martedì 11 luglio 2017

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Ricotta is not a cheese but a creamy curd. The curd is literally cooked twice hence the name "ricotta," re-cooked. The leftover hot whey of milk used for cheese making has milk solids and a protein called albumin, which solidifies under high heat. When the whey is reheated (re-cooked) the solid milk parts are skimmed off to drain, and this is called ricotta cheese. Ricotta is known as an albumin or serum cheese, a cheese made as a by-product of provolone cheese from the recooked whey, hence its name. The foam of the whey when it is being recooked is called zabbina in Sicilian, which comes from the Arabic word zarb, thought also to be the root of the custard dessert zabaione. The best ricotta is made with sheep's milk.

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Ricotta salata is a Sicilian specialty made from drained and dried ricotta. It is used in salads, grated over pasta and stuffed into some fritters.
    The Greek antiquarian who wrote volumes on food, Athenaeus (c. A.D. 170-230), talks about "tender cheese" at a banquet. We don't know if this is ricotta, but he also mentions a cheese from Sicily that was well known. Ricotta cheese, which is generally recognized as having been invented in Sicily, is known in the language of the island by another name: zammatàru, a word in Sicilian meaning "dairy farmer." This word is derived from the Arabic za'ama, meaning "cow," leading to the supposition that ricotta might have its origins in the Arab-Sicilian era.

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Two of the earliest mentions or depictions of ricotta are related to Sicily. Professor Santi Correnti, chairman of the history department of the University of Catania and a preeminent historian of Sicily, writes that during the reign of the Sicilian king Frederick II, in the early thirteenth century, the king and his hunting party came across the hut of a dairy farmer making ricotta and, being ravenous, asked for some. Frederick pulled out his bread loaf, poured the hot ricotta and whey on top and advised his retinue that cu' non mancia ccu' so' cucchiaru lassa tutto 'o zammataru (Those who don't eat with a spoon will leave all their ricotta behind).


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giovedì 6 luglio 2017

Un tuffo dove il mare è più blu - a pochi minuti da camagna

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A diciassette spiagge siciliane le Bandiere Blu....

La Fondazione per l’educazione ambientale in Italia premia la Sicilia con 17 bandiere blu in sette località diverse, con un nuovo ingresso rispetto allo scorso anno e alcune conferme. Per la prima volta conquista la bandiera blu il lungomare di Santa Teresa di Riva nel messinese.

Nell’elenco per il secondo anno consecutivo anche le spiagge di Tusa (Lampare e Marina), di Menfi nell’agrigentino (Porto Palo Cipollazzo e Lido Fiori Bertolino) e poi nel ragusano tutto il litorale di Ispica (Santa Maria del Focallo, Ciriga I tratto, Ciriga II tratto, Ciriga III tratto), Marina di Ragusa e
a Pozzallo due spiagge (Raganzino e Pietrenere).

La Fondazione premia anche le Eolie con Lipari (Canneto e Acquacalda), Vulcano (Acque Termali e Gelso) e Stromboli (Ficogrande).

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FOCE DEL FIUME BELICE E DUNE LIMITROFE

Si estende fra Marinella di Selinunte ed il promontorio di Porto Palo, comprende il tratto terminale del fiume Belice e le vicine formazioni dunali costiere con aree periodicamente inondate dalle acque del mare. Si tratta di uno dei lembi residui, e perciò di importanza straordinaria, di quel paesaggio naturale che, in passato, doveva caratterizzare, quasi per intero, il litorale mediterraneo della Sicilia, tra i più belli dell'Isola.
Essa comprende ambienti diversi: le dune, la foce del fiume con la tipica vegetazione palustre e, nella parte più interna, la macchia mediterranea sempreverde.
In particolare, nel tratto di litorale dalle finissime sabbie che si estende tra Marinella di Selinunte e Porto Palo, siamo in presenza di un insieme naturalistico costituito da un sistema di dune costiere, alte sino a sei metri, che si estende per circa 5 km e si spinge, verso l'entroterra, anche per 70/80 metri e, quindi, di una zona fociale ricchissima di una vegetazione palustre ormai rara.

All'interno della Riserva del Belice, scorre uno dei fiumi più importanti della provincia di Trapani, il Fiume Belìce (dall'arabo Belich, nome di un castello che sorgeva probabilmente sulla confluenza tra il Belice destro e quello sinistro), che oltre ad essere il maggiore dei tre fiumi che bagnano il territorio selinuntino, è uno dei più grandi di tutta la Sicilia.

