My story

Hi, Im Marzia and this is me in one of my favorite diva pose in Naples!

Today I want to share a little bit of my personal story, I could write a successful book and it can be used for a soap opera!

I was born in Naples and,luckily enough, I grew up in a beautiful Valley Called Valtellina!

Both my biological parents are from Sant’Antimo, Naples!

They met 47 years ago, followed in love and here Im!

Unfortunately he was married with just 2 children at that time. My mom got married with this person that I can call DAD, a real human being that treat me like her daughter! His mom, my Nonna was amazing!

Unfortunately when I was 9 years old my biological dad decided to appear in my life until I wad 20 when he decided to dump me!

I could tell you a lot of things about this situation, lots of secrets, lots of lies, REJECTION, lots of hiding ….maybe one day! The only thing that I m thankful every day is that I don’t have to live close to that person that tried to put me down so many time with his REJECTIONS! Who doesn’t love you doesn’t deserve you I guess!

I m so lucky to live in this amazing Country where I have an amazing family, good friends, successful business and an amazing husband that did support me and helped me to build up my confidence that I did not have at all! I was broken inside when we met.

Recently I had to contact that man, and more than before, I m glad Im not living there, under his power and his money! Im free and I had the courage to tell him few things but the best was “ I know you tried hard to destroy me and put me down but Im want you let you know that I m fune, I have 2 kids and a wonderful family and Im a wonderful person that people love….your loss”!

My message for you today is “don’t let anyone put you down” and “who doesn’t love you doesn’t deserve you”

Peace ✌️ and love ❤️

Orange Cake

I fall in love with this cake! I had a cooking class over Spring Break and I decided to make this delicious cake with the girls. The result was amazing, the house smelled divine and the cake tasted really good even the day after. We had it for breakfast and it was very satisfactory.

Try to make it maybe with your kids or your friends, don’t forget to build some precious moments in the kitchen and most important don’t forget THE SPRINKLE OF LOVE.

Ingredients:

  • 80 grams butter room temperature
  • 270 grams flour
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 180 grams orange juice
  • 10 grams baking power
  • Orange zest of  2 orange
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

  • Mix the dry ingredients.
    Take 2 orange and peel of the zest after that squeeze out the juice.
    In a bowl put the butter and the sugar and with a mixer mix until is nice and smooth!
  • Add one at the time the eggs and the orange zest and the flour! When the cake batter absorbed all the flour add the orange juice.
    Mix, put it in a baking pan previously buttered and cook it at 340 for 30/35 minutes!

    Buon Appetito

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Cooking with love

Im always so amazed for all the great opportunities that this cooking adventure is bringing to me.

Meeting new people and inspire them to cook its what make me very happy. Cook real food is not difficult and its the best that you can do for your family. I love to teach my culinary knowledge, share my Culture; I m NOT a chef with 5 star, but I cook  and teach with love and the students feels that, this is the reason why they  say that my classes are easy to understand!

I love receiving messages and pictures from clients that, after my class, got inspired and cooked what they have learned in my class for the family!  Like Leigh….

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and Nicole….picture-for-website

and from a client at POSH PANTRY COOKING STORE where I do teach classes! By the way check the classes schedule they have a lot of options and Angie is an amazing owner. http://poshpantry.ca/cooking-classes/

 

Its amazing, I feel so honored to bring some of my Italian Culture in the Canadian family.

Here some pictures of the last cooking classes with Girl Guides, Girls Night Out cooking party, mother and daughter gnocchi party, grandma, daughter and granddaughter cooking class and at POSH PANTRY BURNABY.

You can book your private cooking party at marzia@bellacibo.ca or check under events.

Come to my classes and get INSPIRED to cook real food it’s the best that you can do for your family.

 

Cooking is fun

It has been so long since my last post on my blog. Sometime is difficult to be a full time mom, wife, chef, Social Media expertise, photographer, taxi driver,  school volunteer.What I really would like to do is just COOK. Behind every classes there is so much work, the prep time sometime is more hard then the 2 /3 hours of teaching.

I like what I do, I like to teach, share my Italian heritage and inspire people to cook real healthy food. Food brings people together, in the kitchen you can build the best precious memories.

Here some pictures of the 8 weeks Cooking course that I had in my kitchen in October and November! It was so much fun, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I do.

 

 

LEMON COOKIES

It’s Christmas and it is time to bake some delicious cookies, and I highly suggest you to try to make this delicious Lemon Cookies. I discovered this fantastic recipe last year in one of my favorite Italian Blog http://www.misya.info/. Her recipes are always the best.

My kids loved them and I highly suggest to make them with them, they will have fun rolling out the cookies and eating them! Enjoy your precious moments.

 

Ingredients:

  • 120 grams sugar
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 egg
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • 100 grams butter soft
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 270 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Icing sugar
  • Sugar
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

Beat the sugar with the butter until its creamy. Add the egg, mix and add the lemon zest and the juice! Add the flour and the baking powder and mix very well! Cover the dough with clim wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes! Turn the oven at 350, take your dough and start to make your cookies taking a small piece and roll out some small ball in your with hands! Put the cookies in the sugar first and then in icing sugar! Put them in a baking sheet and cook them for 10 minutes. Enjoy and share the recipe if you like it

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Bella Cibo’s nominated Entrepreneur of the year

What an honour to be nominated from the Langley Chamber ” Entrepreneur of the Year”.

I didn’t win, but I was so proud to be there! Who knew, seriously!

