Friday, June 2, 2017

Cooking Class in Ortigia

After our excursion to the market, we ended up at Impact Hub and their beautiful teaching kitchen.  
Our menu for the day was ravioli alla Norma, a riff on the traditional pasta of Sicily, called Pasta alla Norma.  The pasta is tomato sauce with fried eggplant, ricotta salata, and basil.  The filling for our ravioli was fried eggplant, basil and ricotta. It was served on a bed of tomato sauce, and topped with ricotta salata.  Our main course would be tuna steaks agra dolce, with a roasted pepper salad.  Dessert would be cannoli because you have to have them here in Sicily.

We made our own semolina pasta (all Sicilian pasta is made from Semolina)

filling ingredients

After mixing

Filling the ravioli


After rolling out all that dough we took a break to have a few snacks.  Salame, cheese, eggplant pesto, and bruschetta.  All accompanied by a lovely Sicilian red wine.
A simple tomato sauce for the pasta

Building the plate


Roasted pepper salad

Our main course, tuna steaks agra dolce, sweet and sour with onions

No meal would be complete without a few cannoli here in Sicily

Sesame seed cookies and 'cigarette' filled with cannoli cream
After a full day of food, wine and learning, we headed back out to do a bit of shopping and then rest up before dinner.  Grazie to Loredanna and Arianna for an awesome morning.  Ciao for now.

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