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About Marzia

About Marzia

Marzia’s love affair with Italian cuisine was sparked at a young age – as soon as she was tall enough to reach her mother’s countertops.

The Langley, B.C resident was born just outside of Naples in a small town called Sant’ Antimo, which had a population of 24,000 people at the time.

Her parents would soon move her family to a small rural village in Northern Italy called Traona – a town with less than 1,500 residents, but plenty of cows, chickens, and rabbits.

Marzia’s childhood in the rolling hillside was a joyous one.  She got to eat fresh local food, daily, and the best cheese in the entire world. Her mother was also happy for the extra hand in the kitchen and with helping to care for her two brothers.

Summers were spent in Southern Italy at her Nona’s beach house. There were always plenty of cousins, aunts and uncles around.

Nona made sure she did her chores and helped with cleaning up the house each morning.

Her golden rule for women was: “Man have to be happy, so all the ladies in the house have to clean up, make breakfast, get lunch ready while the men are at the beach.”

Nona instilled the virtue of hard work, but also the importance of living well.

 After lunch was eaten and all the dishes were cleaned and put away, it was time to unwind and have some fun. This meant heading to the beach, sun tanning, eating appetizers – living la dolce vita.

At the end of August it was time for the tradition of canning all those ruby-red tomatoes off the vine with Nona.

This would leave her family with enough fresh sauce to last the winter.

The end of summer was always sad. It was never easy to say goodbye to her big funny family.  

Speaking of family…

In 1995, she‘d meet Dan – a quirky Canadian traveller who would set her heart on fire and change her destiny.

He was from Vancouver, which at the time, Marzia, nor anyone in her family knew very little about.

Marzia thought he was a bit strange, especially since he seemed to enjoy the rain.

Note: If you are a true Italian, you don’t like the rain one little bit!!!

Long story short, they both fell in L.O.V.E, and in 2003, Dan convinced her to move to Vancouver.

The lifestyle change was difficult in the beginning, but in the end, it proved to be the best decision for the couple. They now live happily ever after in the suburbs of Langley, B.C with their two beautiful children.

Today, Marzia enjoys teaching her passion of cooking authentic Italian cuisine and sharing her stories of growing up in Italy. Her dream is to one day soon, open a cooking school.

She hasn’t stopped missing her Mom, Nona, aunt and all her large family in Italy, but she is proud of the little family and life she has made for herself on the West Coast. She knows everyone back home is proud she is bringing a little slice of Italy to Canada.

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Mangia dinner party 

Do you want to eat like Italian truly do?

You can bring a friend, a bottle of wine and come in my kitchen for a social eating night! The menu is all homemade from scratch, and it will include a first hand-made pasta dish, appetizers,  side dish and dessert!

What are you waiting for? Book your party at marzia@bellacibo.ca and come to socialize the Italian Way.
  

Mini Sweet Focaccias bread with Nutella

Mini Focaccias with Nutella

These mini focaccias, with the heart full of Nutella, are a very delicious, easy and fast dessert. They are like sweet bread but they don’t need to rise, the preparation time is just 20 minutes and you can cook them on the stove. It’s a perfect easy recipe for  a Sunday treat for your kids or family. I got the recipe from my favourite Italian blog Mysia! If you make it let me know and if you need help message me or call me I will be happy to help you.

You can stuff them with jam if you don’t have Nutella.

Ingredients: collage mini focaccia

  • 250 grams/9 oz flour
  • 140 grams/5 oz sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 20 ml oil
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Nutella
  • Icing sugar
  • A sprinkle of love

 

 

 

Method:

In a bowl mix flour, sugar and baking powder, make a hole and put in the water, vanilla and oil.

Mix until the dough is nice and smooth.

Roll out your dough, with a rolling pin, on your board where you sprinkled some flour.

Now with a cookies cutter cut out the shape of your mini focaccia, you will be able to cut out 22/24 shapes.

On half of them put a teaspoon of Nutella and close them out with the other half.

 

Now you can cook your mini focaccias on a frying pan previously lightly oiled, 3 or 4 minutes for side.

Sprinkle some icing sugar and some love and serve to your family or friends.

 

Buon Appetito

nutella focaccine

Crostata/ Italian Pie

Crostata/ Italian jam Pie is one of the most popular desserts in Italy. It’ s a classic nonna’s dessert, every nonna has a personal recipe, full if secrets and lots of love.

The recipe that I want to share with with today belongs to my dear mother in law, my kids grandma, that recently passed from a terrible desiese. This was the cake that she used to make for me at all my birthday, any family celebration and every time I asked for it.

Thinking about this marvellous cake, I still remember 10 years ago in one of my trip to Italy from Vancouver, my mother in law decided to make me a Crostata for the trip, just to make my trip a little bit sweeter ( i was traveling with small kids). The trip was definitely sweeter, her Crostata was very popular on the plain, in fact all the hostesses loved it and even my sister was lucky enough to try a piece! For this recipe I use homemade jam, but you can use whatever you prefer and whatever you have available!

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams flour
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 120 grams butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Lemon zest
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of love
  • 2 tablespoon of Any liquor that you like
  • Small jar of jam

Method:

  • In a bowl mix the flour, the sugar and the pinch of salt, make a hole, and add the butter at room temperature cut in pieces, add the eggs, the lemon zest and the baking powder.
  • Mix very well until the dough is nice and smooth.
  • Put it in the fridge for 1 hour covered with plastic.
  • Get your 12 inch round pan buttered and turn the oven on at  350.
  • Roll the dough out to about ¼ and ½ inch thick without working it too much. I suggest covering the dough with plastic wrap so it won’t stick on your rolling pin.
  • Set the dough on your pan, remembering to leave a small piece for the strips.
  • Spread the jam on the dough and reroll the pieces for the strips or hearts or stars! Whatever you prefer.
  • Put the strips on the jam the way that you like.
  • Bake the crostata for 30/40 minutes or until is nice and brown.
  • Do not over bake otherwise it will become hard like a rock.
  • Buon Appetito.