Having just returned from our Spring photo shoot in Sicily, we’re still thinking about what a wonderful place it is and when to return. Here are a few of the things we love most about Italy, and Sicily in particular. Not surprisingly, many of them are food-related.
The Sicilians’ sensible ideas of a spray top on the balsamic vinegar, and a glass cork on their wine bottles.
The passion, hand gestures & expressiveness of the Italians, as we witnessed in a workplace argument in the city park. Before returning, we vow to learn Italian hand gestures: learn in 10 minutes here
Appreciation for classic movies, like the Godfather, part of which was shot in Savoca, Sicily.
Italian style and looking good even if it means wearing stilettos on cobblestones while you walk a mile uphill to the church.
Granites (pronounced granitas) di Limone made with the same machine used for Francis Ford Coppola when shooting the Godfather–similar recipe below.
Granite Di Limone (Lemon Ice)
From Pasquale Bruno, Jr. “Italian Light and Easy”
Makes about 1 quart, 100 cals per 1/2-cup serving
3 c Water
1 c Sugar
1 Lemon; minced zest
1/2 c Fresh lemon juice
Simple syrup: Put the water in a saucepan and add the sugar. Bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate until well chilled.
In a bowl, combine the sugar syrup, lemon zest and lemon juice. Pour the granite into metal ice cube trays or a shallow metal pan and place in the freezer. Stir the granite every 30 minutes for about 90 minutes.