Recipes

Sicilian Tomatoes: How to Make Fresh Tomato Sauce

Sicilian Tomatoes: How to Make Fresh Tomato Sauce

The summer season in Sicily offers wonderful fruits and vegetables, aubergine, peppers, peaches, melons, etc etc but the absolute king of Sicilian summer vegetables is Its Majesty Il Pomodoro, simply ripe, sweet and juicy tomatoes of all kinds.

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?

Granita di mandorle tostate......toasted almond granita at home

Granita di mandorle tostate......toasted almond granita at home

Whether they call it Ulysses or Circe (this year chosen names for Italy's summer heat waves), there is only one remedy against the humidity and hot air of a heat wave in Sicily: GRANITA!
From a fruity cremolata (or gremolata) with pieces of fruit in the mixture, peach, strawberry or mulberry, to a classic icy lemon or coffee one, from a nutty pistachio or almond flavoured one to a rich chocolate one, granitas just conquer your summer.

Katia's Red & Black Rice Salad for a Summer "Eastern" Sicilian evening

Katia's Red & Black Rice Salad for a Summer "Eastern" Sicilian evening

It was a real pleasure having Palma D'Onofrio from "La Prova del Cuoco", the Italian version of British TV programme Ready Steady Cook, in my kicthen for a special lesson about asian food and cooking with a wok. Palma's recipes were a success and I am sure this was just the first of a series of amazing lessons about "World Cusine" in the loveSicily kitchen in Modica. Obviously, I can share her recipes only with the participants to the lesson, but below you can find a recipe of mine that I prepared for the buffet that followed the lesson that people really enjoyed.

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.

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