photo courtesy justagirlblog.com
Welcome back. We're at Day 21 (ventuno)
All of my countdown posts have been of things that, to me, say Christmas is coming here in Venice. Today I have another food tradition for you, one that is particularly Northern Italian, and very much a custom in Venice. Mostarda.
Mostarda, an Italian fruit and mustard condiment, typically served with boiled meats, consists of fruits preserved in a syrup mixed with either powdered mustard seed or mustard essence. The one shown above is in the window of one of my favorite shops, Drogheria Mascari, a wonderful old grocery located on Calle degli Spezieri in the San Polo district, very close to the Rialto bridge.
photo courtesy www.imascari.com
Mostarda can also be purchased in jars in local grocery stores, or you can prepare it yourself at home.
Here's a link to a typical Mostarda recipe, in case you are tempted to try for yourself.