Festivities

A February weekend in Sicily: Etna or Agrigento Mandorlo in Fiore Festival?

A February weekend in Sicily: Etna or Agrigento Mandorlo in Fiore Festival?

When thinking about visiting Sicily, one usually thinks either about spring or summer as the ideal time to enjoy the island. However, every month of the year can offer special Sicilian experiences to visitors and Siciliani alike.
I must admit that last weekend (20th-21st of February) choosing what to do was pleasantly hard. "Shall we go to Etna or to Agrigento Mandorlo in Fiore Festival?
We went to have fun on the Etna slope while our friend Andrea went to Agrigento.

Wonderful Christmas lights in Modica

Wonderful Christmas lights in Modica

Madonna della Seggiola by Raffaello Sanzio projected on Saint Peter's Church.
I simply wanted to share with you the photo of these fantastic Christmas lights in Modica. If you are in the area do not miss it.
It is on every day until the 6th of January, from 6pm until 2am, and if you have the time to climb up the steps of Cartellone, the neighbourhood just opposite Saint Peter's Church, you will get a priviledged view of the decorated Church facade within the centre of Modica and its amazing baroque architecture.

Croccante di Mandorle: Sicilian style almonds nougat

Croccante di Mandorle: Sicilian style almonds nougat

Croccante di mandorle (almond nougat) is an excellent sweet that you find all over Sicily throughout the year, but during Christmas time it becomes an absolute must have dolce in every Sicilian household, part of the nougat (aranciata, kubaita, torrone bianco) selection served at the end of a meal together with dried fruit.

To make your own croccante you will need:

1kg pealed almonds
250gr sugar
120gr honey
1 orange

How to make:

Cuccia di Santa Lucia

Cuccia di Santa Lucia

Today is Saint Lucia day, praton Saint of Siracusa. The celebrations started on the 30th of November and have their central moment in today's solemn mass and procession around Siracusa.

Timballo di riso alla Siciliana for Thanksgiving and Eid al-Adha

Timballo di riso alla Siciliana for Thanksgiving and Eid al-Adha

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.

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