Saturday, March 7, 2009
Delicious Wonders of Sicily..
Sicily is famous for many things but the two most delicious things ( In my opinion) are the blood oranges and the cannoli (more on the cannoli later)...
If you have never tasted a blood red orange from Sicily you are really missing out on one of life's wonders. They are worth a trip to Italy just to taste them or savor freshly squeezed juice..nothing like it...it is like eating orange candy..so sweet..and now is the season..
I remember the first few times I had breakfast in a coffee bar here and began seeing the barristas squeezing thes oranges for fresh orange juice during the seaason. I decided to try a 'spremuta' (fresh juice) myself one day and became hooked. When assembling The Basic Art of Italian Cooking Kitchen here in Italy-that was one of our first appliances- a stainless steel orange juice squeezer..so that we could use the fresh juice in many recipes.
Everyone seems to be praising them and their virtues...
Here is a recipe to try, if you can't get the blood oranges of Sicily- navel oranges should do.. (certainly won't be the same but can be an acceptable substitute)
Braised lettuce with Oranges
For 4 people
1 head of romaine lettuce (1 pound)
1 can of chick peas
1 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
pinch of red hot pepper
4 fresh oranges
salt and pepper to taste
Peel oranges and cut or break into sections or slices. Keep the juice that comes out of the oranges while cutting, in a glass.
Wash ,dry and chop the lettuce. Place 1/2 tblsp olive oil in saute pan, heat, place in chopped lettuce, pinch of salt, 2 cloves of garlic and pinch of hot red pepper. Place chick peas in food processor with 1 tsp of olive oil, pinch of salt ,reserved orange juice and blend into a cream. Place cream on a flat dish.
Top with braised lettuce and top with orange slices, coriander leaves, drizzle with remaining olive oil adn a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.
Do you have any favorite recipes or foods from Sicily you can share with us..we'd love to hear...
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Here is a recipe for a lower calorie verison of the cannoli
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