October 30, 2009

halloween party

my house is almost ready for tomorrow's halloween party. i bought lovely pumpkins, some plastic (but very scary) spiders and made my first jack-o'-lantern (i know, it's obvious that this is the first time that i'm making it... it's not very beautiful. i need more practice!)

here are some decorations on my fireplace. this evening i'll prepare some lovely halloween food for tomorrow: halloween tart, chocolate chips cookies, cheesecake, ect. i will share for sure pictures and recipes with you!

halloween is not very popular in europe. i've never had a halloween party when i was a kid in poland. also in italy not many people love halloween. i find it very funny and i love the halloween atmosphere. i just can't wait for my first ever halloween party tomorrow!

October 27, 2009

soft chocolate cake

in these sour days (you can uderstand why if you read my previous post) baking makes me feel a little bit better. i made some chocolate cake - chocolate is always good to confort you that's why i choose this lovely recipe for today.

there is only one problem with this delicious and soft, very chocolate cake: it disappears immediately... as you can see below when i decided to take some pictures of it i realized that there was already less than a half of it left... well it only explains how good it is (was) and should convince you to try to bake it! moreover, like most part of my recipes, is very easy and quick to prepare!

you will need:

-300g (10,5 oz.) of dark chocolate
-250g (8,8 oz.) of butter
-5 eggs
-0,5 cup of sugar
-3/4 cup of flour
-1 and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
-80 g (2,8 oz.) of minced almonds (almond flour)

preheat the oven to 150°C. in a saucepan melt the chocolate with butter. in the meantime work the eggs with sugar until the mixture is light and dense. mix the flour with baking soda and minced almonds. mix dry ingredients with eggs (avoid mixing for a long time). add chocolate and mix again quickly. put the mixture in a well butterd pan and bake for 50 minutes circa. leave for cooling and if you wish serve with chocolate topping or icing sugar.

October 26, 2009

my sweet little kitten

today is a sad day: yesterday my sweet kitten passed away, he was 14, still not so old. i have been living abroad since 2006 and unfortunately i couldn't be there with my mum yesterday when the vet confirmed her that there was no hope to save him from brain cancer. for me he will always be my sweet little kitten who grew up together with me (i was 15 when we took him), so clever and so beautiful. i'm so very sorry that i wasn't there yesterday... here for you some old pictures of my kitten.

October 22, 2009

just cabbage

as promised here for you the first recipe made from my lovely fresh vegetables that arrived directly at my door (do you remember fresh green delivery and chic vegetables?). here for you a very simple and extremely delicious cabbage dish that can be a contour or a main dish – depends on how hungry you are :)
i must admit that cabbage unfortunately is not very much photogenic… i mean it’s not so easy to take a beautiful picture of a boiled cabbage. it’s much easier to take pictures of a chocolate cake, sugar cookies or even fresh vegetables. anyways, if you don’t consider the aspect of this dish as inviting as some cakes pictures in posts below, i ensure you that the taste instead is just divine! trust the cook (me :)!
another good reason to try this recipe is that it is a very old and traditional one. my grandma cooks it often and i felt in love with this simple taste when i was a kid.

you will need:

- one fresh cabbage (no matter how heavy it is)
- one medium size onion
- 2 tablespoons of olive oli
- salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons of vinegar
- 1,5 cups of water

cut the onion in small pieces and heat in a big pot togehter with olive oil. when the onion is brown (but not burned) take away from the fire. cut the cabbage in stripes (not only the leafs but the interior - hard part as well). add the cabbage to the onion and oil, add the water, cover the pot and put on the fire. make the mixture boil and reduce the fire. keep on a medium fire for about 25 minutes mixing from time to time. When the cabbage is soft take away from fire, add the salt (about 1 teaspoon) and pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon) and vinegar (if needed add more salt, pepper and vinegar than indicated in the recipe - depends on your taste and on the size of cabbage). serve hot on foggy october days! 

