Mid-Fall, October. One of my closest friends, me and Milan.
— la semplicità è l’ultima sofisticazione —
— photographs were taken with an analog Olimpus camera —
I’m sharing with you, as a big thank you, a beautiful gift we received from our wonderful friends from Cincinnati, U.S.A.
Also in the same time I’d like to wish you all have a stunning golden fall and a happy Halloween!
Starting from what the aim of our trip was, we went there, to South Tyrol, to see the countryside of north Italy. We’ve visited some beautiful farms and talked to farmers. We got known about dairy production, bread baking and of course about apple and grape industry. We were told how wine, marmalades, pastries and cheese are made. Living in a rustic village was such an amazing experience and I’m going to tell you some more about it.
Visiting this part of Italy was really interesting, but actually it didn’t look typical for this country. That region is an autonomy, which used to be a part of Austria That’s the reason why the main language there was German. Most of people there have known Italian as the second language.
Local specialities such as anice bread ,breatl; cheese of mountains, bergkäse, marmalades and jams, honey made of flowers are so delicious. Also local cusine, quite similar to the austrian one is also quite good. In my opinion there is too little vegetables in the local one, but I think it’s mostly because lots Italians come there to taste this kind of cooking. On of my favourite dishes were ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese, so mouth watering, delicious.
I think Südtirol is great for all kinds of artists, because visiting this wonderful village makes a very special opportunity to make some great pictures, the region is so pretty I’m telling you, to paint or draw, to write some romantic poems or to compose music while observing the calmness of nature.
Whole trip was so inspiring, we had so much fun visiting the farms, we’ve relaxed surrounded by stunning mountains and we’ve tried some delicious regional specialties. I think Alto Adige is such a wonderful place to visit and to get rest and actually to choose as a vacation destination.
Whenever Autumn arrives we make some decorations. Every year we get some pumpkins, as plenty of the crowd do, but we are not that ordinary. We look for smaller pumpkins to collect a few of them. Ussually we buy them in many different tones of orange and many different shapes to form a pretty decor on a table or a cupboard. I find them lovely as they’re “imperfect”. They make me feel Fall even more… Other cold weather flavours are kinda connected to them. Such as cake or muffins smell, where to make the dough we’ve used pumpkin puree. At my home you can always feel like there’s a cake in then oven, so I you guess so, you’ll propably be right!
Instead of complaining about grey days and rainy weather I would prefer to enjoy spending warm and cozy time at home, baking pumpkin, carrot and zucchini pastries, drinkimg hot green tea and spending lazy evenings covered by a blanket and watching romantic movies with friends. I am so joyful as it comes to feel the smell of cinnamon and cacao around the house.
Let’s face it, Fall is not that bad. I love it.
One of my Fall delights: heather.
Next to the dinning table, where I have all of my breakfasts, we have flowerpots hanged to the side. Heather is grown there and to be honest, looking at these lovely plants literally make my days.
Violet, purple, light pink, pastel rose, tones of white and cream.. all of these compose the color of heather. Forreal.. it’s the way too perfect, when I wake up, I come to the living room an I see sunrise (imagine the magic of sky during dawn) an our heather lightened by the morning golden sun reys.
That’s basically one of the reasons why I love mornings so much.
What’s better to warm up and to get a little sweetness then Hot Chocolate is?! Supposedly nothing.
That’s why I think everyone should be able to make a perfect cuppa chocolate. Enjoy the recipe!
• 2 tsp cacao powder
• cup of whatever milk you like (my absolute favourite is thin coconut milk, as you warm it up the smell is incredible!)
• 1-2 tsp cane sugar (it’s okay to use regular white as well)
• 2 pieces of dark chocolate
• mini marshmallows
Firstly you’ll need to warm the milk up. As it’s hot, add cacao by little drops (not all at once) to avoid clods.
Stir untill all drink has the same regular color. Add sugar and mix till dissolved. I recommend to put the chocolate to a microwave for a few seconds to remake it hot, because it could loose it’s warmth, when we were adding cacao and sugar. Serve with pieces of chocolate inside the cup. Owing to the heat of liquid the chocolate will melt. Cover your cup od deliciousness with mini marshies. They’ll melt a bit as well.
Voila! The perfect cup of Hot Chocolate is ready! Enjoy!