Frammenti #2

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“Frammenti” means “snippets” in Italian. Since photography is my biggest passion, I thought I’d share more of my photos with you in this series.

Aside from working, which I have done pretty intensively this week (working in a shop can mean your weekend starts on a Thursday, which this week is the case, so yay for tomorrow being my Friday!), I have been outside a lot. The days are getting lighter and longer and after work I get the chance to stay outside a little longer: we have been skateboarding a few times, I have been running and one day I went on a little post-work bike adventure with my camera. 

Roberto has been working long hours; the few moments we spent together we have been daydreaming about traveling to Vietnam, while having wonderful breakfasts.

In 4, four, FOUR days I am flying to Italy! I am so happy to finally be in the middle of nowhere again. I am missing that place.

 
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Ideas for Easter

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Easter. I love this festivity. It might have to do with the chocolate, or the egg painting (which I still do every year), or just because gives me the feeling that we survived another winter and we celebrate that with our family.

In the Netherlands the hare, which in my family tradition is called Otto, jumps around the house and the garden, hiding eggs. How do you know he has gone and just hid eggs in every corner? Well, my dad usually used to see him hopping around and came in the room running saying “You won’t believe it, I just saw Otto! He just jumped in the bushes!!”. That was when the hunt began.

In Italy, this day is much more about religion and about food that in Holland. When you wake up your mom, aunt and grandma are most likely already cooking. There is lamb on the menu (I have tried to show people that a young little cute lamb is the same as what they put in their mouths at Easter several times) and colomba, which is similar to panettone, but in the shape of a dove.

For this year I have gathered a few ideas beforehand, so that I won’t panic last minute.

I thought it would be cute to have a few mini cupcakes just as decoration on the table, and to nibble on with your coffee or just during the day. At Easter I love fresh and light colors, and I like to decorate the table with white and pastel colors.

You could make a Torta Pasqualina, a savory pie which is a typical Easter dish in Liguria (the Italian region I come from). Finally, surprise everyone with these beautiful meringue nests topped with berries (I used this recipe).

I hope you liked these ideas, and let me know how you celebrate Easter in your country and if you have some nice ideas, make sure to share them :)

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Mi piace #2

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“Mi piace” means “I like” in Italian. This is a series in which I will show you and link to photos, songs, videos and articles I liked the past week. I am constantly inspired by so many things that there will be no shortage. Often I am inspired by things that happen to me in everyday life, so be prepared to read stories of what happened to me this or that time..

Planning on going out at night is never a good thing for me, because I will end up staying home. Whereas, if I don’t plan on going out, I am most likely gonna to go out. I just like to rebel against myself. So on Friday after talking about calling friends and go out the whole day, we ended up staying in and watching my favorite movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Saturday I took my bike and went to the lake just outside the city to be surrounded by nature for a little while and get some fresh air. I came back with tons of inspiration and full of enthusiasm. I ended up listening to Jack Johnson and editing photographs all evening. Favorite song that day? Flake. Favorite song of all times? All of them.

Sunday was my Monday. I had to work, but enjoyed it. It was sunny and customers were smiling, so I was as well. I went for a run in the evening, baked bread and liked a few quotes that kept my mind from wandering and being anxious.

“Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running – that’s the way to live.”
- Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“There’s nothing wrong with not understanding yourself.”
- Jonathan Safran Foer 
“I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life.”
- Julianne Donaldson, Edenbrooke
I found some very inspiring food styling and photography
Monday and Tuesday flew by; I have been having some heavy migraines again, so those day were not really full of inspiration.
Wednesday was a long yet great day. After work I ran against time, I went to Amsterdam to see William Fitzsimmons play at Paradiso. It was a belated birthday gift from a good friend of mine. Found out this guy not only has a wonderful voice, but is hilarious. One of my favorite songs by him: The Tide Pulls from the Moon.
The rest of the week a whirlwind of things: work, work out, running, cleaning home..
Saturday and Sunday were so sunny! On Saturday I opened the window wide open and sat there reading How to Be Good by Nick Hornby, it was amazing. On Sunday everyone was sitting outside in the sun, while I was working, but after work despite the sun setting, I took my bike and went for a long ride, far from the city, in the middle of the meadow, the canals and everywhere there were signs of spring. Meanwhile I had a song stuck in my head: Inaudible Memories – Jack Johnson. Gotta love that song!
Today Roberto and I finally had some time together. We had breakfast at the nicest café in town and we fantasized about traveling to far away lands, and fulfilling our wanderlusting dreams.
Number one on my wish list The Kinfolk Table. *dreamy eyes*
And finally, before I go overboard, my favorite YouTube channel: FunForLouis, who wouldn’t want to live his life?
Has there been anything you particularly enjoyed this week? Let me know! I’d love to hear what inspires you in daily life. 

