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Antonio: "The 'Ndocciate of my childhood were more' humble ''

Accensione delle 'NdocceThe ‘Ndocciata It is certainly one of the oldest rituals and felt in Agnone. Just do a quick Google search to discover the origin and development through the centuries. In fact, it is a continuously evolving tradition which continued to remain in the hearts of citizens. The editorial department has collected the testimony of Antonio, Agnonesi octogenarian who asked not to be named

"When I was little the 'Ndocciata was different," began Antonio. "My family lived in the country, as perhaps the most Agnonesi and we celebrated this rite less pomp ".

Would you care to better explain?
«Certo! Today 'Ndocciata is a famous ritual that brings in tourists and visitors to the country but before it was something our. Voglio dire: hardly anyone would come to Agnone for 'Ndocciata ".

Foto Di Danilo Di Nucci - Le iridi digitali

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Photo Of Danilo Di Nucci – Irises digital

Today this ritual of fire is a real show while years ago the 'Ndocciata there was only one ...
"Exactly. From 1996, if non error, appointments were split but originally the 'Ndocciata was one and kept the 24 December, to Eve. Ad ogni modo, I have to admit it: It is proud to see that all should come here to enjoy Agnone and 'Ndocce. It's nice to share with tourists and holidaymakers all this. ».

This is certainly an event of which we are proud. There, however, intrigued: as celebravate this rite?
"I lived in the countryside, in the districts of Agnone and I did not go to the country on the day of Christmas Eve. Come me, most of my neighbors so that lit a fire, outside each cottage ».

When they were hanged bonfires?
"After dinner, midnight agro Agnonesi began to color. All families lit their bonfires and the city the show was even more distinctive '.

Un gruppo di 'Ndocciatori volteggia in cerchio per il pubblico. Foto Caseificio Di Pasquo

A group of 'Ndocciatori whirls in a circle for the public. Photo Dairy Of Pasquo

"It was like the countryside around the town became a big birthday cake with dozens of candles lit. The hills were beginning to shine ».

So today the lights, Yesterday the fires ...
"Exactly. Ad ogni modo, when I think of Christmas of my childhood are not the fires the sweetest memory ».

Do Not?
Do Not, no. The best part, per me, It was the next day, at Christmas. All went to church, and, of course there were no cars. The churches were only in the country and then there was all together along the sheep tracks that connected the village to the districts. It was like an immense pilgrimage ".

At the end of the function it was going on the same ...
«Certo. In fact even at night, when they lit fires, there were people in the street. Maybe that's why it was nicer: there was a sense of different communities. It felt united. United even in the coldest hours of the night, when the winter cold froze the fields and the woods that surrounded our homes'.

Amarcord: that of coffee cream was made of ricotta cheese ...

"I have read the post on"bread and cottage cheese"And I was reminded of a particular time of my youth," said Maria, Agnonesi faithful reader who wanted to share with us his memories. The editors of the blog, always looking for stories, ha ascoltato con piacere la storia di Maria, facendo un salto nel passato.

Una cartolina di Agnone reperita dal gruppo Facebook "La Memoria fotografica di Agnone"

A postcard of Agnone retrieved from Facebook Group “The Agnone Photographic Memory”

The seventies had just overlook. Agnone had about 7000 inhabitants duly registered, ai quali andavano aggiunti tutti i non residenti, crowding pensions and the "boarding schools". Our charming town, to time, also it boasted a wide and varied range of shops, artisans and much more.

Maria had just 10 year old, his older brothers a few years, and he lived in a house in the center, a few meters from bars scattered; these were selling, as it happens today, also ice cream. However, says Maria, ad Agnone i gelati “arrivavano” nei banchi frigo solo a Pasqua, generally when the temperatures became warmer. No one would ever want to buy an ice cream in December ... anyone but a child.
Younger, It is known to all, They do not know the "seasonality" of products and food. In the summer you may have wanted hot chocolate, a gennaio un ghiacciolo. Therefore: how to do it if no one was selling ice cream?

