Congratulations to winner Lucy Dodsworth. If you didn’t win and you’d like to buy a copy here’s the link: Flavours of Sicily

It’s giveaway time on The Travelbunny this week. I’ve teamed up with publishers Ryland, Peters and Small to offer one lucky reader a copy of Flavours of Sicily by Ursula Ferrigno. Dipping into this colourful book has had me drooling over the fresh and vibrant recipes from Sicily, the little Mediterranean island which has a long-standing love affair with food.


Foodie flashbacks came flooding back from my first trip to Sicily as I flicked through Flavours of Sicily. I first visited Catania to take a cooking class to learn about Sicilian food with Celebrity Cruises. Catania’s famous pescheria and food market was our starting point. The bustling, colourful and chaotic market is a must-do if you find yourself in Catania. Believe me, you’ll never forget it!


An authentic Sicilian kitchen was our next stop where we learned how to cook some classic Sicilian dishes. We discovered techniques passed down from generation to generation, cooking tips and Sicilian family anecdotes. When we got to eat the food I could taste the Sicilian sun in every mouthful. The people of this small island really put heart and soul into their food and Ursula Ferrigno continues the tradition in her book Flavours of Sicily.

Flavours of Sicily Cookbook


Flavours of Sicily will immerse you into the tastes, cooking customs and rich history of Sicilian cuisine. Recipes for classic Sicilian favourites like Arancini – little stuffed rice balls, coated with bread crumbs and deep fried. Filled with ragù, mozzarella, and peas they make a delicious little snack. Arancini translates as ‘little orange’ – which is exactly what they look like.

Vibrant salads and light fresh soups are perfect for summer. These pair beautifully as a starter with braised lemon chicken or pasta with almond and tomato pesto. There are heartier dishes too; pan-fried spring lamb with herbs and anchovy sauce – just right for cooler weather.


Sicilians have a notorious sweet tooth and the dessert section of the book is to die for. Cannoli are a Sicilian staple. Crisp tubes of fried pastry dough filled with dreamy sweetened ricotta. Not sure that I’ll ever taste one as good as the first one I ever had in a Catania cafe!


The Book

The Flavours of Sicily cookbook has six sections; appetizers, salads and stuffed vegetables, soups and pasta, meat and fish, breads and finally desserts. The recipes have measurements in both UK and US weights and measures.

Each chapter has a feature so you get to learn a little about the country and it’s food traditions. Facciamoci un aperitivo is one of my favourite Italian traditions where friends and family get together for pre-dinner drinks. Small bites to eat, like arancini, are usually involved too. Other features include the wines of Sicily, The Sicilian citrus groves and my favourite – gelateria!

Pistachio Gelato from De' Coltelli , Pisa

Pistachio Gelato from De’ Coltelli

Mouthwatering photography, by David Munns, includes pictures of ingredients and beautifully styled final dishes. Sicilian villages, fishing ports and markets, which capture the beauty of the island and the Sicilian relationship with food, are also featured. A feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!

The Prize – Flavours of Sicily Cookbook by Ursula Ferrigno


How to enter

  1. Share, in the comments below, a favourite dish from your travels
  2. Register your entry on the Rafflecopter app below – you can have extra entries by tweeting and visiting The Travelbunny Facebook page.

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  • The competition closes on 1st September 2016 at midnight.
  • The prize will be posted within the UK, Europe and North America.
  • The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The winner is chosen at random using Rafflecopter.
  • The winner will be contacted via email and will need to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days.

Good Luck!


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