Fennel & Orange Salad with raisins & pine nuts

Fennel & Orange Salad with raisins & pine nuts

by Esther Milne May 02, 2019

Sicilians like to eat fennel at the end of a meal to aid digestion and when paired with tangy orange, it makes a light & refreshing salad, half fruit, half vegetable!  

We have our own version of this salad but we met Genni in Messina and she served it to us with pine nuts, raisins and pumpkin seeds which add some crunch & extra nutritional benefits.  It's definitely a recipe to try over the summer season!

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Apple Salad with Walnuts

Apple Salad with Walnuts

by Whitney Scelp April 29, 2019

This recipe is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy.  Apples play the star role, providing lots of vitamin C and natural fiber, they are paired with arugula which is packed full of phytochemicals. Papa Vince EVOO and Moscato vinegar also play an important role, livening up the ingredients and adding multiple health benefits, such as providing heart-healthy antioxidants. The salad is topped off with walnuts, which are a great source of Omega 3 and add some extra crunch!

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Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel Sauce

by Esther Milne April 22, 2019

This is a versatile creamy white sauce that is used in a variety of different Italian dishes or can be used as a base for other sauces.  One of our Sicilian chefs, Gienni showed us how to make it because she used it in the Eggplant Doublets dish she prepared for us.  Gienni added Parmesan Cheese, you can use other flavors or make it plain, it all depends how you're planning to use it.

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Eggplant Doublets "Doppiette di Melanzane'

Eggplant Doublets "Doppiette di Melanzane'

by Esther Milne April 22, 2019

This is a typical dish from Messina which incorporates so many of the fresh ingredients of Sicilian cuisine.  Recipes in Sicily vary so much by cities and regions and Vitina told me that despite visiting her family in Sicily so many times, this was the first time she ever experienced this dish.  Her family is from the Eastern side and the food is different!  This is a very popular recipe and is a creative way to make an eggplant spaghetti sandwich covered in rich tomato sauce, cheese and fresh basil.

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Sicilian Swordfish 'Pesce alla ghiotta'

Sicilian Swordfish 'Pesce alla ghiotta'

by Esther Milne April 18, 2019

We met Samuele in Messina, Sicily, a beautiful city where fishermen pull up every day with an abundance of freshly caught fish.  You can eat it in a variety of different ways and Samuele decided to make 'Pesce alla ghiotta' for us, which combines swordfish with some of the fresh local ingredients.  You can always use tuna or salmon steaks if it's difficult to find the fresh Swordfish, it's a recipe that fits perfectly into the Mediterranean Diet.

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Pasta alla Trapanese

Pasta alla Trapanese

by Esther Milne April 16, 2019

This is a traditional Sicilian dish that takes its flavors from the province of Trapani where the land produces an abundance of sweet, fresh tomatoes, almonds and basil.
This is a quick & easy vegetarian pasta dish that you can prepare in less than 30 minutes. All you need to do is cook the pasta and to make the pesto sauce, you just need to put all the other ingredients into the blender.  It is Sicilian cooking at its best, simple recipes with local, farm fresh ingredients.

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Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli

by Whitney Scelp April 11, 2019

Pasta fagioli, or a soup made with pasta and beans, is a staple for most Italian families. The beauty of this soup is how each family and often, each family member, has their own versions. Variations include using pork, sausage, chicken broth, and different types of beans, such as Navy or Cannellini beans. 

This version of Pasta Fagioli is packed full of vitamins and nutrients from the vegetables, Papa Vince tomato sauce and EVOO, as well as creating a complete protein from the combination of the beans and pasta. Quick and easy to make for a healthy weeknight dinner, it comes together in less then a half hour.

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Spaghetti wrapped King Prawns

Spaghetti wrapped King Prawns

by Esther Milne April 11, 2019

This is a recipe that chef Filippa made for us at her restaurant in Messina.  Her daughter came up with the idea to wrap the king prawns in spaghetti, they loved how it tasted and have been making it ever since.  Of course she lives right on the coast of Sicily and has the best of the fresh catch to cook everyday.  We loved the crunchiness of the spaghetti with the meaty king prawn, absolutely delicious!

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