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Gluten free Sicilian cake Recipe – Ricetta per Cassata senza glutine

Gluten free Sicilian cake Recipe – Ricetta per Cassata senza glutine

By on Jan 5, 2015 in Recipes, Sicily | 0 comments

Thanks to my aunt Eliana, here you can find the full recipe for this yummy gluten free Sicilian cake. With a very special orange flavour…Enjoy! You need: Pan di spagna (a sort of spongy gluten free cake) 1 egg yolk 2 eggs 100g of sugar 100g of rice flour + 10g of rice starch or 110g of gluten free flour Cream filling 400g of sheep’s ricotta a cheese 250g of icing sugar 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur 100g of candied orange Mixture to sprinkle the cake 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur Half a glass of water 1 table spoon of sugar 1 sachet of vanilla Almond paste Almon flour200g of peeled (mix peel almond) 200g of icing sugar 1 egg white Sugar icing-cover 250g of iing sugar 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur 1 egg white 1 one tablespoon of lemon Juice How to: Pan di spagna Put the egg yolk and the two eggs with sugar and beat in a mixer. Then, mix the flour by hand delicately from the top to bottom. Place the dough in a buttered and floured baking pan and bake at a temperature of 190° C for about 35 minutes. Cream filling Put all the ingredients together and blend and beat the dough with a mixer. When it’s ready add candied orange chopped into cubed. Almond paste Put all the ingredients together and mix into a mixer. Roll out the paste with a rolling pan and cut it to make a strip. Put the strip so obtained to the outline of the cake. Sugar icing Put the ingredients into a mixer and with the icing obtained cover the surface of the cake. Finally decorate with candied fruit. Put the cake into the fridge fo about 5-6 hours at least. It would be better to eat the cake the day after! Recipe’s soundtrack: Alleria – Pino...

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Travel instinct – La forza dell’istinto naturale

Travel instinct – La forza dell’istinto naturale

By on Jun 15, 2014 in Sicily, Travel journal | 0 comments

It happened about one year ago. I was working in the north-west of Sicily region (South of Italy), in order to carry on a major WWF awareness campaign about Mediterranean sea and nature. The main goal that day was getting a sea turtle free. The turtle was found injured in the sea, and treated at the Lampedusa sea turtle rescue centre. We embarked in Trapani, in front of the WWF Saline Oasis. What I do remember is that the sea turtle seemed very calm, in spite of the long trip, even while getting on the sailing boat to reach the right place to free her. During the crossing, I spent all the time close to her, adding up water in the box when needed. When we finally reached the right place, she suddenly changed her behaviour: she got excited, non-stop shacking her flippers. She was in the box yet, but her instinct already realised she…was coming back home. It was one of the most emotional moments I can remember so far about my job. Like that sea turtle, we cannot ignore our instinct. We can just follow it. Hope to keep hearing to my (gluten free) travel instinct as well as that turtle did. This is my wish for me (as it was my birthday earlier this week) and for you all. Today’s soundtrack: Mokarta – Konsertu É successo più o meno un anno fa. Stavo lavorando nella zona nord-ovest della Sicilia, per realizzare una importante campagna di sensibilizzazione WWF dedicata alla tutela della natura e del Mediterraneo, in particolare. L’obiettivo quel giorno era riportare una tartaruga marina in libertà. La tartaruga era stata pescata con una brutta ferita ed era stata curata nel centro di recupero di Lampedusa. Ci siamo imbarcati a Trapani, di fronte all’Oasi Le Saline del WWF. Quello che ricordo bene é che inizialmente la tartaruga era molto calma, nonostante il lungo viaggio, anche quando siamo saliti a bordo della barca che ci avrebbe portato nel posto giusto per liberarla. Durante la traversata, sono stata tutto il tempo accanto a lei, tenendo umida la bacinella quando necessario. Una volta arrivati a destinazione, ha iniziato improvvisamente ad agitarsi muovendo le pinne. Era ancora nella bacinella, ma...

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