Showing posts with label Italia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italia. Show all posts

11 August 2009

The last week

The last week of summer holiday, and we're trying to enjoy every bit of it. But right now, the sky looks like this:But there is enjoyment indoors - at least when the meal consists of malfatti, a brand new experience we got to know in the small village of Chiusdino while in Italy. It was love at first bite, as with the gnocchi - and they're about just as hard to make. Today, at my 5th or 6th attempt, I think I got them almost right. And when they're right, there's nothing better.

(And if you wondered, the malfatti are those green things beneath the tomato sauce and the parmigiano. They consist mainly of spinach and ricotta cheese.)

07 August 2009

Toscana

Summer holiday is almost over, only a bit more than a week left. It's been a summer full of contrasts. Starting with the wedding, in traditional Norwegian surroundings. Then two weeks in Italy, all four of us, and a lot of others, too. No knitting, quite a lot of reading, lots of sun, great food, wine and a pool. We've been to Italy many times, the two of us, but never with the kids. Before heading to Toscana, we took them to Colosseum, and told them all about what had happened there. Seeing it all through their eyes was so fun, I hadn't really expected how fun that would be.

Apart from having a great climate for holiday activities, Italy is a lot about beauty. I love the sound of the language, the food, wine, and the places. The Campo in Siena above is one of my favorites.

05 June 2009

About hats

My husband likes wearing hats when it's sunny. He's been wearing ordinary caps until recently, but honestly, those look quite dull on grown ups. So when we found ourselves outside this place in Corso Buenos Aires in Milano, I knew we had to have a look. A bit reluctant at first, my husband, but eventually, he did buy the six pence. I like the hat, I like it even better on my husband's head, and I love that stores like that exists - not to mention this store owner, who even had specific opinions on color choice for his customer!

And I do see the point in hats, but don't have one myself - well I do have a garden hat but it's not for showing. It looks like there are lots of hats on the cat walk this year, and I wonder if I should have one, too. But generally, I find including hats in my outfits difficult. I think I like this one, though. Maybe I'll give it a go. (Picture borrowed from Amazon.jp)

Milano

So much to do at work these days, Milano seems so far away already. I know it's not, but a crash landing into too-fast-to-hang-on everyday life has somehow put an ocean of time between us. I guess that's what happens when you go on a trip like that when it's not really holiday time. You come back to work, and you're the only one with a body still expecting the slow pace.

We had such a wonderful time there together, just the two of us. Five years since our last real holiday, it was about time we went again. I don't have the words to fully describe what it felt like, five days all on our own with nothing to be done. Food, wine, us, in Italy, which we both love. I have the pictures, though:

28 May 2009

[ˈnɒki]

I have enjoyed gnocchi for the first time in my life, and I have discovered I need to know how to make those. And I need to be good at it! The meal that made me come to this conclusion was a lunch at Alba d'oro near Corso Buenos Aires in Milano (map). Gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce. Tasted like heaven!

My first attempt was yesterday, and it resulted in something resembling most of all tasty pieces of mashed potatoes. Gnocchi actually are for the most part just that, mashed potatoes. But they are definitely not supposed to taste like it. Today I gave it another go, with success! Lovely little chevy pieces of deliciously tasting gnocchi. I do have a little something left to do regarding shaping, but for my second attempt only, I'm happy!

More on the trip to Milano later..