In December we look forward to visiting with extended families and eating wonderful seasonal recipes. Then it’s time to greet the new year with spumante, panettone, cotechino e lenticchie. And finally presents and candy-coal are bought to stuff the children’s stockings for la Befana. After this prolonged food orgy, a kind of lagging fatigue sets in… is there anything worth living for until Easter?
If it wasn’t for u’ puorc (as the pig is called in Campanian dialect), January would be a dull, cold month indeed.
Now as in the past, this is a time of celebration for rural farmers and an excellent reason for the whole family to get together once again. A fat, healthy pig signifies ample food for the winter, with tasty delicacies such as prosciutto, culatello, salami, capocollo e soppressata. The saying goes “E’ una festa per tutti tranne che per il maiale” (It’s a party for everyone but the pig).