a decidedly tantalising flavour to the WI meeting this month.
The international ambience came from our charming Sicilian speaker,
Rosaria di Giovanna, whose ebullient personality endeared her
to the full complement of ladies who had come to view her skill
producing a delicious bowl of caponata siciliana. With
the warm air blowing through the open windows and the attractively
decorated tables, one could have imagined our village hall transported
to the dusk of a Mediterranean beach just south of Palermo.
came to England at 13 years old in 1968, when she and her sister
joined their father, whose expertise as a hairdresser and barber
had won him a position in Harrods. Neither girl knew any English
but their determination to forge a new life helped them to learn
the language. In Rosarias case learning several languages
resulted, in later life, in a position as interpreter. She travelled
widely for the Metropolitan Police and now teaches Italian at
home. During her time she has taught in schools, become a European
tour guide and owned a restaurant. Clearly she has followed
her own star and found great success.
she cooked would suit even a vegetarian. She started by chopping
aubergine, several onions and garlic, celery hearts with their
leaves, all combined with salt. Blanched tomatoes, a handful
of capers and green olives completed the ingredients until white
wine and balsamic vinegars with basil leaves worked their magic.
Flavour there was aplenty. As the ladies crunched through the
crispy bruschetta and tropical vegetables, followed by our traditional
cakes, tea and coffee, some might have regretted eating earlier.
was completed by a report from Meryl Rice, Friends of the Earth
member, who introduced the British Bee Count 250 species
in our gardens, all working for our benefit.
meeting, on July 13, will tell us about The Joy of False
Memory sounds fascinating. Before then, you may
meet some of our members at the Snitterfield Fête on Sunday
June 19, where the WI will once more run the tombola.