Thursday, March 26, 2015


"SPRING IS COME" William said. Well, it's not so in Sicily.  March 21st was officially the first day of spring, but it certainly doesn't feel like it yet.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Marsala is Pantone's color of the year and I have just the right hand-me up...a jacket the color of Marsala. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015


As you can guess this coat is a hand-me-up from my daughter...and so are the trousers and shoes. The hat is mine:)

Saturday, February 14, 2015


My daughter Sayaka Alessandra made this video for me today. And I made her a cake...a chocolate cake, her favorite.

Monday, January 19, 2015


I am not very particular about fit and fashion, I'll wear just about long as I feel comfortable in it.  And comfort is the word when it comes to this hand-me up from my daughter. It is the perfect fit, size and length for me. As if they were made for me.  So soft and warm also. Perfect for the cold weather we are having these days. What am I talking about?  My new used  TRAPPERS trousers. My daughter bought them  for pennies from a vintage shop in Rome. As is often the case, when she got home and put them on, she didn't like the way they looked on her. So off they went into the hand-me up bag.... much to my delight!


Saturday, January 17, 2015


Very often you find that just when you want to eat bread....the breadbox is empty! You can make it at home, either by hand or by machine, but it will take hours to be ready.... and you want it NOW! You try to find a quick-bread recipe, but they all take time to make, even soda bread takes about 25-30 minutes  to make. So, what is the solution? 

If you have ever been to India, or to an Indian restaurant, you will have noticed something called CHAPPATI. Chappati is the fastest and easiest bread to make. Just mix wholemeal flour with a bit of water, and cook. 

You will need  about 250 g. of wholewheat flour and 175 ml. water.  Mix together and knead into a smooth ball. Cut into 15 pieces and  roll each one  out into a circle  and cook on a hot pan. When it puffs up it's ready.