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Sicily with Angela Hartnett

We’re off to the glorious, food-lovers haven that is Sicily with none other than the queen of pasta, Angela Hartnett. Don't miss this one-off chance to cook with one of the most respected chefs in the country as she takes you to her beloved Italy for the night. Angela will be joined by author, foodie and friend Steven Lamb and Phil Barnet for a Sicilian wine pairing masterclass.

WHEN: Live-streamed at 7:30pm on Thursday 22nd April, EXTRA DATES - 29th/30th April
PRICE: £75 for two people (including delivery)
DIFFICULTY: 4/5
COOK-ALONG LENGTH: 1h-1.15hrs
WINE PAIRING MASTERCLASS: 10 mins

ANGELA'S DESTINATION NOTES

“If I could choose two places to visit in Italy, I’d always opt for Emilia-Romagna, where my grandmother was from – and then for Sicily. It’s very traditional, and it feels like going back in time, which I like: the shops close on a Sunday, and they still have a culture of a daily rather than a weekly shop. This cook-along’s centre piece, pasta alla Norma, originates from Catania in Sicily and is one of the most well known Italian pasta dishes of the area. The terroir and the produce of Sicily is very special, and this menu reflects that. I hope you enjoy making it at home, too.”

 

ON THE MENU

In this class you’ll learn: how to make royal pasta dough from scratch – no machine required – and how to cook the pasta perfectly before assembling the dish with the Alla Norma sauce and garnishes; how to cook Angela’s spring pea and veal ragu arancini; prepare and braise cuttlefish with squid ink, fennel and chickpeas and much more. Skills we know you’ll use again and again (especially when dinner party season starts really kicking off!)

Arancini 
Spring pea and veal ragu (e, g, s, m, ce)

Peppers agrodolce

Parsley, olive oil (s, m)

Braised cuttle fish

Fennel, lemon, chickpeas, pangratatto (mo, f, g, s)

Pasta alla Norma
Pasta royal, Sicilian tomato, aubergine, ricotta salata (m, g, s, e)

Caprese cake
Pistachio cream (n, m, e)

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ABOUT YOUR CHEF

Angela Hartnett, MBE, is one of the UK’s most loved chefs and restaurateurs, known for her sophisticated yet simple, Italy-inspired cooking. During her childhood, Angela's Italian grandmother and mother instilled in her an appreciation and love of good food. Today she runs four London based restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Murano, and this menu is a little snapshot into her passion for Italian ingredients and traditions as well as her favourite memories from Sicilian trips.

IN THE BOX

Each A Cook’s Tour ingredient is nothing short of special. As with all our cook-alongs, some ingredients are prepared for you such as the rich fish stock and Angela’s Alla Norma sauce. Other ingredients arrive in perfect condition such as the cuttlefish, Sicilian striped aubergine and squid ink, ready for you to prepare with Angela during the cook-along.

2 Arancini – spring pea and veal ragu
Roasted red and yellow peppers
Basil, rocket, parsley
Cuttlefish
White wine and fish stock
Chickpeas
Squid ink
Fennel bulb
Celery
Lemon
Double Zero Flour
6 Cacklebean eggs
Ricotta Salata
Sicilian striped aubergine
Angela Hartnett’s Alla Norma tomato sauce
Chilli and toasted rosemary pangratatto
Caprese cake
Pistachio cream
Whole purple garlic
Buckthorn salt

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FEATURED PARTNERS

ABOUT YOUR HOST

Steven lamb is a curing & smoking expert, teacher, presenter, culinary consultant and award-winning author. After a background in media, Steven’s food career began nearly 20 years ago when he joined Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s river cottage team, regularly appearing in the tv series and being instrumental in establishing the internationally acclaimed cookery school on the Devon/Dorset border. Above all, he's a passionate foodie and we can't wait to have him co-host for the night.

ABOUT YOUR WINE PRESENTER

Phil Barnett arrived in wine after time spent living overseas and many years in the restaurant trade. For the past 15 years he's been with go-to natural wine importer and retailer, Les Caves de Pyrene, and is known for his brilliant wine communication skills (the receiving end of which we have much experience at Rocket!). He is a great believer in natural wine and we can think of no one finer to talk us through our two Sicilian choices next week.

TOUR TIPS: SICILY

Our team is full of curious foodies and travel lovers, and between us we’ve covered much of the globe and eaten everything in sight (the good and the bad).  So here are some of our best finds and recommendations, try to keep them hush hush, this is for us dedicated Tourists only…

EAT at Scirocco, Catania – fresh fish, fried to order and served in cones
STAY at Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina – old-world glamour on the Sicilian coast
SEE the Isola Bella, Taormina – some things are tourist traps for a reason, this tiny island is beautiful and a must see!

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