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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Posted on Tuesday 16th of March 2010 under Events
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.
World famous designers Dolce & Gabbana have recently been on the news for their return to Sicily as source of inspiration for their latest collections and for their interest in finding a direct way to communicating to people via the many possibilities the internet offers, like opening up the front row of their fashion show to bloggers or creating pre-show diaries on their website. I follow Stefano Gabbana on Twitter and love to see the photos he uploads, like the ones I used on this post.
Spring is in the air in Sicily and we celebrated with a very seasonal risotto we prepared during a cooking class last Tuesday. Risotto with wild asparagus, shrimps and cocoa nibs.
Prepare the asparagus and the shrimp.
Prepare the asparagus by breaking off the tough ends (the woody part of the spear) and cutting the tender part into 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces (tips longer). Clean the shrimp, deveine them and keep the shells for the stock.
Then make a wild asparagus and shrimp-shell stock.