Mi chiamo Silvia, …I mean my name is Silvia and by now you may have figured out I’m Italian! I moved to Philadelphia some years ago and, while looking for a job as an attorney – my profession in Italy – I started teaching Italian.Well, who would have known I’d end up enjoying it so much! I get to meet a lot of nice people and have the flexibility to spend all summer (or a little more, as my beloved husband Francesco likes to point out) in our house in Catania with our 3 kids, nonni, cats, friends, the sea, the pool, gelati, granite…. What can I do? I love it there! Blogging about Italian food, language and culture will be my new thing!
FAQ or, better off, OAQ (Occasionally Asked Questions)
How did you come up with the idea of Italiano in the kitchen?
Originally my idea was to organize some classes were I could mix Italian and cooking. My neighbor Asmaa, who’s a social media wizard, told me I should have a web presence, so people could see what I was doing. At first my reaction was “What?? I don’t think so! I don’t even have a FB account!”. Then I thought it could actually have been nice to challenge myself, doing something completely new! A blog where I could share the recipes I used in my classes, mixing ingredients and Italian grammar to make learning more fun and tasty.
Do you use your own recipes?
Some of the recipes are family recipes, others come from books or blogs I read. I always reveal my sources and tell if I made any changes.
Do you take your own pictures?
Yes I do. And it’s a lot of fun! I use a Panasonic Lumix TS3. Small camera but extremely versatile!
Do you cook all the food showed in your blog?
So far, I’m the only cook and baker, but I have many friends who are incredibly talented and would like to cooperate with them. I would like to encourage people to cook more to eat healthy food. Cooking can be fun and extremely rewarding. In my plan, food should also be the excuse to introduce my viewers to some Italian words and expressions.
Since you are a vegetarian, will you only post vegetarian recipes?
I have been a vegetarian for the longest time, but I’m the only one in my family. So I totally respect the choice of others and would never try to convince people to give up meat of fish, as it’s such a personal choice. This being said, my blog, my rules! You have no idea how many times people ask me how could I be a vegetarian being Italian, giving up prosciutto, salame e salsicce!! Well, my reply to them is that you can eat super delicious food even as a vegetarian. And the blog should prove my point!