That moment you realize you haven’t really made lasagna from scratch until you’ve drawn blood, specifically on your fingers while grating cheese. It is a rite of passage for every Italian – man or woman, really. And don’t worry. Those few drops of blood will blend with the sauce. No one will notice, and it will make it all the sweeter for you because you will feel satisfaction at the blood, sweat, and tears that you literally poured into the meal.
This is part of a series of brief blogs that will reflect on the pivotal, earth-shattering (and often hilarious) moments that most Italian mammas experience at some point or another.