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  • An Italian Christmas, Cassatelle di Agira

    An Italian Christmas, Cassatelle di Agira

    I grew up in the kitchen. The kitchen was the house's room where I spent most of my childhood, doing my homework, reading or watching my favourite tv series, while my mothers was cooking our supper, a "crostata" or a cake.

    An Italian Christmas, Cassatelle di Agira

    I grew up in the kitchen. The kitchen was the house's room where I spent most of my childhood, doing my homework, reading or watching my favourite tv series, while my mothers was cooking our supper, a "crostata" or a cake.

  • 5 way to use breadcrumbs

    5 way to use breadcrumbs

    Don't waste your stale bread, grate it and toast it! You will discover like a poor ingredient can give a twist to your ordinary dish! You can prepare the white breadcrumb, grating just the white crumb, or the golden one, grating the bread crust. To dress your favourite pasta - In Sicily, the breadcrumb was considered the cheese of the poor people. For a super simple dish follow this recipe: while your pasta is cooking, in a big pan brown a whole garlic clove, together with a little anchovies finely chopped a some chilli.

    5 way to use breadcrumbs

    Don't waste your stale bread, grate it and toast it! You will discover like a poor ingredient can give a twist to your ordinary dish! You can prepare the white breadcrumb, grating just the white crumb, or the golden one, grating the bread crust. To dress your favourite pasta - In Sicily, the breadcrumb was considered the cheese of the poor people. For a super simple dish follow this recipe: while your pasta is cooking, in a big pan brown a whole garlic clove, together with a little anchovies finely chopped a some chilli.

  • A Sicilian classic recipe: eggplant cutlets

    A Sicilian classic recipe: eggplant cutlets

    The New Year has started and is so exciting to know that we have 365 days to fill with new projects, dreams and inspirational things. During this time of the year I love to take more time for myself, thinking about what is healthy for my mind and my body. I read, I do research, I try new things.

    A Sicilian classic recipe: eggplant cutlets

    The New Year has started and is so exciting to know that we have 365 days to fill with new projects, dreams and inspirational things. During this time of the year I love to take more time for myself, thinking about what is healthy for my mind and my body. I read, I do research, I try new things.

  • Sicilian scacciata

    Sicilian scacciata

    The "scacciata" is a sort of flattened pizza, typical of Catania, my city. Omnipresent on the Christmas Eve dinner table, during my childhood this dish was a Saturday family dinner classic. The dough is crunchy outside and soft inside, with a rich and tasty filling... soo good. A proper scacciata catanese needs the "tuma". The "tuma", improperly defined as a cheese, it's a step of the maturation of the pecorino, that comes directly from the curd, before the addition of the salt. The absence of salt makes this product perishable in few days.

    Sicilian scacciata

    The "scacciata" is a sort of flattened pizza, typical of Catania, my city. Omnipresent on the Christmas Eve dinner table, during my childhood this dish was a Saturday family dinner classic. The dough is crunchy outside and soft inside, with a rich and tasty filling... soo good. A proper scacciata catanese needs the "tuma". The "tuma", improperly defined as a cheese, it's a step of the maturation of the pecorino, that comes directly from the curd, before the addition of the salt. The absence of salt makes this product perishable in few days.

  • Sicilian gnocchi

    Sicilian gnocchi

    In Italy you can find gnocchi made with ricotta cheese and flour (without potatoes), gnocchi with roasted pumkin or beetroots instead of potatoes, with chestnuts flour instead of regular flour. When I start talking about gnocchi, during my cooking classes, I realize that people usually knows just the potatoes dumplings. It's normal, they are a symbol of the Italian gastronomy and easy to found in many grocery stores. I love the homemade potatoes dumplings, they are so different from the industrial ones of course! So soft and delicate... they melt in your mouth.

