Have you ever been to…

Brussel?
I did last month and I spent a very goooood time. And I wasn’t alone, so even better 🙂
Amazing chocolate (and waffels), beautiful city and views, french look a like buildings and streets and a lot of shops (nice for windows-shopping :P). I just enjoyed my 3 days spent there and I took a lot of pictures, some of them are too nice not to show you, my friends.
And I also got familiar with AirBNB website, which seems a good solution to stay in an other city and a nice alternative to hotels and bed and breakfast! I found an accomodation in the city centre (2 minutes from Manneke Pis) for a quite ridiculous price, while all the hotels and rooms were full for a convention in the Brussel’s expo.
And guess what?! I spent also a half day in Antwerp, which is a little bit more commercial and has a huge shop street, but I didn’t have time to visit the old part, maybe next time!
Ooooh… I just love travelling! And I love sharing my journeys with a lovely company! 😉

I’m not dissappeared.

Sorry for not posting.
I’m getting mad about it, but I have to work a lot in this period and it’s summer time too. I could not resist to a day off to the beach, a dinner out or a beer with friends in this amazing city. I love Amsterdam.
I love the crowded streets in the daytime, where you can listen to almost ten different languages in the same time.  I love the canals, I love the tiny little leaning houses on them. I love the kids inside the bicycle baskets and the smile on their faces. I love the parks, the green spots, the benches all around, where you can sit and stare at the multicultural combination of this city. But the best comes at night… Amsterdam is so amazing after the beautiful rose and red sunset. Dam square is magical with the Royal Palace and the Oude Kerk enriched by yellow lights, Rokin and Muntplein are my favourite with the lights reflected in the canal. I love passing by all this beauties sitting on the back of a bike, while speaking to my friend riding it. It’s an emotion I cannot describe, I just close my mouth, gaze with my eyes and fill my heart.
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Liebster Award… hoera!

Another award for this little blog: I’ve been nominated three (3!!!) times for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much to Gen and her lovely blog, Julia and One Step One Bite for the nominations! You all made me so glad and proud of my little work here 🙂

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The rules:

Post 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions made by the person who nominated you.
Create 11 questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
Choose 11 bloggers to pass the award to and mention them in your post.
Go to their blogs and let them know that they have been nominated.
No tag backs.

Eleven random facts about me:
1. I love movies and cinema, I’m not getting tired of watching my favourite movies again and again.
2. I always wanted to go to New York for travelling.
3. I have a lot of dreams in my life, and in my closet as well 😉
4. I love cooking cakes and pastries, I can probably spend an entire week in a pastry-kitchen if I had the chance.
5. I am very creative and open minded.
6. I love sightseeing, travelling and make photographs of the places I visit.
7. I have a lactose, dairy and egg intolerance. :\ This is one reason why I have to eat healthy!
8. I love vintage clothes.
9. I love the 50es and the 70es style, flower power baby!
10. I love north-Europe, its way of living and thinking…
11. I have a white european cat. I love her!

Questions from Gen:
1. What is your favourite book? Oh, a lot! But if I had to choose: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov.
2. What is your most memorable dining experience? My last birthday-dinner 😉
3. Favourite cuisine? Mediterranean and Oriental.
4. What is your favourite meal of the day? Dinner, preferably spent with amazing people.
5. What is your least favourite food? My favourite food… mmm… enriched salads and toasted bread, I love frugal food!
6. Do you prefer cooking for yourself, or others? Both of them!
7. Favourite blogs on the internet? This, this, this and this. And a lot more!
8. One place you would love to travel to? All the world, if it is possible! I want to discover and follow my curiosity 😛
9. Casual dining or fine dining? Casual!
10. Salt or pepper? Pepper, always.
11. Spicy food: yes or no? I would say yes, but I cannot eat them so much.

