Showing posts from January, 2018

Making Panelle

Sicily is famous for its street food and one of the most popular is Panelle which is a Sicilian fast food snack available in bars, from street vendors and are occasionally found in restaurants. Panelle (or panella di ceci) are Sicilian fritters made from chickpea flour and other ingredients. They are popular in Palermo and are often eaten between slices of pane (bread) or in a roll like a sandwich and as such become known as Pane e Panelle. A visit to Palermo would not be complete without sampling them. Although chickpeas (ceci) are thought to have been cultivated by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Panelle themselves are believed to be of Arabic origin. Panelle means 'Little Breads'. In Sicilian dialect they are called Paneddi and they are known in Spanish as Garbanzos. The Panelle is made by pouring chickpea flour into boiling water with salt and herbs, typically parsley or fennel seeds and they are then cooked in bubbling hot oil for just a few minutes. Pa

2017 ... a years review

Giardini Naxos Happy New Year to all my followers ... 2017 was another fun year jam packed with lots of Sicilian adventures and a lot of delicious Sicilian food and here are my most memorable moments. The year started with the opening of a fabulous new restaurant in London 'Tasting Sicily UK Enzo's Kitchen'. Enzo's Kitchen was created by the esteemed chef Enzo Oliveri who was born in Palermo and moved to England in the 1990's. He is also known as "The Sicilian Chef". He starred in the television series "Sicily with Aldo & Enzo" with fellow celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and also with Gordon Ramsay on Channel 4 in "F Word goes Octopus Hunting in Sicily"and this year with baker Paul Hollywood. Enzo is also the President of the FIC UK (Federation of Italian Chefs in the UK).The restaurant is managed superbly by manager Luisa Ingoglia and her husband Andrea who manage the restaurant with Sicilian passion and attention to detail br