November came today with a real Fall attitude: a very cloudy sky in beautiful contrast with what’s left from the yellow leaves, low temperature and a sudden need of comforting drinks. I’m blessed to have huge studio windows that provide a great light even when outside is very cloudy, so I could photograph the pumpkin spice latte I treated myself with in the afternoon. Coffee is simply not enough for me during these dark afternoons and the pumpkin spice latte ingredients are…
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My favorite childhood dish was the marinated meatballs in flavored tomato sauce that my grandmother was waiting for me with, when I was returning home from school. I remember having them hot, bathed in that amazing sauce and always responding with “marinated meatballs” when asked about the dish I wanted for the next day. Then my grandmother went away and as an adult I tried to reproduce her dish, but never got…
As long as the first rain drops start to fall, baking turns into the main activity in my kitchen. Mornings with flavored pumpkin bread and coffee, avocado toast with super seed bread, or a slice of freshly baked no knead bread with rye and nuts in the afternoon after a short walk – all these cozy little things make Autumn beautiful despite the temperature drop and ….
Autumn is finally here and although we planned a summer farewell seaside trip at the end of the week, I can’t wait to dive into the fall pleasures! I’m talking pumpkins, cozy hot drinks, afternoon baking and vineyards visits. I also declared open the soup season by making a very easy red lentil and butternut squash cream soup, using the beautiful specimen from the photo…..
The little signs are here – an unexpected row of butternut squashes aligned on a stall, a few yellow leaves in the tree next to my studio window, a subtle drop of the daylight intensity, the sunset hour and all those tones of yellow and orange that slowly replace the pink and red at the farmers’ market. The sudden ideas of cooking a stew or having a warm breakfast bowl. All those pumpkin recipes invading….
Summer is almost gone but this doesn’t necessarily come with a melancholic mood. Choosing to be thankful for everything I experienced during the last months, getting the best of what’s left from this splendid season and looking forward to embrace what Autumn has to give, this provides peace of mind and helps me focus on the things I love to do…
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