.: Non tutti i biscotti riescono col buco

I had an idea…

I wanted to make biscuits in a cup-shape, so I could put some jam in. So I shaped them like this

But hey ! Physics! The baking powder tricked me

Anyway, they’re tasty and sweet and you can still put jam on them 😀

A man who never goes wrong, instead: Johnny Cash


.: The dark and the light

What is optimism ? Chocolate says “the belief that good things will happen in the future.” Chissà come mai in Italiano hanno pensato a una definizione più generica…

ma noi italiani siamo sempre un po’ più “vaghi”, più astratti. Tranne forse nella musica e nel cibo. In music English and American people are perhaps more surrealist, abstract and spiritual than italians. But in food, Italy is certainly one of the top five authorities in the world. Maybe #1. Modest uh ?

Anyway a friend gifted me with some special chocolate from Modica and…

I put it in a competition with my favourite Nero Nero 88% Novi.  Well… it’s a draw!

And what about two great voices, both representing dark coming into light ? I think it’s another draw.

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down…

Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What’s down in the dark will be brought to the light

Johnny Cash

.: Cat’s in the cradle

It’s snack time!

Sometimes when I come home in the afternoon, my neighbour’s cat is waiting for me. He can communicate very well, and with his “meow” he lets me know he wants to get in. So I steal some cuddles from him and open the door. Mi piace davvero questo micio, che mi aspetta per farsi aprire la porta. Io gli rubo un po’ di coccole e in cambio lo faccio entrare.

I love small things like this. And I love cats. And I also love cakes and all the carbohydrates… so I decided to make an experiment with a recipe I found.

100 gr quinoa
30 gr butter – burro
milk – latte (approx 100 ml)
50 gr sugar – zucchero
1 egg – 1 uovo
Baking powder – lievito per dolci

And, there is a topping to make. So you need some marmalade, I suggest plums but you can choose according to your taste. Fornitevi anche di marmellata, per guarnire. Io ho usato una marmellata di prugne fatta dalla mia mamma 😀

Actually I have quinoa with bulgur, but it’s ok.

Put the quinoa in the milk and cook, with the butter, for about 20 minutes. Add the lemon skin (grated) or a bit of juice.

Let it get cold. Add the sugar, the baking powder and the yolk.

In the end add the whipped egg white.

It was meant for a cake (with a triple dose), but I decided to make it in the shape of muffins.

Cook in the oven at 170°C for about 40 minutes. Check with a toothpick before taking them out.

In the end dilute some marmalade in water, on low fire, and put it on top of the baked part.

Cuoci la quinoa con latte e burro per 20 minuti, finchè si assorbe il liquido. Aggiungi la scorza di limone grattugiata e se vuoi un po’ di succo. Lascia raffreddare. Aggiungi il tuorlo, lo zucchero e il lievito. Infine il bianco montato a neve. Cuoci per circa 40 minuti a 170 °C. Controllate la cottura con uno stuzzicadente, prima di tirarli fuori. Per guarnire: stemperare un po’ di marmellata con poca acqua a fuoco basso e metterla sopra.

E poi mangiateli con qualcuno che amate: saranno più croccanti 😉

Don’t let time go bye… cook for someone you love 😉

Johnny Cash also made a cover of this song, maybe ‘cause it resonates with his typical mood… regret for love