Monday, August 30, 2010

Random.

This sweet girl

 
who happens to be my daughter
Brought this nice seashell


and this one


(if you are guessing, bilancia means Libra, and yes I'm a Libra)
From a beautiful vacation
in this wonderful place


with our relatives (thank you guys)
The place is Sestri Levante, Liguria, Italy
(one day our Ministry of Tourism has to pay me ;)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Five Question Friday!



Hm, my first time here, I feel sociable today!

1. How many pets do you have?
None, well, do my two kids count? 

2. If you could switch places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?
Only one day? I would switch with the richest person in the world, thus making a large transfer to my former bank account. 

3. What is your favorite money saving tip?
The number 2 ?
No? Ok I'm serious, make a budget and stick with it.

4. What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?
An happy version of themselves.
5. What is your favorite quote?
I know that I know nothing.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Exchange of favors.


Don't ask my why and how, I happened to write a lovely epitaph,
about my still alive blogging friend Carma.
And she returned the favor, oh she did!
If you want to know more go here .

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wind of change.

May be because I can't wait for autumn
may be because I didn't like my former background anymore
may be because I like so much the new Blogger design
may be because I can change it whenever I want.
I love autumn leaves, what d'cha think?

And just for the occasion a beautiful song from the past:





Linked up at SUNDAY SONG

Friday, August 20, 2010

From our dinner to you: crispy eggplants and other stuff.


For dinner, we had breaded chicken breasts and crispy eggplants.
I have two tips about them, and while I consider them interesting, you may or may not.
I hope you do ;)
First, something my Mom taught me on how to remove the poultry taste  from, you know, the chicken.
I am not a great meat eater, and it happens sometimes ( often )  that  meat has a weird taste to me.
So, here we are, to eliminate unwanted odors or taste from  meat,  let it "marinate" for at least 10 minutes in a solution of  water and baking soda ( one or two teaspoons of BS ).
Then you rinse well and voilĂ , the smell/ taste is gone.
Believe me (try it) it works.

The second tip is on how to obtain crispy eggplants, that are equal if not superior to French fries, in deliciousness.
Simple!
- remove part of the skin of a big eggplant.

- dice it.

- in a big bowl add some multipurpose flour to the dices, and coat them well, mixing all up.


- in a non sticky pan, pour some EVOO, toss in the eggplant dices and stir well to coat them with oil.
- note that they are not deep fried :D


-add a pinch of salt.
-on a medium to high  fire, stir the eggplants continuously, until tender, and until a nice brown crust covers them.


-enjoy while warm, the hotter is better but care your tongue.

Linked up at Homemaker Monday 
and Remodelaholic

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Squared stubborness.

Today I was mopping the floor ( you see, I mop sometimes ;) and my 4 yo boy was playing, sitting on the floor.
I asked him, gently to move to another room, he refused, I insisted, nothing.
So I proceeded to mop, all around him! bah!
Stubborn the two of us.
Do you have obstinate kids?
How do you deal with them?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I'd never thought: French fries with fruit sauce.

Let me explain, today I made some Fruits of the forest compote, actually it was more a sauce.
It was a bit tart, and it was a bit too much, so this evening, while eating my French fries I though to dip them in the sauce.
They were so yummy!
A sweet 'n sour fruity version of ketchup.
I didn't take a photo because of the light... you know, not because they were over immediately.

Linked up at:
Homemaker Mondays

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The making of Avatar.

I'm not the one who runs to the cinema when a movie is coming out, in fact I saw Avatar today.
I fell in love with the characters and, even though it reminded me of things already seen, and despite it's violence, it's beautiful.
After seeing it, I wanted to know how it was made so I found this video that I like to share with you.
Did you see Avatar, what do you think about it?






Sunday, August 1, 2010

Black bread pizza.


I called it black bread pizza, because I used a black bread flour mix that is really tasty and delicious, but you can use in alternative, whole wheat flour or a mix that you already like.
Black bread mix ingredients are: wheat flour, rye flour, sesame seeds, barley meal, oatmeal, cornmeal, rice flakes, sunflower seeds, sourdough of dried wheat flour type 0, brown sugar, salt, dextrose, malted wheat flour, amylase.

I used:

18 oz ( 500 gr. circa ) black bread mix
3 oz ( 100 gr. circa ) wheat flour
2 tsp salt

1 tbs sugar
2 1/2 glass water circa
0,35 oz ( 10 gr. ) dry yeast

2 mozzarella cheese
1 zucchini
1 bell pepper
extra virgin olive oil
tomato puree
oregano




Yes, it took more than half of the morning to make it, and hey daughter! that's why I make pizza from scratch only on Sundays.
And all the editing took another lot of time, so Mum I don't know how you do this on a regular basis, and I think that's the last time I post a recipe like this.
I'm not venting, just saying ;)
Thank you for listening.

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