A shaky video and some thoughts


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In the middle of the wood I sit down on a stone that looks like a throne. From here I can see the town I was raised in; few houses on the top of a hill, not many people living in them and not much happening around. I walk in the opposite direction, deep into the woods while butterflies fly away as I walk the small path. Birds and crickets are telling us it’s August. A tiny spider walks up my leg and threads a web to reach the nearest grass blade.
I lay down and listen. It’s like watching the stars: the longer you watch, the more stars you see; and I hear more birds, more insects flying around, a cat and a dog fighting far away, cows on the top of the mountain.. and I realize how different being alone and being lonely are. Growing up I used to hate this place because I was feeling lonely, now I treasure every moment spent here because I am not lonely anymore, I am just alone. Nothing makes me feel less lonely than being surrounded by nature. (Thoughts on Nature – August 2013)

The foodie is back!


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In the exact moment I was writing that I have not been much of a foodie lately in my previous post, I felt the urge to bake.
So weird, I reminded myself by writing about it, that baking relaxes me, and I needed it. Immediately I opened my cupboard doors: there wasn’t much that would bring me far from some basic cookies,and I really wanted to make something not too unhealthy. Fortunately, I had some quinoa left, so I made my signature granola, the recipe of which you will find here. This time I added flax and sesame seeds, and instead of the cinnamon I used speculaas spices.

The morning after I made the most spectacular breakfast: a parfait of yogurt, blueberries, mixed nuts, raisins and my homemade granola. Sooo good!

Parfait Breakfast
Parfait Breakfast

Mi piace #3


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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..

Hi guys!

I am realizing that I haven’t been posting much about food lately, and Roberto hasn’t yet shared a recipe either. I don’t really plan my posts, and I haven’t been feeling “foodie” lately, I just go with whatever I feel like posting. This blog still needs to reflect me, right?.. so that’s why. Roberto, on the other hand, has been very involved with food lately. With this I mean he has been working crazy, and with crazy I mean insane, hours. We literally have seen each other 2 hours max since I came back from Italy 5 days ago (and we live in the same house!). So that was a little off topic, but it needed to be said.

What did I like these past days? 

I have been listening to Ben Howard non stop, his music is a mix between melancholic and reassuring, and it works relaxing for me. If I had to choose three songs, right now I’d choose Oats in the Water, Depth over Distance and Burgh Island.

When I was in Italy I watched the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with my parents; It is an adaptation of the homonymous novel by Johnatan Safran Foer which I read a few years back; the movie is so good, and I am glad the adaptation hasn’t disappointed me at all. Have those of you who have seen the movie enjoyed it as much as well?

I like airports, especially Schiphol, Amsterdam’s airport. Yeah weird to insert that in here.. but hey I like it! You see people of so many nationalities, everyone is so different, yet so similar, waiting for their loved ones, being excited to leave, etc.

A few weeks back I mentioned that I like FunForLouis’ videos. There’s a few other channels I really enjoy watching: one of them is Ben Brown‘s; he is currently in Costa Rica and I love seeing all the places he visits.

This banana bread. OMG, I made it on a lazy night when I was craving cake, chocolate, sweets of any sorts..and it was de-li-cious!

Last, but surely not least, my favorite of favorites this week: Steller.
Steller is an App that has just been released and is already conquering the blogging world. It’s a new way of blogging, namely through your phone, because.. that what everyone uses now!
I will not go into detail, because explaining how it works is harder than actually using it. As the name of the App suggests, it allows you to tell stories, stories of exploring, stories of awesome adventures, and stories of sunday night in baking chocolate chip cookies. It is very user-friendly and I just love the clean structure, the dreamy feel and all the exploring and traveling the users of the app do! =)

Here are a few examples of the stories I shared so far (click on the links to see the stories)

Italia – Back Home
A simple life
Leiden – the Netherlands

So, I am going to work on some photos now.. Happy Sunday!

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Back from Italy


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Hi everyone,

I am back from Italy! The week there flew by, just as I expected. Although the weather was as bad as it could be, rain and snow almost every day, I had a great time. I spent a lot of time with my parents, I had a little road trip on my own to Turin to meet up with two friends from university. I had the best time with them, the kind of good times when you don’t even get the chance to take a picture together because you are too busy having fun.

I have been posting photos every day on Instragram (see below); that was the easiest way too keep you updated about my little adventure.

I will share more photos of the week later on, I am so tired now my eyes are closing without my brain telling them to.

I cannot wait to travel more soon!
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Going Home


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Guys, I can’t believe I am flying to Italy tomorrow. I will wake up around 3 am, catch a train to the airport and around 8.30 am I will be in Nice, France. My dad is so nice to drive all the way there to pick me up. I am so excited!!

This has been the longest time I have been away from home, 8 months in total and I just wanna be there, breathe that fresh air and listen to the wind blowing through the valley and the cows going back to the stables. Ahhh, I feel a bit like Heidi now :)

Anyways, I haven’t packed my suitcase yet, so I’d better get going! See you in ten days!

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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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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.


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