On Mount Etna
Your instructor for the hands on cooking classes will be Eleonora
Consoli. She is the author of Sicily - La Cucina del Sole
and many other cookbooks. The courses are held in her typical
Sicilian home dating from the 18th century, in one of the
most characteristic villages on the slopes of Mt. Etna. Classes
will be based on well-known Sicilian recipes, paying
particular attention to pasta, fish and vegetables. Eleonora
the cooking class with the culture, traditions, habits and
which the cuisine has evolved.
Mrs. Silvia Di Vincenzo offers special cooking courses for
her guests, in
which she emphasizes typical ingredients and tasty traditional
as well as revealing the little tricks of Sicilian cuisine.
Her favorite recipes
are anelletti al forno (baked pasta rings), pasta con le sarde
(with sardines), polpettone (Italian meatloaf), stir-fry “da
strada” (“on the road”), and especially
desserts with almonds or ricotta cheese.
You will have Cooking Classes in the
Eremo della Giubiliana, a luxury historic
The Chef will organize the classes
depending upon the subject, as below:
the cuisine of the Land’s aristocracy;
the historical background, the
farmer’s products, cheese and basic
ingredients; Focacce, pizza and Sicilian
arancine; Home made pasta and
first courses; the old recipes of the
fishermen. The class will take place
in the antique kitchen of the Eremo
and, in the wine cellar, inside the
old crypt of the convent. At the end
a food and wine tasting.
The Contessa Federico will organize
famous cooking classes in the
old kitchen rooms of Palazzo Conte
Federico. You will go to the Ballarò
street market and you will buy the
ingredients for the cooking class.
In the kitchen of the 13th century
palace the famous Chef Giglio will
teach you how to prepare insalata di
arance (orange salad) with bottarga
(salted tuna eggs) and swordfish, the
black risotto with cuttlefish... The
lunch will be delighted in a torch-lit
atmosphere in the Torre di Scrigno.
With the Chef Carmelo Tilotta we
will go the market in Trapani in order
to select products as ricotta, dried
fruits or seasonable vegetables for
our complete lunch.