Tuesday, December 13, 2011

St Lucy's Day

Happy Saint Lucy's Day. In commemoration of prayers to Saint Lucy having been answered with the arrival of a shipload of grain during a 17th-century famine, only unmilled grain is served today. This is either arancini, or rice balls (shown here) or a wheat pudding known as cuccìa.

Patroness of Siracusa, Lucy (Lucia) was an early Christian martyr born in Sicily but widely venerated.

Today you won't find bakeries or pizzerias open, and few restaurants here in Sicily will even serve pasta. But there'll be lots of rice!

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