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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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Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
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
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  • 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

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.

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!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:00:22
The Story Behind Sarde a Beccafico
3 Lectures 07:14

A brief introduction to the dish's history.

Preview 02:02

Learn about the health benefits of sardines

Preview 02:36

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

Preview 02:36
The Italian Island of Sicily
3 Lectures 09:19

A brief overview of the largest island in the Mediterranean

Preview 02:31

Some myths and legend that surround Sicily

Preview 02:12

Learn more simple Italian and some Sicilian phrases and words

Italian and some Sicilian phrases
The City of Villas: Bagheria
2 Lectures 05:27

Learn a brief historical overview on Bagheria, Sicily

A brief history of Bagheria: the city of villas

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

Villa Palagonia
Preparing and Cooking Sarde a Beccafico
3 Lectures 20:08

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.

Benvenuti nella cucina della Nonna—Welcome to Nonna’s kitchen

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

Prep and cook part 1

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

Prep and cook part 2
Some More Italian Words and Phrases Along the Way
1 Lecture 06:00

Learn some more basic Italian.

Let's learn some more Italian words and phrases
Review and Recap
1 Lecture 05:03

A quick video recap on making the dish.

A recap on preparing and cooking Sarde a Beccafico
Test Your Knowledge and Then Digest and Drink up the Beauty of Sicily.
1 Lecture 07:11

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

Test your memory with this brief review Quiz
15 questions

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

Digest and drink up the beauty of Sicily
About the Instructor
4.8 Average rating
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35 Students
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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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