Sicilian Cooking with Ben Fogle and Celebrity Cruises:
While we might not have been invited to enjoy the Sicilian sunshine, I was still thrilled to be invited to The Cookery School Food at 52 to meet Ben Fogle and learn a little more of his ‘adventures’ – a series of shore excursions for Celebrity Cruises.
He gave us a little insight into the concept behind the series – to offer cruise guests something that goes beyond the normal sight seeing tours and gets under the skin of the destinations they are visiting. It’s a clever idea – amongst other things you can go salmon snorkeling in Norway, along the Suldalslågen River, learn to make Gelato in Sorrento or learn to cook in Sicily. And, I genuinely believe it’s a great way to get to know more about a Country.
Our invitation was a taster of the Sicilian cookery experience – we learnt to make our own Italian supper and then sat down to enjoy the meal together. And, it did remind me of one of the things I liked best, when I spent a week learning to cook in Sicily with Carla, a cook from Modica in Southern Sicily. The food then was simple but delicious. On the menu at Food at 52 was a simple but elegant chicken dish followed by amaretti semi freddo and cantuccini
We of course have to cook everything and everyone joined in, even celebrities who claimed not to be able to cook..
And we all sat down and enjoyed supper at the end of the evening with a few good glasses of Sicilian wine
Food at 52 have been kind enough to share their recipes with me – and I’m passing on my favourite – the mascapone stuffed chicken breast.
Now, I’m not sure you’ll get to meet Ben by booking a cruise, but if you are interested in trying one of his Great Adventures, the programme will be available in every destination featured throughout 2014. The first adventure is Norwegian salmon snorkelling…which will be available on the 8-night Norwegian Fjords cruise onboard Celebrity Eclipse on 2 May 2014. For further information and to book visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk/BenFogle or call 0844 493 2043.
With thanks to Celebrity Cruises for their hospitality at Foodat52.