October 20, 2009

the beauty of autumn

last saturday i spent some time in this beautful autumn garden at villa necchi campiglio in the center of milan. i'm lucky to live next to such an enchanting place! in the entrance there is a beautiful vegetable plot and a lovely flower garden. walking this path is like entering a magic place, far away from the city noise and traffic jam. quiet and calm.

the autumn is already in the garden and the last flowers of the season are showing their beauty to vistors. in few weeks they will disappear for long winter months.

the vegatable plot is full of beautiful tiny cauliflowers, aubergines, sweet peppers and tomatoes. you can only watch them here but anyone would like to eat them!

if you are in milan don't miss this lovely place (a few steps from the city center). it's a must for city visitors, especially in autumn!

October 14, 2009

chic vegetables

since the last week wednesday is my favourite day as is the day of fresh green delivery (do you remember the fresh green delivery post i published last week?). this evening again a box full of delicious and fresh vegetables arrived stright to my kitchen. here are some pictures. aren't these vegetables extremly chic? new delicious recipes are coming very soon! thank you geomercato!

October 11, 2009

quick ideas - goat cheese bruschetta

i shouldn't even call it a recipe. it's too simple to be called like that, so maybe rather... an idea? a quick solution for a quick meal? my mom always says that in the matter of food i am able to create something from nothing, but in this case we are speaking about the goat cheese so "nothing" is not the right word. actually i simply love the goat cheese. the one you can see in the picture is a simple camoscio d'oro - an italian supermarket cheese that pretends to be a french brie (and pretends well because is simply delicious).

to make this lovely meal-not-meal you just need some good cheese (not necessarily goat brie), some slices of stale bread, few origano leaves (also dry are good), a baking pan and the oven. after 10 minutes in the oven you will only need to hide your cheese bruschetta before somebody steal it. be careful when you are running away with your bruschetta. the pan may be hot :)

October 08, 2009

fresh green delivery

there is something very nice that i would like to share with you :). i participate in a pilot project which aim is to deliver fresh vegetables directly from the local producer to the final user. this project allows families from milan to buy fresh and ecologic vegetables on wholesale prices and pay only for goods and transport fare (equally divided between all the program members). yesterday the first delivery arrived :) it was so exciting when in the evening a box full of fresh green delicious vegetables arrived! just look at it!

i took some fresh basil (that perfumed the whole house yesterday!), fresh rocket, garlic, onions, broccoli, spinach, cabbage and this beautiful, majestic pumpkin! everything super ecologic and sooo fresh! there was also a small recipes book! everything so lovely! thank you very much viamente for this wonderful service and fresh veggies delivered directly from agrifoppa  (an ecologic food producer from lombardy). the new recipes based on this delicious ingredients are coming very soon!

October 05, 2009

carrot cake

what should i write about the carrot cake? this absolute classic is for me something in between the meal and the dessert. i love it especially in the morning with my long caffe latte... well i could continue to describe what carrot cake is for me anyways i was curious to learn something more about it and this is what i found:
"carrots have been used in sweet cakes since the medieval period, during which time sweeteners were scarce and expensive, while carrots, which contain more sugar than any other vegetable besides the sugar beet, were much easier to come by and were used to make sweet desserts. the popularity of carrot cake was likely revived in britain because of rationing during the second world war. carrot cakes first became commonly available in restaurants and cafeterias in the united states in the early 1960s. they were at first a novelty item, but people liked them so much that carrot cake became standard dessert fare. in 2005, the american-based food network listed carrot cake, with its cream-cheese icing, as number five of the top five fad foods of the 1970s." (source here).
ok then. after reading something more about this lovely dessert history let us just make it!

you will need:
-180 g of flour
-4 g (half teaspoon) of baking soda
-4 g (half teaspoon) of salt
-3 eggs
-210 g of sugar
-70 g (5 tablespoons) of vegetable oil (best would be sunflower seeds oil)
-1 mature apple (grated)
-200 g of grated carrots (usually 3-4 medium size carrots)
-50 g of nuts (about 10 nuts)
-40 g of rasins (3 tablespoons)

preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl mix well dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda. in another bowl mix the eggs with sugar until the mixture becomes light and soft. add the oil and grated apple pulp. add this liquid mixture to the flour and mix (not too much - your cake will be softer). add the carrots, nuts and rasins. mix for the last time and put the mixture into a plum cake pot covered with baking paper. bake for about 55 minutes. can be served with fresh cheese icing (mixture of cheese - about 5 tablespoons, 2 tablesppons of butter, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 5 tablespoons of icing sugar).

now enjoy this classic and irresistible dessert. my husband doesn't like it - it's all for me!

