Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Lunch at a Baglio

A baglio is a Sicilian farmhouse. Most of them are from the feudal days when the rich landowners (barons) hired farmers to work for them. There are many all over Sicily, they have been converted into Agriturismo (farmhouses) with restaurants, swimming pools and rooms to rent. 

One of these baglio held a delicious Christmas lunch. It's just out of our town, in the middle of beautiful greenery.  I took advantage to wear my pretty red dress from Fashionmia an online clothing shop where you can get the most gorgeous dresses and other apparel.

The dress seems made for me, it fits me perfectly, no adjustment required. It arrived exactly on time and within only a few days, so I was able to wear it for Christmas.

This is the first dessert: semifreddo al torroncino.

This is the second dessert:  panettone, pandoro and custards.

After dessert we were sent outside to get freshly roasted chestnuts and coffee.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Another cooking show at the Nuara SicilyCook

Last Sunday the Nuara cooking school held a demonstration of Tunisian food.  At the end of the session we got to eat what was prepared. Couscous is one of my favorite food and I can assure you this Tunisian one was out of this world! Here I'm with Chef Francesco Pinello. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Go on an online shopping spree at Fashionmia

Christmas is just days away and  you still haven't found the perfect holiday clothes? That's  not good. The weather is cold, rainy and windy, who wants to go out and face a storm? Well, you can stop worrying and searching. The place to find what you need is Fashionmia, the global online  fashion seller, and it's only one click away. Forget about walking out in the rain, you can shop comfortably from your house. At Fashionmia you will find original fashionable clothes and accessories. You will be lost for choice when  you see the huge amount of women dresses, winter coats and other apparel.

In this fashion women's clothing online store you can find any size you want at any price  you want. It's all about high quality at affordable prices.

If you are on the plus-size, you will surely  find something suitable for you by checking out cheap plus size clothing 

Below you will find some of my favorite dresses. 

As I said you can find any type of clothing, I was impressed  by the variety.  If like me, you like to wear skirts or trousers, you will be amazed at their  selection of cheap plus size tops

I'm sure by now you all know that my favorite color is red so I found the perfect red dress. Here it is

If you want something a bit more sexy, that shows off your figure then go for this gorgeous black and white dress. You will find it here

My very favorite top is this claret-red V-neck plus size T-Shirt  Isn't it a beauty? 

If you want to walk on the wild side, this  is for you....the tiger look!

Last but not least....an elegant dress to swoon for!  A mermaid dress which will turn heads when you wear it.  

Thursday, November 23, 2017

How to make Cassata Siciliana - lesson/demonstration by Sicilian Chef Antonino Mineo

Last Sunday, 19 November 2017, at 6 PM, Chef Nino Mineo held a class on how to make Sicilian Cassata at the Nuara Cooking School.  

Chef Mineo showed us in detail how it's made, from beginning to end and we were all amazed and wowed by how easy it was.  That's what we thought. When it came to our turn to make the cassata we realized how difficult it was in fact. I for one, made a mess from start to finish. Luckily our teacher had a lot of patience and he kept fixing all the mistakes I made. Then, much to my dismay, he used my cassata to show the class how it should NOT be made. I was so embarrassed I wanted to hide under the table :)  

Here are some pictures of the lesson. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A cloudy day in Sicily.

It was very windy and cloudy today so I thought I would put the oven  on and bake. What better dessert than the classic American Apple pie. This recipe is from my vintage Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book.

For the filling you need 7 Granny Smith apples, 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup water and 1 T lemon juice. Put everything in a pan and cook till the apples are tender. Then mix 1/4 cup flour with 2 T sugar and add to the apples. Cook for about a minute.  Turn off the fire and let the apples cool down.

For the crust:  2 cups flour, 180 g. butter, chopped, a pinch of salt. Put these in a mixer and blend. Then add about 5 T of ice water.  Divide the pastry in two. Roll out one-half and place it in the pie dish. Add the cooled apple filling. Roll out the other half and cover the pie. Cut some slits on the crust to let the heat out.

Cook at 220° C for about 40 minutes. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

MEETCAFFE' in Trapani, Sicily

Meet Caffè is, as its name implies, a place where you can meet up with your friends, have a nice hot espresso, cappuccino and all kinds of pastries, sandwiches, soft drinks, cookies and traditional Sicilian pastries. As well as sitting inside, you can also sit on their outside patio, sip your coffee, read and watch the passersby :) 

Anisette are the most famous Sicilian cookies. They are also my favorite cookies. So the pastry chef at MeetCaffè made them just for me. 

MeetCaffè is on Via Marconi 88, Trapani, Sicily.

Lindy Bop in Sicily

This is a vintage 1950s Rockabilly shirt dress, beautiful, and it fits me to a tee!  I have to say though that when I look at these pictures I am somewhat reminded of a certain count from ... Transylvania :) Without the hat and the red polka-dot shoes I think I could be taken for  Count(ess) Dracula!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fruit fashion, espresso and cannolo

I've posted a lemon dress here and a strawberry dress here  What about cherries?  Everybody's favorite fruit.