Hello December, my old friend. For the next 31 days it’s all about you baby. There are a number of reasons why I love this month. For starters December marks the height of winter garms season, which means woolen tights, hats with bobbles and leather gloves are all over my life. Wearing winter garms also makes dog walking and weekend wandering particularly endurable. GABRIELLA 1 – 0 WEATHER
What else makes December awesome? All things Christmas of course, such as but not limited to: spreading Christmas cheer, carol singing, ice skating, tree decorating and Michael Bublé. We should also probably talk about the food. Turkey, cranberry sauce, festive cheese (definitely a thing), clementines, mince pies… jesussss it is all going on. Clearly this is going to be the best day of the year.
So it’s getting to that time of year… the BEST time of year. Fine, I won’t start wearing my Christmas jumpers and cheer until the 1st December, but I will start prepping for Christmas lunch (yes, really) and thinking about gifts. Haters gonna hate.
A few years ago I made homemade gifts for some of my friends, partly entirely because I was totally broke yet didn’t want to come across as a total Scrooge. This was back when salted caramel was having a ‘thing’ and everywhere I looked there was salted caramel this and salted caramel that. It seemed like a sign, so off I went and picked up a cheap candy thermometer to get the party started. The resulting caramels were deeelicious, and received as thoughtful and “so cute”. Winning.
Finding myself in a similar predicament to that cold and penniless Christmas, I’m getting my Martha Stewart on once again and am planning an array of homemade treats to gift to friends. I’m thinking jams, nut butters, cookies – the works. And these devilishly buttery salted caramels are definitely making a comeback.
When the lovely people behind Oblique asked me to curate some recipes for their upcoming events I couldn’t say no. And since the next event is going to be at Casa Negra, an awesome Mexican neighbourhood style spot in Shoreditch, I thought there’d be no better recipe to kick things off with than Mexican street corn.
This street food staple is undeniably awesome, with zesty licks and chilli kicks teamed with creamy mayo and queso fresco. Being a lover of all things chilli I threw in a bit of Sriracha for good measure, tasty, tasty measure.
Plus since it’s FREEZING outside right now, you can forget the BBQ and get these mothers just as perfect in the oven. #Winning Continue reading →
Tre settimane fa sono stata a Roma, la città eterna. Era la mia prima volta a Roma, e la bellezza della città era quasi travolgente. Ecco alcune foto che ho scattato durante i 6 giorni che ho trascorso passeggiando per le strade della città, senza un pensiero al mondo.
Three weeks ago I was in Rome, the eternal city. It was my first time in Rome, and the beauty of the city was almost overwhelming. Here are some photos I took during the 6 days I spent walking the streets of the city, without a care in the world.
There really is something about Naples. The city is vibrant, animated and full of character. It’s practically dripping with culture, and you’ll spot the Spanish, Greek and French influence in its buildings, back streets and food. Neapolitans are the most interesting people to observe, with their exaggerated gestures and crazy/impossible to understand dialect. It is wonderful. And then of course there’s the food; incredible tomatoes, delicate hand-crafted mozzarella and obviously, the pizza. Don’t even get me started on the pizza.
The misconception that Naples is crime-ridden and dangerous has helped keep the city in its purest form, free from mass-tourism and overpriced, poor quality restaurants. This ain’t no Florence, you’re getting the real deal here, which makes it (in my humble opinion) one of Italy’s best cities to explore.
Anyone who visits Naples will surely have ‘try a Neapolitan pizza’ on their top 10 list of things to do, it’s practically an unwritten law. So if I’m going to recommend anything to try in Naples, it’s not going to be pizza – you don’t need me to tell you that. But what I will tell you about are three things you shouldn’t leave off that list. Continue reading →