Merry Christmas from sunny Italy! I was really excited to find these very special Christmas treats here in Bari, in the south of Italy, so I made a short video so that I could share them with you. Like most dishes in Mediterranean cuisine, these sweets, called cartellate in Italian, are made with just a few simple ingredients, and best of all they are completely vegan!
And what better way to enjoy them than while sitting on the steps of the St. Nicholas Basilica on Christmas Day?!
And by the way, that's not a hungry monster about to bite off my head in the video. It's the shadow from a statue of a mythical beast on the façade of the basilica. We're in the dead of winter, so you know, shadows can look rather long and...menacing.
Special thanks to Franca from AngloItalian Follow Us for alerting me to this special local treat! Here is Dale and Franca's recipe for cartellate, if you'd like to make your own.
Want to Taste These Italian Delicacies for Yourself?
In May 2019, I'll be leading two small groups of vegan and vegcurious travelers around Italy. Together we'll experience all the country's sights, sounds, smells and tastes. I'd love for you to join us!
The first tour will cover the iconic sights of Rome, Florence and Venice. The second tour is to the Puglia region -- an undiscovered gem in the south of Italy where the local cuisine is mostly plant-based. Hint: Bari is in Puglia!
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