Sunday, April 27, 2014

Food, nature or culture... the perfect holiday is in Sicily!

Are you planning your holiday but still haven’t decided where to go? Let me guess… your wife wants to relax somewhere warm, enjoy the sun and go to the seaside, while you prefer something more stimulating like a cultural or historical destination. Well… I have the solution to your problem! It’s called: S I C I L Y !

We have got everything here: sea, beaches, rocks, uncontaminated natural areas, amazing monuments, mouthwatering food and breathtaking landscapes. You can’t possibly desire more!!!

You may say that organise a trip without knowing the area isn't so easy. True!!! That is why I want to share with you a very interesting website. You know, ... I am always extremely happy when people email me about how they enjoy reading my blog or cooking my recipes, but also when they ask me to get involved with their projects on any level. 

This is exactly what happened few weeks ago with this new project named ONSICILYCARD
, a Dutch website created to promote the beauties of my island: Sicily and, at the same time, help travellers in finding the right spots, saving some money and having the best experience ever.  

How? Simply by buying a card at a starting price of 32 euros. With this card you will get:

  • Discounts, free products and other perks in five different categories (Accommodation, Food & Drink, Workshops and Activities, Nature & Culture, Miscellaneous).
  • A personal guide to find the most beautiful and not yet discovered places in Sicily
  • Up-to-date information about festivities
  • Easily navigate with your smartphone
  • Card valid for at least three weeks (extentions also possible)
  • All participants are personally selected based on quality and service
  • Cardholders will find information both in Dutch and English language.

Could I NOT share with you such an interesting discovery? Of course not! As I like to think of myself as a true Ambassador of my land, cuisine and culture, here I am!
So… if this sounds like your next holiday, do not hesitate to contact them here and found out about all the details.

I leave you with something very poetic that I read there:

Ask an Italian for directions and he will show you where to go
ask a Sicilian for directions and he will take you there.

Do you really want to miss this opportunity????????? ;-)


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stuffed baked tomatoes in Mediterranean style

Have you ever tried some delicious stuffed tomatoes made in Mediterreanean style? They are not only exquisite but also very easy to prepare. You only need some fresh tomatoes, breadcrumb, some cheese of your choice (we always use Sicilian caciocavallo or primosale), e.v. oil of olive plus oregano, salt & pepper.

If you know someone who loves tomatoes and you want to do something nice and a bit unusual, this is the perfect way to do it.

Preparation for 4 people:
Wash your tomatoes under running water, then remove the top part. Depending on how big they are, you can either cut them in half and serve 1 tomato per person, or 2 each if they are small like the ones in the picture on the right.

In a bowl, collect the inside of the tomatoes (the watery part), add breadcrumb (about 1 tablespoon for each tomato), 2-3 tablespoons of oil of olive, oregano and the cheese you want (about 100 gr.) cut in little cubes. The strongest the cheese taste, the better, that's why we usually use the caciocavallo, which is particularly tasty and make a good contrast with the rest of the ingredients that are definitely sweeter. Adjust with salt and pepper in the end as you like.
Switch the oven on, place the tomatoes in a baking try with a drizzle of oil at the bottom and cook them at 180° for about 20-25 minutes. Grill them for an extra 7-8 minutes so that they become a bit crusty on top and serve them still hot. They are a wonderful side-dish and so simple that they perfectly match with any main dish such as meat, fish or omelette. I definitely recommend them as one of the side-dish of this coming Easter lunch. Enjoy!