… people always feel entitled to tell me about their culinary mistakes or their (usually nasty) culinary experiments, asking for my approval???
Tell me, eh, tell me: WHY???
Because most of the time I have to force a smile, and I obviously look stupid… And mean… I’m not able to lie…
I mean, if I random meet, let’s say, a cat expert, I don’t begin to tell him/her that my cat is crazy, fat and too demanding and how I can solve all this!!!
There are so many different blogosferes around!
Sure one of the most powerful, or at least in Italy, is the blogosphere that speaks about technology (Yawn! Ops, sorry, I almost felt asleep)…
The Italian average technological blogger is, of course, male, geek (just to be nice and not calling him nerd!), is among the first 100 most known Italian bloggers (following the ranking of a site, which is not considered really reliable!) and its blog is quite boring (sorry to the nice guys I know among them! I really like you as persons, a bit less as bloggers!).
Most of them thinks that only “their kind” of blogospere exists (and I have proff about it, as at one geek dinner I have been lately a guy looked at me completely bewildered hearing me speaking about the food blogosphere!!! “Does it exist?” he said! Ah! What a naive!)…
And they rarely acknowledge the presence of women in the blogosphere… Unless they speak about technology in male terms!
Today la crème de la crème of female Italian blogosphere decided to act against their boring and grey male counterparts: they all published a post about THE argument that only us can understand: our period, our flow!!! Menstruation for dummies!
And that was one the funniest and lightest thing of an average day among Italian blogosphere!!!
If you speak Italian, why not go to read something different???
Here are some of the contributors (girls I know in person, but there are MANY others!!!):
Moules au Champagne!!! One of my favourite!!!
Here the full (true) story in an old recipe I wrote for work!
Today it’s World Bread Day!!!!
I consider focaccia a type of flat bread, as it is the way I eat it most of the time: if I have friends coming over and I do not have fresh bread, I knead a focaccia (my Kenwood chef knead a focaccia, to be precise), and the appetizers are saved!
And sometimes, with focaccia, I get a bit “inspirational”… This time I had some sumac lying around and so I sprinkle the top of it before to bake it… And I even made it whole grain this time…
300 g of wholegrain organic flour
100 g of strong flour
7 g of fresh yeast
300 ml of warm water
1 teaspoon of sugar
Extra-virgin olive oil
Dissolve yeast with sugar and warm water. Add flours and salt, and knead.
Let it rise or at least 1 hour or until it doubled its volume.
Lay it in an generously oiled oven proof dish and let it rise again.
Preheat the oven at maximum, sprinkle focaccia with sumc and bake until golden.
Serve straight away.
I know: I’m neglecting this blog… I miss it!
I miss to have enough time and organization to blog at least three times a week…
But please: do not abandon me!!!!!
To prove you I’m alive (besides my flickr pictures!!!), kind of, here it’s one of our latest luch: a very nice slice of meat… But I won’t tell WHICH kind of meat it is!
Few weeks ago was my birthday (for some insight of the crazy week-end we had, you can check out Robyn‘s pictures: she was visiting with some friends! And we had tons of fun!).
I received some presents (well, better to, as I cooked dinner for 20 of my closest friends!!!): some teas, delicious lip balms and macarons from Sara, a book about blogging form Susan, “Mastering the art of French Cooking” by Julia Child from Robyn (with the cutest birthday card ever!), a really nice pink bag from Rosa (once blogger!) and then the masterpiece, from a group of friends.
Here’s the story about it!
My friends, whom they know me so well, love me so much and remember every time I bring them to one of my favourite kitchen stores and point all the silly and expensive dream equipments I would love to own, gave me my new belle!
Some time ago I went to the La Rinascente lower floor and pointed out to my friend G. a flamboyant orange Le Crueset, 22 centimetres.
Then my birthday came, and they handed me a huge pack. When I saw that flamboyant orange Le Crueset, 22 centimetres, coming out of the gift paper, I couldn’t believe it: I dreamt to cook with one of this for the last 5 years… And all my dreams, all my expectations were fulfilled! It’s one of the best cocotte I’ve ever used in my life…
And I cooked a chicken tajine, just to begin… (freely adapted from Tajine and pastillas, by Marie Chemorin, Marabout)… I’m in a huge tajine mood, lately…
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 teaspoon of grounded ginger
4 chicken drumsticks
1 lemon, quartered
Peel and chop finely the onions. stir fry them slowly in the oil. Add the spices. Add the chicken drumstick, coat them with the onions and spices. Add two galsses of water, the quartered lemon (better if you have citron confit, if not it will be a bit bitter). Let it cook for half an hour.
Serve with cous cous or flat bread.
Well, working, yes, but you know, when you work for a food company and they put you in charge of organizing their events, well, work is more like fun!
First, Friday night I welcome in Milan a fellow German blogger, Matthias, who’s gonna cover the German market for San Lorenzo. Then on Saturday morning we drove to Quistello, near Mantova, to eat the astonishing Ristorante Ambasciata (a full set of picture here) for this events where we invite random people from the internet to come and eat and drink with us!
Then, from there, we drove to Imperia, where San Lorenzo head-quarters are, spent the Sunday on the sea front (well, I spent it mainly in my bedroom sleeping and waking just to fetch food! Matthias went around, or so he says!) and then Monday at the San Lorenzo offices and the at the San Lorenzo warehouse (a full set of pictures here!). Then back to Milan…
In the mean while, we hit a nice good restaurant, in Imperia (pictures here): a bit too expensive, but good…
But you know, that’s working! And I’m dedicated to it!!!
Ah, so exhausting!!!
I have to say I love Cinnamon rolls. In general. Always. They are good, that’s it!
And then I saw this month challenge of the Daring Bakers I was happy, really!
You have to know that every daring baker take turn to host the monthly event. So every month we have a different host (this month is Marce!). The fact is that most of the hosts are Americans, so the recipe they give us are with American ingredients. And as we cannot all be Julia Child, and adapt the whole French cuisine to the American public, I sometimes have problems with the ingredients. Basic ingredients are simple to find, but for example you have to bear in mind that the average plain American flour has more gluten than the average Italian one. Or that yeasts are different.
This month the recipe was featuring a instant yeast, that, in fact, it must be different from the one sell in Italy. Because that’s the only reason I can give to the facts that my rolls were good, but not really puffy… Maybe with fresh yeast would have more soft…
But I loved them anyway! And I had fun, that’s for sure, and even all the people that ate them had fun!!!
My first encounter with an English spoken country was Ireland, in 1992.
And it was even my first vacations with friends, without my parents. It was one of the most amazing experiences I ever had: being a teenager, in a foreign country, in one of the most amazing and lively European capitals, very different from now days Dublin (I mean, Dublin is still an amazing city, but completely different!). And, of course, my first encounter with beer. But Irish, black, thick, tasty beer: Guinness.
Even today, 15 years later, every time I take a sip of Guinness, my memory goes back at those days. And I feel 18 again (well, I was still 17 that summer, but I never told it to the bartenders!)…
Chicken breast, in stripes
Marinate the chicken breast stripes in the Guinness for few hours. Grill the chicken pieces and serve it with a nice salad.
Simple, quick, satisfying…
I do not know since when, but on amazon.fr, my favourite amazon, they are selling kitchen stuff!
I’m gonna die!
I want everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!