Cuccia di Santa Lucia

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Today is Saint Lucia day, praton Saint of Siracusa. The celebrations started on the 30th of November and have their central moment in today's solemn mass and procession around Siracusa.

The traditional sweet for this day is "cuccia", boiled wheat usually mixed to sweet ricotta and chocolate chips. But this year, I made an orange and honey flavoured "cuccia" prepared with orange blossom honey and freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest, ground toasted almonds and bits of "aranciata" (one of our traditional nougat of Arab origin made with orange peel and honey). The final touch, some freshly ground cinnamon sprinkled on top.
I served it tepid, but it is great even at room temperature.

Here are two videos of preivous year processions:

Santa Lucia

Patron saint for my sister Lucia, I adored the chanting and the fire works , who are those men in green robin hood hats in relation to the church or the saint?My mother phoned me yesterday no bread to eat today its St. Lucia day, you can have panellies.
It brought memories of the year we came to Sicily to lay our father to rest in his family plot. The following morning woke up to fire works and campinelis ringing through out the town it was saint Francis DAY.Hearing church bells ring is a very pleasant sound to me.

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