Vizzini sagra di ricotta in pictures (part 2)

And now we get to the meat of it. Well, cheese. And meat.

Cheese and meat. Mmmm …

A lactose-intolerant’s nightmare.

This woman was at the stall for a good half-hour, tasting different cheeses and amassing an enormous pile of waxed paper-wrapped parcels. It’s a serious business, cheese-buying.

Not just cheese, but salami as well

Oh, and sausages, fresh from the barbecue.

Stacked inside a terracotta roof tile, waiting to be eaten

For those of you who haven’t been to Sicily, it’s pronounced grah-nee-tah, and it’s kind of like a sorbet, in that it’s made of ice, sugar and flavourings. It’s a million times better, though. Eat it for breakfast accompanied by a warm brioche. You’ll thank me for it.

The ricotta-makers. The guy on the right was dying for us to stop taking photos of the food. Signora! Signora! Si fa una foto di noi? But of course I can …

They all smoke while working. It adds to the flavour, I’m told.

On a hot spring day, would *you* want to stand next to a blazing log fire stirring a giant cauldron of milk? No, me neither. My taste buds are glad they did, though.

And the final product: ricotta fresh from the cauldron, spread onto a metal tray, sliced up and handed out in milk-sweet, still warm chunks.

Best. Thing. Ever.

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7 Responses to Vizzini sagra di ricotta in pictures (part 2)

  1. Roxanne says:

    You are TORTURING me. You see, I live in the land of kosher, and even if I don’t keep those rules myself, it is very, very hard to find a restaurant that mixes meat and dairy… especially to the art form that your photos display. I am salivating and eating vicariously…
    Roxanne´s last post ..The involved places

  2. Teehee – sorry Roxanne! Um – I’m not going to promise not to do it again, because that would be silly when I live here, but I’ll promise not to do it again too *soon*, how’s about that? ;) Hope you enjoyed the vicarious food-fest, even if not in actuality.

  3. Janine says:

    Beautiful post. So full of life and the real Sicily. Complimenti!!! I am so proud to be Sicilian. I often wonder how things would have panned out if my nonni hadn’t had to take the decision to leave in search of a better life…Now all I can think about is going back!! Keep up the fabulous work on the blog Kate! Janine
    Janine´s last post ..Day dreaming of a sunny Friday in Rome when I should be doing other things

  4. Grazie mille, Janine. I do love it down here – especially days like this one, where the sun is out, the little towns are buzzing with life and people are going about their daily business with big smiles on their faces.

    Have you been back to the old country for a visit? I know you’ve been to the mainland, but am not sure if you made it this far south. My American friend Maryann, whose grandparents were Sicilian, recently came over for a weekend researching their roots, and I went with her up into the mountains near Palermo. She got such a buzz out of seeing where they’d lived when they were here, and it was really wonderful to have been a (very small) part of helping her to get there.

  5. Janine says:

    You lucky girl!! Yes I’ve been to Sicily a quite few times now. I am due another visit though ;-) I worked in London for a time and my cousins were living in Catania. I got to spend Christmases and summers with them. (They’re now owners of a tiny hotel in Florence as they couldn’t see a great future in Sicily which is sad) I read your post with Maryann. Very funny but I can imagine it was poignant too.
    Janine´s last post ..Day dreaming of a sunny Friday in Rome when I should be doing other things

  6. Wonderful photos and story Kate. Curious about something, is Vizzini the name of the town? I ask because that was my Grandmother’s last name.
    Michael @ Changes In Longitude´s last post ..There’s no place like Earth: The world as home

  7. Ah! Yes, it is, so the likelihood is that her ancestry was from there, as Sicilian surnames are generally to do with where a person was from or what their job was. It’s a really pretty little place – there are far worse places to hail from. :)

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