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In case you were missing my food pictures, here’s a little treat for you!

amarettini

These are tiny-teeny amarettini (Italian almond meringue cookies) and they are delicious. I made them smaller than the traditional amaretti: each cookie is but a single bite of sweet, nutty puffiness, which makes it a perfect match for that cup of espresso! You can check the recipe and how-to right here. I didn’t use the almond extract and Amaretto the recipe calls for, so technically my cookies can’t be called amarettini but who cares? They taste like your sweetest dream and this is what really counts!

Have a good day, kids!

 

Baking news

This is by far the funniest thing I’ve ever baked…

First take a good look…

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What are they? Muffins on steroids? Mushrooms? Alien life-forms?

If you’re not familiar with them yet, let me introduce you: these are popovers and they fully deserve their name! Technically speaking, this is liquid batter cooked stiff right in the middle of a supernova-like explosion. The broccoli shape is the fault of the muffin pan and gravity: bake them by zero G – and they’ll probably be round…

Now, how about more pictures?

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One just can’t help smiling, right? This is surely going to become my favourite cheer-up recipe (by the way, you can check it here). Make them with kids of any age for an instant mood boost with the bonus of a sugar-free treat. Devour them “as they are” or fill them with cottage cheese, crab salad, jam, dulce de leche or any other mixture that makes your heart go pop for a more substantial, relatively guiltless snack!

The drawback of this recipe? These beauties take a full 40 minutes to bake and they should be eaten hot from the oven, so they’ll probably disappear sooner than you can say “popover” and leave you with nothing but a memory (and a mess in the kitchen). This sort of reminds me of the eternal “housewife’s curse”: you spend your time fighting like crazy against the entropy in your life and all you end up with is more mess… You clean the house – it gets dirty again, you cook the meals – they vanish like they’ve never existed… This is why every housewife needs a camera: to catch those precious moments when the place is clean, the kids happy and the popovers hot, and crisp, and steaming!

That’s all for today, kids! Have a nice week-end and behave yourselves!

She bakes, too…

she-bakes-collage-noframeYou should know by now that I’m an incurable knitting addict, but you probably ignore that I have another time-consuming hobby: baking. And if I’ve kept you in the dark all this time, it’s not without a reason… I’m not that shy about my pastries: in fact, I think they’re quite good (and I’m surrounded by people who are of the same opinion). So the problem wasn’t the lack of evidence but rather, the lack of quality pictures thereof.

When it comes to photographs, it’s my strong conviction that only the bestest of the best should be allowed to go public. Mine weren’t good enough, so I began to scan the Web for food photography tips and tutorials and now, after some practice, I like the result a little more. The turning point came when I emailed several pictures of bagels to my Mum: she wrote back saying the bagels looked so great she could actually smell them! Then I knew it was time to come out of the woods and show the world who’s the master!

I’m joking, of course! But it gave me confidence in my photography intuition (I think it’s a bit early to talk about “skills”) and the impulse to go on learning. I have recently enrolled in a photography MOOC, so you’ll soon see more and – hopefully – better pictures on this blog. Wish me good luck!