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.
Modica's culinary heritage has always impressed me, the city offers such a variety of products and recipes which are classic of Sicilian and South-Eastern Sicilian cuisine and special ones which belong just to Modica's food history and tradition like: cioccolato, 'mpanatigghi and liccumie. Chocolate, in particular, has contributed to making Modica famous all over the world.
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.
Easter is a very special time in Sicily, a wonderful blend of religious celebrations and traditions. And food, as usual in Sicily, plays a central role even during these festivities with: "nfigghiulati" (ricotta's pies), "cassateddi", marzipan decorated lambs, "palummeddi", "sciuscieddu", "'mpanati ri agneddu", and many, many more.
Here you find a recipe for one of my favourite Easter Sicilian delicacies "Pastieri", typical of the Modica and Ragusa area.
After a break due to a typical end of summer cold, here I am to tell you all about the night out in Ortigia I had mentioned in the last post.
The Teatro dei Pupi was a great experience, it is very small and sweet, and the show was entertaining both for children and adults.
We took some pictures of the Agricane Assedia Il Castello di Angelica show that can only partly convey the drama. If you add the loud voices, the drums and the cut off heads of puppets rolling on the stage floor you can start to get closer to the real experience.