How incredible was the full moon last week? So beautiful.
watched as various bits and pieces went into the wood fired oven..
and sat down to a remarkable lunch which included a variety of local delicacies..
|Scacce and caponata|
Finished off with a bit of enthusiastic toasting..
What you've got to love about the Italians is their unabated love for food and family. Carm's family embraced us with open arms, barely a word of English between them, and showed us real Sicilian culture as it is today. As for the food! You see more adults than children tucking into a gelati...
|Bus driver with a bus load of waiting passengers having a restorative gelati|
After some lively dancing and a few more, ahem, aperol spritz at the Bar in Scoglitti
|Photo - Gina Milicia|
Utterly delicious too, is gelati. We sampled LOTS of gelati. Just so you know, if it is fluffed up like this:
it probably has an additive that gives it the extra volume. Authentic gelati won't sit up like that. We went to see gelati being made in Scoglitti (another of Carm's cousins), which is done in a big machine.
I also learned that my perennial favourite, coffee, may have been superseded by hazelnut, and that was one of the first things I tried to make when we got back:
|That is a bit of hazelnut chocolate on the top|
2 cups hazelnuts
3 cups milk
Preheat the oven to 180c. Put the hazelnuts on a tray and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes until they start to brown (give them a shake half way through). Allow to cool a bit, then put onto a clean tea towel and rub off the skins. When they are completely cool ut them in the food processor and grind coarsely.
Put the nuts and the milk in a saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Take off the heat and allow to sit for about 2 hours for the flavours to infuse.
Strain the mixture through a square of muslin or chux over a sieve into a bowl, really squeezing out the milk.
You can then use the milk in a normal vanilla ice cream recipe, such as this one below:
2 eggs and 3 egg yolks
3/4 cup castor sugar
a vanilla bean, cut in half
1 1/2 cups hazelnut milk
2 cups cream
Put the milk in a saucepan with the vanilla bean and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and allow vanilla to infuse for a few minutes. Scape out seeds and add to the milk.
Beat the eggs and sugar for a few minutes until pale, then gently pour in the milk whisking. Return the mix to a clean saucepan and stir continuously until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Do not allow it to boil. Cool slightly then refrigerate until cold.
Add the cream and a tablespoon of Frangelico if you fancy, then churn in an ice cream machine.
Sicilian Food Tours was a fabulous experience. It is not a tour for food snobs, it is a tour for food lovers who want to have FUN. Just remember...