October 03, 2009

probably the easiest chocolate cake in the world

today i would like to share with you a very easy recipe. it takes only a little while to prepare this delicious chocolate cake (and honestly it takes even a shorter while to see it disappear as soon as it's ready... you know what i mean :) oh, did i mention is flourless? ;)
so what are we waiting for? take the recipe and let's go baking!
you will need:

-5 eggs
-170 g of sugar
-220 g of butter
-200 g of good quality dark chocolate (at least 60% of cocoa)
-80g of minced almonds (or almond flour)
-few drops of almond aroma
preheat the oven to 180°C. butter a rectangular baking pan (same as for brownies) and put it in the frige. mix the eggs with sugar in a big bowl. in a saucepan melt the butter with chocolate on a very small fire. take away from the fire and add the butter-chocolate mixture to the eggs. add minced almonds and the almond aroma and mix it all together as short as possible (less you mix the liquid with dry ingredients more your cake will be soft - same rule as for muffins :). put the mixture in the butter pan and bake for about 25 minutes. cool it completely before serving.
if you like you can serve with icing sugar or heavy sweet cream. enjoy these intense chocolate moments, at least until the next time :) 

October 01, 2009

pumpkin soup

the pumpkin season is one of my favourites. i love autumn and i love in season vegetables among which the pumpkin. last day i made some delicious pumpkin soup and i would like to share the recipe with you :)

to taste this lovely and delicate soup you will need:

-500 g of fresh pumpkin
-3 table spoons of sour cream (as usual i recommend the creme fraiche)
-1 medium onion
-1 table spoon of olive oil
-salt and peper
-1 tea spoon of corn flour
-fresh parsley
cut the onion into small pieces. in a big pot heat the olive oil and brown the onion. cut the pumpkin in medium size pieces and add to the pot. keep on a small fire without adding water for 5 minutes. add 1 liter of water and cover the pot. make the soup boil for about 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is already very soft. take away from fire and whisk with the electric blender. add the cream, salt and peper and mix it all very well. put on the fire once again and add the corn flour. let it boil for a couple of minutes in order to make the soup become more dense. serve with fresh parsley.

i hope you will like it. it's perfect for the october dinner to warm the already cool evenings.

my very first awards!

thank you so much the daily dose and twincerely olga for giving me this first lovely blog award! i'm so glad to be among the winners!

so, then here are the rules of the "one lovely blog award"

accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

so the "one lovely blog award" goes to (it wasn't easy to choose among all superb blogs that i follow):
sweet as a candy http://sweet-as-a-candy.blogspot.com/
torie jayne http://toriejayne.blogspot.com/
make room for living http://makeroomforliving.blogspot.com/
bon bon rose http://bonbonrose9.blogspot.com/
cozy kitchen by sea http://thequeen-b.blogspot.com/
creations by kara http://creationsbykara.blogspot.com/
cut and dry http://cutand-dry.blogspot.com/
daisy pink cupcake http://daisypinkcupcake.blogspot.com/
design it chic http://designitchic.blogspot.com/
her creative side http://thecreativesideofsteph.blogspot.com/
inspired lately http://travelinglacey.blogspot.com/
lady sunfower http://www.ladysunflower.com/
beach vintage http://beachvintage.blogspot.com/
something white http://somethingwhite.blogspot.com/
the sporadic cook http://sporadiccook.blogspot.com/
thank you for all your wonderful posts!


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