Just a Quickie!

September 26, 2007 at 7:59 am (food, Italy, life)

Well, it’s been a while since my last post and the only reason is that I’ve been extremely busy! We’ve had parents and friends visiting and I’ve been on the job hunt. Speaking of which, isn’t it funny how when you’re job hunting nothing comes up for ages and then one day you get two job offers on the same day and you suddenly realise that that makes a total of four jobs and you can’t possibly do them all so you have to start turning people down! I’ve decided to choose the job working in a nice little Italian restaurant, which does the best meringata that I’ve tasted so far! So, I’m busy learning Italian phrases and menus. I’m also teaching a few lessons as well, so I’ve gone fromĀ  3 months of holiday to no days off a week! Ah well, at least I may be able to afford some of the Italian shoes at the end of the month. Well, maybe at the end of 6 months!

Ciao for now.

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Cooking alla Italiana 2

September 7, 2007 at 10:00 am (food, Italy, photos)

Well in a previous post I said that I would give you the recipes for all the bits and bobs that I’ve been cooking. Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten how I made everything because it was quite a while ago. So, I thought I’d just show you the photos instead.

1. Home made basil and red chilli pesto

2.Champagne Chocolate Truffles

I actually got the recipe for these from the programme ‘Cook Yourself Thin‘ and would recommend making them. They’re delicious!

3. Champagne Chocolate Ice-cream

This was made with the first batch of chocolate truffle mixture that went wrong, I put too much alcohol in and it wouldn’t set. So, added a lot of cream and a bit of sugar and ‘ta da’ you have icecream ready for the freezer.

4. Tiramisu

Unfortunately, this one wasn’t very succesful. Heres’s a picture of me eating it!

Bet you’re glad I don’t have the recipe aren’t you!

For the other photos go to my flickr page.

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Nadia and Kev’s Sunny Wedding

September 6, 2007 at 10:48 am (fashion, photos)

We travelled back to England last Friday to attend the wedding of Nadia and Kev, which was on Saturday. The wedding was not until 3pm, so we had plenty of time to get ready and head over to the registry office without our car. (She was left in Turin airport, so wasn’t allowed to get dressed up in white ribbon!)

The sun was out and it was a really gorgeous day. Apparently there was a problem with the hairdresser arriving late but you would not have been able to tell. The bride (Nadia) looked absolutely stunning in a really unique wedding dress with a rustic bouquet of pink roses (which matched the roses in her hair and on her dress) and the best pair of wedding shoes I’ve seen in a long time.

The celebration was continued at The Felix Hotel and as the sun was still out the photos were taken in the garden and everyone was happy drinking champagne and relaxing.

We were privileged to be on table number two with both the brides sisters, partners and cousin. We were served lots of yummy scrummy food and it wasn’t long before the bubbles were cracked open and with the help of the wine we had a bit of a giggle. It may have been around this time that we wrote a group limerick for the bride and groom; I can’t really remember it, which is probably best because at the time I thought it was excellent, which means it was probably rubbish! (I do remember having problems rhyming words with Durham or any other place names where Nadia is from!)

The evening began with a bum-grabbing first dance! He he! Good music followed and the wedding Dj was actually very good, it’s not often djs play what you ask them to. I really enjoyed myself and from the amount of dancing I think I can say so did everyone else.

Ooh, I almost forgot to mention the cheese and crackers at the end of the evening. They were really tasty and with the unusual addition of pesto in little bowls. It made A and I feel right at home!

For the full collection of the day’s photos, click here.

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September 5, 2007 at 2:04 pm (Italy, photos)

We’ve had loads of visitors and it’s been really great to show people our new pad.

First up was Blanche…

We did a lot of cooking and relaxing. Photos are here.

Then Martin and Nicola stopped by for a few days whilst travelling around Europe…

The weather was awful and we took a trip up to Sestriere but the weather wasn’t much better there either. A few pics.

Sheena and Rhiannon were the next to stay…

We had a day trip to Milano, did some sunbathing and then explored the nightlife! See what we got up to here.

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