The Liebster Award is awarded to those who have less than 200 followers.
So today I’m passing on the love to the following 11 bloggers! They’re all great blogs and you should pay each of them a visit:

http://seminterra.com/
http://beatricemargherita.wordpress.com/
http://savorysaltysweet.com
http://dolceamarocuisine.wordpress.com/
http://watgirlswant.wordpress.com/
http://tabletwentyeight.com/
http://alessandraincucina.wordpress.com/
http://overtimecook.com/
http://anotherkitchenblog.wordpress.com/
http://waitarethosecookies.wordpress.com/
http://missmarzipan.com/

My questions for them are:
1. What’s your favourite place to live or travel?
2. What’s your favourite movie?
3. What’s your favourite color and why?
4. Mountains or sea?
5. Winter or summer?
6. Do you prefer your local cuisine or you like to experiment cuisine from abroad?
7. Do you prefer restaurant/fast food or home-made-kitchen?
8. How many countries have you visit?
9. What’s your favourite animal and why?
10. Are you a active person or a potato-couch?
11. What’s your favourite band or singer?

Kisses and virtual hugs to all! 🙂

Last Queen’s day… Welcome to the King: Willem Alexander!

 

Yesterday there was a huge party for all the Dutch people: it was the Queen’s day! But this year was unique as Queen Beatrix abdicated to her son, and now the new King, Willem Alexander!
I was in Amsterdam to celebrate this special festival and thanks to the little sunshine, people dressed in orange everywhere, nice live music in the Jordaan, big screens on Museumplein, tons of celebrating boats on every gracht and lots of exciting things to do in Vondelpark I had a really great time! It was such an emotion to see all the ceremony of the incoronation of the new King from the Museumplein and as we say here in Holland: it was extremely gezellig!
Lange leven de Koning! 😉

Life, meanwhile. In photographs.

I’ve been posting only about cooking and baking in the latest time, but I experienced (and still do 😉 ) my new dutch life in the meanwhile: sightseeing, museum, shops and other stimulating stuff I love.
Yesterday I was at the re-opening celebration of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, it was amazing: queen Beatrix, tons of people, marching bands and the incredible museum just restored. I share some pictures with you!DSC00383

Just an amazing day!

A special cake.

Easter holidays were so memorable for me and my family: we had a very great time all toghether and there was a special celebration for my baby-nephew baptism-feast. (I don’t believe in Christian religion no more, but I have respect for everyone, so I attended the ceremony anyway.) For the occasion we prepared a huge cake for 40 people like the ones you see on tv (… Cake BossBuddy Valastro and Choccywoccydoodah, you know? 😉 ) and I was asked to run wild with my imagination and decorate it. What a pleasant challenge! I do love creativity! So, with pink and white fondants, here it is what my imagination gave birth…

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I was working with my brother and my sister in law from five o’clock to nine o’clock in the evening, my black trousers turned white but I absolute enjoyed every minute of my job!
These are my hand made roses…310313-1914(002)I always say: “If I didn’t study psychology, I would become a pastry-chef!” But I keep on working and dreaming on my greatest passion! I love baking and creating! 🙂
That’s the final result…
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Versatile Blogger Award… yeah!

Another award, another achivement thanks to my little blog which I create for having fun and for sharing my cooking and my life facts. I’m so proud of myself! But I have to thank all of you, my tireless followers 🙂
I received this award from Alessandra (links here to her delicious blog ), who I cannot stop thanking for that, and now I have to list seven facts you don’t know about me and spread the award to other fifteen blogs with less then 200 followers.
Let’s do it! 😉

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Seven unknown facts about eightdaysweek:

1) I’m graduated in psychology (…and in this moment I’m reading your mind while you are reading my blog!:D)
2) I have a very very very strange name and I bet you won’t guess even if you try thousand times. (That’s a challenge!)
3) I started cooking cakes and biscuits when I was like 10 or 12 years old, I looked at my mother cooking like you gaze at your favourite movie star. Now I take her part and we enjoy preparing all of our dishes, salted or sweeted 😉
4) I love the nordic languages like german, scandinavian, dutch and english and I would love to learn how to speak german in a correct way. Keep on dreaming
5) I watched the whole marathon of LOTR (almost 9/10 hours) three times in my life and the last time was so memorable… While Tarantino remains my favourite director. I love him!
6) I’m happy and single. Yes. Single. Easy.
7) I love dogs. I grew up with my dobermann-dog from 9 to 18 years old, he was my best four-legs-friend. I missed him so much!

