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Molasses Cookies

Where could I start from?
Given that
– my sweet tooth is highly demanding
– I love cookies. Eating, baking, thinking about them. Everything delicious that comes in more than one unit is welcome.
– Sally (of the amazing Sally’s Baking Addiction) has tons of gooey recipes I can’t resist to (and honestly don’t even want to). When I bought one of her books, I knew I was doomed.
– Last fall I tried to swallow disappointment, sad thoughts about the upcoming winter (though it then turned sunny and kinda warm, it’s still a no for me).
– I had to test a few recipes for Christmas (last Semptember I was in a pub in London when I saw the sign “Christmas is coming, either you want it or not”. *growing anxiety*)

So I used baking as a soothing balm and, as usual, ate my feelings. All together, sugar-coated, chocolate covered, bundled up in cinnamon and ginger.
Note to me: it’s nonsense eating gluten-free and avoid alcohol, sugar and dairies for 5 days if I can’t stop munching during the weekends, you stupid truffle.

Thus, for all the reasons above-written and more, while reading Sally’s book I stumbled upon her Molasses Cookies and decided at once to give them a try.

Plase note: the link re-directs to the recipe I found on her website: I don’t think I can share the one in her book (no spoilers!). They seem similar to me, though.

These my pictures (getting better thank to my new reflex, don’t you think?ok, just a bit)

Depending on how many minutes you leave them in the oven they will come out soft and a bit chewy (oh yessss), or a bit more crispy and crunchy (still a yess). I prefer the first option but I honestly won’t say no to the second one (obviously).

It was my first time with molasses (we don’t use it much here in Italy, had to ask a friend to get me some) but won’t be the last for sure.
It combines perfectly with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. The sweeteness given to the cookies is different, richer I would say, but not taking over.
The consistency is perfect; I used olive oil as shortage (neither butter nor an other animal one) and it definitely enhances the after taste of molasses.

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Home and a heart filled with joy

Venice. Oh Venice. The power of this city is amazing.
It surprise me every time with a new detail, a different view, the way light reflects on water and hides behind a building.
Another narrow street (our calle), a wine seller, the sight of a canale from the bridge.

Alive, beating, embracing. More than water and stones, every brick has a story.
I love that even after years of reading and walking, there are still tons of things I haven’t seen, museums I haven’t visited and god knows how many I won’t ever get to know about.

It fills me with joy, hope and makes me feel there is something amazing in my life. It could never disappoint me.

Oh Venice.

I love the way clothers are hung. Rio della Misericordia
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Amsterdam

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After months of planning, booking and waiting, finally December has come.
I honestly couldn’t have waited any longer.
A Florence and the Machine concert combined with a trip in a wonderful city was all I could think of lately.
Since August, 10th (the day we decided we would leave and attend the show), we booked the flights, a flat, bought the concert tickets, collect info regarding places to see and museum we wanted to visit.

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Those days arrived and passed in a blink of an eye. All I have left is happiness, deep inside, worn and dirty shoes and tons of pictures.
I can still hear Florence’s voice in my head and feel her arm on my finger.
I still get emotional when talking about this 4-day trip.

I have recently got a Nikon D3300 as birthday + Christmas present and I couldn’t be any happier. I am honestly unable to express how good that camera is. I’m still a newbie, but I’m trying to learn as much as possible by practicing almost every spare day.

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Birthday cake.. Again

35th birthday calls maybe for a special cake? Mine wasn’t.
It was small and made with love, this I can say. I was completely absorbed in the making and really committed to be as precise as possible, for a decent outcome.
Was it good? Definitely, my friends asked for a second slice and that’s how it should be, honestly 😉
Apart from that, it was a simple day I spent with people I care and want in my life again and again.
This the recipe I followed, just halved.

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Whole grain chocolate chips cookies

Why cookies? You probably mean, why not?
Cookies to me are a way to pamper myself and people I love in a simple, obviously sweet, preferably healthy and chocolate-y way.
Tonight I’m attending a dinner at friends’ and I wanted to bake something to show one of my best and oldest friend, how much it’s precious and valuable the time we spend together. After losing one of my girls a couple of years ago, I feel I have to let people I love Know hiw much they mean to me. Baking is definitely a way to express all this affection.
So I looked through the recipes I had saved in Pinterest.
This is it.
I doubled the amount and got these cookies.
Crumbly but still soft in the center, sweet but not too much. With a hint of chocolate that doesn’t cover up the other flavors.
My parents were my Guinea pigs and loved them. Out of the oven 😋
I love how you can taste the three different flours (I actually didn’t blend the rolled oats) in a perfect mix.
Here they are

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Weekends call for Indulgence

I love breaking the fast (ok, I have watched far too much Game of Thrones, I am now kind of aware of that).
So, I was saying. I love waking up in the morning because of breakfast. Bread (usually homemade) and jam (homemade that too, if I am lucky enough). Yogurt and cereals, a cup of coffee. A sweet and healthy treat, if I had had the time. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt part, and still feel amazing and full of energy. It’s a win – win.
Saturday morning I was craving for pancakes. These.
I gobbled down four of them. I was so hungry that I couldn’t stop for ten seconds and take a single picture. Eww. My bad.
Yesterday morning I noticed the rice milk had been open for a while, so I opted for a pudding.
Coconut flavored? Why not?
So I toasted 1 spoonful of coconut flakes on a saucepan for a minute. Added 2 cups of milk (I used rice milk, but anyone will do) and stirred. Put 50 grams of milk chocolate in and kept stirring until boiling point. Turned the fire off.
Diluted two spoonfuls of corn starch in half a cup of water and poured into the milk. Turned the fire on and stirred.
After a few seconds the milk started to thick and a couple of minutes later, voilà, my pudding was ready.
It was enough to feed my parents as well, I have a feeling they like me staying over while my place is under renovation 😉
I used milk chocolate so this recipe ain’t vegan, just use dark chocolate or a vegan brand if needed.

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Get creative! Street Art around Europe

When around visiting a new city, I happen to focus on smaller things than monuments and historical buildings: I appreciate them as well, clearly, but I love to remember everyday-life details: a bakery, a school, how people tend to live their city. A few years ago I start focusing on street art; I noticed it tends to be similar everywhere; colours and languages may change, but it usually refers to solid problems that country faces everyday or, totally the contrary, tries to escape any reality; it’s extremely creative, smart and geniuously assembled. It can be just a couple of letters added on a wall or a huge drawing on a bridge. Is it art? Is it vandalism? I am no competent judge.
This is Paris, France

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Let’s move to Cracow, Poland

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Here comes Nantes, France

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