Ham and Cheese Sicilian Brioches

Ham and Cheese Sicilian Brioches

  I made these Ham and Cheese Sicilian Brioches for my daughter’s 8th birthday party. When I was a child, I would spend part of my summer holidays at my nonni’s house in Palermo. Not far from where they used to live, there was a place called I Cuochini (aka the little cooks) where my…

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Biancomangiare with Citrus Salad

Biancomangiare with Citrus Salad

Today’s recipe is all about Sicily. Last week I shared with you the recipe for Sicilian Almond Milk, a deliciously sweet drink. Besides drinking it plain, it also makes a great base for desserts like Biancomangiare. Biancomangiare (where bianco means “white” and mangiare means “to eat”) is a traditional Italian pudding and in its Sicilian version it…

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Sicilian Almond Milk

Sicilian Almond Milk

  Today I want to share with you a recipe that is very close to my heart. It is a Sicilian classic that people usually enjoy during the hot Sicilian summer. I used to have a glass of it in the evenings, sitting in our summerhouse yard while chatting with my friends. This is a…

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Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate

Olive Schiacciate (or Cracked Olives) are very popular in Italy, especially in the South.  They are cracked olives in brine.  I remember going to one of the beautiful and colourful markets in Palermo as a child and getting drawn to the stalls that would sell olives.  They had so many different kinds.  Mountains of delicious,…

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Mahi Mahi with Caponata Sauce

Mahi Mahi with Caponata Sauce

I just came back from a wonderful week in Sicily, filled with emotions, as I got to spend time with some relatives and friends I hadn’t seen in 7 years and I got to show my kids places filled with childhood memories that they had never seen before!  And to celebrate this moment, today I…

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Swordfish Impanata

Swordfish Impanata

Today’s dish is another one of my Sicilian recipes: Swordfish Impanata.  Impanata is Italian for empanada and they are basically the same thing: pastry with a filling.  Unlike the South American empanadas, this Sicilian version is made like a pie and portioned only after cooking.  You shouldn’t be surprised to find such a dish in…

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Cubbaita

Cubbaita

Tomorrow is a very special day for all Italian children, as we celebrate the day of the Epiphany and the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the baby Jesus.  The night between January 5th and 6th is the night of Befana, who, in Italian folklore, is “an old woman who fills children’s stockings with candy…

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Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes

Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes

A little while ago, I was so lucky to find some amazing artichokes at the markets.  I got a tray full of them… and made them in many different ways.  Remember my Carciofi alla Trapanese recipe?  Those too were part of this batch…  Today, I will show you yet another way of preparing a delicious…

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Carciofi alla Trapanese  

Carciofi alla Trapanese #SundaySupper

This week the Sunday Supper team is sharing recipes for lighter foods to balance out the indulgences that go along with all the feasting, parties and celebrations of the upcoming holiday season. And what better than artichokes to eat lighter, healthier but still delicious food?  Did you know that the total antioxidant capacity of artichokes is one…

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Sarde Allinguate

Sarde Allinguate

I know I have said this before, but sardines are my favourite fish ever.  They are cheap and so good for you and I highly recommend you try them.  I just wish I could find them more often here in Sydney!  Today I will share with you a traditonal Sicilian recipe, very common in the…

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Gelatina di caffe - Coffee Jello

GELATINA DI CAFFÈ – COFFEE JELLO

I have been blogging for almost 3 years now and when I look back at all the the things I learnt, I almost can’t believe it.  I am talking about cooking techniques and also about computer skills and photography!  But what I am the most grateful for are the friendships I made along the way. …

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Ricotta filled Graffe

RICOTTA FILLED GRAFFE

Today’s recipe comes from the Sicilian town of Trapani, where my mother was born.  These are similar, but not the same as the more famous Neapolitan graffe, the dough of which includes potatoes.  Graffe in Trapani are like doughnuts, fried and then filled with the same sweet ricotta filling used for Cannoli, Sfinciuni di San…

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Pesche Dolci alla Siciliana

PESCHE DOLCI ALLA SICILIANA

I am very excited about today’s recipe.  I am taking you all back to Sicily for this Regional Italian dish… a very special one.  These are among my favourite Sicilian pastries.  They are not as famous as cannoli, but they are just as delicious.  The filling is in fact the same sweet ricotta filling of…

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Beef Agglassato

BEEF AGGLASSATO

Today’s Regional Italian dish is yet another dish from Sicily!  It is a very easy and delicious beef pot roast (kind of) made with onions and white wine.  It is a recipe from Palermo that comes from my father’s side of the family.  I have already shared with you the recipe for Chicken Agglassato, and this…

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Pan fried Sicilian Pork Sausage with fennel

PAN FRIED SICILIAN PORK SAUSAGE WITH FENNEL

Sausage is one of the meats I used to love the most while growing up.  I still do, but now I am much more selective and try to make my own sausage every time I can.  There is nothing better than fresh, home-made pork sausage: you know what’s in it, you choose the cuts of…

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