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Cook & Relax: Pane, amore e fantasia.

Nominated for “Der Koch Blog Preis 2017” i.e. 2017 Swiss Cooking Blog Award :)

Hello again! Yes, I’ve been back to writing and I’m writing a lot you’ll say…yep! Probably, but let’s take it as it comes! 🙂

Or should I say instead: “Hallo” (hello in German)?

Probably yes since I’ve been nominated to participate in this Swiss 2017 Cooking Blog Award or, better & properly said: “Der Koch Blog Preis 2017”.

Cooking is part of travelling…

Merry Belated Xmas with a SweetSwiss Specialty // Ancora auguri di Buon Natale con uno speciale dolce svizzero

It’s been already almost a year and a half since we moved to Zürich and, as part of our discovery of Switzerland, of course food is one of the main interesting aspects! As 2016 approaches, we decided for a Swiss sweet specialty from the Appenzeller Kanton in its Xmas version: the Mandelbiber.  And because we didn’t know how it tasted, we went for its smaller version, which is called Mandelbiberli in fact because it’s small. The small version is a common snack for Swiss people. It’s a sweet spicy dow filled with either almonds (mandel) or walnuts (nüss). Cinnamon is definitely king! But it also contains ginger, anis, cardamom, coriander, pimento and cloves. Usually its top is always decorated, for example, with a bear, the Appenzeller Kanton’s symbol, or other drawings or Xmas wishes like the one we bought at Wüst Patisserie in Zürich. I must say it’s a different taste, at least from pur Italian taste, but definitely an interesting one and good to have every once in a while! More info, I’m afraid …

3 x 3 tips on where to have breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner in Milan!

Ok, June has started, so it’s supposed to be good weather, right?! But for some reason it’s not always the case. So what about a city escape to another city? And what about Milan?! Since after the Expo Milan has been in full bloom! The city looks spectacular: lots of renovation and works to improve the city, new restaurants and bars openining up at every corner, new shops as well as new museums and new exhibitions spaces to visit! So while you wait for you seaside escape, try Milan! Here are some spots you’d want to check out, assuming you already know Milan. Otherwise I’ll provide some tips in another post. Art, food, design and the likes . Fondazione Prada – contrasting opinions about it. Some say it’s cool and worth a visit because it’s Prada, some really liked it, some really didn’t. The cafe’ is interestingly decorated. See for yourself! . La Triennale Museum – a museum mainly dedicated to design, architecture, jewellery and space, which a very interesting location itself with a garden …

Almond and raisins soft sponge cake // Torta soffice alle mandorle e uvette

Here’s a cake recipe good for every season and every moment of the day, from the morning breakfast to the afternoon tea, or the coffee break to the dinner dessert. INGREDIENTS: 200gr white flour 80gr of polenta or “Maizena” 4 eggs 180gr sugar 100gr butter (I used the lactose free) 4-5 spoons of olive oil 4 spoonfuls of almond flakes 50gr of raisins or more if you like 1 glass of milk a pinch of salt 1 baking powder sachet (16gr) 1 grated lemon zest PREPARATION (15-20 mins) Mix the melted butter,  the sugar and the oil into a bowl. Once the mix is smooth, add the 4 eggs, but add them one by one i.e.  add the following one only when the previous egg has been well mixed. Add the milk and the salt and mix with the mixer then the grated lemon zest and mix gently with a spatula. Then add the flour, the corn flour and the baking powder, mix everything and at the end add the raisins and the almond flakes. …

What’s it like to spend 36 hours in Madrid? // 36 a Madrid – quante cose si riescono a fare?

Oh, well, well if one is not living in Madrid (anymore) should be advised by a doctor to go and visit it once each quarter or at least twice a year 🙂 It’ll probably be because I spent some of the best years of my life there, almost 3, and I have really excellent memories here and this for sure helps, but Madrid has something rare that not many cities have. It is beautiful indeed, but if you compare it to some other cities, well, it’s not the most beautiful one. Nonetheless it has that something that attracts one as a magnet! It’s full of life 24 hours, it has delicious food, so every time you can’t avoid the classics (jamon, pan tomate, tortilla, etc etc…), elegant avenues, of the kind that belong to a capital, but also arty & innovative lanes, that lively & friendly attitude of people, more relaxed, prone to enjoy themselves despite everything else, that is “sexy” and addictive. Even if we probably stayed not even 36 hours I believe, we …

