I could have stayed here all day long.
One of the only regrets I have is I don't live near the beach, to smell the sea!
I hope to fix that soon, to spend a month or so at a time at least, but my Culinary programs to Sicily at least get me here often.
I just got back from two weeks of being Sicilian and sharing it with students. It is such a joy to introduce friends and hopefully create new Sicily fans as we travel.
Everyone is surprised at how large Sicily is and how incredibly beautiful. A mix of many cultures and landscapes.
I am always fascinated by the salt flats outside Trapani, we were lucky to be there during the harvest. Amazing mountains of salt crystals, left to dry.
The magnificent churches reflecting multiple cultures and periods of time.
We visited this bombed out church in Mazara del Valle. Sicily was heavily bombed by the Americans after the war had already ended. Coming to Sicily is like going to school. I am constantly learning.
I will be posting some recipes soon, need to do some recipe testing in my own kitchen, but here is a little teaser.
My FAVORITE pizza is at Calvani's in Trapani, called Rianata, which is oregano in Sicilian dialect. No tomato sauce, no mozzarella!!! PACKED with flavor.
Crunch pecorino cheese melted on top!!! Wish I had some for breakfast.
My next trip is in November for the new oil harvest. Let me know if you would like to join me.