My grand-grandmother Inès introduced me to these particular kind of food when I was a child.
I didn’t know what they were made of and so I tasted them & loved them inmediately.
Nowadays , as my daughter knows what they are made of , she doesn’t want to try them : she really can’t dare to taste them & I think it’s a pity…never loose a chance to try something new without trying first, then you could say your personal opinion but not before tasting!
During this season Tuscan farmers kill the pork & start making sausages, coppa,ciccioli & using also the blood to make these particular crêpes with some sugar or parmasean cheese on them : it depends on you , I like them with sugar only , for me they are like a dessert.
After my grand-grandmother death I’ve never tried them homemade , althought you can find in some butchery in Pistoia, but just last Saturday my daughter’s boyfriend family “killed the pork “….so the tradition is back , I thought & they asked me if I would be able to make migliacci , if so they could send me some the mix made of blood +pork broth & spices to make them!
I accepted the challenge & I tried to do them at home : just adding some flour & that’s all .
Some extra virgin olive oil in a small pan & then immediately sugar on the top , roll them & eat them hot!
I have to admit that I felt a bit a sort of vampire while I was handing (with care) the blood …it was sooo RED!!!
I had never seen before the changing colour of the blood in just a second : from Marlboro red to dark brown with the heat of the fire…but when I tried them,the taste was eccellent & the texture too so, old suddenly sweet memories came back to me : when I was visiting my grand-grandmother house , with my grandmother & mother in the winter days or the so called “pork days” , when she invited us for an afternoon break – in Italian a “merenda” – with these black crêpes with a spicy taste.
For a moment when I closed my eyes all these beloved ladies of my life were back again , here in my kitchen last night , reminding me that food is even, and most of all , memories & love.