We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Many would claim that Sicily is not really part of Italy (they even speak Sicilian, not Roman Italian). However, the tiny country of Italy contains many regions with separate cultures, genetics (northern Italy is full of lovely blondes), foods, languages - parts of northern Italy speak German or French or Veneto - and accents, etc. that it seems like an artificial nation. Well, it is.
Languages of Italy. Many Italians speak a regional language or dialect, maybe plus the official Roman Italian, especially if they are urban.
The nation turned 150 years old in 2011, so it is still young and culturally divided.
Anyway, this post was meant to offer a sample of classic Sicilian cooking. We had something very much like this Swordfish outside Agrigento two years ago. However, the filet of swordfish, sliced horizonally, was neither pounded nor rolled - just stuffed with the herbs and pignolis, with the other slice laid on top before baking.
It was topped with a wine and white raisin sauce and served on a bed of - you guessed it - Italian-style mashed potatoes (ie with oil not butter, plus garlic). That's Sicilian cooking.
Sicily is on our list of places to spend more time in the future. Due to its relative poverty and its corruption (from what I have read, it's still basically run by the Cosa Nostra, and what we would term "sociopathy"in the USA is normal there), it hasn't changed much in the past century.
If you go, don't forget the Cannolis (they are a Sicilian dessert).
Photo on the right is a couple of charming Sicilian gals
The Sicilians themselves are somewhat diverse. I understand some Nordic blood got stirred in a few hundred years ago. My wife's mother (100% southeastern Sicilian) was fair skinned, had grayish-blue eyes, and auburn hair when she was young.
I had to endure the sneering of the typical European about my vulgar American know-nothing background. "You Americans are so provincial, why, you probably could not name two islands in the Mediterranean".
With all the hillbilly loser dignity I could muster, I indignantly replied, "Of Corsican, don't be Sicily".
Thank you, try the cannolis at the dessert table, I'll be appearing here all week. Bon giorno!
A good read on Sicilian history showing Greece, Carthage, and Romans mauling each other around 800-100 B.C. and ruining things for the first Sicilians and Corsicans is "Carthage Must be Destroyed - The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization" by Richard Miles