October’s link love. What I’m bringing with me.

ottobre 30, 2014

Mele - Apples

October, thirty days which flew by so quickly, in between apple cakes, baked butternut squash and a steaming cup of tea in the afternoon while working on one of my many projects. Here in Tuscany we had sunny days out of a timeless summer and freezing foggy mornings which were a tangible anticipation of November. It has been a productive month, crammed with recipes cooked and savoured, dear friends met after long time and many interesting articles bookmarked to be read later, when you call it a day, wrapped in a comfortable blanket. These are just a few of the mind-opening ideas I’ve stumbled upon in October.

This article which will give you six ctips for waking up early and enjoy the first hours of they day.

When cooking invest time or work, not both by Mark Bittman for the New York Times, which inspired me two soups recipes for Citrosodina. Brilliant.

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Gluten free butternut squash bundt cake. Things you bake after a walk.

ottobre 22, 2014

Ciambellona di zucca

October, butternut squash time. I’ve never cooked so much with squash as this year. October is also the perfect month to organize short trips and visit small towns, enjoying the crisp air that you breathe in these medieval villages perched on a hill. Get the car, decide where to go, then choose a soundtrack which can suit the moment: Bruce Springsteen, light chats and projects or a relaxed silence, interlaced with a few knowing looks and enraptured expressions of joy in front of the ever changing landscape.

Last week we drove to Volterra, a town renowned for its Etruscan heritage, just twenty five minutes far from home. Those were twenty-five minutes of bends, rolling hills, woods and hamlets. When you reach the top of the hill a town crystallized in another time welcomes you.

The colours are those of an Autumn in a Tuscan medieval village, where the red bricks and brown stone mirror the red of the tree leaves surrounding the walls, which appear behind a back road every now and then.

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Giulia’s Sense of Fashion. Butternut squash risotto with clams

ottobre 20, 2014

Butternut squash risotto with clams

Smilla had a sense of snow, a deep innate knowledge of this magical natural element. I have a sense a fashion, which is very personal and often difficult to understand. I can not match scarf and coat, not to mention shoes and clothes. I have a few pair of high heel shoes, but I seldom wear them, as I’m not able to walk with them: I almost instantly assume that staggering walk you have when one of your legs falls asleep if you’re sitting for too long in the same position. I do not have designer clothes, as I can not afford them but mostly because I’m not interested.

One wardrobe shelf is enough for my handbag collection. I wear them indiscriminately during summer or winter. My common sense is barely enough not to make me choose a colourful plastic handbag while the fog is entangles among tree branches or a felt handbag during the heat of summer. I mean, I tried to wear that felt bag in July once, I won’t tell you how hot it was.

I’d have artistic ambitions on fashion, too, I tried to find my own style, labeling it as colorful, simple, young. Those are just convenient labels I have chosen to justify so many daring matches which someone could see as at the limit of legality.

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