Cooking Couscous in Sicily

On the second day of our just finished “Secret Sicily” tour, we got our hands dirty while making Trapani-style pesto and fresh busiate pasta (an upcoming post) and this, pictured: Couscous from raw grain! Yes, we practiced the message-style, meditative hand technique that is required to create the proper couscous texture, and we made the…

Secure Your Place at the Table

When I say Savoring Sicily, if you know me, you know I’m not just talking about communing with warmhearting locals; being immersed in Arab-Norman architecture and history; gasping at Serpotta’s stucco sculptures in Baroque meeting houses; participating in an annual ritual inspired by a patron saint; and joining in on a melodic, folk sing-along with…

Enchanting Sicily, Day 2: Think Globally, Eat Locally

LIVE from Sicily! | The International Cous Cous Fest boasts peace through couscous! After a day of touring Scopello’s picturesque tuna fishery, Segesta’s ancient temple and theater, Erice’s romantic alleyways, and Trapani’s salt flats, we ventured to San Vito Lo Capo for its annual multi-cultural food and music festival. Couscous in Sicily?! Why, yes! Note…

Hit the Couscous

At the end of September, the seaside resort town of San Vito Lo Capo hosts the annual International Couscous Fest. From September 18 to 27, 2015 thousands of Sicilians will fill the streets of the white-washed town to taste couscous recipes from an international representation of chefs, to watch cooking demonstrations, talk shows, and competitions,…

Cous cous is also Sicilian! Really from the western province of Trapani, where annually at the end of September in San Vito Lo Capo they celebrate this historically rich dish with international chefs and world music. I made cous cous in NYC last night wishing I could be at the Sagra too. N.B. This ceramic…