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27 January 2015 - by Jessie + Jac DiBlasi

Hello 2015 + Happy Australia Day

Australia Day means lots of different things. However, for our family this day always centred around Nonna Giovanna's birthday, January 25th. Sunday would have been her 94th birthday.

To celebrate and remember her, for an Australia Day BBQ yesterday, we made one of her favourite dishes - Melanzane. It is a delicious combination of fried eggplant, Napoli sauce, basil and Parmesan cheese in layers, similar to a lasagna.

Here I am (Jac), learning the ropes a few years ago. Note the intense look of concentration.

Making Melanzane with Nonna Giovanna

And here's the finished product! Which was happily devoured by a group of young friends

We think she would have approved!

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Naanii Ritu
Naanii Ritu
When we meet Naanii Ritu, she is nearing the end of a six-month stay in Australia. Living in Deniliquin, a small country town in New South Wales, it is a stark contrast to the bustling life she has in her homeland, India.
Nanna Leona
Nanna Leona
Nanna Leona was born to Russian parents, grew up in China and migrated to Australia when she was eight years old. It is no surprise that her cooking is a fragrant fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines.
Tatair Najah
Tatair Najah
Tatair Najah has the warm-hearted generosity of our own grandmother and, treating us much like surrogate grandchildren, sends us off with at least one Tupperware container of food each time we meet.