Monthly Archives: May 2012

One day before summer

The first watermelon of the year is here! Deliciously juicy and sweet, for me watermelon means summer.

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Recipe: Small spicy mushrooms baked in the oven

Recipe: Small spicy mushrooms baked in the oven

Recipe: Small spicy mushrooms baked in the oven

Here’s my best recipe for spicy mushrooms. You’ll need a lot of very small (young) mushrooms. Put them in an oven-safe glass dish and pour a little oil over them. Add salt and any spices you like (here you can see black pepper and curry) and put the whole thing in the oven at around 200°C (400°F).

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Take your mushrooms out when they start looking something like this. It should take around 20 minutes.

They are great as a side dish or in a sallad. Hannes looooves to eat them as a snack!

You can do the same thing with fully-grown mushrooms cut in quarters, but then they won’t look as cute in the end.

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Tofu newbie

Tofu (marinerad) by Kung Markatta

Tofu (marinerad) by Kung Markatta

Today I bought tofu. I have never tried it, so I have no experience in cooking it. To be honest, I can hardly imagine what it tastes like! I hope that everything goes well, and that this tofu won’t disappoint me.
Of course, you’re more than welcome to share your favorite ways with tofu!

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Gorgeous Greger

I just came home from a nice walk with Greger. We went to a park that is designed for letting dogs run around freely. It’s fenced all way round and there are a bunch of obstacles, both natural and man-made, which Greger likes to play around with.

And today there was another Italian greyhound there! Greger loves it when he meets one of his own kind, and he can spot them from a hundred meters away. Unfortunately, this particular other Italian greyhound turned out to be overweight and not at all as fit as Greger. Greger ran around and around the other dog, trying to get it to chase him. It did chase him, too, but had to give up fairly quickly and lie down for a bit.
I hate to see overweight dogs (and, sadly, it’s something I see quite often!..). It’s just cruel to either give your dog too much food or too little exercise. Not only will they get less energetic, but it puts a lot of strain on their bodies, too.

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Ristorante Maccheroni, Rome

My favorite dish at Ristorante Maccheroni in Rome: Homemade gnocchi with gorgonzola and pear sauce

My favorite dish at Ristorante Maccheroni in Rome: Homemade gnocchi with gorgonzola and pear sauce

Here are some photos from one of my favorite restaurants in Rome. It’s called Maccheroni, and it’s located near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, on Piazza delle Coppelle 44.

You know you’ve found a good restaurant when you see that it’s popular among locals. This place is usually packed with Romans, which only enriches the dining experience.
The atmosphere there is genuinely Italian, with a charmingly (well…) obnoxious owner, shouting out welcomes and swearwords, flirting with all the ladies and juggling the plates. More importantly, the food is fantastic. They serve traditional homemade Italian dishes, for instance the best gnocchi I’ve ever had. They also have a wine selection that it’s impossible to go wrong with. Try this restaurant if you get the chance (order gnocchi!).

Ristorante Maccheroni, Rome

Ristorante Maccheroni, Rome

The obnoxious owner.

A cute waiter.

Panna cotta! Delicious.

And finally, some limoncello.

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Cheap and Chic

Today I’m wearing a silk scarf in my hair, to mix things up a bit. The scarf is by Moschino, from their Cheap and Chic line.

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Bittersweet symphony


I had this term’s second last exam today. In a few days, the summer holidays will officially begin. I’ve been looking forward to this for many weeks, but now that it’s so close, I can’t help but feel a little ambiguous.
I enjoy studying at university. Sure, it’s tough, and even exhausting sometimes, but it’s so inspiring and stimulating, too. Studying also takes up so much time, that I feel a kind of restless about getting complete freedom all of a sudden.

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