And finally 15 bloggers, with less then 200 followers, who deserve a lot:

http://ledeliziedifeli.wordpress.com/
http://littlecrumbsofmylife.wordpress.com/
http://dolceamarocuisine.wordpress.com/
http://tiliatarrare.wordpress.com/
http://thefoodery.wordpress.com/
http://tabletwentyeight.com/
http://savorysaltysweet.com/
http://pyandplate.com/
http://foodbeforebrains.com/
http://playlosophy.blogspot.ch/
http://www.incucinaconmeg.com/
http://wildinthestreets87.wordpress.com/
http://nadirblog.blogspot.nl/
http://nanocucina.wordpress.com/
http://www.prettyquirkypants.com/

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Amsterdam.

I did it. I succeded.
It’s not easy to describe my happiness, my feelings, my joy, but I’m so proud of myself. I cannot really realize at this moment but I did it.
I found a job. I found a job in my favourite city, in my second home-country. I went away from Italy. I had the opportunity.
I changed my life. I followed my dreams and I’m making them coming true. I changed my life because I wanted so much. I made choices, even if they were difficult.

I’m almost speechless, my smile talks in my place.

I think I will update my blog in english from now, just to improve myself and to be in contact with english-speaking-people as well. I will blog about my experience here, my recipes, my life, my thoughts as I did untill now. Probably I will write something in italian, something in dutch. I have a lot of things to do, do discover, to see, to feel.

I’m happy. That’s the best thing.tumblr_mdv0nm8ltA1r2bljmo1_1280_large_edited-1 copy

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Filosofia spiccia e pensieri sparsi.

Mi mancava scrivere un post di quelli pseudo riflessivi-filosofici.
Ci stavo pensando da giorni e mi chiedevo se pubblicarlo o meno, poi mi sono detta Perchè no?!  E’ proprio quest’ultima domanda che mi ha aperto un sacco la mente (più di quanto l’avessi già, e non per pavoneggiarmi…), che mi ha fatto capire molte cose e mi ha dato la possibilità di fare esperienza di molte situazioni. Perchè non buttarsi sulle cose? Perchè restare sempre ancorati a quelle sicurezze ormai troppo vecchie e stantie che ci bloccano in una routine noiosa e annosa? Perchè continuare a trascinarsi inutili palle al piede che ci rendono infelici e incapaci di apprezzare le mille altre opportunità che ci attendono se allungassimo un po’ di più i nostri orizzonti? Perchè continuare a battere il muso su cose che non cambieranno mai e ci avvelenano il fegato?
Potrei continuare con queste domande per ore.
Io ho fatto una scelta. Una scelta non facile e non immediata, ma che mi ha reso la vita molto meno tediosa. Ho scelto di vivere felice e con tranquillità, ho scelto di dedicarmi alle cose che mi piacciono e mi fanno stare bene, ho scelto di circondarmi di persone a cui voglio realmente bene e che me ne vogliono realmente a loro volta, ho scelto di rinunciare alle male voci e alla falsità, ho scelto di vivere la mia vita come desidero io dal mio profondo, ho scelto di sorridere di più e prendermela di meno, ho scelto di farmi più passeggiate da sola a piedi con la mia musica preferita piuttosto che pomeriggi di chiacchiere vane e vuote, ho scelto di seguire i miei sogni dovunque essi mi portino, ho scelto di non avere paura di ciò che non conosco, ho scelto di ascoltare me stessa in silenzio, ho scelto di non puntare il dito verso l’altro ma di riformulare prima i miei giudizi e le mie critiche, ho scelto di parlare chiaro e apertamente senza nascondere ciò che realmente penso e sono, ho scelto di lottare per ciò in cui credo senza prevaricare, ho scelto di essere giusta, ho scelto di osservare e capire meglio le cose, ho scelto…
E, bando all’aura bucolico-fiabesca che i miei pensieri possano evocare, mi sento scoppiare il cuore di felicità, ma di una felicità pura, non fatta di possedere cose materiali o sfoggiare astrusità modaiole e conformistiche, una felicità mia, una felicità che solo io posso conquistare e potrò ancora perfezionare mano mano, una felicità che può sembrare egoista ma che in realtà non lo è, perchè così facendo anche le persone intorno a me vivono bene e in equilibrio con me. Ed è bellissimo.
Non fermatevi mai, continuate a rincorrere i vostri sogni, a cercare le persone a cui tenere, a coltivare le vostre passioni, solo così sarete felici. Correndo, senza fretta.tumblr_mhixq8dmhW1rrjjxto1_4009915140C1EB2E8C78C0F6508EFC41973

