Purple, green and white are the colors of IWD. Here is a recipe to celebrate this important day.
A bit of history
Ladies and Gentlemen, be ready to dress purple to honor this important day. As you may already know, for more than 100 years now, March 8 has been International Women's Day. Well, officially, it is much younger: The United Nations started celebrating the day in 1975, but "the seeds were planted in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. A year later, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman's Day", the BBC website reminds us. Every day, news explains why we still need International Women's Day (IWD). It should be a moment to think of women's treatment in the workforce, inside the family, and in society, where discrimination and stereotypes are still present.
Tris of colors: purple, green, white
There would be a reason to invite you to dress or eat purple. In fact, purple, green and white are the colors of IWD. Each of them has a significant meaning. Let's read together from the International Women's Day website: "Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept".
There are many ways to celebrate it, but if you are reading our blog, it means you love Italian food and our Magnifico team too. So, take some notes and be ready to serve to your friends or family, at the table, a delicious and colored dish of pasta.
Penne with purple cauliflower, the recipe
First, the pasta has to be of good, outstanding quality. For example, you can find on Magnificofood.com the Artisan Strascinati Pasta from Forte company. They are made with 100% Italian durum wheat semolina. This type of pasta is handmade, and it is rare to find in any American store. They are made with traditional Italian techniques and 100% natural ingredients. A good shape for this Italian recipe is Cavatelli or Fusilli pasta, from Forte too.
The second main ingredient will be purple cauliflower, which is a bit sweeter than the white one and an excellent source of vitamins. If you are two, you need half a purple cabbage. You need to put it in a mixer, with 4 or 5 walnuts and two spoons of Italian extra virgin olive oil. You should know how careful we are when we talk about EVO. Low quality can ruin even the best recipe ever. So make sure you buy an excellent one; for example, we chose the Organic extra virgin olive oil from Zucchi or the Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Frantonio Muraglia. Once the pasta is ready, add it to the cream we just made. It will be all purple. You adjust first with salt and pepper, and right after, you can add Parmigiano cheese (which is white) and some basil leaves (which is green) as a decoration. Please note that we have a new entry in our Magnifico family: Parmigiano Reggiano Ambrosi, aged a minimum of 24 months; sophisticated taste and delicate, slightly herbal fragrance. Making this dish will take less than 30 minutes, and it's a tasty and creative way to celebrate International Women's Day.