Spiral Cookies

Spiral Cookies

These are the cookies, which I find really imprssive and easy to make at once. They are similar to classic shortbread cookies, but with a little twist. They work great as a gift or just as an every day treat.

Ingredients:

  • 200g Butter
  • 150g Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • an Egg
  • 300g Spelt Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 30g Cacao

Mix butter and sugar until creamy and light yellow colored. Add egg and vanilla extract and keep mixing. Pour the flour with baking powder into the micture gradually. Stir the dough until mixture becomes smooth and tender. Divide dough into two bowls and add cacao to one of them. Stir in. Form the dough round, wrap with plastic wrap and place them in refridgerator for about half an hour. After that, roll them out into two rectangles. Put the cacao part on the light, classic vanilla one.  Make the edges straight and even. Roll the dough up to create a fancy pattern. Wrap it with plastic wrap and cool down in the fridge for 30 minutes again. Heat the oven to 180C (about 350F) degrees. Slice the dough roll as thinly as possible. Place the slices on a baking tray covered by baking paper not to make cookies stick. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Leave the cookies to cool down to he room temperature, by this time they’ll be crispy and delicious!

Italy

Milan

Let’s begin from saying that I love Italy. I love italian language, Italian people, Italian coffee and of course Italian food.
We went on a Italy Tour and we’ve visited many places around northern Italy.
Starting from Venice, living on Lido di Jesolo we moved to Cinque Terre and  Genua, then we stayed in Milan. After that we went to Verona an Florence. Finally, on the way home we stopped in Bologna for a while.

Venice.
I found Venice as a wonderful, mystic place. I’ve beed there once before and I need to say that it looks exactly how I remembered it. It’s an old city, full of narrow streets, bridges and beautiful nooks. Romantic alleys and cul-de-sac’s. I am totally in love with this place.
My friends and I had great time strolling through the heart of Venice. However we’ve visited plenty of landmarks, we took some time just to taste the city. We went for long walks with fresh cappuccini and croissants in hand.
Venice left us a feeling that we have to come back to spend another Italian vacation there, to feel the atmosphere of the city one more time.

Milan.
Milan, absolute love of my life. Big modern city, where you can easily notice that it’s a city of fashion, design and architecture.
The city definitely showed off it’s beauty. As we spent a day walking through wide well designed streets and gorgeous pedestrian zone full of coffee shops and designer clothing stores. To crown our day we went to see Milan from the top of the cathedral. We went on a roof and admired the view, which was really impressive.
After the day in Milan I must admit that I have absolutely fallen in love with the city. And what’s more, I’ve started considering connecting my future life to this city.

Florence
City of renaissance. Artists’ and art lovers’ favorite. The city is really pretty, as you walk down the streets of Florence you can feel history of the place. There are some great museums to visit such as Uffizi museum and Galeria dell’Academia, where we can see masterpieces of Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and many others.

To sum up, I’d like to say that I love Italy to the moon and back and possibility to visit all these wonderful places was something very special to me. During our travel I had innumerable situations as I came across random acts of kindness, which were for instance a question, asked whenever I ordered a coffee, if I’d like some cinnamon and cacao in it. These melted my heart and with my love to this country I need to say that I could spend my whole life right there, in the country of Italy.

Happy 2016

Fresh made italian coffee in a winter themed mug, gingerbread cookie, favorite book.. that’s how the day begins during the Christmas break. We have 2016 already and plenty of us are setting new goals and resolutions. I hope new year will please every one of you. I think it’s our job to make 2016 full of unforgettable expiriences, great memories, just wonderful. I wish you all love, happiness, beautiful moments, fantastic trips and travels around the world, many surprising ideas and finally, I wish you wonderful time in 2016.
Follow your dreams, good luck!