Sensazioni.

Non ci posso fare nulla. Io adoro l’autunno. E adoro ancora di più l’inverno.
Amo il freddo, amo le temperature che scendono sotto i 10 gradi centigradi, amo il sole che tramonta alle cinque del pomeriggio dietro a delle cime innevate o dietro a delle nuvole cupe e grigie, amo le foglie ingiallite degli alberi che riempiono i viali delle città, amo i rami, ormai secchi, che brillano di rugiada alle prime luci del mattino, amo il ghiaccio e la luce che vi si specchia, amo la natura che si addormenta sotto la coltre bianca di neve, amo le finestre illuminate delle case dalle quali sbirciare al loro interno, amo il silenzio in cui si perdono i passi di lunghe camminate solitarie o in buona compagnia, amo la mia gatta che mi scalda le ginocchia e le sue fusa dolci, amo le coperte tirate sù fino al naso e un petto caldo sul quale addormentarsi, amo un corpo caldo da abbracciare durante la notte, amo le docce bollenti dopo una lunga giornata, amo i film belli e interminabili dei pomeriggi piovosi, amo il profumo dei biscotti nel forno caldo, amo tutto ciò che mi ricorda il freddo. E come tale, me lo godo.
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Pause.

Non sono sparita! 😀
In quest’ultimo periodo purtroppo non riesco a dedicarmi molto alla cucina e a pubblicare interessanti ricette sul blog perchè, ahimè, sono impegnata tra una ricerca di lavoro e l’altra (...choosy o no, c’è da rimboccarsi le maniche!) e mi sto dedicando principalmente a un altro mio hobby: il crafting, il fai da te o come si chiama. Ad esempio ieri sera nel giro di mezzora ho realizzato una serie di anelli seguendo questo tutorial… che dire?! Adorabili!
Poi mi godo un po’ la mia stagione preferita tra coperte, thè caldi, films, buona compagnia, libri e la mia gattona acciambellata sulle mie gambe. Adoro le stagioni fredde, l’autunno, l’inverno, quando fa notte presto e bisogna stringersi per scaldarsi a vicenda. ^__^
Spero di tornare presto con ricette e dolci sfiziosi da condividere con voi!

Torta di pesche e genetliaco.

In barba ai più superstiziosi, venerdì 17 era il mio compleanno ed è stata una meravigliosa giornata trascorsa con famiglia e amici, devo dire che il pomeriggio passato tra i fornelli è stato ripagato di gran lunga da tutto ciò che mi ha emozionato e stupito durante la serata! Dopo lo sneak peek dell’ultimo post, vi propongo mano mano tutte le ricette della cena che avevo preparato e oggi vi stuzzico con la torta di pesche percoche che ha riscosso un gran successo, sebbene sia un dolce semplice, leggero e veloce da fare.

