Cooking with a Brilliant group !!


we used 24 anchovies to make 12 beccafico cakes

The anchovies need to be without any middle bones and clean , opened in half and with tails left on .
400 g of fresh breadcrumbs
salt & pepper
1 1/2 orange juice
50 g Raisins
30 g pine nuts
100 g Parmesan
2 eggs – beat
500 g of Stale breadcrumbs

Beccafico procedure 

* In a bowl , mix together : fresh breadcrumbs , orange juice , raisins, pine nuts , parmesan , salt and pepper . mix together so they make a nice soft consistency . 

First take your anchovies and place a table spoon of the breadcrumb mixture and squash it between the two anchovies, forming a sandwich. 

Once you have completed all of your anchovies ,  cover them with the beaten egg and then cover them with the hard stale breadcrumbs. 

fry your beccafico cakes in sunflower oil until nice and crispy and golden .

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600 g of fresh tuna cut in fillets and then we diced and chopped it up.

10 g Chopped Mint

10 g of chopped Onion chives

10 g chopped Capers

1 nice lug of Extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon juice

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Fresh homemade Maccheroni alla Norma
Fresh homemade Maccheroni alla Norma


Pasta for 4 -6 people

Tomato sauce see below

3 Egg plants – We used Seta variety  (see notes below of you are using Turco Varierty which is the dark longer kind)

Grated Salted or oven  ricotta

Long thin metal skewers  .  called ferro, a metal spike . . However, a thin wooden skewer works as a substitute too.

1/2 kg  of semola flour

a lug of olive oil

250 ml of water

a large pinch salt

** Preparing Lasagna Recipe Pasta – Use instead the 00 flour and one egg to 100 grams of flour. 

Preparing the pasta

On a clean surface add all the flour and add the pinch of salt .  With your hands create  a hole in the middle .

in the hole gently add the water and with your hand slow mix the flour into water . continue adding the water , until you get a nice firm dough. kneed the dough together , stretching it for about 10 minutes

now cover the dough and let it rest for minimum an hour .( we did not do this , make if you have time its best ). 

Once the pasta has rested , we can start making the maccheroni .

Cut small pieces of the pasta dough  and place the skewer on top .

The trick, so to speak, is to apply enough pressure on the piece of dough so that it flattens and spreads around the ferro as you roll it, but not so much as to make it stick to the ferro. At the end of the process, you want to be able to slide the maccheroni from the ferro without misshaping it (if that happens, you can always re-roll the dough and try again).

Cook the maccheroni in salted boiling water once they start to float up  on top , the pasta is ready . 

Tomato Sauce 

500 g of Piccadilly tomatoes  – briefly boiled and skinned and cut in quarters  (we squeezed the seeds out )

3 garlic gloves

A large lug of good quality extra virgin olive oil

2 tbs salt

large quantity of Basil leaves

Tomato sauce procedure 

Procedure : In a pan , place you tomatoes and keep on a medium heat for around 45 minutes , the tomatoes will loose their water and then the sauce will start to thicken and dry up , continuously giving them a squash with a fork  . Add 2 teaspoons of salt

Once its the right consistency , turn off the heat , add the basil and the 3 garlic cloves  and the olive oil . (you can remove the garlic before you use the tomato sauce ) .

Your sauce is done.

Preparing the Egg plants 

We used “seta” variety , a softer , whiter egg plant. If you are using this , peel and chop the head and bottom of the egg plant .  Then carefully slice  into  1/2 cm  thick slices.  

Fry gently in vegetable oil. 

** If you are using the darker , longer variety called  “Turco ” , then do the following: 

Same procedure as above , but add plenty of rock salt and put to one side for 2 hours , you will notice that the egg plants will drain plenty of water , once finished , tap them dry with a cloth and then fry in gently in your vegetable oil. 

IMG_6183Involtini di sword fish  with lemon x 4 

400 g of sliced hammered down sword fish  –
1 lemon grated
200 g of Fresh breadcrumbs
Parsley finely chopped
salt and pepper

100 g of Parmesan cheese grated

Mix the breadcrumbs with parsley and parmesan.

On your  sword fish  add a large lug of olive oil and mix well , add the grated lemon and salt and pepper . Mix well

Take each piece of sword fish and roll into the breadcrumb mixture , rolling it tightly making sure there is breadcrumbs in the middle and give a final gentle squeeze .  Put each involtino on the wooden skewer , max 4-5 pieces per skewer.


We added to the thinly sliced swordfish –  ( lemon  juice – salt – olive oil – *parsley is optional ) .