When Catherine Fulvio married an Italian, she found herself with a delightful second home in Sicily and a large and a loving second family to welcome her into it.
In this programme, the first of the series, she introduces us to both as she prepares for a large al fresco dinner party at the family villa in the beautiful seaside town of Balestrate. Her good friend and local baker Solina Testa Grossa provides freshly baked bread and an invirtiting package of Sfincione, a kind of soft Sicilian pizza. Catherine then demonstrates how to make it, along with the classic Italian tomato sauce that tops it off.
She visits the legendary pastry maker Maria Grammatico, who learned her own sweet skills at the hands of the nuns who ran the orphanage she was raised in.
The night of the party arrives and under the attentive eye of her in-laws she makes the famous Sicilian dish Pasta a la Norma. And the party, as all good parties should, goes with a swing.