Food and Drink

Tortino di melanzane

Tortino di melanzane

Another Mediterranean summer delight? Melanzane, of course!

Call them eggplants or aubergines as you prefer, but it does not change the fact that they are a delicious gift of nature. And what would Sicilian cuisine be without them? Can you imagine Sicily without its famous Pasta alla Norma with fried melanzane and ricotta salata?

Easter traditional "palummeddi", fun for children and adults alike

Easter traditional "palummeddi", fun for children and adults alike

As we prepare for Easter I could not miss a special post about a Sicilian special Easter Recipe. The Holy Week in the island offers an interesting combinations of religious celebrations and traditions, including irresistible Pasqua food like: "nfigghiulati" (ricotta's pies), "cassateddi", marzipan decorated lambs, "palummeddi", "sciuscieddu", "'mpanati ri agneddu", and many, many more.

Fussy about oranges!

Fussy about oranges!

Well, I am also fussy about a thousand other things;)! But really, Sicily spoiled me when it comes to oranges. I love Sicilian varieties, Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello and I like them only when they are in season and come straight from the tree. They are firm and full of flavour, there is just no comparison to the ones coming out of a big refrigerator!

Black squid on golden cous-cous

Black squid on golden cous-cous

Last week-end I prepared this dish for a lovely dinner with great friends. It is one of those dishes that many people prefer to avoid because they find the colour of squid ink unappealing. I like the sharp shining black in my dish and love the taste. It was a little risky for a dinner party, but my friends enjoyed it too and the company was so nice that we simply did not care about "a black smile";)!

Lemon, fennel and oregano bread in terracotta moulds.

Lemon, fennel and oregano bread in terracotta moulds.

The 2nd of November is "U juornu re muorti" the special day dedicated to those who are no longer with us. As I have described in previous posts, people visit the cemetery taking flowers and candles to the graves of dead relatives and friends, and, in Sicily, children find presents `brought' to them by the "muorti".

But today we are all at home due to really heavy rain. It has been raining for more than 48 hours non-stop, roads and fields are covered in mud and we decided to stay home.

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