    Sicilian gnocchi

    In Italy you can find gnocchi made with ricotta cheese and flour (without potatoes), gnocchi with roasted pumkin or beetroots instead of potatoes, with chestnuts flour instead of regular flour. When I start talking about gnocchi, during my cooking classes, I realize that people usually knows just the potatoes dumplings. It's normal, they are a symbol of the Italian gastronomy and easy to found in many grocery stores. I love the homemade potatoes dumplings, they are so different from the industrial ones of course! So soft and delicate... they melt in your mouth.

  • Little tarts with ricotta cream and strawberries jam

    Little tarts with ricotta cream and strawberries jam

    Happy Valentine's day, little sweet tarts with ricotta cream & strawberries jam

    Little tarts with ricotta cream and strawberries jam

    Happy Valentine's day, little sweet tarts with ricotta cream & strawberries jam

  • Rame di Napoli and some notes about Halloween

    Rame di Napoli and some notes about Halloween

    A soft spongy biscuits, rich in chocolate with a persistent scent of cloves, cinnamon and orange. All the smells that can bring to your mind that Christmas is near are closed in these delicious cookies.

    Rame di Napoli and some notes about Halloween

    A soft spongy biscuits, rich in chocolate with a persistent scent of cloves, cinnamon and orange. All the smells that can bring to your mind that Christmas is near are closed in these delicious cookies.

  • Coddure, a traditional Easter cookie

    Coddure, a traditional Easter cookie

    Every time I see coloured sugar sprinkles on the grocery shelves, my mind comes back to these traditional Easter cookies. The name "coddure", crowns, comes from the Greek "Kollura" and indicades an Easter cookies with orthodox origins. These cookies were produced by shepherds, brought with them during their travels through the countryside and the crown shape made them easy to hang on their arms. In the past young girls used to offer heart-shaped cuddura as a love message for their boyfriends. On Easter time my mother used to spent one whole day baking this cookies, never alone, always with a…

    Coddure, a traditional Easter cookie

    Every time I see coloured sugar sprinkles on the grocery shelves, my mind comes back to these traditional Easter cookies. The name "coddure", crowns, comes from the Greek "Kollura" and indicades an Easter cookies with orthodox origins. These cookies were produced by shepherds, brought with them during their travels through the countryside and the crown shape made them easy to hang on their arms. In the past young girls used to offer heart-shaped cuddura as a love message for their boyfriends. On Easter time my mother used to spent one whole day baking this cookies, never alone, always with a…

  • My never ending summer

    My never ending summer

    It has been a strange summer, long, warm, dry; on the professional front, a busy summer, plenty of new projects, cooking classes, private dinners, shopping for food made twice in a day, recipes writing , mails.

    My never ending summer

    It has been a strange summer, long, warm, dry; on the professional front, a busy summer, plenty of new projects, cooking classes, private dinners, shopping for food made twice in a day, recipes writing , mails.

  • Sun dried tomatoes and almonds pesto

    Sun dried tomatoes and almonds pesto

    A short post and a quick dish perfect for this busy Monday.

    Sun dried tomatoes and almonds pesto

    A short post and a quick dish perfect for this busy Monday.

  • A Sicilian story, Maria Grammatico and the Genovesi pastries

    A Sicilian story, Maria Grammatico and the Genovesi pastries

    Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins, so it's at least surprising to discover that mostly of the traditional Sicilian desserts saw the light inside the Convents.

    A Sicilian story, Maria Grammatico and the Genovesi pastries

    Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins, so it's at least surprising to discover that mostly of the traditional Sicilian desserts saw the light inside the Convents.

  • Falsomagro, a Sicilian stuffed veal roast

    Falsomagro, a Sicilian stuffed veal roast

    Who knows me knows that I’m not a meat eater. When I was child my favorite dish was pasta, any kind of pasta.

    Falsomagro, a Sicilian stuffed veal roast

    Who knows me knows that I’m not a meat eater. When I was child my favorite dish was pasta, any kind of pasta.