Alessandro, a proud resident of Graniti, Sicily, showcases his skill in crafting fresh ricotta using traditional methods. In the vibrant setting of the Artspace, during the Murales Arts Festival 2023, Alessandro takes centre stage to demonstrate the original way of making this beloved cheese.
With a keen eye for detail, Alessandro carefully selects the finest quality ingredients, sourced from local farms. He starts by heating the milk in a large cauldron over an open fire, maintaining the perfect temperature for curdling. As the milk reaches its optimal point, he skillfully adds a precise amount of rennet, allowing the curds to form.
Once the curds have solidified, Alessandro gently breaks them apart and transfers them to traditional woven baskets, allowing the excess whey to drain away. The ricotta is left to rest and cool, gradually developing its creamy texture and delicate flavour.
As the aroma of freshly made ricotta fills the air, the bustling crowd gathers around Alessandro, eager to sample this culinary masterpiece. With a generous smile, he serves the ricotta on slices of rustic bread, sprinkling a pinch of sea salt and a drizzle of local olive oil to enhance the taste.
The joyous atmosphere of the Murales Arts Festival complements the experience, as locals and visitors alike relish the opportunity to savor authentic Sicilian ricotta created with love and tradition. Alessandro’s dedication to preserving the heritage of this timeless cheese embodies the spirit of Graniti, where craftsmanship and community intertwine to create unforgettable moments.
In the backdrop of the picturesque Piazza Maria Grazia Cutuli, the aroma, taste, and artistry of Alessandro’s ricotta-making add an extra layer of enchantment to the Murales Arts Festival 2023. The event celebrates the fusion of culinary and visual arts, inviting attendees to appreciate the vibrant culture and rich traditions of Graniti, Sicily.
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