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About bellacibo72

Im Marzia, a Real Authentic Italian mom that lives in Vancouver. I moved from Italy to Vancouver 14 years ago to follow the real love of my life. It was difficult in the beginning, but I survived. Vancouver is a wonderful city, full of opportunity but unfortunately there is not food culture. Fast Food and pre-made food are staples in most of the family and that is SAD. Few Years ago I said yes to a group of Canadian friends that wanted to learn how to make a real Authentic lasagna from an AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MAMMA. I had so much fun teaching them what my mom, nonna and my aunt taught me in all the years that I lived in Italy. That Night I figure out how GREAT and AMAZING is Italian Culture. That night I got really inspired and I decided that maybe, in my small world, I could help some people to get inspired to cook real, healthy food. It has been great so far, so many people came to my classes and so many people now are making the food that I did teach them, the food that my mom, nonna and my aunt taught me. This is what truly FILL MY HEART. Thank you for reading and come to my kitchen to get inspired.

Pasta with Peas/ Pasta e Piselli

Pasta e Piselli/ Pasta with Peas is one of my childhood favorite dishes, one of those dishes that my mom used to make for me and my siblings weekly. My mom is from Naples and Pasta with Peas or Pasta and Potatoes or Pasta with Bean or Pasta with Lentils were a staple in our family. Every time I eat one of those dishes I immediately go back in time when I was a kid. I still remember the good old days when me, my siblings and my neighbors used to play outside all day. My mom used to call us around 6.30/7 pm and its still so vivid in my mind the amazing smell that my house had. I particularly remember when Pasta with Peas was on the stove because peas have such a fragrant sweet smell that is difficult to forget.

This recipe is very easy to follow. I used frozen peas but you can use Fresh or peas from the can. I added Guanciale but if you don’t have it its fine, you could substitute it with Pancetta or Bacon (bacon will give a little bit more of smoky flavor) or Ham. Either way is going to be an amazing dish. The final result is going to be like a soup but more thick. The pasta that I really like to use is small tube/ tubetti they are small and the go perfectly with peas that are small, but you can use any pasta you prefer. My mom used to use Pasta Mista that is a mixed of different cut of pasta, very popular in Naples. Don’t add too much pasta otherwise it won’t be such a pleasure to see and to eat; you need to balance your ingredients and go with the flow. Also very important keep a pot with a little bit of hot water to add in case you need to. My mom used to Enjoy and Buon Appetito

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of peas
  • 150 grams Guanciale or Pancetta or Bacon
  • 2 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Oil
  • Half Onion
  • 340 grams Pasta Ditalini/ Tubetti or Pasta Mista
  • Salt and pepper
  • Love
  • 3/4 cups of water warm
  • Parmiggiano Reggiano

Method:

In a pot put the oil, let it warm up and add the onion finely chopped. When the onion has a gold colour add the guanciale or Pancetta and cook it for few minutes until its crispy. Now its time to add the peas, stir them and let them cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add 1 cup of warm water and cook everything for 10/ 15 minutes with lid on ( I like to put a wooden spoon between the lid and the pot so it will cook nicely). When the peas are done add the rest of the water and the pasta. Give a nice stir and cook it until is ready ( my tubetti took 10 minutes). If it gets too dry add more warm water. Taste your pasta and check if there is enough salt. Plate your amazing dish made with love and add Fresh Parmigiano Reggiano. Enjoy

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Quick Bread

I discover this bread recipe few years ago on my favorite Italian Blog “Le ricette di Mysia”. I’m not a baker and this recipe was a really good introduction to the bread world.  

The recipe is really easy to follow, it doesn’t require any kneading, any folding and it takes just few hours for the bread to rise.

I made this bread so many times already and I’m glad lots of people are doing it too now, there is nothing more awarding than making bread from scratch.

I served it with some good extra virgin olive oil, some good cheeses and cold cuts, also after dinner we had it with some Nutella.

