I had the best nonna (grandmother) in the world.
She taught me many things, and I learnt from her all the tricks and ways of cooking “the Italian way“, since an early age I was next to her apron, the cooking smells would be one of the first thing I remember waking up to (she always started at 7am cooking for lunchtime meal, no take-aways or microwaves in those days..).
I’ll share with you today the recipe for Torta di Mele (Italian apple cake), I remember all the preparation for making cakes, the oven being switched on, grandad on “mixing duties” sitting on the sofa, as in those days there was no electric cake mixer, so he would stir the ingredients for a very long time with a wooden spoon until fluffy to “grandma” perfection, and my favourite part was licking the leftover cake mixture off the wooden spoon after the cake had gone in the oven. Beautiful memories. Continue reading