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Cooking, Sicilian Style!

April 15, 2017

Next week I will be leaving for Sicily, where I will be hosting two back-to-back yoga retreats.  I have been so incredibly busy, with teaching classes and workshops and planning Sicily 2017!  You haven’t seen many blog posts from me, but I hope to post more often these next few weeks!  I am very excited to share this sun-kissed island with this year’s yoga retreat participants.

Last time there in Autumn of 2014, we did a cooking course with the chef Maestro Peppe Barone.  It was a great experience.  He and his staff welcomed us.  We cooked and later ate the fabulous meal we cooked under Chef Peppe’s guidance.  Afterwards, we walked the lovely Baroque town of Modica.  Below are the photos from 2014.  We will be going to the same cooking school with my yoga groups this year.  I sure hope you are not hungry as you see the photos below!  The food that stands out in my mind -and taste buds- are the cannoli!

I am so excited for my yogis!  They are in for a treat.  Of course the food below belonged to the Autumn menu.  The spring menu will be completely different and equally delightful!

The enchanting town of Modica (Sicily)

The enchanting town of Modica (Sicily)

The beautiful interior of the cooking school and restaurant in the heart of Modica

The beautiful interior of the cooking school and restaurant in the heart of Modica.  Beyond the doors on the right is a lovely terrace surrounded by lemon trees.

Michelin Star Restaurant

A Michelin Star Restaurant, Fattoria delle Torri has the honor of having received many awards!

Action!  One of the chef's assistants teaches Don how to make the pasta for the ravioli.

Action! One of the chef’s assistants teaches Don how to make the pasta for the ravioli.

Ricotta Ravioli

Ricotta Ravioli made with the pasta in the previous photo.

And the finished product!

And the finished product!  Perfection.

Making Caponata

Making Caponata.  Every village makes caponata slightly differently! Since we were in Modica, Chef Barone added pure dark chocolate powder to the caponata. When I told my uncle in Grotte about this, he crossed himself twice, saying over and over again incredulously, “Chocolate in the Caponata?” 

An interesting note about Modica.  Modica is known for its chocolate!  When Columbus went to the Americas, Sicily was under Spanish dominion.  Some of the men who traveled to the New World with Columbus were Sicilians from Modica.  They brought back chocolate beans and the ancient Aztecan recipe for making chocolate.  To this day, chocolate is made in Modica using the ancient Aztecan recipe.  View this interesting article on the history of chocolate and Modica.

A serving of caponata. I can almost taste it!

A serving of caponata. I can almost taste it!

Making arancini (rice balls)

Making arancini (rice balls):  Saffron makes them yellow.

The arancini before getting pan fried to become orange-golden like oranges (Arancini refers to "oranges")

The arancini before getting pan fried to become orange-golden like the color of oranges (Arancini refers to “oranges”).  In the center, you may discover melted cheese or a bit of ragu.

Action in the kitchen...making pasta

Action in the kitchen…making pasta

One of the pasta dishes....

This is what the pasta looks like after it is cut into tiny pieces…

One of the meat dishes...

One of the meat dishes…

And what would life be without cannoli?  This was studded with pistachio.

And what would life be without cannoli?  Ok, now I know your mouth is watering! This was filled with ricotta and studded with pistachio nuts.

Week One Group from 2014 sits down to enjoy an incredible meal.

Week One Group from 2014 sits down to enjoy an incredible meal.

Afterwards, we walked the town of Modica to explore and digest! Otherwise, how on earth would we be able to do our afternoon session of yoga?

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In Modica, we saw this street called Via Ritiro (Retreat Street) and had to do a yoga pose!

In Modica, Karin and I saw this street called Via Ritiro (Retreat Street) and had to do a yoga pose!

Modica!  It's a jewel of a town.

Modica! It’s a jewel of a town.

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Be Italian!

April 13, 2013
view of Isola Maggiore from the lawns of our villa where do our yoga sessions.

View of Isola Maggiore from the lawn of our villa, where we do our daily yoga sessions.

Go ahead and Be Italian for a week in Umbria this Fall, September 7-14!

be a singer (be a singer)
be a lover  (be a lover)
pick the flower now before the chance is past (before it’s past)
be Italian (be Italian)
be Italian (be Italian)
live today as if it may become your last!

A moment ago, I found myself humming the “Be Italian” song as I fired up my computer, and so the title of this blog was born!

The strangest aspect about planning my yoga retreats is that I have to think about next Autumn when, in present time,  Spring has barely just arrived!  As it is pouring down rain and high winds whip the camellia blossoms right off their parent shrubs, my aim is to entice you to join me on the yoga retreat in Umbria next September.  When I think of retreating in Umbria, this is what comes to mind:  luminescence, sun rays, warmth, relaxation, basking in the warm spirit of the Italians, being taken care of, and body and soul  being fed by our in-house chef, Massimiliano Catizzone.  Then doing morning yoga on a flawless green lawn overlooking the sun rising over Lake Trasimeno against a backdrop of a villa so beautiful you almost opt not to go on the daily outings, just so you can stay behind and enjoy the exquisite beauty of the villa.  But, no!  You’d be missing out on the lovely outings I have planned for you!

Chef extraordinaire, Massimiliano, and Marilyn. Massimiliano prepares fresh and organic meals. Just when I thought he could not possibly outdo himself, he would, once again, outdo himself...for every meal.  Plenty of vegetarian and non vegetarian options available.

Meet our chef Massimiliano, who creates one fabulous dish after another!. Just when I thought he could not possibly outdo himself, he did just that…for every meal. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available.

Some of my readers are not yogis, but you can still enjoy the photos below, which highlight the Umbrian outings.  For more information, you can visit my website  (see Retreats and Events, scroll down).

Pucciarella Winery Visit

Pucciarella Winery Visit. (stock photo)  Our group went and had a great time.  The wine tastes of Umbria and is served with dinner.

Siena.  We did not do this day trip last year. I am excited to see Siena for the first time (photo found on-line)

Siena. We did not do this day trip last year. I am excited to see Siena for the first time (stock photo).

Mario's Cooking School, located in the Apennines Mountains.  Here Mario poses with his son, Matteo.

Mario’s Cooking School, located in the Apennines Mountains. Here culinary artist, Mario, serves us dinner, with his son, Matteo.

Mushroom Hunting with Mario followed by dream-like Yoga in a sun drenched meadow.

Mushroom Hunting with Mario, followed by dream-like Yoga in a sun drenched meadow.

Yoga in the sun drenched meadow in the Apennines

And of course the Yoga in the sun drenched meadow in the Apennines

Another outing new to this year's trip:  day trip to Orvieto!

Another outing new to this year’s trip: day trip to Orvieto! (stock photo).

Hope to see you there!!  Benvenuti!


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