This recipe will definitely be added it to my cooking classes in September. Follow me on social media channels and let me know the recipe for your favorite bread http://www.bellacibo.ca http://www.instagram.com/bellacibo

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams/3 cups and half Flour
  • 370 ml water lukewarm
  • 8 grams or 1 sachet of dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 10 grams Salt
  • Love

Method:

In bowl put 200 ml water, add the yeast and honey (If you don’t have honey use sugar). Mix well. Add the flour and mix with a wooden spoon. Finally add the salt and the rest of the water, knead quickly with the wooden spoon. The dough must be sticky, soft and grainy. Dust the surface with flour and cover with plastic wrap.

Let the dough rise in the oven turned off with the light on for 1 hour and a half or 2 hours. You can also leave it to rise longer.  After that take the dough and slide it gently on a baking sheet with a spatula previously floured. Gently, with the spatula, divide the dough into 3 parts and move them spaced apart. You will need to get 3 loaves. You can also make just 2 bigger loaves or one big. Bake at 410 degrees for 30 minutes. The result of this bread is simply exceptional. Buon Appetito

Blueberries Cheesecake

My husband favourite dessert is cheesecake and last week he requested it for his birthday celebration. We recently went with the kids to pick up blueberries at the farm so I thought that blueberries cheese cake would be a perfect idea. This recipe is very easy, you don’t need to bake the cheesecake so it’s perfect for hot summer day, plus its more light. Note: on top of the cheesecake I made a mix of local berries sauce, it was to die for it.

Ingredients for the cookies crust:

  • 200 grams graham cookies
  • 100 grams melted butter

Ingredients for the cheesecake cream:

  • 180 grams whipping cream
  • 300 grams blueberries yogurt
  • 400 grams Philadelphia cheese
  • 50 grams icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 grams gelatine sheets
  • 2 tablespoon of blueberries juice or berries sauce
  • Sprinkle of love

Ingredients for the berries sauce:

  • 250 grams of berries
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar

Method:

In a bowl mix the cookies and the melted butter. Press into bottom of 9 inch springform pan and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Whip the whipping cream and put it in the fridge.

Put the gelatine sheets in a bowl with some water, and start to make the cheesecake cream putting the Philadelphia cheese, yogurt, vanilla, icing sugar. Beat all the ingredients until they are creamy. In a small saucepan put the blueberries juice and warm it up, get the gelatine sheet from the water, squeeze all the water out and add it to the blueberries juice. Cook it for 2 minutes until the gelatine is completely melted. Pour it now to the cheesecake cream and mix. Add the whipping cream and mix very well. Bring your cheesecake crust from the fridge and pour the cream on top; put it back to the fridge for at least 4 hours. For the berries sauce put in a pan the berries with the sugar and cooks them for 5/7 minutes. I like to squeeze some of the berries with a fork for more juice. When the cheesecake is ready pour the sauce on top.

Note: The gelatine sheet has to stay in the water to melt just the time that you are making the cheesecake cream.

Buon Appetito

Bella Cibo’s Italy Food Tour

Come to Italy with me in May 2020 to discover how gorgeous my country is and experience how to live the Italian Dolce Vita.

Hi, my name’s Marzia, Award Winner and Creator of Bella Cibo’s Kitchen. I recently decided to make one of my dreams come true : to bring some of my clients and Italy lovers to Italy, the most iconic Destination for travellers, and show them how gorgeous it is with my eyes.

The trip is going to be spectacular, we will start in the North, in the amazing Valley where I grew up Valtellina, we will go to Teglio for Pizzocheri Class, we will visit Como Lake and travel by train to Bologna to discover all their specialty to finish off to Naples, where I was born, and of course touring the Amalfi Coast.The most important thing about this amazing trip is that we will experience Italian Culture and You will have a connection with the food that you are going to eat! It will be Unforgettable.

Thank you to Monica’s Vacation Creation to help me out with this journey, here her website https://www.monicasvacationcreations.ca/Any travel questions please email her or marzia@bellacibo.ca

Price is $ 4190.00 per person (based on double occupancy) and Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • All the breakfast
  • 2 cooking classes
  • Dinner with my mom
  • 7 meals ( including the 2 cooking classes)
  • Gelato by Como Lake
  • Not Included:
    • airfare
    • Anything not mentioned in the Included list
  • Bella Cibo’s Cooking class on JoyTv

    In March I had the honour to have Dean Atwel from JoyTv here in my kitchen to film one of my Gnocchi cooking class! It was really an amazing experience and I really wish I can inspire more people with my cooking and my love for Italian Culture!

