Saint Peter's Fish
Saint Peter's Fish
Tilapia, Cleaned, about 2 Pieces per person
Celery Stalk, Chopped
2 Stalks of Fennel, Chopped
1/2 White Onion Chopped
Splash of Wine
2 Garlic Cloves, Sliced Thick
Salt & Pepper to Taste
In a skillet heat some extra virgin olive oil. Add in your chopped celery, fennel, onion, but save the garlic until the other ingredients have had a few minutes to start cooking. Salt & pepper to taste. After about 5-10 minutes or so over medium heat, deglaze with just a splash of whatever wine you are having with your meal (preferably a lighter, sweet red like burgandy) or chardonnay, or pinot grigio.
Carefully flour your tilapia pieces of fish in a separate plate, and put aside for a moment. Cut 3 slices of lemon and put into your skillet, and place each piece of fish on top of the lemon. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Once you flip sides, you can take some of the celery/fennel/onion with it, so now it is on top of your fish, and, if you really like your lemon, you can add a squeeze of it over the fish in addition to the lemon slices which will already give it the lemon taste, but it is not necessary. Remove from the pan with a spatula, vegetables and all, serve immediately. There is a wonderful taste of sweetness from the onions and wine, plus the sourness of the lemon, plus the taste of the fennel which makes a wonderful medly on the pallate.
I've gone in Palermo by ship,...
I've gone in Palermo by ship, leaving from Genova.
In this way tre trip is longer, about 22 h, but it's really a wonderful way to trip...!
In other way the plane is really more fast..!
You'll arrive directly at Falcone e Borsellino Airport.
Aereoporto Falcone e Borsellino on line
Palermo has a rich artisan...
Palermo has a rich artisan production. For example the production of artistic ceramics and of sicilian puppets and carts, copper and tin works in VIA CALDERAI, the making of chestnut wood and rush baskets near THE CALA and wrought-iron articles. A visit to the flea market (MERCATO DELLE PULCI), to browse among antique and modern and antique knick-knack, is of great interest. The confectioners offer many delicious cakes with ricotta cream (cannoli, casate etc.) and also cakes made from marzipan, the delicious marzipan fruits called 'frutti di martorana' and around all soul's Day, the socalled 'pupi a cera' these include knights, ladies and other figures made of sugar wich are offered to children during festivities.
The Galleria Regionale di...
The Galleria Regionale di Sicilia. This is a sad museum to visit, because the works of art are not properly taken care of. Employees smoke RIGHT NEXT TO THE CANVASES. Elderly visitors RUB THEIR FINGERS ON THE PAINTINGS. It figures that everything in the museum is in an advanced state of decay, except for da Messina's famous 'Annunzione', which lies protected behind glass. This crumbling fresco is called 'The Triumph of Death.'
Palermo--April 6-10, 2006
"Sicily is a world away from Italy"
We awoke as the ferry was pulling in to port and both took quick showers and got ready to leave. We were the last ones off the boat! No one was on the dock. There wasn't a line of taxis waiting to take us to our hotel. We were without a map and completely at sea in a place where English is a foreign language. The map in my guide book was very vague and so was the owner of the B & B where we had reservations. We headed in the general direction and stopped at the first food shop we found. Frank tried a rice ball (since we were too late for breakfast aboard the ferry) and I tried my Italian to get directions. They understood me, but to be honest, I was only guessing at their answers. The sicilian dialect makes it difficult to understand if you only have rudimentary language skills. It was a beautiful morning and Palermo was a beautiful and exciting town. We enjoyed the walk, stopping to check with passersby that we were going in the right direction. By trial and error, we made it to the address of our B&B, but it wasn't there. Very fortunately, the first hotel that I walked into turned out to be quaint and cosy at a reasonable price. It was only around 8:00 am, too early to be able to check in, but they were happy to store our luggage for us so that we could go off to enjoy the town.
My impression of Palermo was that it was so clean and orderly compared to Naples, which we had just left. While just enjoying wandering through the town, we found many of the sights. Unfortunately, many of the pictures didn't seem to come out. We got lost in an area called Ballaro where we sat down in a barrio style shop and had some very good wine. Umberto poured it out of a coke bottle, which made us think he had made it himself. I asked later, and he told me that he didn't. Frank said that it was the best wine he had ever had. As we sat down with our map, Umberto came over to ask if he could help. We asked him where we were, because we were really quite lost. He said Ballaro, which when I located it on our map, was only about 15 min. from our hotel. If I ever go back to Palermo, I want to find that place again. It's just at the end of the street market where the road makes a T. Umberto's was on the left. We found a nice restaurant later and had a very good dinner with spaghetti and muscles.
"4/6 Monreale and Cadacumbi dei Cappuccini."
We took the bus to Monreale, a beautiful cathedral. The tile and gilt absolutely is breathtaking. It is absolutely worth it to put coins in the offetory boxes as that illuminates different areas of the cathedral. On the way back, we got off the bus in a town called Rocca and took a different bus so that we could see the the Catacumbe dei Cappuccini. Rows and rows of very old dead people.
Our last day we took the bus to a nice little beach town that one of the patrons at Umberto's bar told us about. The town, Mondello, is about a 20 minute bus ride from Palermo. Stupid us, why didn't we bring our suites and towels. It was a beautiful, white sandy beach with crystal clear water. Not too crowded in April, but I hear that it is a very popular resort in the summer. The town was really lovely and loaded with good looking places to eat. We had a nice lunch, sat at a cafe on the beach and enjoyed some down time. We even grabbed a nap on the beach. The guy at Umberto's had also given us directions to Mt. Pelligrino, where there is apparently a shrine to his patron saint, Santa Rosalia. We couldn't find that and made it back to Palermo too late to have one last drink with Umberto. I really regret that.
I think that what once were beautiful palazzos have turned into shops with apartments above. I can just imagine living upstairs in one of these. Of course, what were once lovely courtyards are now parking lots. But that too has its charm.