Food and Drink

A Sicilian interpretation of Chef Colonna's Cacio e Pepe

A Sicilian interpretation of Chef Colonna's Cacio e Pepe

From Rome's style pasta Cacio e Pepe to loveSicily's ragusano cheese and chilli pepper version.

Chocolate, wine and grapes cakes. Vendemmia 2011

Chocolate, wine and grapes cakes. Vendemmia 2011

To welcome the new "vendemmia" (grape harvest season) I worked on a cake of mine, a 100% cocoa and Frappato wine cake, and developed a new recipe for individual small, muffins like cake with a heart of "drank" grapes.

I chose red grapes produced in Mazzarrone, cleaned them, cut them in half and removed the seeds. Then I soaked them in Nero d'Avola passito wine for a couple of hours in the fridge.

Pasta e cucuzza

Pasta e cucuzza

Sicilian summer recipes include some healthy hot soups. One of the main ingredients for some of these is a long shaped kind of courgette that we simply call cucuzza. We also use "tinniruma" (tenerumi), cucuzza's greens, in summer recipes.

You can find it in markets and even in supermarkets, but this time I got it from Angelo's father in law who has a passion for gardening and made a fantastic vegetable garden to produce organic vegetables for its family.

Almond Harvest 1981 -2011: the legacy is in your taste buds!

Almond Harvest 1981 -2011: the legacy is in your taste buds!

A few years ago I wrote a post talking about my childwood in August explaining how it was not only a time for holidays, the beach, "ferragosto" (15th of August) celebration but also for family gathering in Ispica to harvest almonds and carobs.
My grandmother, Nonna Marietta, daughter of "U Massa Titta" (Titta, or Giambattista Cultrera who was a farmer) had inherited an almond grove dotted with carob trees and we all had to go to help out during the harvest time.

What's Spatulidda o Pesce Sciabola? Silver Scabbard Fish

What's Spatulidda o Pesce Sciabola? Silver Scabbard Fish

One of my favourite fish is "pesce sciabola", in Sicilian spatulidda.
Most non-Italian guests, when I cook this fish in my cooking classes, ask me what it is.
I answer saying that in English the name is scabbard fish, but it doesn't seem to ring any bell at all.

So I thought about writing a small post with pictures to explain a little bit more.

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