Seasonal Mushrooms

Smoke coming up of the chimneys, foggy window, candles and soft music.. all great sight that it arrived the season we all enjoyed to stay home, lie in the couch with a warm blanket … perfect for a nice homemade soup to warm us up!

I love mushroom and as this is the season, I went to the local market and purchased a variety of fresh ones, regular champions, shitake, chantarelle and coming home I was already thinking how to cook them, I could already smell their flavor!

Few weeks ago I went in a nice French restaurant and as welcome starter the owner gave us some mushroom soup, it is amazing, so to continue my experiment in the kitchen I decided to cook it myself.

What you need:

600 gr of mushroom (different types)

a bunch of dried porcini mushroom

vegetable stock

onion

salt and pepper

bunch of parsley

mascarpone (optional to be used at the end)

How to proceed:

First of all place the dried porcini in a small bowl and pour boiling water and leave for a couple of minutes. In the meanwhile take a pan, add olive oil and chopped onion, once the onion start to get gold , add the mushroom previously sliced. Mix and add the dried mushroom and the soaked water, leave it to cook for about 20 minutes. Keep cooking and add slowly the vegetable stock and if needed some extra water. Bring to a boil, add the parsley and if you like some mascarpone to give some texture to the soup.

This recipe is quite simply, but being the first time I tried it, I did not want to “go crazy” with some complicated long recipe.

As a true Italian, I love to serve this with some warm crostini.

I am so sorry, but we were so hungry that we ate it without even taking a picture.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Cooking Experiment

Autumn as I previously mentioned, is pumpkins month, so even if I’ve never tried to use it for cooking before, I headed to the local  market to buy a small one.

I was determined to prepare pumpkin gnocchi as I eat every year during this period when I go back home . In Italy you can easily find them also in the counter of the supermarket, but here I’ve never found them..so let’s give it a try.

What you need:

350 gr of pumpkin

350gr of potato

180 gr of flour

1 egg

nutmeg

salt and pepper

cinnamon

Preparation:

First of all I opened and clean the pumpkin removing the seeds, then I cut it into pieces and put in in the over a 180°for about 25 minutes, the time for the pumpkin to soften. In the meanwhile I boiled in salted water about 350gr of potato with skin. Once both the pumpkin and the potato are cooked and lukewarm, remove the skin and pass them in the masher.  Now start adding the other ingredients, the flour, the egg, a bit of cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg, salt and pepper as desired until you obtained a homogeneous mixture. It is now time to start making the gnocchi! First of all form several “sticks” and then start cutting them into same-size pieces.

Put water to boil and cook one portion of gnocchi at time until they float (about a minute). Serve with a homemade tomato sauce or a simple sage and butter sauce, topped with some parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!!

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Focaccia experience

Weekend, beautiful day, lunch with friends, enjoying the September sun sitting around a table outside, talking about life, future, plans and catching up on small talks with friends, a perfect atmosphere to end the month and make us feel a bit closer to home, the “original” one , the one where we grew up and we miss when living abroad. That feeling that you know each other since kindergarden, the talking just looking at each other eyes, those feeling that getting older in a different country is not so easy to find anymore…

It is in times like this, with all the positive energies around, that I appreciate the real meaning of slow food. And to celebrate all this I prepared a focaccia, a simple rosemary focaccia. The Italian way.

What you need:

400 g white bread flour type 00

100 g fine ground semolina flour or extra white bread flour

sea salt

1 sachet dried yeast (even better if you can find a couple of grams of the fresh yeast

½ tablespoon sugar

300 ml water, lukewarm

extra virgin olive oil

rosemary

 

How to proceed:

Place the flours and ½ tablespoon of sea salt into a large bowl, and make a well in the middle. Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, and mix with a fork. Leave this for a few minutes and start to add the other ingredients, working the dough with your hands.  Make a ball, cover it with a dish towel and leave it in a warm place for about an hour to let it rise. What  would suggest, it is to turn on the oven at 50°, when it reaches temperature, switch it off, place the bowl with the dough in the oven and leave it there.

