13 December 2012

13 December - St. Lucy; Pasta Fritta alla Siracusana

Lucy light, Lucy light,
Shortest day and longest night. 

Weather:  If St. Lucy’s day be bright, Christmas day will be dark with snow; but if the snow falls on St. Lucy, Christmas will be clear and sunny.

Well, here at Rudd’s Little Acre+ the skies are clear, the sun shines bright, nary a dismal cloud in sight – so perhaps we shall have a white (but dark) Christmas, for those who look forward to that kind of thing…

And if these clear skies hold for the next twelve hours, I shall have fine (but very chilly) viewing of the Geminids tonight.  Reports already in of some spectacular sights last night – I hope the same for tonight.

The weather on each of the twelve days from St. Lucy to Christmas Eve presages the weather for the twelve months of the coming year.

Go ahead.  Keep track if you can, and then compare the prognostications with the actual weather next year.

Lucy takes her mother to pray at the tomb of Saint Agatha
Relying on Your goodness, O Lord,
we humbly ask You, through the intercession of Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr,
to give perfect vision to our eyes, that they may serve for Your greater honor and glory.
Saint Lucy, hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.  Amen.

I wrote about the traditions of Saint Lucy’s day here, with a recipe for (non-traditional) Eyeball Cookies.  This year, I shall try a dish from Lucy’s home of Syracuse (Siracusa) in Sicily called “PASTA FRITTA ALLA SIRACUSANA” aka Syracusan Fried Pasta.  The recipe is here and looks pretty simple.

Cook 1 pound of vermicelli to al dente; drain and reserve.
In a heavy frying pan, sauté 1 clove of garlic (whole) in 1/3 cup of olive oil, until it just starts to turn brown (medium heat works for me).
Remove garlic from pan.  Remove pan from heat.
Add 3 to 4 anchovies to the oil and mince in the pan.
Now add your drained pasta to the pan, dust with about 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs, mix together well, and fry over very low heat.

Ahhhh…. Garlic and anchovies.  Not conducive to a meaningful social life, but who cares? 

Artwork: “Lucy takes her mother to pray at the tomb of Saint Agatha” from John Gilmary Shea, Pictorial Lives of the Saints (1889) p. 492.