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.

Crostata/ Italian Jam 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
  • 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.

 

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/