Just back from a fabulous birthday treat week in Sicily ( Palermo and Taormina) so, inspired, the girls ( Jude and Lily) prepared a magnificent 7 course Italian/Sicilian meal in my honour. Wow..what can I say! Amazing: we started with antipasti of caponata, berlotti beans with dried tomatoes, spiced pumpkin; then a superb saffron risotto ( simple ingredients but perfect execution); then the main – two different kinds of meatballs (pork/fennel and duck/ceps) – then a palate cleanser of tomato sorbet with basil ( thanks here due to new high powered Vitamix!); then gorgonzola cheese; chocolate filled meringues to follow and home made pistachio ice cream; then coffee/petit four…then siesta inevitably. Just fantastic! wines were Drappier non-dosage Champagne, a Sicilian Grillo/Viognier blend; a Planeta DOCG Cerasuolo di Vittoria red; a Glenmorangie whisky with the coffee.Thank you family!