Our first trip to the island of Sicily was via a Rick Stein episode in 2016. We were intoxicated by the sights and smells of Rick’s long weekend in Palermo, Sicily’s capital, even through the screen. A year later when we sleepily  tumbled off an overnight ferry from Naples and into the port of Palermo, that same intoxication returned. Now it’s 2019, and we’re lucky enough to be back again, this time wondering how we can take pieces of Sicily and put them into a rustic family feast back home. Sicily is pasta and tomatoes and wine and fish, but Sicily is also saffron and raisins and almonds and lemons. It’s smoke and street food and feasts and markets. It’s a chaotic, generous, colourful fusion of many cultures and stories and we just can’t stay away. Buon appetito.

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