Sicilian Summers In Cucina….

Sicilian summers are sizzling.  They are filled with a zest and a “joie de vivre” I have rarely found elsewhere. They are also the simplest and most genuine – made of lazy mornings and afternoons al mare {at the beach} and soaking in every ray of Southern sunshine.  When you are not sunbathing, you are either at the mercato shopping for the freshest ingredients or in cucina preparing for smaller or larger feasts.  Summers are generally meatless – making the most of the gifts from the Mediterranean Sea – a feast for the eyes, the senses and the palate.  It’s as simple as that, as simple as some of my favorite Sicilian summer dishes below…..  Enjoy your summer and I hope it is as lazy and as fun as you’d like it to be!  As always, buon appetito ;)

Pomodorini di Pachino
Pomodorini di Pachino
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Peperoni e melanzane siciliane {Sicilian peppers and eggplants}
Fichi d'India Siciliani {Sicilian Prickly Pears ....BEFORE....}
Fichi d’India Siciliani {Sicilian Prickly Pears ….BEFORE….}
Sicilian prickly pears ....AFTER.....ready to be enjoyed
Sicilian prickly pears ….AFTER…..ready to be enjoyed
La regina delle tavole estive siciliane : fettuccine con polpa di ricci.....{The Queen of Sicilian summer tables: fettuccine with pulp from sea urchins}
La regina delle tavole estive siciliane : fettuccine con polpa di ricci…..{The Queen of Sicilian summer tables: fettuccine with pulp from sea urchins}
Soffritto di gamberetti, pomodorini, prezzemolo, cipolle per la prossima spaghettata..... Soffritto of shrimp, tomatoes, parsley and onions for your next spaghettata....
Soffritto di gamberetti, pomodorini, prezzemolo, cipolle per la prossima spaghettata….. Soffritto of shrimp, tomatoes, parsley and onions for your next spaghettata….
Anciovi a "bagno maria"....Anchovi in olive oil, salt and parsley and pepper flakes ready to be grilled
Anciovi a “bagno maria”….Anchovi in olive oil, salt and parsley and pepper flakes ready to be grilled
Calamari grigliati.....Grilled calamaris....
Calamari grigliati…..Grilled calamaris….
Caponata siciliana di peperoni rossi, cipolle e patate.....Sicilian caponata with red peppers, onions and potatoes.....
Caponata siciliana di peperoni rossi, cipolle e patate…..Sicilian caponata with red peppers, onions and potatoes…..
Zucca Siciliana in agrodolce.....Sicilian Sweet and sour zucca/pumpkin....
Zucca Siciliana in agrodolce…..Sicilian Sweet and sour zucca/pumpkin….
If you do crave meat....try "salsiccia al finocchio"....Sicilian sausage with fennel.....I'm here grilling with Zia Lucia!!!
If you do crave meat….try “salsiccia al finocchio”….Sicilian sausage with fennel…..I’m here grilling with Zia Lucia!!!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Joyce Mariani says:

    Ah! mandemi un puo di fettuccine con polpa di ricci e anciovi a “bagno maria”!! Sicilian cuisine is the fantastico!

    1. Ciao Joyce!!! Un abbraccio e grazie!!!!

  2. Lorraine Petitti says:

    Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:25:25 +0000 To: lorenapetitti@hotmail.com

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