Focaccia: Pickled Walnut, Blue Cheese, Garlic, Rosemary, Pear and Caramelised Red Onions.

Pickled walnuts, blue cheese, garlic, caramelised red onions in salt, pan deglazed with balsamic vinegar. Potato slices of pear. Chopped rosemary in olive oil, and the balsamic pan deglase. Dough: 1kg Strong White Flour 13g Dried Yeast (it would be 26g of fresh yeast) 9.18g Salt (“.18” just because it came out like that. 748g …

First 1KG batch of focaccia Dough

Hello lovely friends! I’m making my first ever 1KG batch of dough, it’s being made in exactly the same way that I always made dough now (Bertinet method). The current ingredient ratios are: 1kg Strong White Flour 13g Dried Yeast (it would be 26g of fresh yeast) 9.18g Salt (“.18” just because it came out …

Sex in the Garden

Hmm the wood pigeons are helping me to clear the garden of little twigs, it’s the mating season again. (they’re making a nest!) I think I’m the only mammal that’s not “pumping” anything when I should be. HHmmmm it’s true though, we’re all part of nature, and we all feel things depending on what our …

Vegetable Garden: update.

I’m moving on with my garden, again. I’m getting to know my new tools, cutting down all the weeds, and burning what I can to make room for some order. On one hand it’s intimidating, on the other hand it’s exciting. I think the best advice I read on gardening was: “Don’t try to do …

Goblin

I’m currently working on (or tinkering with) a webpage which chronicles my recent trip to Manchester, to see the Italian band: “Goblin”. I’m putting a lot of effort into it, so it’s taking me a long time; but it should be worth it when it’s finished 🙂 I hope so anyway. I’ve already learnt a …

Common Sentences – Hospitality Sector. Italian – English.

Benvenuti – Saluti – Velediction (Ciao / Arrivederci) Welcome – Salutations – Veledictions (Hello/Goodbye) Times of day: Morning: 00:00 – 11:59 Afternoon: 12:00 – 16:59 Evening: 17:00 – 23:59 Good morning/afternoon/evening, welcome to _________ how can I help you? Buon giorno / pomeriggio / sera, benvenuto a _________ come posso aiutarla? Good morning/afternoon/evening, table for …

The Problem with Reindeer Slippers.

Picture the scene: big fluffy Christmas reindeer slippers on, me crawling tentatively on the rock-hard laminate floor, making a beeline to steal a cuddle from little Mitski; then….CRASH!!! Mitten runs away, I freeze and everyone says: “What the hell was that!?”. I turn around and see the glass from the coffee table lying on the …

Happy New Year!

Hi everybody, I wish you a happy New Year. All the best for 2014. I’m going to be updating my blog a lot more in the near future: I apologise for not writing very much, I’ve just been really busy for a long time. 🙂