No, I don’t mean the smell of new books, notepads, pens and pencils. Although I did stock up my “school” supplies in order to be properly prepared for a new year of uni! Buying stationary is just the best of the whole “back to school” season – I don’t see why university students should miss out on the pleasure?! 😀
We have just finished “the last first week of classes for the rest of our lives” (cit. Giulia 2017). Things are starting to fall into place and I’m picking up my little routine again. We’re all a bit melancholic about the last year of the masters, but also excited and thrilled, curious and anxious – mostly about the dreading task of writing the thesis…
With things starting to normalise after the holidays, I’ve also started baking again. Here’s my first autumnal bake this year, with lots of butter, cinnamon and an extra dash of rum (as always): a lovely spiced apple tart.
I believe I’ve mentioned that we are still very much under exam-pressure…? 😛 Today I spent all day at my friend Giulia’s house and we studied together for the most challenging exam so far: Metriche della Comunicazione (“metrics of communication”). … Continue reading →
Over the last two weeks, whenever I went to the market, I found that apricots and peaches are slowly appearing on the stands. For me, that’s like the ultimate sign that summer is just around the corner. So this weekend … Continue reading →
So tomorrow I have an important exam – and what would be more adequate now than baking a fresh plum galette? … Studying? Revising? Meh! I believe making sure to have a fulfilling breakfast for the next day, that will allow me to start the day in the best way possible (with freshly baked goods obviously) and therefore focus perfectly on the exam, has to be my absolute priority now 😉
In my defense, plums are finally in season in Italy and they just looked so juicy and sweet. I mean, they basically asked for it! I promise it was a very quick bake and afterwards I returned to my desk and went over all the important con concepts of Web Marketing one last time.
Edit 6.5.: We got the marks, and let me just tell you: I did well. The cake definitely helped 😀
After baking a Tortano last year, which turned out really good actually, the only logical next step in my Italian easter baking progression, was to attempt a Pastiera.
I read a bunch of recipes over the last week, did a big ingredients shopping and finally on the weekend, between studying and skype-writing a group project with my colleagues from uni, I baked the Napolitan easter cake, filled with cooked grain, a rich ricotta cream and candid orange and lemon zest.
It’s a rather complicated recipe and basically every nonna has her own version. My hopes weren’t that high, given that it was my first attempt, but I got a bunch of compliments from my flatmates and my friends from uni, so I guess I’ve done well. 🙂
I am really proud of it, especially as it was the first time I made it! Now I’m one step closer to obtain the official grandma-certificate 😉
Guess what my local supermarket recently added to their stock? Rice Krispies! 😀 I’ve seen recipes and mouth-watering pictures of this very american treat all over the internet and social media before, but I could never find the ingredients I needed to recreate them. Until now…
And even though I should be studying and there’s actually some homework to do, I spent my Friday afternoon following Donal Skehan’s recipe for Mars bars Rice krispie treats. The Mars bars melted into a gooey, caramelly and chocolaty cream and the puffed rice added a lovely crunch! *yum*
I also want to point out that I just recently bough myself a small Pyrex glass bowl, which came in very handy for the hot water bath to melt the chocolate. I was so happy when I found the bowl, I think it’s the first branded kitchen tool I own! (I think this makes me over proportional happy for a regular 27 year old 😉 )
Just before my cousin came to visit, I bought a couple of bananas and then very successfully forgot them over the weekend. I dropped off Klaus at the station early this morning and when I came back I realized that … Continue reading →
For the start of Lent, we usually bake a special kind of bread in Austria: Beigerl (as I might have mentioned before 😉 ), a circular shaped bun, somehow similar to a bangle, but thinner. And of course I couldn’t … Continue reading →
I know it’s still a couple of days until Valentine’s Day, but it was weekend and I couldn’t wait to finally try the heart-shaped moulds my mum gave me for Christmas…
So, much to the pleasure of Sabrina who has a sweet tooth just like me, and a bit to the dismay of Graziella who is trying a new diet, I whipped up those chocolate cupcakes and decorated them with home made chocolate ganache. *yum*
Let me ask you, is there any better way to show your love than with chocolate cupcakes in heart-shape, topped with chocolate ganache and heart-shaped pink sprinkles? I don’t believe so… 😉
Hope you’ll have a sweet Valentine’s day! Love you all very much ❤
Today is a lovely, sunny Monday. And as it’s still official exam period and in theory I have noting else to do than stay at home and study, I decided to bake some motivational tartlettes today. Well, a bit of … Continue reading →