giovedì 29 aprile 2010

I'm going nuts..

I'm going crazy about one thing. I live in Turin, and every weekend I go back to Liguria where my boyfriend and my parents live. There I stay at my bf's or at my parent's.. so, I live in three houses, three places to call home. And..three places where I could have lost the cable of my camera.

Now, I've tried a lot of recipes lately, and I have a lot to share, but I don't like writing without actually showing what I've made. So, I'm sort of waiting until I will suddently find the cable somewhere.

I have made a list of the recipes I want to try. It's getting longer and longer. I am so happy about that. And I want to try them all as soon as possible.
Exams are beginning next month and I've also found a job, so I'm super stressed. Cooking and baking always relaxes me, and seeing that my family and friends appreciate what I make satisfies me.

I'm going back to my books. And to the teas and coffees which prevent me from falling suddently asleep on my books.(

I hope I'll be able to post a lot of photos soon!


lunedì 19 aprile 2010

Inspire me, photography! II

I have looots of projects. Too many actually. There's a bit of confusion in my mind about what I really want to be, what I want to do etc. But everything is full of hope and enthusiasm, so, I don't mind, I continue to study and I continue baking, I make little crafty thinks a bit less, because all the supplies etc are at my parent's place, and I don't go there very often anymore.
Unfortunately I have no cable to connect the camera to the computer, again. Therefore I thought of posting a brand new post about photography. But, since I'm obsessed with baking lately, and I think I will be forever, I am going to post five pictures of lovely, supersweet cupcakes/cakes/ice cream or whatever inspires me.

(Cannelle et Vanille)


(from here)

(Piece of Cake)

(from here)

Aren't they delicious?

I just found a job for this summer and I am really excited about it.
But I also have so many ideas about what to do, what to bake, make, create. Where to go. Etcetera. I have to rearrange my mind.

Have a nice evening!
Whenever I'll have just a little time to share some pictures and/or recipes I will surely do it.


venerdì 9 aprile 2010

Easter and Dad's Birthday

Saturday, like every year, we dyed the Easter eggs. This year Roberto wanted to participate too, it was a whole new experience for him. In Italy Easter is considered a big religious feast, so he liked to find out this other profane part of Easter a lot.
He painted our cat Miele on one egg, my mother dyed hers with silver shades, my father made a lot of geometric shapes and I made a big Chesire cat.

Sunday we searched the eggs which the hare (my mother) had hidden in the garden. I always have so much fun searching the eggs. Then, we noticed one egg was missing, Roberto and I searched everywhere but it was nowhere to be found.

Then I made Banana split cupcakes for my father's birthday and a Scharzwalder Kirsch Torte.
I had a lot of work with that cake, but I was pretty happy with the result.
We had a lot of guests, fortunately, otherwise the cupcakes would never have finished. (mmh.. actually they did not finish, but not many were left).

(I know.. on the cake it says "48" and on the candles "46" but you can guess how old my father is if you want)

Maybe I'll post the recipe of the Schwarzwalder Kirsch Torte later.. it' not that complicated (if you know where to buy cherry and kirsch. I only found cherries in liqueur and they had a too strong taste, they had a too high alcoholic strenght ^^).

Hope you enjoyed your Easter days,

martedì 6 aprile 2010

Inspire me, photography.

I spend a lot of time watching photos. On sites like Weheartit, flickr, etc. I love photography so much. I always keep my camera with me and I love taking pictures. Even though I am not a pro and I am not that good at taking them, I like it. I love memories, I love colors, I love the atmosphere certain photos can transmit.

So I thought about posting some inspiring picture every now and then. Just to share what I like.
And I also thought I should post no more than 5 of them everytime I do it, otherwise I would end up filling my blog with endless posts with an enormous amount of pics.

Today's topic:

Fascinating places

Benteng Chittorgarh, India (via Awesomeplaces)

(via Outcamethesun)

(last three from this blog)

Have a nice day!


domenica 4 aprile 2010

Happy Easter!! (today's recipe: Meringues)

Hey, hallo!!
Happy Easter to you all!!
I think I've eaten too much candy/chocolate/eggs, etc

For Easter I thought it would be nice to make some candies for a couple of friends and my parent's friends.
Seeing that I associate Easter with pastel colors I thought of making Meringues.
So I just looked for the ingredients and made lots and lots of them.



Makes really a lot of meringues, if you want to make just a few, you can divide.

100 grams egg whites
100 grams sugar
100 grams powdered sugar, sifted

Beat the eggwhites in a bowl until stiff.
While whisking, add the granulated sugar slowly.
Stop the mixer and add the powdered sugar with a wooden spoon, slowly and gently.
If you want to give it a pastel color, or other colors, add the food colouring (as you can see I made 5 different colors).

Put the meringues in a pastry bag and pipe little meringues on baking parchment.
Place it in the oven (preheated at approximately 80°C) for about 10 minutes or until they are dry and you can easily pick them out of the oven from the parchment.
Let them dry for another 15 minutes (because they could still be wet in the inside).
Et voilà, very easly and very quickly done. I think it's a good idea for a little gift.

I hope you are enjoying thi Easter, I definitely did it!


giovedì 1 aprile 2010

Raisins Muffins

Yesterday evening I arrived in the town where my boyfriend lives, after 5 long hours in the train. We decided to cook together, to see if we would quarrel =). Fortunately it doesn't happen often so everything went well, Ahah.
We made Fusilli with cream, zucchini, carrots and shrimps.

Then it was time to go to bed because he wakes up at 6' to go to work. But I wanted to make some Muffins for his breakfast. I had been thinking so much of making muffins I don't know why but I really wanted to bake.
He went to sleep and I, with only one mini mini light (he has a one-room flat), went on baking. Finally I went to bed al 00.30 and I woke up at 6 to make some coffee.
Well that's not that important. The important thing is..
Do you wanna know how to make some delicious Raisins Muffins? Here's the recipe for you.

It's so extremely simple.

Raisins Muffins.


200 ml Milk
200 g Flour
1 tbs Baking soda
2 Eggs
50 g Sugar
200 g Raisins

Preheat the oven at 180 °C.
Mix Flour and Baking Soda in a large bowl.
Add Milk, Eggs, Sugar and at last also the Raisins.
Mix until the batter is smooth.
Devide among 12/15 muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full.
Bake. 15/20 minutes should be enough, you can check by inserting a toothpick in the center: if it comes out clean you can turn off the oven.
Let the muffins cool, preferably on a rack, before serving.

I ate them with a littlebit of honey, I liked them ^^, hope you'll like them too