Living on my own: Spelt and spicy eggplant salad / Living on my own: Insalata di farro e melanzana speziata

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And here we are for the second episode of my new blog section, Living on my own, which collects simple, healthy and fast recipes especially thought for people who like me live alone and want to have a varied diet without having to spend too much time at the stove. This time the main ingredient is spelt, one of the most ancient type of wheat which has been in use in the human diet since the Neolithic times. Spelt is low in fat, rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and iron. It is also one of the less caloric type of wheat, in short, it is a very healthy alternative to the usual pasta dish. The eggplant, a vegetable originally from India, is distinguished by its slightly spicy flavor and a soft pulp which contrasts with the crispiness of the skin. Its flavor goes well with sumac, a spice very much in use in Middle Eastern cuisine which has a light sour taste (slightly lemony). It will take you very little to make this simple but tasty dish, you will not be disappointed I promise! Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Daring Bakers the Surpirse of “failed” Muffins / Daring Bakers, la sorpresa sta nel cannare i muffins!

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For the July Daring Baker’s Challenge, Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to bake a cake. But not just any cake; she asked us to add in a special surprise for our eyes as well as our taste buds!

As many of you well know the 27th of each month a group of enthusiast home bakers challenge themselves on the net through the huge Daring Bakers event, which connects many food bloggers from all around the blogosphere. Is an occasion I really enjoy taking part to, but the past months have been so busy with other projects I have been missing out two challenges already. This month Ruth from the blog The Crafts of Mommyhood threw her gauntlet to us with a very nice and funny theme: Surprise Cakes! I can’t describe the excitment felt when reading July’s instructions, as I can’t describe the feeling of total failure and disappointment that
followed my total failure. So much for trying out a new recipe/technique just on time to post. But I am putting this up anyway, in hope it will help other people to do better than me and, why not, just so you can have a good laugh. After all I am not one of those who hides her failures, am I? Not at all! Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Dark Chocolate and Hazelnuts Milk Rolls / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Panini al latte con gocce di cioccolato fondente e nocciole delle Langhe

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It’s Maroggia’s Mill Friday again, and I am back with a sweet bread recipe. For too long these Piedmontese hazelnut have sat in my pantry. Yet another gift from my friend Michela, there are no words to describe these creamy and fragrant fruits from the generous woods of Piemonte. I knew they were very special from the moment I opened the crinkled plastic bag, crackling like a crystalline laughter of joy, and their scent enveloped me evoking other ingredients, other pairings. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Savoring Italy Guest Post and Hidden Treasure Soft Buns / Savoring Italy Guest Post e Saccottini morbidi con sorpresa

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Thursday is no blog post day usually, but this month my usual schedule has flexed in favor of spontaneity and other circumstances. Today you will not be reading me on my own pages, but you will be redirected to a very nice blog, Savoring Italy, born from the enthusiasm and love that Lora and Megan feel for Italy. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Sourdough Surprises: Gozleme filled with Kohlrabi, Aubergines and Parmesan Cheese / Sourdough Surprises Luglio: Gozleme ripieni di crema di cavolo rapa, melanzana e parmigiano reggiano

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As you may well know by now the 20th of each month is dedicated to the beautiful sourdough bread – and not only, do you remember my lattst recipe for apple fritters? – collection Sourdough Surprises. This month the choice fell on a turkish filled bread, Gozleme. Those of you who know me well will know I absolutely love all kind of Middle Eastern foods. The ones who know me better and in person know about my regrets of going to Istanbul and not being able to profit fully of the experience, especially from a culinary point of view (I guess I’ll have to organize a trip with my friend Michela). It sounds so daft I know, but the only Gozleme I have ever eaten was savoured walking up and down the nice turkish market in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Michela’s cazzottini buns / I cazzottini di Michela

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It was April when finally my blog and facebook friend Michela and I met. A friendship born out of luck onto the pages of Panissimo‘s facebook group. Something immediately clicked between us, and as we always say we found each other like two little dough balls originating from the same mixture. She flew from Rome with a small trolley bag full of little presents and her addictive laughter. Amongst her presents she took two little packages of flour. One was the renomated Senatore Cappelli, which I had read so many raving reviews about. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Living on my own: Vegetable and Spices Latkes / Living on my own: Latkes di verdure speziati

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A food blogger eats consciously: five a day, proper amount of protein, an eye on carbs just not to over do it, even if bread baking obsessed. Reasonably a food blogger does not smoke, the tongue is a special tool that must be quite respected. I have been recently told so, as the urge for a cigarette hit me and I simply asked one to the quite shocked interlocutor. “Never I had thought you’d smoked, isn’t it bad for your sense of taste?”. Well I do not smoke that much, simply it’s hard to resist the sensual and tempting aroma when someone around me is dragging on a fag. And besides I hate clichés. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Maroggia’s Mill Cookbook: Potato Focaccia / Il Ricettario del Mulino di Maroggia: Focaccia di patate

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Yet another Friday, and yet another blog post high on carb levels. Who does not love focaccia? For sourdough lovers I have already posted my recipe for wild yeast focaccia but what I lack is a little recipe a little less complex, with a lower hydration but as soft and well risen as the former. To achieve such a result I have put some potatoes in the dough, used a good flour and a little elbow grease. Are you ready for my easy peasy recipe?
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Childhood memories of my mother’s Clafoutis and Red currant Clafoutis / Ricordi del Clafoutis di mia madre e il mio Clafoutis ai ribes

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Clafoutis. This dessert evokes many different images in my mind. The oven glowing with a warm yellow light, just like a lighthouse at the far right side of the kitchen, filling the room with the sweet and dense scent of cherries and fresh cream. I cherished those moments when – even though it sounds so un-poetic – my mom would take the bag of precooked pitted black cherries from the kitchen cupboard because I knew exactly what was coming on. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

A nice discovery: About Mornflake Oats and a recipe for Rye and Coarse Oat Loaf / Che bella scoperta! L’Avena Mornflake e una ricetta per il Pane alla segale e avena spezzata

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If I say oats, what do you say? Porridge! I assume, as most of us associate this ingredient with the infamous healthy breakfast. One of the most healthy but yet discriminated cereals, it’s one of the few products I have a clear memory of when going back to my childhood days. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…