La risposta è semplice, fast and economical. "We just needed a glass, la ricotta, coffee and sugar. Then mingled with everything, "said Maria, eyes smile when caresses the sweet memory with memory.

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We have prepared the cream, following the recipe of Mary. The result was excellent!

And that was out of this mixture?
"The result was a sort of mousse flavored coffee. It was a gelato homemade, with little expenditure of energy and, especially in economy. Basic was a coffee cream, like those that today we consume at the bar tables ».

Perciò, maybe, it was snowing outside and inside of you used to eat your ice cream with ricotta ...
"Exact. Generally it was my sister Arianna to prepare it for all. I remember that very often my friends were at home, and we spent the afternoon in front of the fireplace to warm us as we rinfrescavamo with coffee cream. Lo so, It is nonsense but we had 10 years…".

Do you ever feel like your coffee cream?
«Certo! Every time me and my brothers, we make it even. a taste, if only to remember that simple things you can do very much ".

Very true, bread and cottage cheese. Il momento amarcord di un nostro lettore

it is defined sensory memory, that process - so to speak - that allows us to remember the events of the past through the scents, the flavors and so on. It is auditory stimulation, tactile, olfactory, visual or taste that allow you to dig in our memory and re-float passed anecdotes or moments of our lives. It can happen to get into a car, smell the scent of a "Magic tree"And remember the journey from Agnone San Salvo aboard a Fiat pr_swf_2610_arbre-magique-rosa-selvatica-800x600cPanda Young scassata, with your aunt who was firing at full volume Mina. Or, it is possible that looking at a simple ricotta slice you can make a flight in the past and this is the case of our reader, reading the post on five things you did not know about cheese, He has decided to share with us his time amarcord.

He was often, when I had 4 o 5 year old, I had to spend the afternoon at my grandmother's house. My mother and father were at work and my sister and we were left with grandmother. We spent those hours in the kitchen, sitting at a table coloring, do homework or watch a bit 'of TV, in his company.

All 5, when my sister usually had finished their homework - despite my many "ambushes", his debut with grandmother: "You are hungry? We do Twinkie "?
A quel punto, the answer could only be positive and she sought it in the kitchen to prepare something.

I remember coming out of the kitchen with two plates in hand. At the center of the white dish, with a gold border and an orange flower on one side, there was usually a slice of bread accompanied by olive oil and tomatoes or other.

10583049_601495213284485_87556178136226197_oOne time, it was snowing outside and a blizzard was raging. That day were not there just me and my sister, but also some of my cousins ​​in Rome and a couple of their friends, born and raised in the capital. It was a little 'later than usual and on TV, Cristina Parodi, Verissimo was about to conclude when we saw come out from the kitchen grandmother with a huge flat (o, almeno, to time, There seemed huge). Grandmother, with the background of "Voices of Spring"of Johann Strauss Jr, He approached the round table and placed on the table a tray of slices of bread and cottage cheese, with a sprinkling of salt.

All avventammo us on the scope and, in seconds, the first slice was already brushed. We were going to attack and take the second when Gianni (one of the boys in Rome, ed) said: "I never thought about eating bread and cheese in the afternoon"!

My grandmother smiled and said,: "See how many things you can do with a little 'Ricotta, a slice of bread and a bit 'of salt? Other than snack! With a pair of these per day, You know how to grow good "!

IMG_5505I met him again recently Gianni. I was in Rome, a few steps from St. Paul metro station. I had heard my mother on the phone and he was telling me to bring in Agnone heavy jacket because they were going down dramatically temperatures. By chance, I saw John get off the bus 766 and I went to greet him. "Where are you going"? He asked me.
"I do a home jump, chiudo la valigia e torno a casa per una settimana».
"Then can I ask you a favor '?
"I riporteresti a little ' ricotta? I know that some stores sell here to Agnone but are distant from where I am '.

A week later, I brought ricotta and Gianni told me: "This afternoon I sparerò two slices of bread, cottage cheese and salt ... how did your grandmother '.