    Below the YouTube link to watch the video from JoyTv, let me know what do you think, your comment is appreciate it.

    Bella Cibo’s Story

    Hello friends, welcome to my website, I just want to give you a personal info about me and why Im passionate about cooking and Italian Culture and Italian Cuisine.
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    Ciao I’ m Mamma Marzia, an authentic Italian Mamma! I was born in Naples but I grew up in North Italy in a beautiful Valley called Valtellina!
    I’m happily married with the love of my life and I have 2 children and we live in Langley.
    I moved here 15 years ago to follow the love of my life.
    Growing up in Italy gave me the opportunity to learn about Italian Cuisine, Italian Tradition and Italian Culture! I’m a truly believer that in the kitchen you build the best memories! Italian Food Culture and Tradition are simply amazing and my goal is to share them here in Canada with the Canadian Family!

    Six years ago I decided to say yes to one of my dear friend that wanted to learn how to make an authentic Italian lasagna! She got few friends together, they came over and we made lasagna from scratch with love and lots of fun! It was one of the best night of my life! 
    That night I decided to teach and share my authentic Italian cooking knowledge with my friends! After that night I also had to learn few new words: marketing, branding and Social Media! 
    I was a stay at home mom with 2 small children and I had no idea where to start! It was difficult especially because of the language but I made it! 
    I created a Facebook Page by myself, Instagram and I started to research on Google “ how to advertise yourself”! 
    One word got my attention right away #authentic, so I decided to be how really Im and I thought that at the end I had not to loose, people like Authentic right? 
    My authenticity is the key of my success and makes people comfortable! This for me is very important because if they feel comfortable they don’t feel intimidated so they are able to create the dish for the family = building memories and Tradition! 
    I have been managing my Social Media and everything else all by myself in the last 6 years ( kind of tired).

    I now teach Italian Cuisine from my little kitchen here in Langley, I Like to believe that I m on a mission to bring a little bit of Italy on the Canadian tables! 
    The people that come to my class are not just people that come, pay, learn and go! They all become part of my family, they all stay in my heart! 
    I like to build memories with them, with the food that we cook together, creating an emotion and the imperfections in my kitchen!

    My cooking classes are a little bit like a show and they are lots of fun, this is why I think people remember me and this is why, I think, they are able to create the dish that we made together!
    The best compliment is when people say “ thank you for the wonderful food and great experience”.
    Yes, we need more real experience, we need more connections with real food and with people!
    Come to my classes for an Authentic Italian Experience.

    In the last few years My cooking classes got few satisfaction:
    -March 2018 article on Langley Advance.
    -October 2018 I won an award with the Langley Chamber of Commerce.
    -Last week the Marco Polo newspaper in Vancouver wrote an article about my classes.
    And more to come for 2019!
    My dreams are:
    -Write a cook book
    -Bring some of my friends to Italy for an unforgettable Food tour.
    -Inspire more people including the New Generation
    -Bigger kitchen 
    -a nice Cooking Show 
    -Eat whatever I want without gaining weight.
    My favourite food are:
    Bread
    Pasta
    Pizza
    Lasagna 
    Gnocchi 
    Last thing Im proud of my self and so thankful for the people that gave me the trust and the love!
    We need more love.

    #authenticitalian#italiancookingclass#italianfood — 

    My story

    A little bit of my personal story that I want to share with you! it took me years to be able to share it! This is just the beginning, More to come… …

    -When I started my business I had no idea what I was doing.

    I was confused and really scared. My number one fear was my dream would fail and people wouldn’t like me. I thought nobody would like my food, my personality and my house. My low self-esteem and lack of belief in myself stemmed from my family. I grew up surrounded by people that did everything possible to make me feel I was never good enough and convinced me that something was wrong with me.