Un tempo il fiume Belice era navigabile per un lungo tratto ed infatti, fu per millenni una delle principali vie di comunicazione tra l'interno e la costa belicina. Tale funzione è evidenziata da una serie di insediamenti ritrovati lungo il suo percorso, che vanno dalla preistoria sino all'alto Medioevo.
In alcune aree depone ancora le uova la tartaruga “caretta caretta”.  

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Porto Palo di Menfi a pochi km da Camagna Country House

Tra le spiagge più incantevoli e suggestive di Sicilia non poteva mancare una tra le “regine” incontrastate della stagione estiva dell’Isola: Menfi.
 La città dell’Agrigentino, infatti, con le spiagge del “Lido Fiore” e di “Capparrina”, nell’antico borgo marinaro di “Porto Palo”, viene premiata da quasi vent’anni con la “bandiera blu” del Fee, attestazione internazionale che certifica l’eccellente qualità delle acque di balneazione, dei servizi offerti ai bagnanti e che premiano così anche l’efficiente servizio di raccolta dei rifiuti urbani.



Incastonata tra la foce del “Belice” e il fiume Carboj, la frazione di Porto Palo di Menfi consente la balneazione in sicurezza anche ai più piccoli, grazie ad una lunga distesa di sabbia finissima di circa “dieci chilometri”. “Le nostre spiagge sono molto curate, dotate di ogni servizio per i bagnati e fruibili agilmente alle famiglie con bambini – commenta il sindaco di Menfi, Vincenzo Lotà – infatti anche quest’anno abbiamo ottenuto sia la bandiera blu sulla qualità del mare sia la bandiera verde, un riconoscimento promosso dai pediatri italiani che premiano le spiagge italiane a misura di bambino”.


A Porto Palo di Menfi l’accesso al mare è consentito anche ai disabili: “Ogni anno istalliamo delle passerelle in legno per consentire l’ingresso al mare anche ai disabili - aggiunge Lotà - e per questa stagione sarà possibile raggiungere la spiaggia anche di notte grazie ad una speciale illuminazione che renderà ancora più suggestiva la passeggiata sul lungomare”. Un lungomare di circa dieci chilometri che consente agli amanti della bici di rimanere in sella anche durante la stagione estiva: “Proprio davanti il mare - spiega il Primo cittadino - abbiamo istallato una pista ciclabile che lambisce il mare e che conduce verso il fiume Carboj, proprio per questo – conclude Lotà – Porto Palo di Menfi è luogo ideale anche per gli appassionati delle due ruote”.
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A Guide to Palermo's Street Food


Palermitani take their street food very seriously and the diversity and quality of Palermo's street food has given it a prestigious place in the top 10 cities for street food in the world. The delicious snacks you will find on the streets of Palermo are famous for their richness and fusion of culinary influences. The local markets are great places to try some of the cities local specialities. Don't miss out on the famous markets of Vucciria, Ballaro and Il Capo. Close-by to the Vucciria is the characteristic neighbourhood of La Kalsa, with some of the best street food in the whole of Palermo.
Here are Camagna Country house top street food recommendations that will tantalise your taste buds....be adventurous and try everything! 




Panelle and Crocchè
it would be the colour of the panelle. They are savoury fritters made with chick-pea flour and are mainly eaten in the streets, in a loaf wrapped in paper yarn waste. Cut into smaller shapes, they are part of the typical hot starters you could be served, pan-fried, potato croquettes, also known as crocchè. 





Pane Ca' Meusa
U 'Pane ca' meusa, italianized in "bread with the spleen", is an example of Palermo's gastronomic tradition in the field of so-called "street food". The correct pronunciation in Palermo would be wrapped up with an elongation of the syllable ie.
This is a loaf ("vastedda") to the sesame stuffed with pieces of spleen, lung and trachea ("scannaruzzàtu") of pre-cooked calf and floured in a slow fire in the sugna, in copper pans. Both the spleen and lungs are first boiled and then sliced to be fried, strictly, as tradition, lard or sugna want. Once ready, the inevitable: bush or married?
Just so, because the sponge with the spleen is served bacon (bacon, unmarried) with the simple lemon squeezed over, or married (married, married) with cheese and fresh ricotta.


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Stigghiola

Palermo's stigghiola is a dish typical of the poor Sicilian tradition.

