Friday, June 27, 2014

FOR A CHANGE..... / TANTO PER CAMBIARE....

Instead of my trademark RED, I thought for once I'd  wear an outfit that never goes out of  fashion... black and White. It is of course, a hand-me up from my daughter.

Invece del mio solito rosso, ho pensato di cambiare e mettere un outfit classico...bianco e nero. Come al solito, è un vestito che mia figlia non mette più e l'ha passato a me :)







Monday, June 23, 2014

THE MYSTERY INGREDIENT IS..... / L'INGREDIENTE SEGRETO E'....

Invented by Harry Baker in 1927 and introduced in 1948, the CHIFFON CAKE was the "cake discovery of the century!" It's very light, rich as butter cake and very simple to make.  The mystery ingredient  - never used in cake making at that time  -  was salad or cooking oil. This recipe is from Betty Crocker's Baking Classics.

La torta CHIFFON è stata inventata da Harry Baker nel 1927 ma introdotta nel 1948 come la "scoperta del secolo".  Il segreto della torta  è l'olio, mai prima  usato per fare le torte. La ricetta è da Betty Crocker's Baking Classics.

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 ts baking powder
1 ts. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
7 egg yolks
3/4 cup cold water
2 ts. grated lemon peel
2 ts. vanilla
1 cup egg whites
1/2 ts. cream of tartar

Heat oven to 325°.   Mix flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Make a well and add in order:  oil, egg yolks, water, lemon peel and vanilla. Beat with spoon until smooth. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.  Fold  egg yolk mixture into beaten egg whites. Pour into ungreased tube pan. Bake for about 1 1/4 hours.

These are fresh eggs from my friend Chika's  and Andrea Iraci's   B&B Ostellino situated in the picturesque countryside beneath Mount Erice, in Trapani.  https://www.facebook.com/oasidipegno





Photoshoot and presentation by Chikako Nagano 







Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SMILING IS CONTAGIOUS / SORRIDERE E' CONTAGIOSO

I had a nice surprise in the mail...another hand-me-up from my daughter. And it's RED!  No wonder I'm smiling:)

La mia ossessione per il colore rosso vi è ormai nota. Ho ricevuto un pacco da mia figlia con questo stupendo vestito ROSSO. Ecco il motivo del gran sorriso:)

NOTE for my friend Meike  http://librarianwithsecrets.blogspot.it/ : for once I got the shoes right, didn't I? :)



 
Photoshoot by Alessandro Spatafora Photography, Trapani
 
While we're on the subject of smiling, here is the PERFECT song...sang by my daughter Sayaka Alessandra  www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com
 
 
 
Dress:  HELL BUNNY VIXEN
 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A SICILIAN CLASSIC....PASTA ALLA NORMA / UN CLASSICO SICILIANO ... PASTA ALLA NORMA

Here is the recipe for this popular Sicilian dish:





 
INGREDIENTS:  spaghetti, tomato sauce, ricotta salata, eggplant
 
Cut the eggplant in cubes, put  in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let  sit about one hour. In the meantime, prepare tomato sauce:  Put sauce in a pan, add  one clove garlic, some basil  leaves,  salt and olive oil.
 
Fry the eggplant in a bit of oil, then drain.  Cook the spaghetti according to package directions, drain. Add the tomato sauce, eggplant, chopped ricotta salata and a few basil leaves.
 
For the sauce, I used MUTTI Passata di Pomodoro
 
 
 
 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

I'M CHIQUITA BANANA AND I'M HERE TO SAY.... - SHARE IN STYLE: FRUIT

This week's SHARE IN STYLE theme is FRUIT, so I went and took some pictures at my fruit shop.

Share In Style is a collaboration with my Spanish friend Sacramento www.mispapelicos.com