||A taste of the
Sicilian recipes of yesterday and today
of island recipes are yours to enjoy. All deeply rooted in
geography and culture.The Sicilian diet is a
fusion of the original cuisine and that
of many influences: Arab,
French and Spanish for a few. We will take you
kitchens where the native dishes are designed around the local,
seasonal vegetables, live stock and fish. From the noble Sicilian
Borboni courts, a more sophisticated cuisine, who
kept French cooks called
"Monsu". Sicily has long
been involved in the production of sea salt. This mineral
salt has graced the savory flavors and enhanced the Mediterranean
and spices of a cuisine that embraces the earth
The first Chapter Appetizers and Side Dishes includes
recipes that originated as quick, street food served
the local Deli. These dishes are migrating to the table in
many restaurants, "Trattorias".
They serve such
flavorful snacks as: panelle, parmigiana,
and seasoned olives.
Chapter two Sicilian Breads and Pizzas, because
they have the luxury, often buy bread from a local baker
he has the best flour, water, oven or the most talent. Bread
in Sicily often has a unique flavor or
texture suited to a recipe.
This Chapter attempts to pass on this passion for the marking
and enjoyment of
First courses and soups: first courses are often
soup or the traditional pasta. Pastas come in as many shapes
and sizes as the people of Sicily. Everyone has their favorite.
Other first courses have unexpected flavors like
cuscus or savory
Meat, eggs, and fish are the topics of the
forth and fifth chapters. Proteins,
the second course,
are most often determined by location: seashore, mountains,
or rural village. Chapter six concentrates on the sauces.
Mostly tomato based,
Sicilians take pride in family and traditional
recipes handed down from mother to
daughter. Seasonal fruit usually
ends a meal. Everyone everywhere enjoys
dessert. Chapter seven visits seasonal
feasts and religious festivals to find
cheeses, creams and other ingredients in the confections
of a proud
tradition. Simple but healthy recipes should transport
you to be "island in the sun"
via the aromas
and colors of the food.
Index of the recipes
Appetizers and side dishes
Bread and Pizzas
Main Courses and Soups