Carrot Cake with Coconut Icing – the Healthier Version

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Wow, it has been more than three weeks since Roberto’s birthday and I have yet to post the recipe of the cake I made for him. But better late then never! I developed this recipe while making it, the process was pretty random and I just followed my feelings. Talk about Soul Food!

He wanted a carrot cake, and I made one.. in disguise. Here is the recipe for a healthier Carrot Cake with Coconut Icing.

Healthier Carrot Cake 

500 g of grated carrots

4 cups  spelt flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup honey

2 eggs

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup walnuts

3 TBSP coconut butter + 1 to grease the baking tin

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

a pinch of salt

milk (optional)

Preheat the oven at 180 C/356 F.

In a bowl mix together carrots, spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt; these are your dry ingredients.

In another bowl mix together coconut butter, eggs and honey until smooth; these are your wet ingredients.

Mix the wet mixture in the dry mixture with a mixer or kitchen machine. If it is too dry you might add more coconut oil or add a little milk, to your choice. Add the rinsed raisins and the walnuts.

Grease the baking tin with some coconut oil, pour a little flour in the tin and shake until the flour sticks to every inch of the surface. Pour the batter in the baking tin and put in the oven for about 40-50 minutes (I have a terrible oven, so you might need more or less time depending on how good yours works); you know it’s ready when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

To make the (not so healthy) icing:

You will need 250 g of whipping cream and 200 g of creamed coconut.  Whip the cream and spread it all over the cake using a spatula. With a knife scrape coconut to make some coconut curls and decorate the cake with them.
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Congratulations…

Hi everyone!

First of all, thank you so much for entering the giveaway! It was the first time I hosted one and I really enjoyed reading your comments. I learned a bit more about what you would like to see in the blog and, as you see, I am working on it!

The time has come to announce the winner!! Whoohooo!! I am so excited! I picked the winner in the old fashioned way, no technology needed; and the name on the little piece of paper I picked was.. (*drum rolls*)

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Congratulations girl! Send me an e-mail and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

=) Peace, out.

Frammenti #1

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“Frammenti” means “snippets” in Italian. Since photography is my biggest passion, I thought I’d share more of my photos with you in this series.

This past two weeks has been absolutely amazing. Roberto and I finally spent some time together. He had two weeks off and fortunately I had a few days off as well. We visited my grandma, took the car and drove through the country, explored a little, went to Amsterdam, walked through the woods, ran many kilometers, enjoyed a few great meals and we laughed a lot.

PS: Remember today is the last day to enter the giveaway. I will announce a winner tomorrow!

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Mi piace #1

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“Mi piace” means “I like” in Italian. This is a new series in which I will show you and link to photos, songs, videos and articles I liked the past week. I am constantly inspired by so many things that there will be no shortage. Often I am inspired by things that happen to me in everyday life, so be prepared to read stories of what happened to me this or that time..

Monday: Waking up to a blue sky and a bright shining sun made my day good from the very start. I looked up just after waking up to see a plane flying by and I we wondered where it was going. I said Norway, Roberto said “It’s just going land right now”. Very romantic. We both started working at 11 am, so we had a little time together. We had breakfast listening to a lovely playlist on Spotify. This was Monday’s favorite song: A Boy and his Kite – Heartache is a Cold Place. It was still light after work, which made my day even better. Spring is here, I can feel it.

A link that made me smile; not everything applies to me personally, but number 4, 5, 11(I miss Roberto’s nonna!), especially number 12 and of course number 15 do.

Raw, vegan Banana Cream Pie anyone? A few of my favorite words in one dish. It’s right there on my to make list waiting for me to be made.

