Vanessa Pike-Russell

At 6pm most weeknights I enjoy a trip around the world via the SBS TV show Global Village
Tonight we toured to Sicily. Two of my Uncles (by marriage) are from Italy and I grew up eating a lot of wonderful Italian food. I hope one day to travel to Italy and learn more about the culture, food and history of the region. Until then, I live vicariously through Global Village from the comfort of my loungeroom.

Sicily - Aoelian Island

A journey of discovery around the island of Sicily.

This episode looks at the historical background of Sicily, its Greek vestiges that date back to the 8th and 7th centuries BC, its strategic location, its talented artisans and its delicious cuisine. Sicily was first settled by the Phoenicians and then by the Siculi, who gave the island its name. It was later conquered by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs and Normans. There are seven Aeolian islands off the coast of Sicily. They are all volcanic in origin. Stromboli is the most northern of this group of islands and it has been dubbed the living torch of the Mediterranean. Sicilian cuisine is best known for its traditional couscous, with Arab origins, its delicious desserts, like cannoli and cantastorie, and its quality wines.

During the show I quickly typed up their wonderful recipe for Sicilian Swordfish. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Fish:

Ingredients for Sauce:
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Parsley
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cooking swordfish steaks
1. Fish doused with lemon juice, olive oil and left to marinate 10 minutes.
2. Place fish on hot grill. Use sprig or rosemary to spread more marinade on steaks
3. Turned once during cooking.

1. Boil water. Add crushed garlic and olive oil and stir thoroughly
2. Add chopped parsley, oregano and lemon juice. Stir again.
3. Finally, salt and pepper are added

Grilled swordfish arranged on platter and served with parsley with a little seasoning of salt and pepper. Sauce is then spooned over and serve.

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