Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Top Italian food blogs for 2013": we are in!

The pic above is taken from Casa del viaggiatore (the Saline at sunset)

I hope 2013 keeps going well, just as it started. Infact I am very happy to announce to my dear readers, (it sounds very official I know), that the Sicilian Cuisine Blog has been included in the list of the 'Top Italian Food Blogs & Websites to follow in 2013' and I am really thankful and honoured for that. The fact that my time, work and passion is recognized and appreciated by others is always a joy and an amazing result. 

So... while thanking the editor Adrien Petersen for appreciating my contents, I also would love to suggest you have a look at his website for its beautiful pictures and its interesting and rich content.

"Italian reflections for travellers, settlers and expats alike." 

I loved many sections: interviews, recipes, vacations, quotations... especially the one from the English writer Samuel Johnson that says: 

View of Mondello beach & the Conca d'oro

"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what is expected a man should see." 

I couldn't agree more.

"Italian reflections for travellers, settlers and expats alike."  

I just feel like I am a bit of the three.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A traditional roast with a Mediterranean touch

Do you want to add a Sicilian touch to your traditional roast? Why not? Either you are having turkey, beef or pork for your Sunday dinner, I would like to suggest you a different and very tasty way of cooking the potatoes that will match just perfectly with any meat.

I am talking about this lovely Mediterranean flavored side-dish, perfect to spice up your meal. It is juicy, tasty and creamy. It makes me think of one of my favorite tv shows: "Blue Bloods" (on Cbs), where the Reagan family gather every sunday for lunch. This would be the perfect dish to serve!

Very easy to make, you just need the right ingredients. For 4 people I usually consider 8 medium sized potatoes, plus 2 onions, a can of peeled tomatoes, salt, oregano, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil.

1. Preheat the oven at 200 C°;
Peel the potatoes, wash them under running water and cut them in big pieces. 3. Peel the onions as well and chop them in thin slices.
4. At the bottom of an oven tray spread some olive oil, place the potatoes and the onion and add the can of peeled chopped tomatoes.
5. Mix all the ingredients very well, then add abundant salt, oregano, a pinch of black pepper and some more oil on top. 6. Place in the oven for about 35-40 minutes (depending on how big the pieces of the potatoes are), but remember to check them and turn them after 15-20 minutes, and then again after 30 minutes.

These are usually the potatoes that you buy here in western Sicily with the chicken roast, so some of you may have recognised them. If you want to propose a new recipe with an old ingredient this is definetely the perfect solution. Enjoy! :-)