Today is "U juornu re muorti", the day when the church remembers with special celebrations those who are no longer alive, 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".
Now as I am no longer a child and could not expect any toys, I got myself something even better: sweet made by Benedictine nuns in Modica.
Just a taste of our visits to Ortigia in Siracusa during the current spring-summer loveSicily cookery holidays.
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In Sicily, an increasing number of wine producers sharing a respectful and concerned approch to nature, have managed to translate this love for their land into excellent quality wines. This is why in our cookery tour, we only visit producers of organic wines who are using a combination of ancient and innovative techniques in the name of quality and sustainability, starting from the field up to the bottle.
Thanksgiving, the time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude, and Eid al-Adha, the end of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, are taking place at the same time this year. And what does Sicily have to do with it?
This coincidence just made me think about the influence of both America and North-Africa in Sicilian cuisine. What would Sicilian food be like without tomatoes, prickly pears, potatoes, cocoa or rice, eggplants, sugar, marzipan, etc.
Nonna Elvira is the reason why, today, I run a cooking school, she is the one who passed on her love for food to my mother and I, but she also gave me her passion for dancing.
I always loved ballet and I am a great fan of Sicilian etoile Eleonora Abbagnato, who is an amazing artist who is making ballet really popular.