Food and Drink

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.

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.

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