Beer sandwich bread.

Beer sandwich bread.

Back to blog work again after a while, I had a lot to do and I started again my bike training so time is always less than I need to do everything I want.

I’m back with a recipe dedicated to the good season, to spring and summer, to pic- nics and week end trips.

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich after a walk into the nature, an open air football (rugby, basketball…) match?

And a good sandwich needs a good bread.

Why not a beer based bread?


Dark chocolate brownies.

Dark chocolate brownies.

At the moment I have my Facebook feed filled with post about how to recycle chocolate from chocolate Easter eggs.

Don’t know how it is as here chocolate, as it appears, disappears.

True magic, really.

On the other hand I feel the urge to help all the people out there dealing with this ” big problem” so today I’m going to post a dark chocolate brownies recipe; brownies are always the win- win of the desserts: easy, quick, everyone likes them, you can make them a little in advance and even freeze them if there are leftovers ( does it ever happen?).

Of course online you can find about a billion brownie recipe, I also have about une hundred on my books but few weeks ago I found a random video on Facebook, I watched it and I decided to give that recipe a try.

This is the video:


Pork and apple meatballs.

Pork and apple meatballs

I wrote the Italian version of this post weeks ago, then I had no time to drop some lines in English so, after all this time, I’m here on a sunday evening wondering what to write.

We had long weeks full of dull errands, some minor surgery on multiple steps for me then for hubby ( he is still recovery, not feeling very well and no willing to eat, that’s pretty incredible), some hitches and things like these.

I starded a new, nice project I want to share with you, you may find it inspirational: it’s a recipe round robin.

I’ve started because I had some nice block notes as a present, personalized with my blog’s name and I wanted to give them a better life than being paper for the to do lists and grocery shopping.


Bolognese meatloaf.

Bolognese meatloaf.Spring is coming!

All the trees are in blossom, sky is blue, sun is lovely; then sun disappears, wind blows and suddenly cold weather comes.

Of course Lorenzo is already with a nice cough, he already have infected me and I cannot breathe from my nose.

Oh lovely spring. ๐Ÿ˜›

This week end we went to Rimini, we had a great dinner at our favourite restaurant ” Il chiosco di Bacco“; we ate a giant rib- eye of Marchigiana cow tender as a kiss.

There was a very nice flower exhibition called ” Giardini d’Autore” where you can find beautiful flowers and plants for your garden but when I told hubby to go he feigned his death. :/

Flower fairs are a thing for best friends, not husbands! ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s come to the food, I chatted enough of things you are not here for!

Speaking of blog I have a lot of nice collaborations on, this recipes is the result of one of these ( of course I speak of Italian blog, I’m not so famous to have international collaborations; I’ m working on it anyway! ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

I know you all know Bolognese as a red meat sauce, some of you know it’s not a sauce for spaghetti but for egg noodles ( it’s important: never speak to a Bologna born person of spaghetti Bolognese. Never ever. :D) but I bet very few of you know that in Bologna we make a great, tasty, fatty, meatloaf.

It’s not the classic weeknight meal, this meatloaf is a perfect substitution of a sunday roast, a second course you can make when you have guests. it’s often served with a bรฉchamel sauce ( white sauce based on roux).

You can add mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach or any other vegetable you like.

Please note: in the photos you can’t see the breadcrumbs’ coat and sauce because I did it in a moment of diet (yeah, just a moment lol).

Print Recipe
Bolognese meatloaf.
  1. In a bowl mix minced meat, minced mortadella, grated Parmesan, breadcrumbs. Knead well, add eggs, salt and pepper and a big pinch of grated nutmeg. Knead again and form the a long meatloaf.
  2. Roll the meatloaf into the extra breadcrumbs then let it golden in a pan with hot olive oil. Let it golden on all sides, pay attention not to broke the meatloaf.
  3. In a bakeproof casserole melt butter then put in the meatloaf. Bake at 356ยฐF for about 30 minutes, rotate in halfway.
  4. Wait until slightly cold before cutting slices.
  5. To make the sauce: melt butter on low fire, add sifted flour and mix until you have a paste. Add milk little by little mixing, avoid lumps. Add a inch of salt and a pinch of nutmeg, bring it to a boil then turn off the fire: the sauce have to be quite liquid. You can keep it in the fridge and heat right before serving the meatloaf.




Blue cheese focaccia.


Blue cheese focaccia.

Italy is under the coldest weather, ” Burian” it’s called, and it’s here and it’s so cold this morning the car refused to turn on ( first time ever in twelve years, luckly it moved after a while but it was quite scarying.

Yesterday we had to subscribe the notary deed to buy our dream house, not an appointment you can delay or miss and we had: big snow, school closed, ice on every road.

We reached the notary’s studio and we did it so now I can tell you I own a home!!

I’ll need few months before entering the house but it’s ok, time to think about forniture and arguing with hubby about ceiling lamps. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow schools will be close, at the moment I’m not sure I can reach school to bring son back home. :O

Look at hubby right after the deed and our garden today:


Baked plain cheesecake.

Baked plain cheesecake.

Back to the usual routine after the big flu; quite happy because I truly hate being forced to rest.

Not my cup of tea, really: lying on the sofa or in the bed I start thinking about all the things I should do, all the things I could clean and tidy up.

Now that I’m ok I had the chance to attend the Birra Amarcord‘s  20 years of activity party, a great party with important chefs, pizza makers and, of course, gallons of Amarcord beer.

I think I ate the best pizza of my life there, made by Piccola Piedigrotta: if you are around Reggio Emilia book a table and taste it, trust me!


Pistachio and chocolate marbled bundt cake.

Pistachio and chocolate marbled bundt cake.

My son called in sick two weeks ago, hubby got sick the Whole last week and now…

Guess who is 102ยฐF and more now?

Yes, you’re right, it’s my glory moment.

I spent two days in bed, with an awful headache I couldn’t even stand up and it’s pretty unusual for me.

Luckly today I’ m ok enough to stay on the sofa so I give a try with blog and posts.

I have some recipes awaiting for your attention! ๐Ÿ™‚


Piadina romagnola, authentic recipe.

Piadina romagnola.

I’m spending a week end at home.

Not unusual but this week end is harder than usual as hubby is sick.

By sick I mean very sick and you know how men deal with flu, cold and bellyache.

All I’m cooking at the moment is white rice and lemon tea but as son is playing Xbox after homeworks and I washed all his rugby apparel then washed the washing machine because of sand and ground I have time enough to write on blog and when I have time for it I feel blessed because I really like it.


Spanish churros.

Spanish churros.

Do you know Paul Hollywood’s tv serie ” City bakes“?

I didn’t until the last flu of my son; he was sick and he wanted to see tv with me in bed.

We were watching Food Network and Paul appeared, walking around a beautiful city, entering bakeries and tasting bread, sweets and pastries.

I love Paul Holliwood a lot, I did some of his recipes like the Guinness cupcakes and this walnut cake from one of his books, even the soda bread, one of the first posts on this blog, comes from him: everything I did turned out so amazing, recipes from books are perfect ( it should be granted when when we speak of cooking book but I can assure you it’s not, mistakes and typo that change the sense of the recipe are so common even if I have to say UK books are usually pretty accurate, expecially compared to Italian ones).


Chocolate lava cakes.


Hearts, red roses, teddy bears in every shop’s window?

Have you seen them?

Yes, it’s that moment of the year again, St. Valentine is coming, brace yourself!

St. Valentine is not a day I use to celebrate, I’m not interested in flowers, presents, jewels…

If hubby wants me happy he can bring me out to try a new restaurant but he can do it always, not only on 14 February! ๐Ÿ˜€