torta di mele

Hello dearest reader,

I have actually tried to bake this apple cake from Melissa Forti and it was a huge success.

I am looking forward to try other recipes from the book.

Have a nice afternoon!

Life goes on inexorably and it is both a relief and awkward. Human tragedies happen every given day and it feels so preposterous to be here thinking about food to cook and other trivialities.
Still I need to escape in a sunny place where only by measurements and instructions you can control an outcome and eat it too.
Because I have some red wine left, I will try to drawn some broccoli.
I have tried this apple cake and it is delicious, although I have added a full one cup of rice flour to the recipe to make it work. Yet it may depend on egg sizes, because probably American large eggs are actually Italian medium eggs and I ended up with a very liquid batter in the first place.
I hope you have a joyous day, I wish that you remember that you are loved and blessed, because you are alive and there are still endless possibilities in every minute of your precious existence.

ricette che forse provero'

Hello dearest reader,
I’ve been out and about and not feeling much like cooking lately.
Yet this Sunday I would like to bake this  apple cakeand possibly these buckwheat gallettes could be my dinner tonight.
Will the bread and cheese win again? 
Let the battle begin...
Have a nice weekend!

Struggles and strudel

I have been struggling all morning with a new version of software and I feel so frustrated about it: all my work seems useless and at the end I am exactly at the point where I begun.
During these unhappy professional times, thinking about desserts is possibly a good remedy to shift from reality (beware nasty software, I’ll be back after lunch break!).
You may remember that I rant now and then about the too many cookbooks I buy – and not always use, ahem – and all my good proposals vanish when I see a new release or an ancient oldie but beautiful ragged thing I must acquire.
I thought moving all the books together would help curbing my habit, but it turned out it only ended up shocking my significant other about the magnitude of my culinary library. He has dared me to cook at least one recipe from each book before purchasing another one.
As I am a person of instinct, I immediately accepted. Only afterwards I have made a rough count and it seems I will not be able to purchase any books fo…
Hello dearest reader,
While I am aware that this is such a futile space on the web, sometimes events strike me and I feel like sharing some humble reflections.
All my thoughts and prayers go to the victims of the earthquake in central Italy and their loved ones. May courage and hope help the survivors and the people working to rescue them! Let the innocent souls who have departed rest in peace.

Letture ed una torta al limone

Hi there,
Hope you’re doing well!
Today I am feeling sleepy, it might be because of the old saying “Aprile, dolce dormire” (April, sleep is sweet). I did try to check if there was an English version, but apparently only Italians sleep more in April, but please feel free to update me if you also feel drowsy at this time of the year.
If you’re feeling like reading, today I felt moved by this article on how autism touched my family.
And if you haven’t already heard from him before, this essay by Paul Kalanithi, How long have I got left, is mind blowing. I have just read his book and his words still linger in my head. I found a thread about it thanks Ben & Birdy  here.  

On a completely different and much lighter note, as you may know, if you’ve read some of my other posts, I kind of like buying cookbooks and among the various ones, I also am the happy owner of Honey and Co. The Baking Book.
I tried their Saffron & lemon syrup cake and despite the unbelievable amount of sugar it…