Once the dough has risen, place it on a baking tray with extra virgin olive oil and spread it out to cover the tray. Push down roughly on top of the dough. Sprinkle with rosemary leaves and bake it for about 20 minutes at 180° or until golden on top.

As an alternative to the rosemary and according to your taste, you can add cherry tomato or basil as a topping.

Unfortunately when I was preparing it I was bad enough not to take pictures, so I am adding a couple saved from the net.

Hope you enjoy!

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Breakfast boost

Good Evening my dears!

Today I woke up asking myself what to do with those ripe banana sitting on the fruit bowl as I do not really like really sweet ripe fruits, but I rather prefer the crunchy, raw ones.  I found this really simple quick recipe, ideal for a quick boost of energy before leaving the house..

What do you need?

2 ripe bananas

1 peach

1/5 cup greek yogurt

1/5 cup milk

a teaspoon of honey (or more if you want it sweeter)

Just blend all the ingredients, sit down and enjoy your drink ))

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Orange Cake

Hello!

If you were curious to try the Orange Cake recipe without butter I posted here , you can find it below. Let me know if you tried it and how you think it is.. .it is a very simple cake, ideally for breakfast and maybe you can cut it and put some home-made jam in it.

Ingredients

  • •250 gr. flour
  •  300 gr. sugar
  • •1 small package yeast
  • •4 eggs ( I put only 2 to make it lighter)
  •  1 glass of fresh orange juice
  •  orange peel

First of all separate the egg yolk and whites and whip up the egg whites with the sugar. After add the orange juice and the egg yolks. Continue to mix adding the flour, the yeast and the shredded orange peel. Prepare the form and fill it with the mixture (if you can, leave it rest for 10 minutes) and put it in the oven at  180°C for 30 minutes. If you like, you can serve it together with an orange cream or as alternative you can use lemons.

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Simple orange cake without butter

Sundays

Happy Sunday!

Tomorrow i am going back to work after a week of relax and holidays and…. I really don’t want to go … ahaha! Sunday for me means laziness, relax, sofa, movies and cuddle and so it will be today!

I usually don’t have breakfast during the week, but in the weekend I consider it an important part to start the day with the right foot. Just having a slow coffee and a sandwich (almost a branch) while talking to my husband and listening some music is one of the best feelings..

Just in his honor today I will show you 2 simple items for him that I really like and that you probably already see someone wearing as the T-Shirt is pretty popular right now.

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Cappuccino & Croiassants

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My Favorites Souvenirs

Good Evening girls (and boys)!

In this moment I am coming back to the Netherlands after a week spent home with family and friends. I spent a wonderful couple of days, I didn’t do anything special, but it is always nice to be around people you love, with sun and clear sky and far from the noise pollution of the big city! Usually when I go back to visit my parents, I take advantage of the beautiful shops and high-quality fabrics to do lots of shopping, but this time I did not bother much… I was really tired and I needed some rest. ,Yes I would have loved to buy many things I saw there, but I need to watch my pocket as well ))

Anyway, what I really cannot miss to do when I am back is doing a big grocery shopping of my favorite food… This time I filled the luggage with homemade products and I had to leave some packages of pasta, biscuits etc in Italy… but it is not a big tragedy as in a month I will be going home again for Christmas, together with my husband this time, and we will have 2 luggage to fill!..

I am not a meat lover, I don’t buy it, but I do not consider myself a vegetarian and in fact below you will also some pics of hams, salami.. I have to admit it, homemade and fresh products just taste differently…

Different biscuits and Ferreros

Different biscuits and Ferreros

Hams, different types of Cheeses & Piadina

Hams, different types of Cheeses & Piadina

Pumpkin gnocchi

Pumpkin gnocchi

Tahitian Dish

Hello Girls!

Today the weather is really terrible, apparently it is the worst wind storm in many years and I really feel like staying home, drinking a tea, curled up in my blanket, but … we just had a wonderful guest at home who prepared a really tasty typical tahitian dinner.. it is called Poisson Cru (literally Raw Fish)

Here a little picture for you….

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If you like the idea of sushi, I am sure you will appreciate this as well..

It is really easy and quick to prepare..below the recipe he gave me

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Hope you will enjoy it!