What to do on a beautiful sunny day like today? Bake!! I was at the grocery store this morning and I saw and bought a delicious looking Boysenberry's jam... I thought right away that I would have made a Crostata alla Marmellata, which is basically a tart filled with jam. It can be filled with anything, like pastry cream, chocolate cream, Nutella.. but in Tuscany, the region where I was born, the way this type of tart is made is with JAM. The best jam! I didn't taste it yet, even if it looks pretty good and smells divine in my kitchen. I'm going to make some tea and have a slice of it very soon.
Before doing that I would like to share some thoughts about today's feast: St. Patrick's Day. When I was at the register paying for my food, the cashier told me "Happy St. Patrick's Day!"... it made me smile, just thinking "do I look Irish?" (I do have green eyes, but Irish people usually have blue eyes..). I know it's an american feast now, because of the so many Irish immigrants that live in this country, but do people realize that it's a Catholic Feast? That the shamrock is the symbol used by St. Patrick to catechize the pagans and explain to them the meaning of the Holy Trinity? Instead, people just dress in green and go party and get drunk. It's kind of sad to think about it, but what can I do... I guess I'll just go have a piece of my crostata! Buon Appetito!