Tomorrow evening’s dinner at our house will be la carboneria, which is Tom’s favourite, and has the added advantage that it’s familiar enough to pass muster with Roomie, who can be fussy about new dishes.
No wait, I got that wrong!
Because our vegan daughter’s away, we’ll be dining on la carbonara – La Carboneria was a ninteenth century secret society, not a recipe.
Silly me. But it’s confusing, don’t you think?
Talking of carbonara, ten years ago, when Youtube was new, we did a cooking video to promote our Italian school.
Check it out – the three cute kids are now adults. Little Tom is the deep-voiced reader of EasyItalianNews.com bulletins, Hannah’s a med student, and our eldest has graduated already.
My recipe has changed a little over the years, and I have greyer hair, but otherwise things are much the same a casa nostra…
And when you’re done with the cooking video, go find out more about the secret society (which also features in Friday’s FINAL episode of our FREE Summer Series), along with the famous five-day revolt in Milan.
N.b. The previous twenty-eight episodes in this year’s FREE Summer Series on The Renaissance can be found, along with the entire Summer Series from 2020 and 2021, on our History page
If you’ve then still got time to ‘approfondire’, here’s a final link, to an article which suggests that la carbonara (the dish) might have it’s origins with i Carbonari (members of La Carboneria).
So my confusion might not have been so misplaced! But then again, the article goes on, carbonara might have been invented, or reinvented, when the Americans landed on the beaches of the south of Italy during WWII. They brought delicious American ‘bacon’ with them, apparently!
Read more: È il piatto degli Alleati o dei Carbonari?
A venerdì, and the final installment of our thirty-part Summer Series!
P.S. Half-Price ‘Easy Reader’ Ebook Trilogy!
A reminder about this week’s ‘Ebook of the Week’ offer, which is a trilogy of stories about our medieval detective, Anselmo.
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Meet Anselmo the apothecary, one of the few educated men of his day. And it’s because of his learning that he’s occasionially called upon by the powerful when they need help resolving their problems.
This time, the apothecary’s task is to discover who was behind the killing of the Pope’s son. Certainly a learned man should be able to figure it out! An important political alliance depends on his answer, not least the unity of the Borgias themselves, a powerful ruling family who are famous for their power struggles and indfidelities.
As Anselmo soon learns, though, it appears to be in nobody’s interest for him to actually find the truth. And in an age in which only power really matters, he’s playing a dangerous game…
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