22/07/14

Dinner and a Movie














It doesn't happen to us pretty often to have a concrete time to have a classic date in the evening like a dinner and a movie kind of thing, being that we don't live close to each other and that we always have to leave early in the evening for the last train. As you probably already know though, me and my boyfriend are spending a week or two together lately and when he asked me what I liked to do on Friday night, I had no doubt: we still had to have our first serious dinner and a movie date.

First things first, there's nothing cuter than the boyfriend that pick some flowers up for you while you're booking some movie tickets, and you simply have to Instagram the moment.

I know a lot of people aren't fans of cinemas in summertime, but I think it's very nice especially because there's not too many people and it's quieter (which is always nice), plus it's a pleasure to be in a fresh place when it's so hot outside. On the other hand there're not too many new movies releases in summertime which is sad, but being that we never go to the cinema, we still had to watch Maleficent, of which both of us were super curious about, and we didn't care if it is kind of old now, we just want some quality time watching a movie we were interested in. And it was good.

Food-wise we couldn't ask anything better. We had dinner right near the cinema and had the most delicious lasagna alla caprese of all; fries were needed as well as two different desserts that we shared as always just to have two different options: the chocolate salami is my weakness, add coconut flakes and strawberry and I'm completely sold, while the classic tiramisu was perfect as well!

Can't really complain about our long distance relationship when we still are able to do this kind of things. This was definitely my perfect dream date and it couldn't be nicer - yes, we also had popcorn.

What about your dream date?

20/07/14

The Food Diary | 2

A few weeks ago I started the The Food Diary blog series which also was one of my all times favourite posts to write and plan, and being that me and my boyfriend had the opportunity to cook and bake literally what we wanted for a week, I thought this was the perfect week to document and so here it is what we ate...




CREAMY AU GRATIN POTATOES

One of the recipes I'm most proud of how they turn out when I bake is this Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes so this was the first recipe on my list of dishes I wanted to bake for my boyfriend this week. They are a bit of a pain because they have to bake for a super long time, but they came out perfect and my boyfriend loved them so much that we finished the whole baking tin in one time. If you haven't ever tried some au gratin potatoes, you have to give these a try, they are super simple to be prepared but super delicious and tasty!




VEGETABLE STICKS, EGGS & MELON

Sometimes all we wanted was a fresh and light summer dinner and this was the case: we went for some hard-boiled eggs (of which I'm definitely a fan), some fresh melon and those delicious premade vegetable sticks which were one of the best discovery of these past two weeks.





NOODLES

We became noodles fan. We never tried them before but we saw some at our grocery store and thought they could be perfect for when we wanted a quick dinner/lunch. We tried them and immediately became fans, so much that we went back and bought some others and also decided to try some curry noodles from Tiger and not to mention we went on a quest for some cute Chinese chopsticks and found them as you can see. Noodles were definitely the #1 best food discovery of the week!




SPICY VEGETARIAN COUSCOUS

I've always been a couscous fan since a year ago when I discover it at first, but my boyfriend never tried it and I couldn't wait to cook it for him. I always go for the vegetarian option with tofu and vegetables (mainly peppers, leek, onion and zucchini) and spices, but this time I had to fend with what we had at home, but it turned out delicious anyhow! There's not a recipe for this, I literally improvise every time and follow the instruction on the back of the couscous packaging, that's all!



ZUCCHINI AND FETA MUFFINS

After trying my Whole-Wheat Pizza Muffins we both are becoming fans of salted muffins and decided to try a new recipe, very similar to my original one, but with feta and zucchini, which are two of our favourites ingredients. Feta and zucchini complemented very well together and they turn out super delicious even though we were not that sure about the baking time. One thing that I've always found with these salted muffins is that they taste way better the day after.





SPINACH & FETA PASTIES

We saw Rosie's Spinach + feta pasties video recipe together a few weeks ago and thought they had to taste delicious. As I said we love feta cheese, so we just went for them. They're not that difficult to prepare as they may sound, but they taste incredible! I was so happy on how they turned out that I decided to bake them again for some guests and they definitely made a good impression on everybody even on who didn't ever like spinach on their own. The second time they were even better even though I think I need a third time to make them perfect!



BROWNIE BATTER SPREAD

When I came across this recipe I was all about it and had to give it a whirl immediately. I can't lie, it was a mess and in the end we had batter all around the kitchen even on the floor, but it was totally worth! This completely vegan and gluten free fudge batter made the perfect snack for a lazy Friday afternoon, and probably it could turn out even better and smoother, but it was nice to leave some crunchiness all around.

16/07/14

Carrying with me (travel essentials)


This summer I'm not going anywhere fancy really, but I'm spending a pair of weeks at my boyfriend's place and this made the perfect excuse for packing and showing what I like to carry with me when I'm travelling. Not that these are all essential for real, I've a bit overdone being that I had no limits of space or weight, but beside skincare which is my weakness and I just feel like I need to bring it all with me wherever I go, I tried to keep it quite light and minimal.




