Pumpkin cookies

It’s cold, it’s raining and gloomy outside…so I thought that it is the perfect moment to make pumpkin cookies for Halloween. Making an ordinary day worth remembering.

This is the recipe:

PUMPKIN cookies

600 grams All purpose flour

200 grams butter (room temperature)

200 grams powdered sugar

200 grams pumpkin pulp ( steamed)

175 grams almond flour

A pinch of salt

A pinch of cinnamon powder

A pinch of nutmeg powder ( optional)

2 ml vanilla flavoring

2 eggs (100 – 125 grams)

Mix above ingredients together.

If the dough is smooth but sticky, sprinkle/ add more flour. Let the dough rest in the fridge for 30 minutes – 1 hour.

Roll out dough.

Bake at 180° C/ 15 minutes

You can glaze the cookies, decorate it or simply sprinkle it with “zucchero a velo ” (confectionary sugar) before serving.

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

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Parco Natura Viva, Bussolengo (VR), Italy

A way to learn more about nature…

There is only one description to this place…if you are visiting the province of Verona in Italy, “Parco Natura Viva” in Bussolengo, is surely one of the interesting places to go and visit because aside from the park, it is home for some endangered species.

I think that visiting places and learning something about it is like adding life to each moment of my life. As Abraham Lincoln said “in the end its not about the years in your life that counts but the life in those years”

Life is indeed a very interesting journey…

Flowers…

Colors…wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Rose “Cocktail” – this climbing classic rose is easy to grow, the color is yellow and red, the red intensifying with age.

Aster – this plant gives a lot of color to my garden during the month of September. In Italy it is also called “settembrini” because the plant blooms in the month of September.

Nasturtium- I attended once a course about comestible flowers and from that time I use the flowers and some young leaves in my vegetable salads. Of course, no one in the family is allergic to it so…for those who want to eat it, better check.

Pansies – in Italy they call it “Viola cornuta”. An easy to grow plant and it gives flowers that blooms from autumn to spring.

Oxalis articulata- ” acetosella articolata”

But what really amazed me today is the sight of a friend’s patio full of walnuts…

Doge’s Palace “Palazzo Ducale”, Venice, Italy

I have visited a lot of historical buildings in my life but this…is not only historical, it is…at least for me, AMAZING! If you really want to know something about the reason why Venice is a fabulous city, a guided tour about the history of “Palazzo Ducale” and its secret places would be a good place to start.

A view from a gondola of the Doge’s Palace “Palazzo Ducale, Venezia, Italy”

View from one of the rooms of the Armory, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

To the Secret Passages …

View from the Bridge of Sighs “Ponte dei sospiri”, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

There is so much to see and a lot to learn.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Dark chocolate muffins

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I was looking for a recipe for a cake without having to use butter or eggs and…

a friend gave me this recipe.. I changed the rice flour with an organic all purpose flour and spelt flour and the muffins came out even better than I thought it would!

This is the recipe:

70 grams grams dark chocolate

150 grams organic all purpose flour

50 grams organic spelt flour

170 grams sugar

8 grams baking powder

30 grams cacao powder

250 grams milk

60 grams corn oil

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

10 grams confectionary sugar

24 cm round baking tin

Parchment paper

Preheat oven at 180°C/15 minutes

Chop the dark chocolate. Set aside

Mix together the remaining ingredients + add the chopped chocolates

Pour batter into a 24 cm round baking tin (or in my case, I used 2 muffin tins good for 12 muffins for this cake recipe)

bake for 30 – 35 minutes at 180°C

Cool. Sprinkle with confectionary sugar before serving.

I tasted the muffin without sprinkling confectionary sugar on top and it tasted good!

7D62FD88-26B9-4324-96AB-81358FBA25FENow I know that it is possible to prepare muffins or a cake without using eggs.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday!

 

 

 

Villa Lattes, Istrana, Province of Treviso

Autumn is the season of the year (for me) where the colors of the leaves, the taste of chestnuts and new wine “vin novo” and pumpkins have the power to ease the gloomy feeling that I feel during the cold and rainy days that marks the end of summer.

“Festa della Zucca” which means pumpkin festival outside Villa Lattes in the town of Istrana in the Province of Treviso.

Villa Lattes, Istrana

Another jewel in the Province of Treviso.

Inside the Villa is a collection of musical boxes and automatons which the former owner of the Villa, a Lawyer, Bruno Lattes, has left to the city of Treviso but now owned by the municipality of Istrana in the province of Treviso, Italy.

“Il Tamburino” the drummer

” La scimmia con il banjo” The monkey with the Banjo

“Il pagliaccio che suona l’Arpa”

Can you believe that this is a Music box chair?

Above are only some of the interesting things that you can see by visiting the villa and it’s museum.

Thank you to great men like Bruno Lattes, I can again say…life is indeed a very interesting journey.

Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!