I start this small homebase business 3 years ago. 3 years ago,while I was hosting one of my first class,  I had a vision!

This vision was me cooking in a big kitchen surrounded by wonderful peoples that want to make a difference in their life bringing the homemade back to the dinner table! After 3 years I don’t have a big kitchen yet but Im surrounded by wonderful peoples that want to learn how to make real, good food! 

Im so proud of my self and Im truly thankful for each one of you, this plaque is for you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mamma Marzia’s making fresh pasta

I m lucky enough to have a friend that she is a stunning photographer! I truly think she is the best, every time  she takes pictures of me I fall in love! Here some pictures that she took last week in my kitchen! I m a food styling lover so I had fun put the color together and set up the table! I really happy how turned out, all the colors are blending together.Let me know what do you think and check my friend Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JenniferReimerPhotography/?fref=ts

 

 

Caramel Lemon Syrup Recipe 

Caramel Lemon Syrup Recipe.Caramel is a sauce that has the same consistency of honey. It is made with sugar, water and lemon! It can be use for: French toast, pancake, ice-cream topping, whatever you like. It s very delicious, I used it the other day on top of my Panna Cotta, my student at my cooking class were very happy of the result.

Ingredients:

• 250 grams of sugar

• 175 grams lemon juice

• 5 grams lemon zest

• A sprinkle of salt

• A sprinkle of love

Method:

• Bring a pot and warm it up on a medium heat. When it’s warm add 2 tablespoon of sugar and wait until it dissolve.

• When the sugar is dissolved mix it with a wooden spoon and add the rest of the sugar and let it melt without mixing. It had to melt by itself. It’s very important.

• In the meantime, warm up the lemon juice in the microwave or on another pot. Add the warm juice at the sugar completely dissolved. When you do this operation be very careful at the hot steam which will produce. Let it boil now for just one minute and turn the heat off and move the pot away from the stove. Keep mixing for few minutes until all the sugar is dissolved and add the salt and the lemon zest. Mix again for few minutes. Your lemon caramel is ready for your dessert. Note: use a tall pot to make the caramel.

• Buon Appetito.

WINE TARALLI

Taralli are typical of southern Italy. Like all Italian foods, several regions of the south have their own version of Taralli with varying shapes and different flavors which include fennel seeds, black pepper and red pepper flakes.  Taralli can be sweet as well with a sugar glaze on top,in Italy they are often enjoyed deep in wine or coffee. I love to deep them in my afternoon coffee.  They are almost like a cracker, bread stick but way better. This recipe is very simple, no sugar and no yeast but instead Wine. I got the inspiration from an Italian Blog that I follow http://blog.giallozafferano.it/loti64/ . The result was awesome, these Taralli will be perfect  for the goodies bag that I m preparing for the fundraiser next Wednesday. I love to deep them in my afternoon coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams flour
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 130 ml oil evo
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • fennel seeds
  • a sprinkle of love

Method:

  • In a bowl put the flour, the fennel seed, the wine, the oil and the salt and mix everything{ if you have a mixer I suggest you to use it}. Mix very well until the dough is nice and silky.
  • Cover it with plastic paper and let it rest for 20 minutes. Now its time to roll out your Taralli and I suggest you to call your kids, its a fun activity for them plus you build precious memories.
  • Take a small piece of dough and, using the palms of your hands and applying gentle pressure, roll the dough into a rope of approximately 1 cm wide. Pinch both ends together to form a circle. The rope has to be 3/4 inches long more or less.  Place the Taralli on your board. Now they need to be boil; put 10 Taralli at the time in a boiling water, when they float pick them up with a scoop colander and placed them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Before to cook them its better to let them dry out for few hours or better until the day after. For mine I let them  dry for 5 hours and then cook them for 30 minutes at 400 until they are nice and gold. For mine oven the last 10 minutes I cook them on broil.
  • Buon Appetito
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Why you should come to my cooking class?

From having a fun night, get inspired; learn about Italian culture to find the inner chef that is in you, there are many good reasons to take my cooking classes here few.

  1. Cooking is fun: Preparing meals is a necessary part of life, but you can make it fun. Coming to my classes turns an everyday task into a great social outing for you, your family and your friends!
  2. You get to know me: who doesn’t want to be friend with an Italian mom? Italian mom loves everybody, and the most important they like to feed everybody. They, also, keep you in the heart forever.
  3. Unique date night: tired of movie and dinner?Cooking classes are very unique idea; you get to learn while you have fun and at the end you enjoy the food that you made sitting down on a table tasting La Dolce Vita.
  4. Create family time and bounding:  this is my Mantra, cooking together create special bounding and precious memories that you will remember forever.
  5. Get inspired: you will get inspired from my passion for cooking and from the love that I put into it.
  6. Learn about Italian tradition and Italian Culture:Italian Culture is amazing, we have so many traditions that I like to keep alive and I love to share them with my friends.For sure you will start your own tradition after you met me.
  7. Find The inner chef that is inside you: I know cooking can be intimidating but I will teach you in a such a simple, fun way that you will surprise. You will get inspired from the simplicity and the fresh ingredients that I use.
  8. Cook nutritional meals for your family: Cooking from scratch is theBest that you can do for your family and for yourself.
  9. Encourage your local farming community: I follow Slow Food philosophySeasonalLocal and Simple. I like the fresh ingredient to speak for the dish. Support local business they have the best products.
  10. You get to know my secret ingredient:there is always a secret ingredient that nobody tells you. Come to my classes and you will find out.