Crostata/Tart with Frangipane and Bitter Orange Marmalade

Crostata is definitely the type of cake I do the most, and my favorite for breakfast usually, and what I show you now it’s really an amazing version of it 🙂 I wanted to do a recipe that could fit with the bitter orange marmalade we prepared this winter, and I think this cake is…

Macco di Fave – Fava Bean “Purée”

This is a recipe typical of Sicily, but similar recipes can be found also in other southern Italian regions. It’s a very simple recipe of the peasant tradition, so with ingredients that traditionally were considered poor, in particular the fava/broad beans. It’s a recipe that can be made either with fresh or dried fava beans,…

Cacciucco alla Livornese – Livorno-Style Fish Stew

What I am going to show now it’s one of my favorite fish recipes, and it’s really a dish which is perfect for the feasts: the Cacciucco alla Livornese, the most typical dish of the Tuscan city of Livorno. It’s not properly a soup, because it is thicker and the liquids are being absorbed by…

Ricciarelli di Siena – Tuscan Almond Cookies

I am not sure, but probably in Italy the Sicilian “pasta di mandorle” are the most famous biscuits of this kind, but the Ricciarelli of Siena have nothing to envy to them 🙂 they are some of the most flavorful and perfumed biscuits I ever tried, and I really love them (the Sicilian too obviously!)….

Sarde a Beccafico – Palermitan Stuffed Sardines

First of all I want to specify that this is the recipe of Palermo, it’s important because the recipe of Catania is completely different. Very good too, but I will show it another time 🙂 This is a very simple recipe, but it requires some manual skills, and it’s absolutely important to have very fresh…

Chicken Cacciatore – Pollo alla Cacciatora

Here it is another recipe of the Italian tradition, a dish you can find probably through all the country with some variations, but the concept is the same. It’s very easy and it requires few ingredients typical of our cuisine, and important is to have a good chicken too 🙂 INGREDIENTS (2 people): 1 chicken,…

Panissa (or Paniccia)

This is one of those old recipes that were called “poor recipes”, but as all those recipes, poor or not, they are just as delicious as they are simple 🙂 And it couldn’t be more simple, basically 2 ingredients! It’s about like making a polenta, then to fry (but there is also who prefer to…

Mormore All’Acqua Pazza – Poached Sea Fish

Here it is another very simple and easy recipe, but that delivers always a great result 🙂 as always is important to choose a good fish and other ingredients, but it’s really simple to execute and I can tell you that you can really taste the sea! The name “acqua pazza” literally means “crazy water“,…

Minestra di Tenerumi – Soup with Sicilian Courgette Leaves

This year we decided to try for the first time to grow in our garden the “Serpente di Sicilia”, a very nice and particular vegetable of the Gourd family that is typical of Sicily. Its scientific name is Lagenaria longissima. But the particularity of this specific vegetable it’s also that its leaves are edible, and…

Octopus Ragu – Ragù di Polpo

Octopus again 🙂 I have already shared several recipes with it, as I already said it’s one of my favorite ingredients and I really love it in every way. This recipe it’s not difficult, it just requires some time and constant attention. And for me this is one of the very best pasta recipes I…