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Granita di mandorle tostate......toasted almond granita at home

Granita di mandorle tostate......toasted almond granita at home

Whether they call it Ulysses or Circe (this year chosen names for Italy's summer heat waves), there is only one remedy against the humidity and hot air of a heat wave in Sicily: GRANITA!
From a fruity cremolata (or gremolata) with pieces of fruit in the mixture, peach, strawberry or mulberry, to a classic icy lemon or coffee one, from a nutty pistachio or almond flavoured one to a rich chocolate one, granitas just conquer your summer.

Lesson with guest teacher Palma D'Onofrio from La Prova del Cuoco

Lesson with guest teacher Palma D'Onofrio from La Prova del Cuoco

Many of you asked for details about the lesson we run at the end of June with guest teacher Palma D'Onofrio from La Prova del Cuoco, a popular lunchtime TV programme which takes its format from the BBC's Ready Steady Cook.

This is the menu of the lesson:

Beef with ginger and peppers

Fried chicken with orange and ginger

Fried coconut shrimps

Mixed vegetable stir fry

Cantonese style rice

You can get a better idea of the lesson atmosphere in the pictures below.

Katia's Red & Black Rice Salad for a Summer "Eastern" Sicilian evening

Katia's Red & Black Rice Salad for a Summer "Eastern" Sicilian evening

It was a real pleasure having Palma D'Onofrio from "La Prova del Cuoco", the Italian version of British TV programme Ready Steady Cook, in my kicthen for a special lesson about asian food and cooking with a wok. Palma's recipes were a success and I am sure this was just the first of a series of amazing lessons about "World Cusine" in the loveSicily kitchen in Modica. Obviously, I can share her recipes only with the participants to the lesson, but below you can find a recipe of mine that I prepared for the buffet that followed the lesson that people really enjoyed.

Modica and loveSicily on the July issue of La Prova del Cuoco magazine

Modica and loveSicily on the July issue of La Prova del Cuoco magazine

This week the Italian cooking magazine La Prova del Cuoco, the official magazine of the successful RAI TV programme La Prova del Cuoco, version of the English format Ready Steady Cook, features an article about Modica and loveSicily with my recipe for Mackerel and Anchovies Papyrus Parcels. Below you find the article and the recipe in Italian.

Modica e la Tavola Barocca

Voglio Vivere Così about Katia's decision to come back to Sicily and start a cooking school

Voglio Vivere Così about Katia's decision to come back to Sicily and start a cooking school

With Katia busy with cooking classes these days, it is up to me (Hello from Angelo everybody;)!) to add a post about the episode of Voglio Vivere Così about Katia's decision to come back to Sicily and start a cooking school, loveSicily.
This programme, Voglio Vivere Così, broadcasted on the Italian TV channel Cielo, was dedicated to people who changed their life and moved to a different location that conquered their heart. For Katia, of course, it was all about returning to beautiful Modica, restore her grandparents' house and start the loveSicily cooking school.

Easter traditional "palummeddi", fun for children and adults alike

Easter traditional "palummeddi", fun for children and adults alike

As we prepare for Easter I could not miss a special post about a Sicilian special Easter Recipe. The Holy Week in the island offers an interesting combinations of religious celebrations and traditions, including irresistible Pasqua food like: "nfigghiulati" (ricotta's pies), "cassateddi", marzipan decorated lambs, "palummeddi", "sciuscieddu", "'mpanati ri agneddu", and many, many more.

Interview on Tavola Talk

Interview on Tavola Talk

When you are interviewed by a friend your answers just flow. The fact that you know each other leads to a great combination of questions and answers, and turns into a chat between good friends.
This is what I experienced whenToni Lydecker interviewed me few weeks ago on her blog Tavola Talk . As you can find out reading the article on her blog, we first met in 2007 in Sicily and kept in touch working on various projects together. I just hope she will manage to come back soon.

Fussy about oranges!

Fussy about oranges!

Well, I am also fussy about a thousand other things;)! But really, Sicily spoiled me when it comes to oranges. I love Sicilian varieties, Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello and I like them only when they are in season and come straight from the tree. They are firm and full of flavour, there is just no comparison to the ones coming out of a big refrigerator!

"Mother Christmas" for loveSicily

"Mother Christmas" for loveSicily

First of all I wish you all a great 2012!

My 2011 culinary adventures in Modica finished with my first group of Russian guests, who proved to be excellent pasta makers, and with many new ideas for 2012. Christmas was amazing this year, we kept it simple, as we like it, but having children around just makes it so special! Our loveSicily Christmas party with my Sofia and Angelo's little Matilde was a real treat. We also got presents from what I like to call "Mother Christmas", who also have the same name, Toni.

Piatto Unico ......Regalo Unico!

Making Sicilian Sesame nougat Ghiugghiulena Qubbayta with my family

Making Sicilian Sesame nougat Ghiugghiulena Qubbayta with my family

Yesterday, I spent an afternoon with my mother, my daughter, aunt Ninetta and uncle Peppino making a Christmas traditional Sicilian nougat with sesame seeds and almonds called Ghiugghiulena in certain parts of Sicily or Qubbayta in others.