    I lived in the shadows of my family in Naples because I was an unwanted child, and for my entire childhood, my grandma and my biological dad made me feel guilty for even being born. I was told I was a shame to their family. Their lack of love and support continues to this day well into my adulthood.

    But, the difference with yesterday and today is that I believe in myself and feel strong enough to share my story in the hopes it helps someone else believe in themselves.

    The crime I committed was being the child born of an affair between my mother and a married man. My mom was just 16 and my biological father was a grown man married with kids of his own. Back then in Naples, when my grandmother found out, it was a big scandal. When my mom got pregnant, my grandmother forced her to leave the house and hide her pregnancy and then marry a stranger after I was born. What happened was considered an unforgivable crime and my grandma decided to not tell my grandpa and his side of the family that I existed.

    The lies and shame continued. My grandma told my grandpa that their daughter was getting married to a widow that already had a daughter: me. My grandpa and his family never found out that I was part of their family. They all thought that my biological mother was dead and my mom was my stepmom. And for a long time I didn’t know the truth either.

    For my entire life I was poorly treated. I don’t know how to explain how mean few people of my family in Naples were.I was treated like a second-class citizen and I always felt like a big secret. The only exception was my grandpa. He treated me like gold and I think inside him he knew the truth. He was my lifeline while growing up.

    My biological dad was and still is a really mean human being { by the way is from Sant’ Antimo} He is a big liar and the cruelest person you can ever imagine. When he found out that my mom got married and left Naples to go to live up north he decided to look for her and me … unfortunately.

    When I was five or six, I had to meet him. I was ok without him, my mom and stepdad had other kids and I was happy. I remember he used to call me every day. I had no idea who he was and the only thing I knew is that I had to talk with him because it was what “he wanted.” He was always polite and really nice and always telling me nice things. One day when I was eight he asked me, “Do you know who I am?” Of course I said no. I actually said, “You are probably one of my uncles from Naples” and with his ego he replied, “I’m your father my love, the real one.”

    I was so confused for so many years. My mom eventually explained everything to me and from that moment I had to meet this person every time I was in Naples and every time he wanted to come to see me up north. But we had one rule: nobody was allowed to see us and know about our secret meetings. Our meetings had to remain secret! He had a wife and other children of his own who knew I existed, but to this day, my biological siblings have never accepted me as their blood relative.

    At the age of 17 or 18, the monster decided to dump me like a garbage bag. One day, like usual, I called him and he said to me, “Who are you? Who is this? I don’t know any Marzia, you are a liar, do not call me anymore. You mom is a liar and your dad is someone else.”

    I don’t want to explain what happened to my personality after this because it will be too long. It took me few sessions of therapy and lots of love from my husband to come out from that mess. Unfortunately the monster is still out there living with his lies. Luckily I grew up in North Italy and my stepdad, my mom and my siblings treated me well! They are my family.

    I know I could make my biological dad life difficult, but I decided to keep my dignity and let go. I have a loving and supporting family. I live in a great community. I have wonderful clients and friends. The only thing that I really want is to tell the truth about my story to everyone in the hopes it might help someone else believe in themselves and their dreams.

    I feel so incredibly lucky to live in this amazing county. I have been living here for 15 years and if I could go back in time, I would do it again! I lived in Italy for 30 years and was unloved, humiliated, and unwanted.

    My husband is the best thing that ever happened to me. He has guided me for all these years in the right way. He has filled my heart with love everyday. He and his family made me feel part of the family right away. My mother in law treated me like gold until the day she died. Sometimes I ask myself why someone so nice, loving and caring had to suffer so much and leave us all behind and then people like the monster are still out there living their lives.

    My cooking classes and the love I receive from each of one of you gives me the confidence that I have today. I feel so loved and lucky to open my little kitchen to so many nice people. Each of you will stay in my heart forever. I’m so proud of the Business Excellence award that I won recently from the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.

    I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished personally and professionally and I hope that my story inspires more people like me that were mentally abused. If there is someone in your life that treats you badly or that doesn’t love you, just walk away. You deserve better and if you believe in yourself you can do great things. You deserve to shine. Everything is possible if you believe in yourself.

