Fog

Photography

Today, a chilly foggy morning greeted me making whatever destination almost impossible to see.

The humid winter air seeps silently through my skin, awakening half asleep senses as every step brought me nearer to where I must be.

Time is the essence of every season and everyday, as I breath deeply and my eyes started to see, I hoped and prayed that I could add life to time even on a foggy day.

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

Pansies

Photography

When a flower dares to challenge the bleak colors of a cold winter day…

it is Friday, it’s very cold outside and while my thoughts started to cloud my mind with everything from this past week, the urge to look outside the window brought my attention to these little but colorful flowers that inspired me to think, “Even in the coldest moment of the year, there is always something/someone to keep you company”.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

Venzone, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

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The most important thing that I have learned from visiting one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, Venzone, is about the power of will and how it drives persons to pursue a dream.

How the people of this small but truly beautiful town in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region rebuilt their village after two very strong earthquakes destroyed it. A beautiful story of life.

Here are some pictures of Venzone and it’s historical church.

Inside this little Chapel were displayed (you pay to see them €1.50), some well preserved mummies, some of the early inhabitants of this little town.

In winter, the town is beautiful but the streets were almost empty. Somebody told me that it is a lot more animated in the other seasons of the year.

If life is a journey, then, it is really a very interesting one filled with opportunities to learn more about life, about the persons I meet along the way. Life is like a never ending story, every new day brings something new, beginnings and hope.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

“Poffertjes”

My recipes, Photography

One of the things that I have learned/tasted during my trip in Amsterdam is this specialty called “Poffertjes”. I like to cook and to learn new recipes so, after returning back from my vacation, I looked for this particular pan and I found it in the internet. Today, a rainy day, I decided to use it but using a friend’s “hot cake recipe”. The result was just as I hoped.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

8 grams baking powder

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

3 Tablespoons sugar

3/4 teaspoon fine salt

3 Tablespoons corn oil

Mix above ingredients well.

Grease the “Poffertjes” pan

The procedure in cooking this mini pancakes is more or less like preparing “Hotcakes”

Oh! In Amsterdam they serve these mini pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar, honey or maple syrup. I love traveling and everything that goes with it. Life is a journey…

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

Pontebba, (FVG), Italy. Snow art 2019

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Like the sand in an hourglass, time flies. Life is a journey…this weekend another page has been written and again I realized that it’s not about those beautiful dreams for the future but how I savor every moment of each day.

Oh! I thought it would be so cold inside this “igloo”, strangely it was not.

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There is always something to learn in life…

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Pinza or “Pinsa” in Veneto

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There are certain delicacies that remind me of a tradition of a certain region of a certain country but it often brings me back memories of certain significant persons in my life who have taught me the value of what it is like to be a part of a family, a social group or simply, the essence of what life is all about. For me, it’s the beauty of a flower, a hug, a simple “hello!”, a smile…feelings that continue to evoke heartwarming memories that the passing years can never erase.

This recipe is one of those beautiful memories of how simple it truly is to share a part of ourselves to others. Thank you Ciso because through you, I have learned another important tradition of a Region, in a country who in all these years, have given me so much.

These are the ingredients:

A liter of milk

400 grams breadcrumbs

A pinch of salt

250 grams dried figs, cut in small pieces

250 grams raisins

100 grams fennel seeds

2 eggs

1/4 glass of corn oil

1 apple, in thin slices

1/2 glass of Grappa (Grappa is an alcoholic beverage produced in Italy)

16 grams baking powder, sifted

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 tablespoons of sifted flour

150 grams of walnuts ( 50 grams for the topping, the rest in the cake mixture. Oh! This is optional since I just added this ingredient to see if it will add a more interesting taste to the recipe).

Breadcrumbs + milk. Soak for 30 minutes

After 30 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients except 50 grams of walnuts (to be placed on top of the cake before baking it).

Mix well.

Line with wax paper a rectangular baking tin (I’ved always seen this cake baked on a rectangular baking tin. Tradition?)

Preheat oven for 15 minutes at 200°C

Bake this special and traditional cake at 200°C/1 hour and 10 minutes.

Serve this with Vin brulè (aromatic wine – white wine/red wine, a piece of apple, a stick of cinnamon and 2 or 3 cloves. Some would add even a piece of orange. You can find the recipe in the web)

Tonight will be a special night for most living here in the Veneto region. A very big bonfire will be lighted in Arcade, a town in the province of Treviso, and a lot of persons will be celebrating “Panevin”. They believe that the direction of the smoke will indicate whether the new year will be prosperous or not. I really hope it will be an abundant year for all.

This is what was left after distributing a piece to some friends. 😊

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Happy New Year to all!

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A fruit salad ( “macedonia” in Italian)…this is how I would describe the year 2018. Visiting new places, finding old friends and savoring each moment of everyday with family and friends trying to understand the meaning of what life is truly all about, was like tasting a delicious fruit salad, some fruits inside it were so delicious but the for ones I didn’t like much, I simply thought that they added a particular taste to the salad. Here’s wishing everyone a Joyful, Blissful and Prosperous Year 2019!!! Oh! To greet the New Year, I prepared this basket full of 13 kinds of fruits, a family tradition…to wish for a prosperous, joyful and bountiful new year.

Oh! One of the ways to welcome the New Year here in the historical city of Treviso is to have a walk through its streets and alleys, window shopping, eating sandwiches or the typical dishes of the Veneto region, eating the typical Christmas cake which is called “Panettone” , drinking Prosecco wine, Vin Brulè or simply talking with friends and family about the events of the year while waiting for the fireworks at the tick of the first second of the New Year. This year, it was really so beautiful and so heartwarming to see life, to see happy and hopeful faces and to see the lights that somehow have that special glow that only the Christmas season can bring. A prayer that in the heart of everyone be that feeling of hope and love. A wish for Peace for all mankind.

Piazza dei Signori, Treviso and the fireworks to welcome the New Year.

Life is indeed an interesting journey!