Marinated prawns (Mazzara del Vallo) with Orange Salad x 4 people IMG_4879

300 g of Shelled Prawns 
4-5 Oranges – peeled and cut into segments avoiding the skin
1/2 lemon juice 
1/2 orange juice
1 table spoons of red wine vinegar  
A lug extra virgin Olive oil 
Salt and pepper to your liking 


Marinate your prawns with  half a lemon and half a orange, a lug olive oil , a pinch of salt and pepper and leave to marinate for 2-3 hours.

Create you orange salad and also leave the oranges to marinate with vinegar, oilve oil , salt and pepper.


Pasta for 4 -6 people 

Long thin metal skewers  .  called ferro, a metal spike . . However, a thin wooden skewer works as a substitute too.

1/2 kg  of semola flour

a lug of olive oil

250 ml of water

a large pinch salt

Preparing the pasta

On a clean surface add all the flour and add the pinch of salt .  With your hands create  a hole in the middle .

in the hole gently add the water and with your hand slow mix the flour into water . continue adding the water , until you get a nice firm dough. kneed the dough together , stretching it for about 10 minutes

now cover the dough and let it rest for minimum an hour .

Once the pasta has rested , we can start making the maccheroni .

Cut small pieces of the pasta dough  and place the skewer on top .

The trick, so to speak, is to apply enough pressure on the piece of dough so that it flattens and spreads around the ferro as you roll it, but not so much as to make it stick to the ferro. At the end of the process, you want to be able to slide the maccheroni from the ferro without misshaping it (if that happens, you can always re-roll the dough and try again).

It helps to flour the skewer often. I have two of them at hand: while I am using one, the other is inside the flour bag. When the first one becomes a bit sticky, I put it in the flour and take up the other.

Cook the maccheroni in salted boiling water for around 8 – 10 minutes




IMG_4919Filled squid with special Sicilian Filling x 4 people
1 cleaned  squid per person
The squid filling : Mix together the following ingredients :
300 g of bread soaked in water
5 oilves
10 g of capers
a handful Parsley and basil chopped
1 egg
4 tomatoes diced and chopped
1 shallot or spring onion

Cooking the squid :

Olive oil 
1 onion finely sliced.
Glass white wine
4 tomatoes sliced

Heat a deep pan with some olive oil , onion and parsley . Leave to fry for a few minutes , and then add your squids and fry .

After a few minutes add a glass of white and then the tomatoes , let simmer slowly on a low heat for 15-20 minutes.