Torta di cioccolato

Chocolate cake. It’s been months, maybe years since that first day that I thought to save my most love recipes in a book and today, I wanted to test this chocolate cake recipe, one of the first recipes learned here in Italy. I have forgotten who gave this recipe to me (modified according to my dietary needs) but the thought of how beautiful the art of sharing can be still has the power to bring heartwarming thoughts to me.

Chocolate cake

165 grams of all purpose flour

135 grams rice flour

250 grams brown sugar

150 ml milk

150 grams corn oil

15 grams baking powder, sifted

4 eggs

A pinch of salt

30 grams of dark chocolate powder

15 grams chopped walnuts

60 grams of orange juice

Preheat oven at 180°C

Put above ingredients in a mixer in this order:

Corn oil+ sugar + orange juice + eggs + salt + rice flour + all purpose flour + dark chocolate powder + baking powder (sifted) + walnuts

Mix well.

Pour above mixture into a 30 cm plum cake tin pan (I used baking paper instead of greasing the pan with butter)

Bake at 180°C/40 – 45 minutes (using my oven. To test if the cake is cooked, insert a clean wooden skewer into the center of the cake and remove it. The cake is ready if the skewer comes out clean. If there are any crumbs attached to the skewer, put the cake back into the oven and cook for 10 minutes more.

Let cool and sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.

Wishing everyone a fruitful and joyful week!

“It is not the length of life, but depth of life. ” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bergenia and co.

One of the first flowers that you can see blooming in Spring…

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Nikon D5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

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Viburnum Tinus, Nikon D5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

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Crocus 2019, Nikon 5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

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Primula 2019, Nikon D5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

May this week be amazing for everyone!

 

 

Bulb lasagna

After my trip to Amsterdam, one of the things that I learned was about the variety of bulbs that I can plant in winter (I planted 4 types of bulbs in December) to see pots full of flowers at the beginning of Spring.

For this project:

I bought 8 tulip bulbs + 8 crocus + 8 bulbs of Daffodils + 4 hyacinth bulbs

I some broken pieces from a clay pot

A good potting soil

A plastic pot

And I started layering (like when I make the famous Italian lasagna) everything in this order:

The plastic pot + broken clay pot pieces + 4 inches of soil + 8 tulip bulbs + a layer of soil + 8 Daffodil bulbs + a layer of soil + 4 hyacinths + a layer of soil + 8 crocus bulbs + a layer of soil + a layer of dried leaves from my garden.

And… this is what I got at the beginning of March of this year. A pot full of spring flowers!

One of the best things that I have learned about travelling is…I always learn something new, something that can make my life more interesting!

Happy Sunday to all!

Flowers…

I dream of the cool and pleasant days of Spring.
The violets under a still slumbering pomegranate tree reminds me of a season about to unfold…

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Nikon D5200, Auto priority mode, ISO Auto

I think of new beginnings and new opportunities  to learn more from this life (like being able to use naturally the Manual mode in photography?) and how to focus on the things that really matters in life like…family, friends, to savor and to do something for nature and to be able to simply do the things I like.

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What is loving life all about?

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

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Nikon D5200, Auto priority mode, ISO Auto. “Forsythia” 2019

 

 

Orchids and Co.

The sunny days in Italy these days made me think of Spring, of cool but pleasant weather and of the colors  this season of the year brings. I think Spring signifies rebirth. After the long and cold winter, the sight of my Camelia Japonica in bloom, the daffodils and crocus just make me face a new day with at least one sure gift, the beautiful colors of these flowers.

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Nikon 5200_Automatic priority mode + ISO “Auto”

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The most beautiful variety of Orchid for me. Nikon 5200_Auto priority mode_ISO 800

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Camelia Japonica Nikon 5200_ISO “Auto”_Auto priority mode

Somebody said that it is never too late to begin to learn something new. What is difficult is to find the right reason to believe that this is possible. Life is a precious gift, time, like a river just keep on flowing and I do believe that what really counts is to give a sense, a beautiful meaning to this precious “thing” called Time.

Wishing everyone a restful and joyful weekend!

 

Manual priority mode

It was not easy for me to change from shooting photos in Automatic mode but finally after a time of discerning, I finally started this very interesting hobby called photography  using the Manual priority mode of a DLSR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera. I still have a lot to learn…but I thought that it is not about when I will master this art but in how I had the courage to face change (from easy – automatic to Manual but profound way of capturing particular moments through photos) and to make the first step towards another interesting journey.

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Camelia Japonica

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A mask, Carnevale di Venezia 2019

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!