love Italy and thought this would be another way of sharing Italy with others who have the same passion and love for this breathtakingly beautiful yet unabashedly flawed and enigmatic country--it is what makes Italians so very human. You'll find stories from different areas of Italy I have had personal experiences in; however, I highlight Sicily. It's where I go every year and where a little piece of my heart remains until I return.