A medieval revisitation in Cagliari…fun and history!

A long time ago, between the IX and XV century,  Sardinia was divided into four distinct reigns called Giudicati, these were:  Arborea,  Cagliari,  Torres/Logudoro and Gallura. The four States  were Sovereign states, therefore totally autonomous, and were governed by, “Giudici” (judikes in Sardinian) , their  laws and structure were based on the  Roman and Bizantine  system,  yet they were also characterized by  peculiar  local touches probably dating back  to the Nuragic civilization. The States were in many ways quite modern with respect to their European   contemporaries of Feudal origin, as they were  non patrimonial states  (they didn’t belong to the sovereign)but super-individual, in other words, they belonged to the people.In fact, one of the most modern features of the Giudicati was the “Corona de Logu”,  a council representing the citizens’ approval. The Judikes’ were also submitted to the  local aristocracy’s consent. The statue of the female Giudice  Eleonora dArborea and the Mariano Tower  located in the main squares of Oristano are evidence of this happy period, like  the extraordinary Church of Saccargia in the Sassari province  and the Church of  San Simplicio in  Olbia. To keep this memory alive,   the 4th  and 5th of December the  association  Memoriae Milites is organising in the park of   Monte Claro in Cagliari, the  “V Torneo del Liofante"  ( Elephant tournament). (more…)

Delicate pottery..

Pottery has an age old tradition in Sardinia, the most important archeological museums of the island treasure remains that date back over 5,000 years.  The production of everyday objects has passed from the expert Nuragic hands to  those of the Punic, Roman,  Medieval civilisations, but only became significant in 1900. To this day,  this ancient craft is a fundamental element of Sardinian heritage,  one has to thank  local artisans; their passion and enthusiasm have kept  it alive and it’s a joy to see the infinite assortment of beautifully hand-made plates, jugs, lamps, ashtrays, coffee cups, saucers  in the shop windows. The decorations are mainly based on the local fauna  often depicting a lapwing, I find the  patterns  very delicate and usually in "mild"  colours, giving an overall effect of  quiet elegance. The cities and villages that boast a long tradition in the world of  pottery and ceramics include Oristano, Pabillonis, Dorgali, Sassari and Siniscola, though the greatest production is concentrated in Cagliari,  in particular in Assemini, where skilled pottery masters which have received endless lists of awards at national and international competitions, still display their magical ability at the potter’s wheel. (more…)

How to make “sa panadas”

Panadas are a typical dish from a very small town called Assemini, only 15 km from Cagliari. They are very delicious meat and vegetable pies, the traditional and truly Sardinian version has eel as a filling and is very, very good. Meat Panada Serves 4 For the pastry:  300 gr /  10 ½ oz plain flour 20 gr/ ¾ oz lard at room temperature Salty warm water Meat filling: 300 gr/ 101/2 oz beef, pork or lamb chopped; 300 gr/ 10 ½ oz potatoes, artichokes or peas; Salt, pepper, sundried tomatoes, parsley, garlic; 2 tablespoons of olive oil (more…)