Monday, November 28, 2011

A KITCHEN IS NOT ONLY FOR COOKING / LA CUCINA NON SERVE SOLO PER CUCINARE

My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra  http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/  uses the kitchen to sing (here she is singing Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, sitting on the kitchen table:)  but I use it to cook.   I am preparing a traditional sicilian dish...pasta con l'aglio (or pesto trapanese, as it is also known)




Thursday, November 24, 2011

ONCE UPON A TIME EVERY "ITALIANO" WANTED TO BE "AMERICANO"...WE STILL DO TODAY!

After WWII, Italians loved everything American...whiskey, cigarettes, rock&roll etc.  Neapolitan musician  Renato Carosone wrote this beautiful song to celebrate those times.  My daughter Sayaka Alessandra  http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/  sang  "Tu Vuò Fà l'Americano"  on Sicilian television channel VideoSicilia in Alcamo.  Check out that sexy "Godfather" dancing with her:)



Times haven't changed.  We still love anything that's American.  Here my daughter and I are  having lunch at McDonald's in Bologna, Italy.   Even our chihuahua Rocky loves McDonald's!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SICILY'S VERY OWN...NIGELLA ESPRESSO!

ITALIAN SAUSAGES IN SPRITE

Nigella Lawson is my favorite cook. It occurred to me one day that my daughter, Sayaka Alessandra, http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/,  instead of resembling me, resembles Nigella...well,  not physically perhaps :) but the long hair  and the accent, but mostly in the messy cooking,   so I suggested that she do a parody of Nigella. 




Well, it's obvious that Sayaka should stick to singing, and leave the cooking to me.  Here is a chocolate cake I made recently.  Photographed by  our talented friends  DIGITAL STUDIOS di Alessandro Spatafora e Agostino Parisi, address:  Via Guglielmo Marconi 80,  Trapani, Sicily

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A TRIBUTE TO THE MOST FAMOUS SOUTHERN DISH...JAMBALAYA!

My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra, http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/  loves this traditional Cajun dish so much that she even sings  about it:.    Our chihuahua Rocky makes a special guest appearance in this video:)





Thursday, November 17, 2011

BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS IN TRAPANI, SICILY

Practically every home in our little town Buseto Palizzolo is connected to Internet, but there are some things from the past that we still hold on to.

Here is my daughter, Sicilian-Japanese singer Sayaka Alessandra  http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/ drawing  fresh drinking water from a well.  So much better than bottled water!



I needed salt to cook my spaghetti so I went to the salt mines in Trapani. Salt from Trapani is exported all over the world.