Dried wild fennel leaves, Lemon and Pepper crackers / Sfogliate di pane al finocchietto, limone e pepe

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Lately baking disasters have been the norm, the uneasy feeling of not doing it right, of not being focused. Yet another batch of grissinis gets burnt, the ciabatte do not rise as expected and every single recipe and experiments turns into drama. Not good. To get back on the track and to push myself I turn to the easiest solution to soothe the wounds to my confidence: online challenges and contests. When improvising too much I often lose concentration, having to participate to contests is another thing…there are deadlines and a recipe can turn out bad once, maybe twice. I started with a quick and easy recipe, because as always I put myself in the position of squeezing my urge of baking between chores and appointments. Renouncing is not an option. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Fridge emptying skills: Satsumaimo pan japanese sweet potato bread rolls / Abilità svuotafrigo: Satsumaimo pan o anche panini giapponesi alla patata dolce

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Lately my fridge-emptying skills have been quite bad. Unable of resisting the impulse of filling it up with all sorts of fruit and vegetables I plan to cook or bake with. But then I get lost, too much blogging around, recipe searching, the occasional invite for lunch or dinner, late dinners that get resolved with a quick pasta or simple bread and cheese. Fruits and vegetables lying in the bottom drawer of the fridge, to be found just in time before they’re due to be thrown away. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

October’s Panissimo: Farina bona, potatoes and walnuts yeasted bread rolls / Panissimo di Ottobre: Panini di farina bona, patate e noci

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When reading this month’s theme for Panissimo challenge, ancient/special flours, there was no doubt, farina bona would be one of the ingredients I would use. Farina bona is a very special cornflour, finely ground and toasted, with a earthy deep perfume reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts, butterscotch and freshly popped corn. Used for centuries in Val Osernone, in the italian part of Switzerland, this flour went gradually lost until recent times when, probably following the latest trends in reviving regional/traditional ingredients and recipes, it has had a strong comeback on our tables. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Breadcrumbs Grissini for World Bread Day / Grissini panati per il World Bread Day

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This recipe has been lying in my “limbo” folder for a long time. The opportunity to publish it came with the invitation from Barbara of Bread and Companatico  to all members of Panissimo group on Facebook to join Zorra’s  bread collection for this year’s bread day. What a pleasure to discover past years bread recipes, how many new blogs to explore. I simply loved it and had to give a little contribution. So here come the grissinis. You may ask: “Do we really need another recipe for grissinis?” Yes you do, and I’ll explain to you why. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Pain de beaucaire, truth or dare? / Pain de beaucaire e le verità nascoste

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I know I owe you all an apology and an explanation. My last post’s title was misleading, as pointed out to me by Barbara. Probably some of you, like her, expected some dark revelation about my personal life and got none. I talked about some secrets and shared none… My mind was travelling back in years, living those moments I would share solely with my mother and my mind went through what we considered our little secrets.
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A celestial wreath and some secrets / Una angelica ghirlanda e qualche segreto

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Not long ago, as you all know my blog is fairly young, la Greg commented on some of my first pics on Instagram. She was so fascinated by the wreath she asked me if I was to bake one sooner or later and making a post out of it. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…

Childhood’s fav: ”A Tale of Plastic Bread / Memorie d’infanzia: “Pane di Plastica”

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They are locked in everyone’s memory. In the most secret recesses of one’s mind here they lie, soft and sweet, our childhood’s favourite meal or just one magic ingredient. Romantic candy floss, sticky caramel mou sweets, grandma’s special pasta sauce, mummy’s comforting meatballs, pick what you may but you cannot run and you cannot hide. Continue reading / Continua a leggere…