I spent Tuesday working and listening to songs; my favorites: Yesterday was Hard on All of Us – Fink and In Your Arms – Chef’s Special.

I am an avid Instagrammer, Hannah Ferrara from Another Feather is one of my favorite people to follow, I am totally in awe of her photos. These few she took at the cabin remind me so much of the house I grew up in.

Wednesday started our “weekend” together. I watched this video a few times and it really made think of “back home” as I call it, Italy. We drove through half of the country to visit my grandma and explore new places, photographed and made videos. A truly amazing day.

Thursday, today, we went exploring the country some more. We drove to the sea; it was freezing cold, so we went back home pretty early to bake bread and make a warm and earthy soup.

Found a link to an article about Italian Slang Expressions: it’s spot on! The only one I don’t use on a daily basis is the last one.

A few photos I liked this week:

.. and finally: Roberto usually calls me Torta, which means “cake”. Yesterday he wanted to eat a banana and said “Can I eat a cake, banana?”. God, I was dying. Maybe that was my favorite moment of the week. I will keep laughing when randomly thinking about that moment.

I really hope you enjoy this new series. If you have some inspirational links to recipes, photos, videos, articles or anything that’s worth giving a look at, let me know! I am thrilled when I receive tips and suggestions.

Remember also to enter the giveaway before the 2nd of March and to follow me on Bloglovin’.

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A simple appetizer: Hummus & Crudités

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A whole bowl. A whole bowl of hummus and lots of vegetables to dip. The idea was to make it, eat it as an appetizer and keep the rest for the rest of the week, to spread on some bread at lunch, or snack on in the afternoon. But this appetizer turned into a whole dinner and a stomach ache. I would say: “Please don’t try this at home”, just eat it as an appetizer.

Hummus can be made in so many ways and it’s really easy too. This is the simplest recipe possible, very budget friendly, and last but not least: it’s vegan. So just get your blender ready, because in two minutes you’ll have a delicious dip.

Hummus

300 g chickpeas (either soaked over-night or canned)

1/2 cup tahini

1 cloves of garlic, chopped

juice of half a lemon

parsley, chopped

cumin, to taste

salt

pepper

Blend chickpeas and add a tablespoon of water. Add garlic and thin and mix. When the mix is smooth, pour it in a bowl and add the juice of half a lemon and parsley. Then add cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Decorate with a slice of lemon or some chopped parsley.

For the crudités: slice two cucumbers, two carrots and one winter radish into matches and serve in a glass alongside the hummus to dip.

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Announcement: New Name and a Giveaway!

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It had been long coming and now it’s finally here: Details has a new name!

Not long ago I decided to purchase a domain name, but details.com was already taken. Unfortunately so were some other names I had in mind, and I absolutely wanted to keep the word “Details” in it to retain the link to the past: it’s still the old blog, it just changed name! After biking home from work and thinking about my past, about Italy, about my mountains, I came up with this name, which will stick for a while: Details, naturally. 

So, long story short (because I know you want to read about the giveaway ;) ), the name changed, and so have the Bloglovin’ page and Twitter. Please, make sure to subscribe to the new address http://detailsnaturally.com and click here to subscribe via Bloglovin’!

To thank all of you for sticking around here and following me I am giving away a few of my favorite items: a heart-chaped cookie cutter to make cookies that you can hang on the rim of mug, my favorite chocolate: dark chocolate with earl grey tea, a little porcelain star, a notebook, two sheets of cute stickers, a box of blueberry and acai berry tea, and Leone blueberry sweets!

To enter: follow me on Bloglovin’ and leave a comment here telling me what you would like to see more on Details, naturally (more food more often? more about myself and us? more photos?).

For additional entries: 1- follow me on Instagram 2- follow me on Twitter and repost the tweet about the giveaway Note: for each additional entry please let me know in the comments that you entered (and add your @name to be sure).

The giveaway will be open until March, 2nd. A winner will be announced on the 3rd of March.

Thank you all so much for following and I hope you (yes, you!) win!
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Happy Birthday Roberto!

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Happy Birthday to my favorite person in the entire world! We had lots of fun today: we went snowboarding, we had dinner at an Indian restaurant and we ate cake!

Soon I will post the recipe to this healthier version of Carrot Cake (except the frosting which wasn’t that healthy after all).

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