May 31, 2011

Pizza Party

margherita

A simple party among friends in a sunny late afternoon. Watching, or rather feeling on your shoulder the sun setting. Suddenly, you lift your eyes and see anything but a starry night, and silence. Except, there's music and people are dancing. There are empty bottles on the tables and plates with what remains of on of the best pizza I have ever tried. 

May 20, 2011

Baked Ruby Trout -- Trota Salmonata al Forno

trout with tomatoes and potatoes

Friday is market day in Bra. You leave your house in the morning and you immediately notice nothing looks the same --there are more people, more voices, more life. 
Traditionally, Friday is also the day people eat fish. The reason is clearly linked to the Catholic religion and the obbligation to avoid meat on Fridays. People mostly tranformed it in an habit and automatically shop for fish or store it to be cooked that day. Not everybody, but many. The University canteen, for exemple, observes this rule. Personally, not really --I don't eat that much meat anyway, no risks to eat it on Fridays. 

May 16, 2011

Rice cookies -- Biscotti alla farina di riso

rice cookies
I confess I never thought about writing and inventing recipes for celiac people. Fortunately, I am not celiac and I haven't had friends or family members that have this disease. This until a few days ago, when a friend of mine found out she is celiac --which explains, perhaps, her extreme thinness. She was sad because she loves focaccia, bread and beer, and she doesn't find any satisfaction in the gluten-free correspondent products. She looked miserable. I wanted to do something --put my baking skills at her service! :)

So I thought, it's time for me to seriously think about it. People can be happy and eat well also as gluten intolerant, as many bloggers have demonstrated. I though I can learn how to bake gluten free. I can bake focaccia and crackers and cookies for her. Sure I can. And I can prove and see how good they are myself, too.

May 9, 2011

Impressions of the metropolis

Radio City Hall
The first was of an overwhelming back and forth of people, voices, lights, cars. Noises. Smog. Dust.

The second was of infinite variety, infinite stimuli, infinite opportunities.

May 3, 2011

NYC

Dean and DeLuca, NYC

In the city that never sleeps --neither do I. I don't know if I want to go back...

Nella città che non dorme mai (e così neanch'io). Non so più se voglio tornare o no...