Food and Drink
Posted on Monday 06th of June 2011 under Food and Drink
Today my friend Vania taught me a German recipe for wholemeal bread. Like many Sicilians, she grew up in Germany while her parents worked there, then as they moved back to Sicily she kept going back to Germany, keeping strong ties with the country of her childhood.
Lately, she started bringing me this bread more often, as she understood I love it for breakfast with Sicilian bitter orange jam, but today I had some free time and what do I like to do on my free time? More cooking, of course! So we met to bake together.
No offence to the many nice loveSicily-over 10 years old guests who made teaching fun and interesting over the years;), but my favourite classes remain those with children!
The energy, the fun and the unexpected questions, remarks and surprises are simply amazing, not to talk about their "cruel honesty" when we get to something they do not like!
Posted on Wednesday 25th of May 2011 under Food and Drink
They had me at “ricotta.’’ Or was it the intriguing tomato sauce with a dash of cinnamon spooned onto hand-rolled pasta? Maybe it was the “Sicily Squeeze.’’ These are the first lines of Joe Ray's article Three courses, one cuisine about Sicilian cooking and his experience in South-East Sicily which appeared on The Boston Globe last Sunday.
When I think about meat based recipes in the area of Ragusa, the main recipes that come to mind are pork based ones. With our sausage with fennel seeds and chilly flakes served with sinapu (mustard greens), stuffed pork chops, cured sausage and grilled pancetta, there is no doubt that pork is the favourite meat in the area. However, especially in the past, with the arrival of Spring pork meat consumption was stopped. Special buthcheries selling only pork meat would close their door and say goodbye until Autumn.
Back in August 2010 I went to Copenhagen for the Cooking Festival. I wrote a blog post about it where I also mentioned my surprise of finding a Sicilian gelateria right in the centre of the city promising to let you know more about it soon. I got very curious about it and got in touch with Danish-Italian David Ciccia to find out more, finally, after six months of email exchanges here is the interview to David.