Simple Sicilian Cooking with Nonna Grace: Sarde a Beccafico

Digest the island of Sicily; drink up some Italian phrases and learn to love sardines with this simple Sicilian recipe!
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

This is not your ordinary cooking course! This course is for those who have fun in the kitchen, love Italian food, and enjoy diving deeper into learning traditional dishes in simple, new and engaging ways. What will be shown is the preparation and cooking of a Sicilian dish called Sarde a Beccafico--stuffed sardines. You don't like sardines!? This dish is a great way to try them for the first time--it's so tasty, it'll convert you.

What makes this different than an ordinary cooking course is that you will also learn about the history of the dish, about its birthplace, the Italian island of Sicily and the Sicilian city of Bagheria where the dish was prepared and cooked specifically for this course. Also throughout the lessons, you will learn Italian and Sicilian words and phrases. The course is visual, informative and hands on--The best way to learn is to watch and do as Nonna Grace does.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have, at minimum, basic cooking experience and kitchenware
  • Ideally, if the course can be viewed simultanously while preparing and cooking the dish, it should make for an easier learning experience
  • Like sardines or are curious to try them in a deliciously new way

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Prepare and cook a simple, savory and traditional Sicilian dish called Sarde a Beccafico
  • Know the story behind the dish
  • Acquire a brief history of the beautiful Italian island of Sicily, where the dish was born
  • Know a bit about the Sicilian city of Bagheria, where the dish was prepared for this course
  • Pick up some Italian and Sicilian phrases along the way

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for those that are passionate about learning new things, love food, especially Italian food, prepared in unique ways. This course is designed for open, curious and courageous cooks--cooks that cook often AND for those that cook very little. It is designed for visual and kinesthetic learners--it's a watch and do video--only ingredients are listed. This course is designed to watch fully first and then prepare and cook as you watch again. It is a course for those who enjoy the art of cooking but don't take it or themselves too seriously--they have fun in the kitchen-- and have a desire to explore deeper into new things. If you enjoy history, travel, food, and all things Italian, this course is for you!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Story Behind Sarde a Beccafico

A brief introduction to the dish's history.


Learn about the health benefits of sardines


Learn a bit more about the sardine, test your general fish knowledge and learn some Italian phrases

Section 2: The Italian Island of Sicily

A brief overview of the largest island in the Mediterranean


Some myths and legend that surround Sicily


Learn more simple Italian and some Sicilian phrases and words

Section 3: The City of Villas: Bagheria

Learn a brief historical overview on Bagheria, Sicily


Learn a bit about the villa they call 'The Villa of Monsters'

Section 4: Preparing and Cooking Sarde a Beccafico

A quick welcome to my grandmother's kitchen--a list of nonna's ingredients and some tips and tools before learning how to prepare and cook Sarde a Beccafico.


Watch and learn the first part of preparing and cooking Sarde a Beccafico


Watch and learn the 2nd and last part of preparing and cooking Sarde a Beccafico

Section 5: Some More Italian Words and Phrases Along the Way

Learn some more basic Italian.

Section 6: Review and Recap

A quick video recap on making the dish.

Section 7: Test Your Knowledge and Then Digest and Drink up the Beauty of Sicily.
15 questions

Answer questions based on the lessons learned throughout the course. Have fun!


A brief video view of the sights and colors of Sicily.

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Instructor Biography

Anna C., Instructor of Italian Studies

I have been teaching for almost 20 years, predominantly teaching Italian, at the Secondary level . It's a passion. It's the love of and for the Italian language and culture that gives me the desire and great joy of sharing it with others.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Italian Studies and continued post graduate work in Education. I later earned my graduate degree in Liberal Studies. It was after receiving my Master's degree from the University of Chicago that my love for all things Italian grew even more. I saw how clearly Italy and its history connected to so many other subjects and topics--it's Connection that inspired me to create this course. I hope to encourage travel to Italy and infuse a knowledge of Italy's landscape, its people, its food, artists, culture, and language. Benvenuti e buon divertimento! Welcome and have fun!

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