Bread Making For Thanksgiving

Let’s make bread together! In Sicily for Saint Joseph’s Day, or la Festa di San Giuseppe, as an act of prayer and thanksgiving, devotees to the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, and those who toil for work, spend days preparing beautifully crafted loaves for their March 19 feast day altars. Are you seeking protection or…

When the Pavement Is Dry

Quanno i balati ra Vucciria s’asciucanu … is a Sicilian expression that means, When the pavement of the Vucciria [market] is dry. In other words, we would say, When Hell freezes over. The irony of this well-known Palermitano idiom is that today, the significance of the Vucciria market is fading and the pavement, which was…

Cazzilli: If Panelle Had Siblings

If panelle (chickpea fritters, a specialty of Palermo) had siblings, cazzilli would be panelle’s brothers and sisters. Cazzilli are potato croquettes. They fall into the street-food category of Palermitano cuisine. You can eat them with your fingers or together with panelle, they are often paired inside a sesame seed bun sprinkled with lemon juice and…

Three’s Company

In Palermo’s ancient city center, street signs maintain the languages of past years when a mix of cultures occupied the city’s streets–wait… A mix of cultures still do occupy the city streets. They are just different cultures, and therefore, different languages. Today, instead of Sicilian, Hebrew, and Arabic, you’ll find Sicilian, Italian, Arabic, and perhaps…

Bread is vital to Sicilians. Filone, as this bread is called, is a long, tube-shaped bread made with a hard, durum wheat and sprinkled with sesame seeds. #bread #pane #sesameseeds #filone #sicilian #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia #siciliaph #siciliafoto