Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pasta with stracchino cheese and fresh tomatoes recipe

This is truly summer recipe! It's so quick too!
Stracchino is a type of Italian fresh cheese, typical of Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto, but you can easily find it in every supermarket. It's also known as Crescenza. The name 'Crescenza' is derived from the Italian word 'stracca', which means 'tired' in English. It is said that the cheese made from the milk of tired cows moving seasonally up and down the Alps, is rich in fats and more acidic in nature.
Crescenza is a very soft cheese with creamy, spreadable texture and no rind. It usually has a mild and delicate flavour. It spreads nicely on crackers, crostini or fresh bread.

You will need for two portions:

  • 130-160 g of pasta (depending on your appetite)
  • 200-300 gr of cherry tomatoes (better fresh from a local farmers market)
  • 100 grams of cheese stracchino o crescenza
  • 30g pecorino romano cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 garlic clove (optional - personally I do not put it)
  • 20 ml of olive oil
  • salt

There are two variations of this recipe, both delicious. 
In the first put in a blender a cream of fresh tomatoes, add stracchino and everything else, including olive oil and make a cream. 
In the second rvariation put a half of tomatoes in a pot with a spoon of olive oi and stew a little. Other tomatoes use to make a cream as I wrote above then add to the pot.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions,  until the pasta is al dente. When pasta is ready, drain and mix it with the cream. 

Of course as always I used a wholegrain pasta, but you can use a normal one.

Monday, June 13, 2016

30 Plus size fashion outfits

50% of women in US wear size 14 or larger, and in other countries there are many women too with sizes XL, XXL and etc. Fashion should be for everyone, not just for the skinny women. For example, in Italy there are some brands that make collections for Plus size and they are very nice, and there is no problem to buy clothes for girls and women of Plus size.

It so happened that recently I started to collect outfits for Plus size women. Partly, perhaps, because I have a mother of this size and I want to help her with the choice of clothes :) So I decided to share with you my collections. Mostly these are fashion bloggers. Of course, fashion bloggers, perhaps, can not be called ordinary people from the street, but it is much more close to everyday life then catalogue photos:)

 I hope you enjoy my collection :)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jerusalem artichoke patties

You will need 2 servings
300g Jerusalem artichoke (topinambur)
100 g zucchini (one small)
1 small onion
1 small carrot
20 ml of olive oil
1 egg
50-100g flour

Here you can find a Wholegrain pasta with topinambur, zucchini e walnuts recipe. This is another recipe, easy to make and very tasty. The taste of topinambur is similar to artichokes and potatoes at the same time, very gentle. 
Let’s begin! Clean topinamburs - peel the skin thoroughly, otherwise there will be undercooked pieces. Cut into medium pieces and put them to boil until tender, about 30 minutes. Almost at the end add zucchini.  
Clean and finely chop the onion and carrot. Fry them on low heat. When topinambur is cooked grind it in the food processor, adding other vegetables. Pulse until it becomes a paste and everything is well combined. Mix vegetables with 1 egg in a bowl. Then add flour because with egg dough will be too liquid. If you see that 100gr of flour is not enough add some more. 
Fry on medium or low heat. Cook one side then flip and brown the other side.  Only takes a about 3-5 of minutes on each side.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Work wardrobe outfits

What is the secret of looking chic and ladylike at work?  The secret to really chic style isn't really a secret: it's a formula — a set of tried-and-true essentials that can be worn and worn again, no matter the season or the year. Invest in quality pieces that you’re going to wear or use regularly—especially shoes and bags. 
I found some work wear wardrobe essentials that would be great for this year - they are anything but basic, just a touch special details or color.

Bright yellow blazer is going ideally with white shirt and black pencil skirt. Complete the look by adding some green detais

Mix classic office grey with bright spring coral or mint green accessories
Add some turquoise on grey background

Classic black and white combination, but how freshier it seems with some fuchsia accessories

We see a black wrap belted coat worn a top burgundy slouchy top. The top will look pretty sweet styled with checkered pale grey pants. Complete the look by adding burgundy bag and pumps

Another burgundy outfit

Go for a black sleeveless top and pair it with floral pale pencil skirt and white tuxedo blazer:

Retro inspired look is made of dotted beige top and  brown pants

Other beige outfit  - timelessly chic

Simple and elegant? -  go for a burnt orange blouse instead of beige one

If you want to be more femminine or just need to go elsewhere after work these looks will be perfect

Another stunning but classic look navy blue and white with red touch. 

