Italy's Livorno prides itself on chickpea pie


Good morning, afternoon, evening,

we would like to thank Roberta Giaconi's mother  who came to class  with this article about Livorno priding itself on chickpea pie after mentioning the very well known typical food  the previous time in class, and Roberta for allowing such a useful use of her work, for our students.  

Read the article and the worksheet. Then reply to the questions.

We are organizing a tour as a Lesson in the Open Air, ending with chickpea pie, all in English. Proud of that? 

There's more news for you to know, since the journalist Roberta Giaconi is coming to Italy from Australia, where she lives, and will be staying in Italy for a month. 

She accepted the invitation to visit Italian Students at ITIS Galilei in Livorno who are going to interview her about her profession, Australia, her life, her writing, her new book, to be presented this month in Italy. 

Why don't you write here a few questions you would like to ask her? We will publish the answers. 

Enjoy your English and chickpea pie, See you in class, Anna - Coordinator   Source: as mentioned + the Internet   

Simona, Silvana and Fabio, Eleonora, thank you for coming to class offering mates your delicacies. The foto of Florence's Lily is the decoration on top of Eleonora's cake, the Schiacciata Fiorentina.

Enjoy Schiacciata Fiorentina and Chickpea Omelette too!



0 #4 Eleonora 2016-01-24 22:20
SCHIACCIATA ALLA FIORENTINA is a typical cake of the carnival period in Firenze.
Ingredients: 200 gr of flour; 150 gr of white sugar; 8 big spoons of milk; 6 big spoons of extra-virgin olive oil; 2 eggs; 1 orange; 1 bag of yeast.
Process: Mix in a bowl the sugar with the eggs. Add the flour, the milk and the oil. Scrape the peel of the orange with a grater and add it to the compound. Add also the juice of the orange. Finally put into the bowl the yeast using a sieve. Grease a baking tin with butter and a handful of flour. Bake for 20 minutes at temperature of 180°C. When the schiacciata is ready take out of the oven and let it cool. If you like, prepare some cream to fill it. On the top decorate the schiacciata with icing sugar and cacao pauder to draw the lily, the symbol of Firenze.
0 #3 Fabio 2016-01-19 18:14
Cooking recipe:
Chickpea omelette for 4 people.

2 hg chickpea flour;
2 courgettes;
1 onion;
150 cl water.
In a bowl mix the chickpea flour and water with a fork and get a uniform cream. Let stand; then cut courgettes and onion and saute them; pour it into chickpea cream. Pour the mixture into a baking pan, bake at 180 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.

enjoy your meal

Fabio e Silvana
0 #2 google plus app 2014-10-12 16:20
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+2 #1 Simona 2014-02-23 21:21
In 1284, during the battle of Meloria between Genova and Pisa, there was a storm and seawater was mixed with oil and chickpeas flour contained in sacks in the hold of ships. The mush backed by the sun became a tasti flat fritter quite good. This food was cooked by the crew even on the mainland. So chickpeas pie was a discovery of the Genoese, but Livorno inhabitants have served it as a sandwich in white bread. I read that the name "5 e 5" derives from the fact that in the past were asked the sellers of chickpeas pie 5 cents of pie and 5 cents of bread, so the name "5 e 5". My family and I, often eat chickpeas pie. My mother in able to cook it and we like it very much. We are satisfied, even if cooked on a wood oven is better. My mother's recipe is: mixed 250 gr of flour in 750 ml of water and a pinch of salt, about 3-4 hours before cooking it. When above is golden, you switch off and leave it in the oven about half an hour before eating. Try it yourself!

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