.: Sometimes I feel like screaming

Sometimes I feel like screaming all my love for this life, all my anger for this life, all my passion and rage for how wonderful and miserable is the human condition. Vivere è bellissimo e fa rabbia sapere che prima o poi il viaggio dovrà finire. Sapere di doversene andare, d’altra parte è ciò che ci spinge a creare bellezza, ad assaporare ogni momento, a non mollare mai. I had my sad moments, just like anybody else, but keep on thinking that this is life. Beauty and madness, love and hate, beginning and end, sweet and sour.

I have watched The Closer so many times… but I’m not tired of it yet. I love the characters, I love the stories, I love the humanity, the emotions, the music, I even love the cats in it. Most of all I love it is about life (and death). It is about how much people can be cruel, good, gentle, mean, romantic, inconsistent, loyal, friendly, untrustworthy, funny, painful, bitter and sweet. It is one of the loves of my life, like Deep Purple, and like desserts. This is why I gathered all them here… with my last chocolate madness.

Ok… I am working at “my second job”, a data elaboration project and this… is exhausting. So I can’t apply to “my first job” and…the only other pleasant thing I can do is… my rendition of “soft heart” chocolate cupcake. Something that can remind me of Brenda’s Ding Dong-s.

Ingredients for just 3 small cupcakes… why only 3 !? Because I hate to reduce large doses. So, with small amounts, you can simply multiply.

50 gr dark chocolate – cioccolato fondente
25 gr butter – burro
30 gr sugar – zucchero
1 egg – 1 uovo
20 gr flour – farina
10 gr cocoa powder – cacao in polvere
a bit of baking powder – appena un po’ di lievito per dolci
cinnamon – cannella

Melt the butter with the chocolate and a bit of cinnamon, just to perfume it.

I used 99% chocolate.. so they will be really … chocolish !

Whip the egg white. Blend the sugar with the yolk.

To the egg+sugar, add the butter+chocolate+cinnamon.

Then add the whipped egg white.

In the end add the flour, the bit of baking powder and the cocoa powder. This is how it should look like

I should use aluminum bowls, but I’m out of it. So I’ll use my muffin moulds.

Cook in the oven at 160°C for 15 minutes (ok maybe 10-13 min!). And voilà

I have taken them out 20 minutes ago, so I have to wait a bit before I show you how they really turned out. I’ll post one more picture later.. and tell you if I still feel like screaming 🙂

uhm… uhm.. here I am and can show you the “chocolate soul” of my cupcakes 🙂

I probably let them in the oven 2 minutes longer, and they’re not melt inside, but they are soft and very “chocolish”.  I love them.

and I also want to scream “thank you world!”, ‘cause it looks amazing to me that people visit my place from all around the world

Thank you world!

.: My version of falafel

Ok it’s not the original recipe for Falafel, but it’s good for me. I’m not a pro cook, so I really find it hard to make them without an egg and I like to add a bit of cheese too. Maybe you’ll like them too.

100 gr chickpeas – ceci
onion – cipolla
parsley – prezzemolo
cumin – cumino
coriander – coriandolo
grated bread – pan grattato
1 egg – 1 uovo
parmesan cheese – parmigiano

Boil chickpeas, mix with all the rest. Form some meatballs (there is no meat !), put some grated bread on them and fry in hot oil.
I ceci vanno bolliti, oppure li comprate già bolliti. Unite tutti gli altri ingredienti, nelle proporzioni che preferite. Formate delle polpettine, impanate nel pane e friggete.

Poi guardatevi una puntata di The Closer. I love Brenda Leigh Johnson character and also the rest of the show crew. I think I’ve watched it 5 or 6 times already, but can’t get tired of it.