Welcome to my blog. I’m Anna, a Swede and at the moment I am sharing my time between New York City, Stockholm and the little Island Pantelleria, Sicily. This blog is about eating, cooking and other things that I enjoy and appreciate.
Pantelleria is located 62 miles (100 km) southwest of Sicily and 37 miles (60 km) east of the Tunisian coast. It belongs to the province of Trapani in Sicily and is the largest volcanic island of Sicily. It has almost 8000 local residents and is about 9.3 miles (15 km) long.
Pantelleria is famous for their sweet wine Passito di Pantelleria which is made from the Zibibbo grape using the method of raisining the grapes.
Pantelleria is also known for their capers (Capperi) that you can find all over the island, and they are usually preserved and ripened in sea salt.
In Pantelleria farming and fishing takes a big part of the daily life, and so, of course, eating and cooking is a serious matter.
Here people eat and cook what is in season. If it’s artichoke season you eat artichokes with everything during this month, if its peach season, its peaches everyday.
I have come to greatly appreciate this way of living. It’s the opposite to the life in the big city, where you can have whatever you want whenever.
When in Pantelleria I take the opportunity to cook and eat what was harvested that same day. I am motivated to cook and create recipes with what is fresh and in season at the moment.
I have chosen the name “Under the Almond Tree” for my blog because it is my favorite spot in the garden where I live in Pantelleria.
I am writing this blog in English although it is my second language. There will be imperfections in the language. Bear with me.
When there are ambiguities about the written text or recipes, don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will try to sort it out with a little help from my native American friends.
Buon Appetito / Anna