BODY & HAIR

For my body and hair I packed everything in my Muji TPU Large Pouch which is also super handy if you're flying but which keep everything very organised and waterproof especially when you're carrying bath or shower essentials. The REN set smells delicious and fruity and it's tiny and compact which makes everything easier since you don't have to carry a big shower gel or moisturiser and it's perfect for flying, while the Lavera shampoo and the Breeze deodorant are becoming my favourites and I simply can't go without them. Not a huge fan of the La Saponaria hair conditioner though, but I have to finish it (even though I'm actually stealing my boyfriend's conditioner a lot)...

What I brought: REN Neroli DuoLavera Basis Sensitive Mild ShampooLa Saponaria Balsamo lino e mandarino Breeze Neutro 24h Deodorant.





SKINCARE & OTHERS

As I mentioned I went a bit crazy with skincare and found out that actually not all that stuff was useful, however my skin can be crazy in summertime and I need to feel safe when I'm not home and know I won't have to hide my face for a week. So I brought a few options between my Eczema Treatments as well as all the oily skin essentials I'm using lately now that my skin is oilier. Some of them are the perfect size for travelling which is good as it means they fit in tiny rooms in your bag, and in general all of them are not bulky at all. Other than that I can't live without my cleansers, my eye creams and a few products from my Makeup Removing Routine, but I also brought a self tanner and body SPF just in case...

What I brought: Bioderma Sebium H2OLush Let The Good Times RollMario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing GelLa Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction PadsLa Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5Botanics 80% Organic Hydrating Eye CreamCaudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream*, Caudalie Polyphenols C15 SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid*, The Body Shop Honeymania Eau de Toilette*, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Protective Sun Lotion SPF 15Little White Lie Wash Off Darker*, Kiko Self Tanning Applicator



MAKEUP

Makeup-wise I'm sticking to a very simple and minimal routine of which you can read more on here; I brought a few options just to switch things up a little bit and went for a face powder because my skin is super oily recently and I need everything that could help me with that situation. But in general I'm being loyal to these same products which require only a pair of brushes.

What I brought: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC CreamRouge Bunny Rouge Tinted Moisturiser Sketches On Water*, NARS Radiant Creamy ConcealerMAC Mineralize Skinfinish NaturalSoap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face PowderBourjois Cream Blush in 02 Healthy Glow, NARS One Night Stand Blush Palette, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in LovelightL'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara, Real Techniques Buffing Brush from this set, Sephora Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

What about your travel essentials?

12/07/14

Frappuccino for breakfast







On Wednesday I asked for something refreshing for breakfast and remembered my boyfriend used to know how to prepare a frappuccino and being that we had all the ingredients already in the fridge, we simply went for it. It was delicious and simply what we needed, plus we don't have Starbucks here in Italy, so having a simple and quick recipe it's always super handy.

Ingredients for 2 frappuccinos:
250ml milk
1 cooled espresso
2 tsp cocoa powder
6 ice cubes
2 tsp sugar
Whipped cream, chopped hazelnuts and caramel topping to serve

He started by throwing the milk into the mixer with the six ice cubes and coffee, mixed, added the cocoa powder and sugar and mixed again for a pair of minutes. Add more sugar if you like it to be extra sweet. Throw it in a glass and serve with whipped cream, chopped hazelnuts and caramel on top (or whatever you like on your frappuccino).

It's seriously the quickest and easiest recipe, but it came out delicious and it was the perfect refreshing summer breakfast drink to pair with some freshly baked chocolate cookies, something a little different from my usual iced soy latte. Don't know about you but I'll give it a whirl on my own for sure!

09/07/14

Cookies and Cheesecake






This week both me and Ale feel super lucky to be able to spend a whole week (and more) together as, as you probably already know, we live a sort of long distance relationship and it's always nice to have some quality time to spend together instead of our usual dates that never last more than two days. We are spending our time snuggling on the couch watching Orange Is The New Black, cooking and eating healthy delicious dinner (which will be shared for sure at some point) and chatting about anything really, but I had to go to the doctor on Monday, so we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around Milan.

Almost an entire year has passed since the last time we went for a walk in Milan together, we only were there the very first time we met actually, and it was such a nice thing to re-do together a year later, walking in the same spot we saw each other for the first time and remembering how everything started between us. It rained exactly as the first time we met, which is not ideal at all when you're wandering around Milan without an umbrella and some espadrilles on your feet, but it's ok.

Enough ramblings now, and let's talk about the food, shall we? Believe it or not, it was all McDonald's! We were super hungry (we only ate noodles for lunch) and ordered two cookies, a strawberry cheesecake and a lemon cake - not sure which one was the most delicious out of the three. Never thought McCafé was a good place where to eat a delicious cheesecake but it really was, and probably it was my favourite between the three, but I'm a bit of a fool for cheesecakes in general.

All in all it was a lovely afternoon and coming home to some fresh new lilac flowers in the evening, making a relaxing and well deserved hot bath, and eating some delicious pasta the boyfriend cooked for me, was the perfect way to conclude the day. If only there hadn't been that big creepy black spider on the windowsill which took us awake until 2 am...