Fertile, Italian, Mafia, Food.
A few weeks ago I jumped on a plane and flew to Sicily for the week.
For those of you who don’t know where this is… you may know it as the football shaped island next to the italian boot, as the home of the infamous sicilian mafia or maybe its giant erupting volcano!!
These three of things have a major influence on one thing… The food!!
Football = Passion
The world recognises the Italians as the most passionate foodies in the world! Every meal we had was served with a sense of achievement at each restaurant, from the kitchen to the front of house everybody was proud of their creation and wanted to celebrate it with us. We were, however, there during the World cup, so sometimes that passion would turn into aggression and I’d end up with a Cannelloni in my face as I celebrated Italy being knocked out of the competition.
Mafia = Family
Sicily is the original home of the God Father and we all know how much food played a role in the lives of the Corleone’s, as “Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold”. Food is used throughout Sicily as a way to maintain family tradition with recipes being passed down through generations over hundreds of years and they still taste absolutely incredible! My favourite sicilian dish was the trusty Arancini balls, I think I had at least two a day!! I also had a vibrant green lemon studle, but to this day i don’t really know what it was… any ideas??
Volcano = Fresh
Because of Mt Etna (that was actually glowing with lava at night) everything in sicily is extra fertile… including the locals! HA! This means the food is not only fresh but it’s packed full of nutrients. I had the best olives, lemons, veg, fish, pasta, sex, wine, bread and meat I have ever had!!! Thank you Italy ;)
As holidays go, when it comes to food… Scilly is now top of the list.
But now, I’m worried I may have peaked too early, where would you recommend I try next?!