Monday, December 29, 2014

MY AMERICAN MARKET

 My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com and I are hooked on American food. I grew up in New York so I miss  Twinkies, chocolate kisses, candy corn and other such treats. These  products, however, are not available here in Sicily.

Recently, Sayaka found an online shop  in France which sells American food   http://www.myamericanmarket.com/  Here are some of the products we ordered:

Macaroni and Cheese,  Reese's, and  Betty Crocker  Pie Crust

 
Who can ask for anything more?
 
 
A Cookbook of iconic American recipes....en français, so Sayaka and I can practice our French:)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Sunday, December 7, 2014

MAKING SUSHI

My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com, and I decided to make sushi. Here are the sushi chefs at work. It's not the sushi you find in Japanese restaurants, we made the homestyle sushi....called NORIMAKI.

Sayaka mixing the rice with  salt, sugar, and  rice vinegar)



Showing off her kimono


Tasting the sushi rice
 
Toasting the nori

 
The ingredients:  sushi rice, nori, tamago-yaki (Japanese omelette made with dashi, sugar, mirin (sweet sake)  soy sauce);   (carrots simmered in mirin, sugar and soy sauce; tuna mixed with mayonnaise; fresh cucumbers
 

 
Me rolling  up the Norimaki

 
Me cutting the Norimaki

 
The finished sushi. Picture by my  friend from Tuscany,  photographer Samuele Russo.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THE WEATHER IT IS A CHANGIN'....

Bob Dylan sang The Times They Are A Changin'  but here in Sicily it's the weather that is a changin'...we are in December and although it is still pretty warm, 22 degrees C today...  it's gradually getting cooler and windier as you can see from the pictures.





Going a shoppin' :)