A Lebanese night out in Zurich // Una serata libanese a Zurigo

Last night after a full day of running around doing million things, I really needed to relax, chill out, unwind… We were supposed to go to an organised event, but it was too late, so wandering around Zurich, I believe still in Enge, we saw this cute and lively bar on the corner, next to the river, with coulourful lights and music playing with such a great vibe and we decided to make a stop there. A very welcoming staff, just showed us where we could sit while waiting for  proper table. We sat on the stools, maybe a bit too high vs the table, but where we ended staying the whole night! We ordered a “stange”, the Swiss/German word for a small beer, which is already probably 3/4 of a pint (another country where beer is easily drunk :), and a “radler”, which I was told it’s called “Panache” or “Panache’ “, like in France, basically beer with lemonade. Ohhh God, it was so refreshing, since Zurich last night was still very warm. Oh, …

Cote D’Azur or South Pacific Paradise? Try New Caledonia! // Costa Azzurra o paradiso tropicale? Provate la Nuova Caledonia!

New Caledonia is a great holiday option if you have already visited most of Australia, you do not want to travel far from it (assuming you’re living here) and you want to explore the Pacific Islands, with a French twist! Just northeast of Brisbane, less than 4hrs from Melbourne, with a direct flight not available every day. Our flight option: Qantas flight Melbourne-Brisbane (1h 40) + Brisbane-Noumea (1h 40) Most people will only speak French, although very close to Australia, and you’ll see many French chains like Simply Market, Decathlon, … It feels like being in Europe, thousands of Kms away from it, a tropical France! Destination Ile des Pins. Our flight got postponed to the afternoon, apparently it happens quite often. This gave us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local community, having breakfast at the Noumea Sunday local market and visit the Cathedral and the city. Followed by the Centre Jean-Marie Tjibaou, whose building has been built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The centre gives you an insight on Kanak culture …

Happy Easter! What do Australians eat on this holiday? Recipe // Buona Pasqua! Cosa mangiano gli australiani di tipico? Annessa Ricetta

Happy Easter! For me Easter has always been about eating Chocolate Eggs, the “Colomba”, a sort of a Easter Panettone just to simplify, and most of the time skiing, if still enough snow around, or take a short break somewhere. Usually not spent with my family after probably 18 years of age. As we say in Italy: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” (i.e. “Xmas with your Family, Easter with whomever you want”, but it also rhymes in Italian). More than 10 years ago I spent my first Easter in Australia, in Melbourne. I was staying in a hostel with my 2 friends, Brit & Kathrine, and we had a nice beautiful breakfast with grapes, cereals and the, now famous, not at the time, Hot Cross Buns. That’s what the Australians, and most Commonwealth countries eat for Easter, or traditionally on Good Friday. And that’s what I had for Good Friday again this year. It’s a dough, usually with raisins and cinnamon, served hot, some people like it with some butter inside. It looks …

What to do on a weekend around Adelaide?

Barossa Valley, well, this place brings me back to my study exchange experience at Macquarie University many years ago. You’ll know about it, if you read some of my previous posts. During the Easter Break I did this trip from Sydney to Melbourne (by bus, yes, 13 hours) and then a tour of the Great Ocean Road, a sort of hop on hop off, till Adelaide. There we then decided to spend 3 beautiful days wandering around Barossa Valley and sleeping in the vineyards. All this with my friends from Austria and Germany, Kathrin and Brit. I guess an Italian was needed for diplomacy reasons 😉 Well, a couple of weeks ago I went back with my husband. A trip down memory lane. We landed at Adelaide airport, that is now partially renovated, then with a hired car, we left our luggage at our accommodation, Tiffin’s Hotel, booked through Booking.com Actually nothing special, but quite a good price for being a hotel close to the CBD. Our plan was not very much of a plan. …

Happy Bday – What did happen in 1 Year of Blogging? // Buon compleanno! Cosa vuol dire scrivere un blog per 1 anno?

September 26th that’s the day I finally decided to start blogging! It’s been an amazing year, during which: I experienced a lot started living in Australia again, in Melbourne for the 1st time, travelled around here & collected new stamps on my passport in Fiji, New Zealand and Thailand (I still have to write about it) met a lot of fantastic people that inspired me, in Melbourne and through Blogging experienced working by myself, in an art gallery, always looking for learning something new and learnt so much about taking photographs with a DSLR, French, reaching a good intermediate level, as my friends Gaelle & Xavier would say learnt a bit of jewellery making and a lot of small things, making bread, some Footy rules, etc… but most of all, as we’re talking about Blogging, I learnt how to blog, although there’s still so much to learn, got a deeper understanding of WordPress & social media communications and started implementing what I learnt, shared my thoughts, feelings, my travel diaries with many people that have …