I adore this wrap knitted cape, it will remind you about home

Friday, May 6, 2016

Wholegrain pasta with topinambur, zucchini e walnuts recipe

Uh, the name of this recipe is too long, but it's very simple to cook)) Actually, I used wholegrain farro pasta or emmer (farro dicocco), but it would be even longer to write it in the title)) In general, the you can choose pasta as you want.

You will need 2 servings

  •  130-150 grams of pasta, depending on your appetite)
  • 400g Jerusalem artichoke (topinambur)
  • 200-250 g zucchini
  • 1 medium onion
  • 60 g of crushed walnuts
  • 20 ml of olive oil
  • 50g grated pecorino romano cheese
  • salt

Jerusalem artichoke has many names - sunchoke, sunroot, earth apple, but in Italy we call it topinambur. For myself I have discovered it recently. I started to look for recipes and I tried different ones. I can say that this recipe is my own creation)) Ahead you will find another recipe of burgers made of Jerusalem artichokes and some vegetables, but I will write about it next time. The Taste is similar to artichokes and potatoes at the same time, very gentle. 

So, it is necessary to clean topinamburs -  peel the skin thoroughly, otherwise there will be undercooked pieces. Cut into medium pieces and put them to boil. It needs not less than half an hour too cook, pierce it with a fork from time to time. 
Lets prepare the cream - clean and finely chop the onion. Fry it on a low heat until soft. Zucchini should be cut into thin strips. Add them to the onion.

In a separate small pot fry the walnuts with olive oil and then add to the pot with zucchini and onions. When the topinambur is cooked, remove it with a slotted spoon and put pasta into the same cooking water. Topinambur you need to grind in a blender into cream and mix with zucchini, onions and walnuts.

Now you can turn off the fire under them and wait for the pasta.

Of course, you can boil pasta in a separate pot, it will be faster, but in topinambur cooking water pasta will be tastier) a little secret)

When pasta is al dente, drain,  and mix it with the cream. Sprinkle with the  pecorino romano before serving. 

Bon Appetit! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

10 Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Spring is finally here with warm weather and sunny days, which means new, exciting looks. So, It’s time to shop for springtime. There are so many amazing pieces right now that are feminine and flirty and perfect for spring. There are so many trends out there, which ones should we invest in? From cold shoulders to clinched in waists, long floral dresses, pastel tones, ruffled dresses, metallic fabrics, pleats, stripes and mini handbags, the list is endless. I must admit that really will depend on your style preference and budget. Check out my list of spring wardrobe essentials that are must-haves in your closet this year.

1. Lace-Up flats
These flats are probably the trendiest thing on this list. The laces make simple flat shoes a little more interesting – you can bunch them up under a rolled up skinny jean or wear them laced up your leg with an easy spring swing dress

2. Silver Jewelry
While gold may have shined last year, it’s all about silver this year.

3. Classic White Sneaker
Lowtop or hightop, a white sneaker is a must-have in your spring style.  I like them with long dresses, cropped pants, tailored shorts…

4. Basic White or grey T-Shirt 
You can wear it alone with a great accessory or layer under your jackets and t-shirts is crucial. Can be also striped one)

5. White Jeans
White jeans make a crisp statement and pair well with everything from neutrals to pastels to brights. I cannot imagine my spring and summer wardrobe without them.

6. Cropped Trousers
A cropped pant is the perfect spring staple ans can be paired with flats, boots, or heels for a classic, clean look. It’s nice to show a little ankle after months of winter)
Cold shoulder tops and dresses took this year’s Fashion Week by storm.

8. Bright Blazer
While black and white blazers are always classic, a bright color will add a spring-y infusion to your ensemble. I generally think of blazers as work wear, but it’s chic and on trend to pair a blazer with boyfriend jeans or skinny jeans for a fun date night or weekend look. 

9. Flare jeans
Flares are super flattering, particularly when worn with heels and a turtleneck, but can be paired with almost anything. You can wear them according to your personal style and even carry them forward for summer.

10. Trench coat

Trench coats are timeless, genderless, perpetually stylish, and ridiculously practical. They come in a multitude of silhouettes, colors, and fabrics.


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