What brings you alive?
What brings me alive is the active participation of being
in a culture different from my own,
relating with a heightened sense of awareness and an open heart looking for a way in.
I feel we have found a way through food to build a bridge for meaningful conversation. In doing so, we are creating a more peaceful world. After 24 years, I have gained significant confidence and trust to move between cultures. We need an antidote to this somewhat crazy world and what better way than making and breaking bread with the light of our own smiles?
The soil has been turned over and our seedlings of Culinary Adventures have been planted with you in mind. May the sun’s light bring fruition when the time is right for you to join us on one of these significant journeys. [Read more…]
Anyone who has taken a trip with Peggy knows that it’s her ability to create relationships, bring out personalities, to facilitate laughter and a sense of poetry, that set her programs apart.
Francesco has driven for our culinary program in Sicily for over eight years now – and it is thanks to Francesco’s capable hands that we travel from the Regaleali wine estate to the baroque town of Modica and the coastal city of Catania, home to one of the Mediterranean’s most vibrant old-world fish markets.
AFAR Magazine raved about Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures’ newest Culinary Adventure in the Aeolian Islands.
Even named it one of the Top Places to Visit in 2015!
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The Aeolians have a culture of their own, an archipelago of 8 islands clustered in the Mediterranean just north of Sicily. Fascinated by islands, I like to explore how each island expresses itself, out in the wild on its own, with a rich sea life to draw from and the ingredients at hand that have given us the Mediterranean diet — wild plants such as fennel, oregano, rosemary and the cultivated citrus, olive and hot weather vegetables. Their gardens are often protected by rock walls to protect from the wind and insure a good harvest to put up for the winter.
There are two volcanos, Stromboli being one of them, and there is nothing like sitting on your boat at night, right at the foot of the volcano, watching it spew fire into the dark of night. These are off the beaten path destinations that hold innocence as well as wisdom and a history worth touching into. Different than other island clusters, one practically has the sea to oneself, adding that sense of ancient adventure. [Read more…]
The morning’s light brought the sight of a smoking, flaming Stromboli, after an overnight sail on a 54 foot Hanse schooner from the island of Procida, which lies off the coast of Napoli. I was traveling with my son and another family, and our captain Antonio.
It was a voyage of myth, mystery and privilege to tread the waters of the ancients, and answer the invitation of Aeolus, who was king of the Aeolian Islands. He was appointed by Zeus to be the Ruler of the Winds, both to calm them and to arouse them. Other myths, as well as poetry, were set on the stage of the Aeolians and it brought to life a line from the Jabberwocky that my father quoted every night before putting my sisters and I to bed.
Zuppa di Pesce? si..but also Risotto Pescatore
1 kilo of fresh prawns
3 fresh squid
1/2 kilo of vongole verace (clams)
2 red mullet
a few cherry tomatoes
1 can of cherry tomatoes, peeled
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
a bunch of parsley, chopped
fine salt to taste
pepperoncino (cayenne) a dash to taste [Read more…]