Posted 05.04.17 / Local Produce, People, Places

You know you were raised by an Italian mother when….

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we wanted to have some fun. So we played with the notion of growing up in an Italian-Canadian household. We asked our staff and customers to tell us what it means to have an Italian mom. Here is what they told us.

You know you were raised by an Italian mother when:

“A wholesome breakfast was a raw egg yoke, Marsala wine and sugar.”

“You have to check your bed before you get in it because there’s was a chance fresh pasta was spread across, drying beneath the sheet.”

“When your dinner guest mistakenly ventures into your cantina. From upstairs, all you hear are screams. You forgot to tell your guest a skinned lamb was hanging from the ceiling, waiting to be prepared for Easter lunch.”

“Your mom wanted you to fit in with the other kids and sent a Klik and butter sandwich with you to school.”

“It was smelt fishing season and your mom, who was a teacher, would bring them to school for a lesson on anatomy. She taught her students how to clean them, too. Guess what we had for dinner back at home that evening?”

“You never had to buy pizza on Pizza Day at school. Your typical lunch was homemade bread with assorted meats and cheeses. Other kids preferred your sandwich and offered to trade their pizza slices with you and your little brother. Pizza from a pizza shop was a treat because mom would never buy it.”

“You want a quick snack so you head into the backyard and pick a tomato from the garden. Juicy and ripe tomatoes hang from the vines, which are propped up with old hockey sticks.”

“The entire house would smell like a winery every October.”

“Your mom threatens, ‘If you don’t eat bread with your meat, your father’s gonna be mad!’”

“If you bug her enough, she will let you combine ginger ale and wine at dinner. Nothing like ‘pop wine’!”

“Dessert was a plate of fresh melon and grapes.”

“She starts preparing Sunday lunch at 8am.”

“A three course meal was considered ‘fast food.'”

“Your friends got ham and cheese sandwiches at school and you got Panini.”

“Pasta with ricotta was Italian for Mac and Cheese.”

“You’ve been hit with the wooden spoon used to make polenta.”

“All the kids would want to come eat at your house.”