Ready to cook…

Torta di pesche percoche
Ingredienti: (x 10 persone)
600gr di farina oo
200gr di zucchero
2 bicchieri di latte vegetale
1 banana matura
2 uova
4 pesche percoche grandi
una manciata di mandorle
1 bustina di lievito
cannella
1 cucchiaio di bicarbonato di sodio

Procedimento:
Lavare, sbucciare e tagliare le pesche a fettine. Lavorare i tuorli con lo zucchero, montare gli albumi a neve con un pizzico di sale. Aggiungere ai tuorli il latte vegetale, la banana matura e lavorare con il frullatore. Aggiungere mano mano la farina, il bicarbonato, la bustina di lievito e le mandorle triturate. Incorporare infine gli albumi cercando di non smontarli, lavorando l’impasto con un cucchiaio dal basso verso l’alto. Adagiare il composto in una teglia rivestita di carta forno, spolverare la superficie di cannella e infilare le fettine di pesca nell’impasto su tutta la superficie. Spolverare con zucchero e cannella ed infornare per 40 minuti a 180°C. Servire a temperatura ambiente con zucchero a velo.

Ready to eat…

Percoche peaches’ cake
Ingredients: (x 10 servings)
600gr white flour
200gr white sugar
2 glasses of veg milk
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
4 big percoche peaches
a handful of almonds
1 sacket baking powder
cinnamon
1 tablespoon of baking soda

Proceeding:
Wash, peel and cut the peaches in slices. Mix egg-yolks with sugar, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Add veg milk and the ripe banana to egg yolks and stir. Whip in little by little white flour, baking soda, baking powder and crushed almonds. Add then egg whites with a spoon, mixing from bottom to top. Pour the pastry in a baking tin, dust it with cinnamon and put peaches’ slices into the dough covering all the surface. Dust with sugar and cinnamon, cook in the oven at 180°C for 40 minutes. Serve at room temperature with icing sugar.

Happy Birthday!

Bon appetit!

Con questa ricetta partecipo a questi contests:

“Ricette d’Estate con Ravanello Curioso” (categoria: RICETTE DOLCI)

“I colori dell’estate” (categoria: RICETTE DOLCI)

e alla raccolta:

Sneak peek and mint’s scent.

Un’occhiatina al menù della cena del mio compleanno di ieri sera, di cui ho un ricordo davvero meraviglioso, e con cui tenterò di stuzzicarvi un po’ l’acquolina con queste foto… Intanto vi lascio la ricetta delle polpette al profumo di menta 😉

Vi stuzzica questo plumcake eh?! 😉 Era davvero squisito!

Plumcake alle verdure

E la torta alle pesche…?

Tanti auguri a me…

Polpette al profumo di menta
Ingredienti : (x5 persone)
1kg di carne macinata di bovino
2 spicchi di aglio
una manciata di prezzemolo
spezie per barbecue (mix di aglio,paprika,pepe,zenzero,noce moscata,cannella,curry)
2 cucchiai di pangrattato
3 rametti di menta fresca
olio

Procedimento:
Impastare la carne macinata con l’aglio tritato, il mix di spezie e il pangrattato fino ad ottenere un composto omogeneo. Formare le polpettine schiacciandole un po’ tra le mani, scaldare un filo di olio in una padella antiaderente e adagiarvi le polpettine. Cuocere a fuoco medio-basso per circa 30 minuti girando di tanto in tanto, aggiungere i rametti di menta fresca e cuocere per altri 15 minuti a fuoco basso. Servire con un’ottima salsina di curry.

Polpettine

Mint scented meatballs
Ingredients: (x 5 servings)
1kg ground beef
2 garlic cloves
1 handful of parsley
mix of spices for barbecue (garlic,paprika,pepper,ginger,nutmeg,cinnamon,curry)
2 table spoons of breadcrumbs
3 little branches of fresh mint
oil

Proceeding:
Knead the ground beef with garlic, spices and breadcrumbs ’till you get a stiff mixture. Make meatballs squeezing them a little bit on top, warm up a pan with oil and put them in. Cook at medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, add fresh mint and cook for other 15 minutes at low heat. Serve with a delicious curry sause.

Delicious!