|"Frutta di Martorana"|
against a ceramic scultpure
by the late Sicilian artist
Giovanni De Simone--a gift from my mother
|A typical "cestino" |
or basket of sweets for "Il Giorno dei Morti".
|My mother Maddalena|
at 5 years old.
The sugar figurines were very special works of art, each individually hand painted. My grandmother preferred that the children did not eat them right away, so they would be placed high on a dining room credenza for all to admire. My mother later told me that she and her brothers would find their way to the treats and nibble the hidden back part of their sugar dolls so as not to attract attention --until their mother discovered them or the dolls collapsed!
Until next time, "auguri"! Best wishes to you for the Festa dei Morti!
Ciao a presto!