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Never Imagined My Cooking School Could Inspire a Novel!

Never Imagined My Cooking School Could Inspire a Novel!

How many incredible things happened to loveSicily in 2013.

loveSicily cooking classes in the UK

loveSicily cooking classes in the UK

So it happened that I had planned to spend July relaxing in England where I expected to enjoy a nice cool British summer finally writing my book........but little I knew! Firstly, the Sicilian sun decided to follow me bringing one of the hottest month I have ever experienced in the UK; secondly, friends and past-loveSicilians decided there was no way I could be around without cooking and teaching them the Sicilian secrets to enjoy a great meal even in this incredible unexpected heat! So here I was again behind the stove;)!

Food Revolution Day: Sicilian 'mpanate with Squid and Potatoes

Food Revolution Day: Sicilian 'mpanate with Squid and Potatoes

Today the world celebrates Food Revolution Day, an event launched by international chef Jamie Oliver's to get people better connected to their food and improve the way they eat.
Communities across the world are getting together and celebrate the beautiful diversity of fresh food, sharing cooking skills, understanding good eating habits and, of course, eating great food. At the loveSicily cookery school we decided to go for a very traditional fish menu with Tunnina, thin slices of tuna made panfried with fried onion, sarde a beccafico, and 'mpanate di sicci (seppie), squid pie.

Orange, Almonds and Pistachios Sicilian Lamb alla Katia

Orange, Almonds and Pistachios Sicilian Lamb alla Katia

Easter in Sicily is the most important holiday of the year. Sicilians away from home will do their outmost to get back to the island to enjoy the numerous processions dedicated to the Passion of Christ and catch up with family and friends. Tourists have the chance to see how old traditions and rituals are still kept alive by the Sicilian youth and, obviously, have a taste of all the wonderful local Easter food.

San Giuseppe - Scicli and Santa Croce Camarina

San Giuseppe - Scicli and Santa Croce Camarina

On the 19th of March we celebrate Saint Joseph day, San Giuseppe, and special festivals and processions take place allover Sicily.
In the province of Ragusa, in the South-East, the most famous events are the "Cavalcata di San Giuseppe" in Scicli and the "Tavolate di San Giuseppe" in Santa Croce Camerina.

Cavalcata di San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph’s Horse Parade)

Minne di Sant' Agata: Saint Agatha's Breasts Recipe

Minne di Sant' Agata: Saint Agatha's Breasts Recipe

Sant' Agata is Catania's patron saint and is celebrated every year with one of the largest religious processions in Italy between the 3rd and the 5th of February.

Agata lived during the third century AD, when Sicily was under the Roman Empire, and was the daughter of an important rich local family. She was very religious and, while still very young, decided to dedicate her life to God by resisting any men who wanted her at a turbulent time in Sicily, when Christians were prosecuted.

My take on Masterchef Italia!

My take on Masterchef Italia!

Masterchef si o Masterchef no, this is the question? And as this post is mostly about a debate this TV show started in Italy, the English speaking readers will forgive me if for the first time I write this post in Italian.

Hot chocolate alla Modicana: Nonna Elvira's Recipe

Hot chocolate alla Modicana: Nonna Elvira's Recipe

Winter has finally arrived in Sicily. It is officially cold and there is nothing better I can think of than a cup of hot chocolate to warm us up. After all, making a hot chocolate is the easiest and best way to use Modica's traditional chocolate. Those who follow my blog or have been to Modica know all about this special kind of chocolate, those who encounter it for the first time can go to my Guide to Modica's chocolate.

Top 10 cooking mistakes I see during my cooking classes

Top 10 cooking mistakes I see during my cooking classes

I have been teaching cooking classes to hundreds of people for a decade now and the best part of the experience has always been sharing our passion for food, personal kitchen anecdotes, cooking tips and exchanging recipes. People who have been to my classes know the atmosphere is always relaxed, no one panics if things do not come out as expected and the main focus is always learning with fun.
But obviously, I have also encountered some common cooking mistakes I try to point out during classes and now thought it was time to share them with you too.

Jaddina China alla Rausana......My Version of Stuffed Hen Ragusa Style

Jaddina China alla Rausana......My Version of Stuffed Hen Ragusa Style

My Christmas recipe for this year is my version of a classic dish they prepare in Ragusa for special occasions like San Giovanni, Christmas or New Year's Eve: Jaddina China, stuffed hen.

As always with Sicilian recipes, there are various versions and each family has a secret ingredient or process to make it.