Are you Italian? with Paola Bacchia

Are you Italian? with Paola Bacchia

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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  1. Natale in Italia (Christmas in Italy)
    01 Dec, 2018
    Natale in Italia (Christmas in Italy)
    Italian Christmas Traditions This week I have been asking my students if they are familiar with some of Italy’s Christmas traditions. Surprisingly the majority said they aren't, so for our last week of Italian language classes we will be reading about Italian Christmas traditions while we enjoy a sip of caffe` or limoncello with a little bit of traditional Italian Christmas cake ‘il Pandoro.’ Excuse the lack of photo's in this blog...it’s a little hard to find any when the last Christmas you
  2. Ciambella allo yoghurt, datteri e noci
    25 Nov, 2018
    Ciambella allo yoghurt, datteri e noci
    Ciambella allo yoghurt, datteri e noci I often wake early in the morning and love to bake when it's quiet and the kids are still asleep. I usually always make the same Ciambella al Limone, which the family love for 'la colazione' (breakfast), unless there is something in the fridge like ricotta, cream or yoghurt that may be close to it's use by date. If so, then I'll usually use 'un po` di fantasia' (a little imagination) and add something different to the ciambella. I hate waste, and this is
  3. The word 'Molto' & it's different endings
    23 Nov, 2018
    The word 'Molto' & it's different endings
    When do we change the ending of the word 'Molto' in Italian...    This week in one of our Italian language classes, we stumbled on the word 'Molto' with a different ending, which led to the question of 'why' and 'when' does the word change. So I decided to write a quick blog about it... Wouldn’t it be great and much easier if the endings of Italian words were all the same?! But if they were, then the saying ‘la dolce lingua’ would no longer be. The sweet sound of the Italian language is partly
  4. Crostata con la Crema e le Fragole
    30 Sep, 2018
    Crostata con la Crema e le Fragole
    Here are the ingredients and very rough method of how I put together a couple of crostata's this morning because I had dozens of eggs from our wonderful chooks to use and my nonna handed me some sweet red ripe strawberries yesterday she got from a farm she went to with her friends on the community bus. (Her social life at 94 years of age is more full on than mine!) First of all : make some custard! and let it cool.  Pasta Frolla Ingredients: 250gr butter approx 250 grams (half packet of) La
  5. Are You Italian with Claudia Bertorello
    21 Sep, 2018
    Are You Italian with Claudia Bertorello
    1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, and where in Italy were your parents born ?  I was born in Perth but my parents are both Italian born.   Papa` is from a small town called Castagnole Lanze in the Langhe of Piedmonte - near Asti. And Mamma is from the Slovenian border.  The town where she was born was Italian, but over the years has changed it’s border many times.  When my grandparents were alive, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. My background is in media and TV journalism.
  6. Are You Italian - with Tania Nicolo
    27 Jul, 2018
    Are You Italian - with Tania Nicolo
    Pictured: Tania visiting Villamagna  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, and where were your parents born ?  I was born in Perth, I am 40 years old this year and run a small family pizzeria called Monsterella. I have 3 young children with my partner who is Australian. We all live with my mother in my now deceased grandparents house in Woodlands. We live next door to my zia and zio who were some of the first market gardeners in Perth. My parents are both Abruzzese. Dad was born in Villa
  7. Are you Italian? with John Dicandia
    12 Jun, 2018
    Are you Italian? with John Dicandia
    1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, and where in Italy were your parents born ? I was born in Melbourne and grew up in the northern working class suburb of Fawkner where there were predominately Southern European migrants. I lived there with my older sister and my parents. My mother was born in Tunisia as did her 10 siblings and they migrated to Trieste just before the outbreak of WW11. My father was born in Barletta, Apulia and moved to Trieste just after the war. My parents met in 1952
  8. Are you Italian? with Francesca
    16 May, 2018
    Are you Italian? with Francesca
    Francesca's papa` receiving his Australian citizenship 1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, and where were your parents born ?  My name is Francesca, I was born in Perth to Italian immigrants. Mum was born in Siderno, provincia di Reggio Calabria and Dad was born in Fagnano Castello, provincia di Cosenza in Calabria. 2. How old were they when they migrated and which suburb did you grown up in?  Dad came to Australia when he was 18 years old after the war for the hope of building a better
  9. 'Are You Italian' blog series with Angela Melia
    02 May, 2018
    'Are You Italian' blog series with Angela Melia
    Pictured: Angela's Dad, his Nonna and his sister Angelina. Dad is wearing the fascist uniform for children.    1. Tell me a little bit about yourself, and where your parents were born?  I was born in Perth in 1962. My dad Bruno was born in a small village called Bivongi in Calabria and immigrated to Perth in 1948 aged 16. My mum Margot was born in Melbourne and was a dinky di Aussie...several generations with an English Irish background and an only child.      2. How old were they when they