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San Gandolfo Festival
The 7th Wednesday after Easter and the 3rd week end in September
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The Most Holy Crucifix
Starts May 1st
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La Sagra delle Nocciole (The Hazelnut Festival)
Always in August usually after the 15th, a moveable date

Lo Sfoglio
Late August

Santa Lucia
December 13


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Festive Sicilian biscotti

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 23 Dec 2021


Festive biscotti with cherries on top These festive looking Sicilian almond biscotti (image below) topped with red and green glace cherries are a soft almond punch of sweetness on the inside with a light golden chewy bite on the outside.

I (for some reason) bought ground almonds with the skin on (peeled was called for in the recipe) and I mixed and moulded the ingredients by hand. I didn't see the bit about using the mix master and didn't have a piping bag but...they turned out ok.

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Snapshots from the 2021 blogs, thoughts of returning and festive baking

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 08 Dec 2021

A handful of images from blogs written in 2021. Some of the places: Cipampini, Isnello, Polizzi and Taormina are below with a few notes, thoughts on returning (a much loved thought) and festive baking.

Cipampini, Isnello, Polizzi Generosa, Taormina. The tiny borgho of Cipampini. To eat at A FuocoLento. A small restaurant with good food and wonderful hosts. To walk the quiet streets with a feeling of holidays. To eat there again was mentioned to me just the other day.

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A Glimpse of the Madonie

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 12 Nov 2021

Up in the mountains From Polizzi Generosa's main piazza, Piazza Santissima Trinita (which is in fact a perfect belvedere) some of the striking mountains of the Madonie National Park (Parco delle Madonie) can be enjoyed.  The mountains are so close; Polizzi sits on the doorstep of the Madonie.

Comprised of nearly 162 sq kilometres of towering mountains, valleys, walking tracks, deep forests, flora, fauna, spring water, wild food, and small stone villages the Madonie National Park is loved for walking, skiing, foraging, wild flowers, silence, stone villages and scenic winding roads.

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Fici d' India: Prickly and vibrant Sicilian 'Indian figs'

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 08 Oct 2021

Fico d' India Fico d’India (Indian Fig) or simply the prickly pear grows wild in Sicily. Strong, tough, and straggling mountainsides and roadsides this classic Sicilian plant, bears lots of fruit (it is also commercially produced), is ‘indigenous to the American Southwest and Mexico’ and was planted in Sicily by the Spanish ‘at a time when Europeans still believed that the Western Hemisphere was part of India.’ (Vincent Schiavelli). 

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