The magic of Nonna coco’


nonna coco

nonna coco

Every time I see a chicken I smile. You might ask yourself why? Well it reminds me of my maternal Nonna Rosa.

When I was growing up in Messignadi  in Calabria, my family had a piece of land in the heart of the village.

We used to call it “Darretu e lavari” (Behind the olive tree). Nonno Rocco would have his cute vegie patch ( but this will be a blog on it’s on) and Nonna had her small chicken farm.

First thing every morning she would go to look after her chickens.

On school holidays she would bring us kids with her. I remember the first job was picking the fresh eggs, or what we would call it COCO’.

Let’s not forget it was 11 of us from the age of 12 to the age of 2, so this meant we would have to take turns in picking the eggs and place them in the cane basket (u panaru made by Nonno   ) that she would hold .



Once the eggs were picked she would take them into the small farm house (a casetta) and give us one each to drink. We would wait excited as she would make two holes one on each end of the egg and we would drink it.

She then would return to her chickens to give them fresh food and fresh water while we would play in the swings that nonno had installed for us from a few huge olive trees.

Every time after the chickens had finished their meals, Nonna would open the gate to let them free for a few hours. And this was where the magic would happen.

Chicken and chicks would form a line and would follow Nonna around the farm.

We were too young to realise that what we were witnessing wasn’t a normal thing.

At the end of the day she would call back her chickens and one by one they would return inside their domain.


Taj Mahal of the chicken world


Something similar is happening with the new generation. My mother has four chickens, and my dad built them the Taj Mahal of the chicken world.

Though I am pretty sure my mum doesn’t walk with her chicken following her, I know that every morning she visit them with my niece, little Ariana picks the eggs then they go back into the kitchen and the little one has a fresh egg….. but don’t tell my sister.

the new generation of Nonna Coco'

the new generation of Nonna Coco’




Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Ely's Kitchen

Chocolate and other remedies

Some Good Eats

Eat and don't worry about it

Travel Through

Travel blog alla scoperta delle curiosità che il mondo ha da offrirci!

Italian Home Kitchen Blog

Italian Home Kitchen Blog


A community helping those with Tinnitus and hearing loss

Rantings of an Amateur Chef - What works, and what doesn't!

vagone idiota

Spesso un treno é un teatro mobile.

Mika in Wonderland

La felicità è uno stile di vita, il mio!

Welcome to the Music Club

Music Takes You on Journeys

Cooking Class

a journey on teaching and learning about food

Arnold Sterk

Alles wat mij bezig houdt

Don Charisma

because anything is possible with Charisma

Something Like a Storybook

from Morgan Bradham

Blog of SACPROS - A Leading Mental Health Resource Directory for the Greater Sacramento Region is devoted to breaking down the barriers which prevent access to mental health services by providing easy access to available services in the community


A great site

margraces's Blog

Come l'onda che ci ispira, in un Mare di Grazia

The Garum Factory

Great food, real life

Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Living well in the urban village

Local cooking and eating in New York's Hudson Valley.

Eat, Play, Love

making memories through food, wine and travel

food to glow

feel good food that's good for you

Chef in disguise

Easy authentic middle eastern recipes

rachel eats

stories, pictures and cooking tales from an english woman living in rome.

Putney Farm

Get some good food. Cook it. Share with friends. Have a cocktail.

Mikey's In My Kitchen

Cooking For An Inspirational Eater

Cooking in Sens

Living, Drinking and Eating in Burgundy


This site is the cat’s pajamas

101 Tastes

I love to cook, eat healthy and well. I thought I'd share some of my recipes with you.

The Travelling Pantry

Adventurous, Honest and Wholesome

a whisk and a spoon

connoisseur of fine cake

Cooking as a Hobby

Delicious recipes for Family and Friends


healthy vegan and vegetarian recipes


9 Muses Scribe

In the Land of Olfactory Sensation

WARNING: Many flowers live here

The Crafty Expat, by Rita H. Azar

Crafting stories, living abroad


A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: