Dreaming of a Swedish Christmas

In the highlight of Swedish Christmas, on the 24th of December, friends and families are celebrating ... waiting for Santa to knock at the door with his sack of presents. Just as "la Vigilia di Natale" in the south of Italy where, while waiting for Santa, we also eat, drink and celebrate. (The same applies … Continue reading Dreaming of a Swedish Christmas

Handmade :: Gzhel

"Without appreciation for grace and beauty, there's no pleasure in creating things and no pleasure in having them!" ~ Bill Watterson According to the technique, gzhel objects are made of clay, fired in a kiln, adorned with cobalt paint and then covered with glaze. A collectable folk art pottery.

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The Art of Prop Styling :: Russian Props

“It is quality rather than quantity that matters.” ~Seneca PROJECT: Russian Props PHOTOGRAPHER: Lucia Zeccara STYLING: Orsola Ciriello Kogan LOCATION: Moscow, Russia How to Become a prop stylist. So, how do you get into prop styling in the first place? Prop styling is more abstract that interior design, or set decorating... via stylebyemilyhenderson.com What is … Continue reading The Art of Prop Styling :: Russian Props

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Sweet notes from Abruzzo :: The “Pasticciotto” Ladies

The main ingredients for pasticciotto are short crust pastry and a filling of almonds, lemon peel and sugar syrup. The making of the pasticciotto is a feast of its own, ladies gather around a long table and spend time telling stories, updating each other and... The post was first published on Appetibilis | Saperi e … Continue reading Sweet notes from Abruzzo :: The “Pasticciotto” Ladies

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Venea, a family story of wine and “spirito abruzzese”

The English Idiom “good things come in small packages” translates the Italian “nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono” (small casks carry top-quality wine). If this holds true for “things” in general, it should be truer for wineries... Read more: Italian Flavours :: In Vino… Venea via appetibilis.net This post was first published on Appetibilis … Continue reading Venea, a family story of wine and “spirito abruzzese”

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“Spaghetti alla Chitarra” Strikes The Right Chord

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You don’t need to be a musician to enjoy “spaghetti alla chitarra” [chitarra, pronounced key-tahr-rah, is the Italian word for guitar]. You just need to be a curious foodie, since spaghetti alla chitarra, or simply “chitarra” is one of the many signature dishes of the Abruzzi cuisine.

Chitarra – the artisanal cooking tool – is made of a wooden frame with steel wires stretched on it. Once you have a classic fresh pasta dough, the entire process of making spaghetti is relatively simple.

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First you’ll need to make a “sfoglia” (= dough rolled-out to form a sheet), then you lay it onto the the chitarra and press it with the help of the rolling pin to cut the delicious strands (by means of the pin or by hand). The outcome is this.

Making "Spaghetti alla chitarra"... Photo: Deda Making “Spaghetti alla chitarra”… Photo: Deda

Spaghetti alla chitarra is durum wheat square-shaped egg…

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One Day in Siberia :: Khanty-Mansi (Collage n.01)

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies Location: Khanty–Mansi … Continue reading One Day in Siberia :: Khanty-Mansi (Collage n.01)

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On Travel, Apps and Reddit Karma

Marrakech, the city of 1001 nights, is the place where art director Ben Lambers had his renaissance as a photographer... | trendtablet.com Pirate Bay co-founder to release Hemlis encrypted messaging app. It looks to provide users with an accessible app that protects their information... | guardian.co.uk Celebrities Are Just Like Us: Desperately Seeking Reddit Karma. … Continue reading On Travel, Apps and Reddit Karma

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Edible Beauty :: Graphic Cakes and Ghetto Pops

Cookbook Excitement: Bake It Like You Mean It. A book devoted to unique, graphic, and beautiful cakes! | dessert girl Desert Eskimo Pops. A collection of amalgamations straight custom from designer Gary Garay... | worldfamousdesignjunkies.com From a complete and total food painting junkie... joel penkman food art | Design*Sponge Basic, beginner travel blogging tips and … Continue reading Edible Beauty :: Graphic Cakes and Ghetto Pops

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Tres Chic :: Salmon Roe Breakfast

"The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., "Over the Teacups," 1891 My Russian Nouvelle Cuisine Author: Orsola Ciriello-Kogan Location: Moscow, Russia Photographer: Lucia Zeccara Recipes testing: - Salmon roe on soft-boiled … Continue reading Tres Chic :: Salmon Roe Breakfast

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Ingredients :: Red Onion Close-up

"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires My Russian Nouvelle Cuisine Red Onions Author: Orsola Ciriello-Kogan Location: Moscow, Russia Photographer: Lucia Zeccara More on onions : Intimate Meals : How to Make Pasta Dough, Roast Chicken and S.. The Recipes Hunter : … Continue reading Ingredients :: Red Onion Close-up