Which Eggplant For Caponata

Which eggplant is best to use for making Sicilian caponata the violet (left) or the dark purple (right)? You’ll learn this and more on Sunday, Oct. 25 when we make caponata during an online cooking class hosted by Experience Sicily. Our maestra, Annalisa of GoSicily Sicilian Cooking Experience, will be in her kitchen in Sicily,…

Cherry Season

Sicilians eat seasonally, so from mid-May to about right now, they have been enjoying a lot of cherries (ciliegie). Don’t tell the vendor in the Mercato Antico of Siracusa, but while in Ortigia, I enjoyed a few myself! (I cannot tell a lie, really, he was right there!) When planning your trip to Sicily, find…

Hands-on Sicily

Visiting the vibrant markets of Sicily is a crash course in Sicilian cuisine, the natural world, and culture all at once. Here, I’m in Il Capo market in Palermo getting a lesson on spatola (or spatula aka silver scabbarfish or lepidopus caudatus) from the fish monger. Spatola is a beautiful silver, long fish found in…