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Vintage Mother’s Day: the menu from 70 years ago – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Vintage Mother's Day: the menu from 70 years ago

At the center of the magazine, a page is entirely dedicated to this celebration. Here is the full text:

Abroad, and specifically in America, the initiative has arisen to dedicate one day a year to mothers.
Among the many celebrations, we can be certain that this one will never go away, and that nothing that will be said, written or done in honor of the mother will be neither undeserved nor excessive. To define the summit of the feeling of affection, of self-sacrifice, of strength in sacrifice, the adjective “maternal” is used: no altruistic impulse has the tenacity and strength of that which comes from the mother’s heart.
In the exhibitionist tendency of current life, everything is flaunted: and the prize goes to those who best know how to present themselves in the limelight. The work, the fervor, the struggle of the mother on behalf of her creatures remains obscure: and it is work, struggle, incessant overcoming, which shows nothing, asks nothing, not even recognition, and very often escapes even the attention of others even more immediate. It is a natural law, in human-to-human relationships, that everyone believes they give more than they receive, or at least everyone is always aware of how much they give: only the mother escapes this condition, since she gives unconsciously: and perhaps this is the characteristic more salient than maternal love: the mother’s ego merges with that of her creatures.
The celebratory day – which falls on the second Sunday of May – is intended to be a a call to reflection for the very large ranks of carefree youth who daily receives the blessing of this affection, benefits from it far and wide, lives and grows facilitated by this light, and only too late, generally, does she recognize its full value.
Mazzini, speaking of the family, finds expressions that seem very happy to us to describe maternal affection: «… it has within itself an element of good rare to find elsewhere, duration… it spreads around it slowly, unnoticed; and lasting, like the ivy around the plant: it follows you from hour to hour: it silently identifies itself with your life.
You often do not discern it, since it is part of you: but when you lose it you feel as if something intimate, something necessary for living were missing: … the supreme comfort, the calm, the calm of the wave of the lake, the calm of the sleep of trust, of the sleep that the child sleeps on the mother’s breast”; «…a reflection on the individual of Providence who watches over humanity.
And the mother’s affection is truly the matrix of men’s lives. Childhood, adolescence, studies, difficulties, struggle, adaptation: stage by stage it took place because it was facilitated (sometimes exclusively made possible) by the mother, who worked in the most varied ways to help her his creature along the way, both materially and morally: and among other means with that intuition, with that psychological knowledge of one’s child that only the mother possesses (because understanding, which is the most productive means for living and for making people live , and is so rare among men, it is inherent, with exceptions, in this sacred bond: the understanding that sees the less good and provides, sees the better and uses it to spur and overcome). Then men, having become adults, and in turn caught up in the mechanism of existence, overlook what they have received, even though filial veneration remains in each of them throughout their lives.
It is precisely similar observations that inspired the Americans to take this initiative: which we hope will become international.
On May 9th, all the children will try to show their gratitude to their mother.
On this day they will make efforts to overcome their laziness, their liveliness, their indiscipline; they will try to be materially useful at home, they will do their utmost to save their mother a bit of trouble: it is understood that this small attempt – although implemented with practical intent – has symbolic value: since to repay their debt to their mother, the children, that day, they should transform: however the sacrifice of one day will make you understand a little the sacrifices that the mother makes every day: to her then, the diligence of the children will appear a hundred times more appreciable, because what comes from her daughters is always unexpected, and amplified by optimistic maternal tenderness.
If this appeal comes to grown men, who unfortunately the practical demands of daily life do not allow frequent relationships with their mothers, do not allow them to dwell on considerations and emotional expansions, well: let them take inspiration from this circumstance, and find a moment to make themselves present to their old lady: the old men are silent, they remain spectators of other people’s lives: but in mothers the affection is always vibrant and passionate and they must not be denied the ineffable joy of feeling remembered, considered and loved.

Weather forecast for April 25th and what to cook – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

Weather forecast for April 25th and what to cook

After the Easter long weekend, it’s time for other days of celebration for Italians. But what do they say? weather forecast for April 25th? Because sun or rain changes the plans of us cooks a lot! Well, we have to tell you that the traditional April 25 picnic might be unstable.

What’s the weather like on April 25th?

To find out what they say weather forecast for April 25th, we relied on the meteo.it press agency, which reports very clearly what the trend will be. “Between Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 April the disturbance arriving from Scandinavia should also affect the Centre-South. Its transit will be accompanied by a new influx of cold airwith temperatures that will remain average or even below: the climate should be particularly cool for the season, particularly in the northern and central regions.

According to the current weather trend, Thursday On April 25th the disturbance will bring residual rainfall to the middle Adriatic and the south before finally moving away from Italy in the second part of the day. The weather trend for the following days and the long weekend of April 25th is still very uncertain: according to the latest updates, a rather cold climate for the season, with temperatures average or even below.”

What to cook on April 25th?

Since the weather in Italy is uncertain or even rainy, the menu for April 25th really has no limits. In practice, if you can indulge in the classic picnic in the meadows or on the beach green light for gourmet sandwiches, pasta salads, parmigianas, grills and barbecues without too many problems. In reverse, the rest of Italy may have to give up going out in the open airbut if you have a sheltered balcony or terrace you might still be able to cook two ribs on the grill!

Our suggestion when the weather is uncertain it is best to choose to prepare recipes which, in the event of an unexpected awakening with the sun, can be quickly transported. Today you could cook lasagna, parmesan, savory pies, tarts, tiramisu, which if lucky can be put in Tupperware.

Otherwise, for those who choose to be cautious anyway, we recommend a hearty first course, followed by Sunday roast meatballs accompanied by fried vegetables, and an excellent dessert such as trifle.

Here are many recipes for your April 25th

Recipes with asparagus: from appetizer to side dish – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

They are the great protagonists of spring: you know how to cook asparagus? With a very intense flavor (not everyone likes it, in fact) and very versatile in the kitchen, asparagus can therefore be used from appetizers to side dishes, through to truly exquisite first courses, always making a great impression. Below, we offer you some recipe to cook them in an original way; in the gallery, however, some tips on techniques to prepare them in the best possible way and then many of our recipes.

Asparagus: tips for treating them correctly

How to cook asparagus?

1) Bruschetta with asparagus


  • 1 baguette
  • 150 g of raw ham
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 jar of mustard
  • 10 small eggs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt to taste


  1. Boil the eggs, while cleaning the asparagus, removing the hardest part of the stem. Then, boil them in salted water and once drained, sauté them in the pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and the garlic clove.
  2. Now slice the baguette diagonally and toast the slices obtained in a non-stick pan, making them golden.
  3. It’s time to assemble the bruschetta: spread the slice with a thin layer of mustard, then place a slice of ham, two asparagus and two slices of hard-boiled egg. Serve.

2) Asparagus and shrimp risotto


  • 340 g of Carnaroli rice
  • 16 prawns
  • 80 g of grated parmesan
  • ½ white onion
  • vegetable broth to taste
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • butter
  • Lemon peel
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste


  1. Clean the asparagus, removing the hard stem. Remove the tips, leaving them aside, while cut the stems into pieces.
  2. Heat the broth, while in a saucepan, fry the onion in extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Toast the rice, add the white wine and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Now add the asparagus cut into pieces and then the broth, little by little. Cook the rice, and in another pan sauté the prawns with the asparagus tips.
  5. When the rice is cooked, stir in a knob of butter and the grated cheese, also adding the sautéed prawns with the asparagus. Serve it, sprinkling it with freshly ground pepper and a pinch of lemon zest.

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