In the last 24 days we’ve been running an Advent Calendar, telling you about Christmases past and present in Venice. You learn why Venice doesn’t have a western Christmas tradition, and how the way Venetians celebrate or rather, not celebrate, with food and decorations, has been so inspired by the East. It’s a long story and 24 days certainly aren’t enough to tell the whole story of 1,200 years of culinary history. But it’s a beginning and you can still view the Advent Calendar and its recipes online until 28 December, click here to start reading.
It’s not too late to bake cookies for Christmas. Our true Christmas in Venice starts in January. Venice has always had a special bond with the Levant, and that accounts for the fact that Christmas here has always been celebrated twice. The second, and more ancient Feast, is celebrated on 6 January and we’ll be back soon to tell you more.
Buon Natale – Merry Christmas – from all of us at La Venessiana!
Venetian Nuvoéte - Christmas Clouds
Fluffy Almond cookies, recalling Christmas Feasts of the past.
A recipe from great-grandmother’s recipe journal.
- 4 eggs
- 90 gr almond flour, or finely ground almonds, and 90 gr wheat flour
- 200 gr confectioner’s sugar, grappa, one lemon
- Whip the egg whites. In a bowl, carefully stir in the other ingredients – almond flour, wheat flour, sugar, grappa or grated lemon peels, egg yolks, vanilla sugar.
- Form little balls and arrange them on a baking tray (on baking paper).
- Bake the nuvoete in the oven until golden brown, then take them out and cover them with powder sugar and vanilla sugar as long as they are hot.