Edinburgh was always on top of my list, basically ever since I first came to the UK. And well, it just never happened. We were always busy, lazy, penniless, whatever. But as time went by, more and more people I … Continue reading →
L’anno scorso Gonzo ed io abbiamo passato Pasqua, Pasquetta e un paio di giorni pieni di sole, amici, gelato e cibo a Napoli – a Casa Ricca, a Casagiove, per essere preciso. 🙂
Ogni giorno la mamma di Andrea ha cucinato per noi e abbiamo mangiato benissimo! Una cosa che mi é piaciuta soprattutto era il Tortano e un giorno mi ha spiegato com’é fatto e io ho preso di appunti.
Quest’anno, quando é arrivata la primavera, ho cercato il mio quaderno e ho cucinato un Tortano. Non me ne voglio vantare – il risultato é stato eccellente!
Ho comprato i salumi e i formaggi in un piccolo negozio italiano e la commessa ha riso quando ho spiegato cosa volevo fare. Purtroppo non ho la teglia a forma di ciambella, ma solo rettangolare. Anche in forma pagnotta – sono molto fiera del pasticcio che ho combinato!
E quando Andrea ha assaggiato il mio Tortano Napoletano, mi ha detto che il sapore é proprio giusto! 😀
As you know I bake on the weekends. Usually sweet thinks, but not this time. With Easter being close, I opted to bake Beigerl last weekend, a traditional Austrian bread eaten only in lent. It’s a classic yeast dough, shaped in a ring, boiled … Continue reading →
Today Gonzo and me went to the Columbia Road Flower Market. And it was beautiful. It’s a lovely street of small victorian brick houses, but nobody pays much attention, as the stalls with thousands and thousands of fresh flowers, pot plants, palm trees and the strange herbs lining the side walk are clearly the stars of the show.
We arrived there around 2 pm, when the stalls are actually about to close, but people just keep coming. Also at this time, the market cries started announcing their very special offers of the day: “Best Orchids in the world – today only a 5er!” 😀
Honestly, I think whatever kind of plant you desire, this must be the right place to buy it. As we made our way down the road, we saw the strangest flowers and the most colourful plants, but mainly cut flowers of course. It was a feast for the eyes to see that many colourful flowers at once! Tulips in all the colours of the rainbow!
Gonzo had brought his new 100 mm lens to experiment and he took that sweet shot of me, when I just bought some absolutely lovely ranunculus and mimosas and I hugged them extra tight against the cold.
We made our way to Brick Lane and as it started to rain sought shelter and had hamburgers and waffles for lunch!
What a lovely, colourful and flowery Sunday! And thank you, Gonzo for that lovely picture! ❤
So this April it’s the 400th anniversary of the death of the bard. There are a bunch of festivities and events planned all over London. And don’t ask me why – probably for overall confusion, and I admit they even got me for a moment – the Barbican centre held the “Play On” Mini Shakespeare Festival this weekend.
I didn’t really know what to expect, when I went there this afternoon. At first it seemed that it was mostly activities for kids, but amongst all the hustle some very interesting events took place.
I listened to a podium discussion of English poets, talking about the influences of Shakespeare on modern-day work and I participated in a workshop held by the vocal coach of the actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where I learned to recite – and curse – like back in the day.
In the mezzanine, a little show called “Much Ado About Bingo” was going on, where a guy dressed as a 70s TV-host and a piano player sung well known songs with Shakespeares verses and the audience had to cross them off a bingo list. The prices, if you got a bingo, were random things like carrots and picture books. A bit odd, but funny.
I also saw the prototype of a projection mapping pop-up book staging Macbeth (stunning!), a demonstration of how stage fight gets brought to life (interesting!) and I got a temporary tattoo of Titania, drawn by illustration artist Orly Orbach (beautiful!).
And throughout all that, the pop-up performance “Kill Will” took place. It was basically two guys dresses as William Shakespeare running around the festival and arguing over who’s the real Shakespeare, half-quoting and half inventing his verses and disturbing other shows. It was quite funny actually.
Hach, what a very poetic afternoon!
And now I bid you all farewell and humbly hope we shall meet again!