Alchermes, the taste of the holidays

12 Dec 2012

It is the smell and taste of my childhood days, when my grandmothers would gather around the “spianatoia”, the pastry board, and make “ciambellini rossi” and “salami arrotolati”, the traditional biscuits from our village covered in alchermes and sugar and a sponge-cake roll with alchermes and confectioner’s sugar.

halloween in tuscany

I almost forgot about pumpkins, Halloween and the holidays!

31 Oct 2011

Being on maternity leave, busy with an important job interview and putting together a wish list of items for our baby, and practically still wearing short sleeves on this year’s warm fall days, I almost forgot that Halloween, All Saint’s Day and the olive harvest were here! Until my grandma made Pane dei Santi…