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Happy Birthday with a Sicilian Tomato cake

Happy Birthday with a Sicilian Tomato cake

Even this season, our cookery courses are giving us the chance to meet very interesting people. It is always a pleasure to introduce our guests to the culinary wonders of Sicily and the many other great things the island has to offer.
With many of them, we keep in touch even years after they have visited our school and this is simply fantastic. This said, this post should not come as a surprise to you.

LoveSicily guide to Modica's chocolate

LoveSicily guide to Modica's chocolate

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.

Sicilian "Natural Wines"

Sicilian "Natural Wines"

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.

Cooking? ........ just a family thing

Cooking? ........ just a family thing

Love and passion for food have always been part of my family culture and I am happy that my daughter has fully embraced this passion and discovered already the fun that food can offer.

To me, eating Nonna Elvira's food was always fun and a good lesson at the same time, but I also used to spend lots of time "playing" in the kitchen with her and my mom, and loved every minute of it.

Lovesicily's extra virgin olive oil tasting with olive oil "master" at Mastri di San Basilio

Lovesicily's extra virgin olive oil tasting with olive oil "master" at Mastri di San Basilio
Every season we like to update our culinary tours in the attempt to include always the best food related experiences this area of Sicily has to offer. Now, if you have been to one of our cookery lessons or are familiar with this blog, you already know about my respect for Mastri di San Basilio's work and my appreciation for their extra virgin olive oils, both Riserva and Due Sicilie. Nothing really new about that!

Spring nature's gifts: Sicilian wild herbs

Spring nature's gifts: Sicilian wild herbs

We are right in the middle of our spring culinary and cooking tours right now and I have little time to devote to the blog, but I just could not wait any longer to share with you the pictures of wild herbs which are essential ingredients in my cooking classes.

Turbanti ri Spatulidda: scabbard fish turbans with wild fennel

Turbanti ri Spatulidda: scabbard fish turbans with wild fennel
I love this fish called "spatulidda" in Sicilian, "pesce sciabola" in Italian, "scabbard fish" in English. I like it simply grilled, baked in a parcel with herbs or "in umido", but the recipe below with bread crumbs, cheese and herbs is one of my favourites. We prepared this recipe in our latest cookery courses and it proved very succefful with guests too. It is simple but requires top quality ingredients, especially good extra virgin olive oil, fresh fish and herbs and great tomatoes. It is also very versitile and can be adapted to other kinds of fish.

Playing with traditional food for a modern Sicilian Easter lunch: Arancino

Playing with traditional food for a modern Sicilian Easter lunch: Arancino

For a 21st century Sicilian Easter lunch I suggest a modern interpreatation of a classic of Sicilian street food cuisine: Arancino aperto.

There are many versions of arancini around Sicily, the main variations being: rice with or without saffron, ragù for the filling with or without tomato sauce, filling with or without hard boiled eggs and cheese, etc.

Here I took inspiration from the typical arancini you find in my area, the Modica and Ragusa area, with saffron, ragù, cheese and hard boiled eggs.

Easter Traditional Food in Sicily: Pastieri recipe

Easter Traditional Food in Sicily: Pastieri recipe

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.

My interview on Sicily Guide

My interview on Sicily Guide

I really enjoyed answering the interesting questions that Maria Tuttocuore of Sicily Guide sent to me few weeks ago. When she contacted me to ask if I was interested in doing an interview I simply answered: "How could an Amore say no to a Tuttocuore?". We laughed via email and one of those strange on-line friendship immediately sparked.