It is served mainly on stalls at festivals and fairs. It is usually prepared by the same seller who in Sicily is called stigghiularu. These fun stalls are attacked every day by whole local families, but also by eager tourist to know the traditions of the place and well-dressed people, perhaps in jackets and ties. Stuffed stalls are in full swing especially in the afternoon when they start preparing the grill with the brazier, far ahead of cooking the dish. What attracts virtually everyone is the smoke that rises high in the sky and makes it clear that the reader is ready to welcome his many customers with this delicacy.




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lunedì 3 luglio 2017

The Sicilian Flag

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Trinacria is the island's symbol. It is a Gorgon's head whose hair consists of braded snakes and ears of wheat, and it symbolizes Sicily's fertility. Three legs bent at the knee radiate from its head.

Gorgon was the name given to the mythological daughters of Forco and Ceto, two gods of the sea usually described with wild boar tusks, bronze hands, golden wings and snakes wrapped around their head and waist. According to Hesiod, they were Medusa (the Gorgon for antonomasia), Stheno (the mighty) and Euryale (the far-springer). The Gorgons had the power to turn to stone anyone who gazed at them, and lived with Atlante's daughters, the Hesperydes, on a blissful island in a remote western corner of the world.
The three legs represent the extreme points (triskeles means three corners) of Sicily, Capo Peloro (also called Punta del Faro) in Messina district, Capo Passero, a few kilometres from Syracuse, and Capo Lilibeo (also called Capo Boeo), near Marsala. Number three is also related to the morphology of the island, with three promontories and three vertex.

In the Sicilian flag, the symbol of a female head with three folded legs (triskele) is embellished and moved directly from the head. In heraldry, this representation is called trinacria.














They were three and represented the perversions: Eurial represented sexual perversion, Steno the moral perversion and Medusa (the most famous, the only mortal among the three and the guardian of the Inferments) the intellectual perversion.





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Its head clearly refers to the gorgones, monsters of monstrous Greek mythology, golden wings, hands with bronze claws, wild boar horns and snakes in place of hair. 
 
Formerly the name of Sicily was that of Triquetra or Trinacria. This is because, unlike the classic round shape of all the other islands, Sicily has a strange geographical configuration. It is characterized by three promontories, Pachino, Peloro and Lilibeo and three vertices that almost instinctively refer to the triangle. And it is probably in the Hellenistic period that the Greek culture, filled with gods, semides and mythical monsters, coined the symbol of the gorgon with three legs attached directly to the head, associating it slowly to our earth and the mysteries that enveloped it (if I did not mistake once The end of the world with so many columns of Hercules was much closer to Sicily than we can imagine today).
But where does this symbol originate? Have there ever been any similar in human history?
In this the scholars agree to reiterate that the trinacrum is an ancient oriental religious symbol that represented the sun god in its triple spring, summer, and winter form.Remote coins (of the VI and IV century BC) testify to it. They came almost from the cities of Asia Minor, like Aspend in Panfilia, Olba in Cilicia, Berrito and Tebe in the Troade. 
The symbol would then spread to the West through the Greeks who, with their three legs, marched several coins (such as those of Athens in the 6th century BC, but also later in the cities of Paestum, Elea, Terina, Metaponto and Caulonia).In Sicily, however, it seems to have been Agatocle (in Siracusa) to use the symbol on coins and maybe (this figure is not certain) as a personal seal.
 
It is only in Roman times that the trinacria loses its intrinsic religious significance to become exclusively the geographical symbol of Sicily. 
At that time in Palermo the three-legged gorgon appears in its definitive aspect on the coins. But instead of snakes, the gorgon's head is decorated with many ears. Ears of grain that gave Sicily its role as a barn of the ancient Roman Empire. Sicily is synonymous with fertility and prosperity.But why was the head of a gorgon used?
The question that some of you may ask is: but why, if the religious significance of the trinacria was gone, did you continue to use a mystical image like that of the gorgon?
The gorgon, my friends, is a typically Sicilian detail.In all the other representations, the legs were linked to each other through a circle or point.And "Trichetry" is strongly linked to East Greek mythology. Our ancestors used to decorate temples, vases, and houses with pictures and picturesque depictions to ward off, remove, or cancel malicious influences. Just as the gesture of the horns we use to exorcise the evil.For the Sicilian doc, religious and superstitious for family tradition, trinacria is a lucky talisman.
 
We want to conclude this article by explaining why the yellow and the red appear in the official flag of the Sicily region.
Yellow and red represent the courage of the cities of Palermo and Corleone respectively, which for the first time rose up against the French during the Sicilian vespers of 1282.



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