    #believeinyouself #MammaMarziaStory #bellacibostory #Thetruthisout #Imbecoming

    Bella Cibo winner of Service Excellence Award

    Few months ago I received 2 nominations from the Langley Chamber for Service Excellence and guess what I won!

    I still can’t believed that I WON the Awards! This is such a great feeling!

    So happy and proud of all the work that I put into it in the last 4 years! It was really difficult in the beginning because I had to start from scratch without knowing anyone and without knowing what Social Media was!

    Sometimes its not easy being a full time mom, wife, chef, taxy driver, nurse and have your own business but Its so worth it! Believe in yourself and everything can happen ❤️

    Thank you to @langleychamber for the great event, every year is amazing and Im so happy Im part of a great supportive community! Thank you to the generous sponsor of this category @envisionfinancial and it was a great pleasure to receive the award from an Italian @leannanapolitano!

    Thank you to all the people in my life that are supporting me my dreams in a positive way! I love you all, very excited for the future! Lots of news for 2019! Stay tuned

    📸 from Keepsake portraits .

    #businesswoman #womanpower #success #smallbusiness #italiancuisine #inspire #Langleyfresh #believe #love #thankful #socialmedia #marketing #italianmama #vancouver #langley

    The Authentic Italian Table in Vancouver

    Last week I had the opportunity to be part of  ” The Authentic Italian table” in Vancouver at the Terminal City Hotel. The Authentic Italian Table is food festival  designed to educate food lovers all around the word about Authentic Italian Food and Products  including DOP, DOC, IGP! The program, which is supported by the Ministery of the Economy Development, will also stop to 8 other city like Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston,New York and Mexico City. Thank you to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West, Assocamerato and True Italian Taste to put such a great effort on this amazing project! We all need to educate more people about Real Authentic Italian Poducts, unfortunately there is a lot of scam out there.

    The night was amazing with lots of vendors that brought their Authentic Italian Product to show and taste! From Prosciutto di Norcia, Orecchiette with Anchovy Rucola  Pomodorini and Burrata,  Bresaola DOP, Casera DOP, Piave DOP, Prosciutto di Parma DOP, Tagliatelle with creamy Muschroom, Risotto with DOP Gorgonzola, Taralli,  Panna Cotta, Espresso, Campari, Prosecco, Real Good Extra Virgin Olive oil,  and lots of vino! I can’t even tell you what was my favorite food because each products was outstanding and Authentic, It was like going back to Italy for me. Thank you to all the vendors that always do an outstanding job promoting Authentic Italian Products, Vancouver unfortunately has a lot of fake Italian  products! Sad but together  we can make the difference!

    Here some pictures of the night and for more info about the project here the links http://www.trueitaliantaste.com  http://www.iccbc.com/it/  http://www.assocamerestero.it/

    Thank You

     

    Hello friends,

    I want to thank you all for the support in the last few years!Thank you for support my classes and inspiring me every time to do more!I wouldn’t be here without your support and encouragement!

    A few years ago,  when I began this new cooking adventure, I had no idea what I would have been able to achieve!

    Lots of god things happened like The Master Chef Canada Audition, Nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year with the Langley Chamber and lately a nice , good article on the local newspaper LANGLEY ADVANCE  and most important I got the opportunity, somehow, to know you! And maybe I was able to inspire you to cook real, good food for your family!

    My project from now on is to inspire more people to cook! I would love to have a bigger kitchen but I think people like my house because is cozy and there is so much Italy!

    I will try to post more classes for the next few months and I want to share a weekly recipe with you! I also would love to do more cooking video but that take a lot of time and money, maybe one day! It will be fun!

    Thank you again for the support and if you have any suggestion and tips  just message me I would love to hear it!

    Also thank you to all the people that did  send me picture of their homemade food that they learned with me, those pictures fill up my heart all the time! Below the article from the Langley Advance https://www.langleyadvance.com/community/langley-mom-wants-to-inspire-people-to-cook-real-food/

     

     

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