Friday, 4 July 2014

Edged in sideways - Sicily, Part II



Look how long this took.

A few weeks ago, on the Sicily post, I promised you Part Two. Between that promise and this post, life edged in sideways, the sneaky thing. But here it is. Part Two, slow-roasted like little Sicilian tomatoes. Tell me if you can taste it.


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Sicily - a photo journal

I'll let the photographs do most of the talking this time, and I hope they'll tell you little secrets, show you little nooks, take you away for a while. Happy weekend, my friends!


The House

A cottage out of a fairytale, hidden in the wild Madonie mountains, in Northern Sicily. We spent weeks searching for the perfect place - away from everything, without a frill, rustic and simple. We wanted birdsong and walks in the woods, and not much else. That was what Casa Bianca was in a nutshell.



For more information on Casa Bianca, you can get in touch with the lovely Pamela here.


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The Places

We loved the contrasts Northern Sicily threw up at every turn. I'm going to show you three places we loved. The old, cobbled alleys of Cefalu, a town tumbling into the Mediterranean. The fishing village of Scopello, with its glittering hamlet. Castelbuono, a beautiful commune hugging a medieval cathedral. And Palermo, a city I thought I wouldn't like, but which I loved. We went to Palermo on a Monday morning when many of its shops are shut; it gave us a chance to see a different side of the city. Unhurried; with daily lives being led, crumbling balconies holding the sun, couples sitting under giant banyan trees.


{Cefalu}



 
 {Scopello}



{Castelbuono}





{Palermo}





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The Food

Nothing I say about Sicilian food can do it justice, but there are a few things that you can't leave the island without tasting.
Cannolo - tubes of fried dough filled with sweet ricotta.
A no-fuss, grilled swordfish.
Spaghetti alle vongole - spaghetti with a simple tumble of clams.
Pasta alla norma - pasta with fried eggplant, ricotta salata, pine nuts, basil and garlic.
Pasta con le sarde - pasta with sardines, wild fennel, pine nuts, raisins and saffron.
Swordfish involtini.
Arancini.
The fish couscous, which made its way to Sicily from Northern Africa, and is a specialty in the Trapani area.
When in season, a pizza with artichokes, which I love.
And in between your meals: a cool, crunchy granita and glasses of fresh orange juice.





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Cooking in Sicily

What can I say, I could go on with the food. So, before I go, I'll leave you with a meal we cooked at home, with fresh ingredients from the market, and ate sitting at the table outside our cottage, in the midst of magic Sicilian mountains.






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14 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh... The food! It all looks stunning. You have inspired me to look into going very soon! xx

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    1. Sicilian food is the stuff of poetry, Emma. Simple, beautiful and generous.
      Yes, you must go! xx

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  2. You have me daydreaming about Italy...

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    1. And what better place to be daydreaming about :) xx

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  3. this is where i want to go next. the photos are stunning. I am sold

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    1. You can't go wrong with Sicily, Anita. All you have to do is land up; the island does the rest.

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  4. i can taste it all, Pia!!!
    AND, Swordfish involtini is my favorite.

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    1. I'm sure you can! You must know the flavours so well :)
      I loved the swordfish involtini too!

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  5. Beautiful, Pia. All of it--the landscapes, the food, your family. Wonderful.

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  6. Gorgeous pics. I could see Sicily through your eyes and taste all that food. :)

    You tempt me to travel to Sicily and taste at least the vegetarian part of all that glorious food. But that is not going to happen immediately, so I am going to daydream till I can, and armchair-travel using a Sicily-based book. :D

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    1. The vegetarian food in Italy is just wonderful. Often better than anything else on the table.
      As for armchair-travel. It's what I do; when I am where I am :)

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  7. Runa Saha Das5 August 2014 03:31

    Enjoyed the photo journal - and the stunning pictures...i only see beautiful place & food - my soul is sold!

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    1. Yes, soul place :) This was one place where I forgot to take photographs most of the time. So almost all of them are in this post!

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