Monday, 5 May 2008


Even if I'm a busy girl...I need a holiday sometimes so I went for a little break to Istanbul.
Great weather and wonderful moments shared with my P.
Usually I study carefully maps and travel guides before my hoidays. This time I hadn't the time so I studied the guide on the plane!!!
We were in a nice hotel in Sultanhamet, the old city so we visited the Blue Mosque.
It's so huge and striking especially at night when all the lights are on.
Aya Sophia is a big museum now but in the past was a basilica and then a mosque.
We spent a day inside Topkapi palace. It's strange to think that still at the beginning of the last century there were a Sultan living there and concubines and eunuchs. Fantastic treasures like a big diamond and the famous dagger with diamonds and emeralds.
Then a walk along the Bosphorus,
the fish market and an afternoon in the Bazar. You can get lost if you don't have a map.

Then kebab, pistachio and honey sweets, ottoman recipe, çai, turkish tea, pomegranate juice, simit.
4 days aren't enough for Istanbul, but very good for start!

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Busy girl...

Rainy day! I feel like in London today. It's a quiet day in office so I have time for writing something.
I want to thank Despina for telling me such wonderful words. I know she's in having a big change in her life, but I'm sure she will succeed in everything!!
So...come on everybody! It will be a Spring full of great news for all of us!

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Work in Progress

Just a quick message...I'm still alive. My life is changing day by day and I am so busy that I work also on the weekend.
I'm sure all my efforts will bring me in a state of happiness and satisfaction.
Happy Spring!

Monday, 26 November 2007

About birthdays, presents and...sauce.

I had a great weekend!
On Saturday it was my birthday. My P. gave me a fantastic bracelet ( from the shop where all the girls would like to have breakfast!) and we had dinner in a resturant located in Central Rome, near the Synagogue. The food was delicious with typical recipes jewish and romans. If you happen to come in Rome, I suggest you to go there. I ate so much and I drunk a superb Novello!
Yesterday I celebrated again my birthday with my girlfriends. We went out for shopping but we preferred to relax in a tea room drinking some hot chocolate.
I have no ideas for the Christmas presents and I hate to go shopping the day before Christmas!

A few days ago I made a very tasty sauce!I like ti use it especially with meat or on bruschetta bread!

10 dry tomatoes, 20 green stoned olives, 20 black stoned olives, 1/2 red onion in slices, 2 tbsp of e.v.o. oil, 1 tbsp of red pepper (grounded).

Put all the ingredients in the blender for 30 minutes. Pour the sauce in a little pot and warm it at low flame, whisking slowly.
Italian Version here!

Friday, 16 November 2007

Free Rice

I like to read Naked Translations. This is a blog written by Céline, a professional translator from English into French and viceversa.
I like the way she writes about languages, words, expressions and about her job.
Last week she wrote a post about Free Rice, which is a website sponsored by United Nations with the aim to donate to poor rice.
How can you do that?
You just need a little time to play. For each word you get right, United Nations donate 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger.
Have fun!

Italian Version here!

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Coming back

I'm back after a very long time.
I was so busy at work! This time of the year we have to attend many important events so I didn't have any moment for writing anything.
Furthermore my mum went to the hospital. I was so scared, but now all is ok!
It's a sunny day, although the air is a bit cold. The right time to go for a walk in central Rome, visiting a museum, eating a slice of pizza!
But...I have to work.
Last weekend I cooked a dish wich is very traditional at home.
My granny cooked it, my mum and my aunt Walkiria cook it and now...I cook it.
We use to eat it especially during winter holidays, when we are all together at home.
It reminds me wonderful times of my childhood.
It's a kind of lasagna, but we call it Timballo.

Recipe for 4 ( or 2 very big):
4 pasta sheets
350 gr minced meat
250 gr peas
1 lt tomato sauce
grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
1 mozzarella
1 onion
e.v.o. oil
1 glass of red wine

Start with the sauce.
In a large saucepan pour 2 spoons of oil and add a sliced onion and minced meat.
After a couple of minutes put inside peas, pour a glass of wine and add salt. Stir the sauce and cook it for 30 minutes at low flame.
Meanwhile cook for 2 minutes in boiling water all the pasta sheets, cut a mozzarella in cubes and warm some bechamelle.
In a pan pour some bechamelle, then put a pasta sheet, dress with tomato sauce, cubes of mozzarella, bechamelle, grated parmigiano. Then cover with another pasta sheet and continue to dress until you finish all the pasta sheets.
Put in oven at 180°c for 30 minutes.
Buon appetito!
(Sorry, the pic is not great!)

Italian version here!

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Which Austen heroine are you?

Lately I'm so busy that I can't find a moment to write something in my blog.
I hope all will be the same soon.
Meanwhile I answered a quiz about Jane Austen's charachters and this is my result:
I am Emma Woodhouse!

Take the Quiz here!

Actually I like "Emma" and also the movie with Gwyneth Paltrow.
And you? Which Austen heroine are you?

Italian Version here!