Monday, December 31, 2012

DO YOU KNOW THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF "PUTTIN ON THE RITZ"? HAPPY NEW YEAR! BUON ANNO!

 
"Puttin on the Ritz" means to dress up very fashionably.   Here in Trapani it's very cold and windy so we dressed accordingly:)
 I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
Il significato di "Puttin On The Ritz" è vestirsi in modo molto elegante.   Qui a Trapani fa freddo ed è piuttosto ventilato allora ci siamo vestiti  appropriatamente. 
  BUON ANNO!
 
 
 
 

Friday, December 28, 2012

MOM AND DAUGHTER MODELS

My daughter Sayaka  and I modelling our new jackets. 
 
Io e mia figlia con le nostre nuove giacche. 
 
 
 
 
 
We both got new jackets for Christmas, Sayaka got one from her aunt, and I got one from Sayaka.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MY CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND HOLIDAY MUSIC! / I MIEI REGALI DI NATALE E MUSICA DI NATALE.

This is a video compilation by Alex Moes who put together three of Sayaka Alessandra's Christmas songs....Winter Wonderland, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Jingle Bells Rock...btw, Rocky makes an appearance:)


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  BUONE FESTE!

 
Since it's very cold here in Sicily these days, Sayaka gave me these cute red earmuffs  by Bijou Brigitte, and a lovely dress by Purple Jam.


Monday, December 24, 2012

MY HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS TREE....MERRY CHRISTMAS! / IL MIO ALBERO DI NATALE CASALINGO...BUON NATALE!

I don't like artificial Christmas trees and the real ones are too expensive and not environmentally-friendly so I made my own with home made cookies and cupcakes. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Non mi piacciono gli alberi di Natale artificiali e quelli veri costano e non sono eco-compatibile allora ho preparato un albero casalingo con biscotti e cupcakes fatti in casa.  BUON NATALE!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

MATZO BALLS...POLPETTINE DI MATZO

Simple chicken soup with Matzo balls

 
For the chicken soup: chicken wings, carrots, celery, leek, onion.  Boil everything together for about 2 hours.    In the meantime time, put 125 g. matzo flour in a ball, add 1 cup boiling water and stir.  Then add one beaten egg, a pinch of  cinnamon and a pinch of ginger, and salt.  Mix well and refrigerate for two hours.  When the soup is ready, take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls, drop them in the soup and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HOMEMADE SOBA

Japanese soba is hard to find here in Sicily so I made my own...all you need is buckwheat flour,  water, and a spaghetti machine.

Gli spaghetti giapponesi soba non si trovano facilmente qui in Sicilia allora li ho fatti in casa, serve soltanto della farina di grano saraceno, acqua e la macchina per fare la pasta.




 
This is my new lipstick, Lancome Absolue Rouge no. 134, a gift from my daughter.
Questo è il mio nuovo rossetto, Lancome Absolue Rouge n. 134, che mi ha regalato mia figlia.
 
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

DORAEMON'S FAVORITE FOOD....DORAYAKI! / IL CIBO PREFERITO DI DORAEMON...DORAYAKI!


Legend has it Doraemon likes these pancakes:)



INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs
180 g flour
160 g sugar
1 tablespoon honey
15 g melted butter
a pinch of baking powder
15 g  milk
160 g sugar
200 g  azuki paste  (AN)
 
Beat the eggs with the sugar.  Add honey, then milk.  Mix in flour and baking powder.  Add butter.  Place in the refrigerator for about an hour. 
Heat a non stick pan and pour the batter in tablespoonfuls.  Cook until bubbles form, then cook  the other side for about 1 minute.

Fill the dorayaki with the azuki paste.

If you don't find ready made azuki paste, this is how you can make.


Cook 250 g azuki beans  (pre-soaked) in 800 ml.  water.  When cooked, drain them and put them through a sieve.  Place the sieved azuki in a pan together with 200 g sugar and cook till the paste is dry. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FROM LATIN LOVER TO VENETIAN LIVER: THE DEVALUATION OF THE ITALIAN MALE.

Italian men were once worshipped and adored by foreign women. Sadly it is no longer the case.  According to a poll by Vie del Gusto, 8 out of 10  women who come to Italy do not fall for the flirty Italian men. The Latin Lover has lost his touch. Literally.  Remember  those pinches on Roman buses?  Forget them. These days the only thing you might get pinched is your wallet.

The downfall began with an article in the Guardian describing the  Italian man as " MAMMONE", a person excessively attached to his mother,  a mama's boy, or "mummy's boy" as they put it  (The Guardian, May 14, 2002).

In 2007, to further downgrade the Italian male ego, the then Economic Minister Padoa Schioppa said Italian men were "BAMBOCCIONI", that is, infants, babies. Young men who behave childishly and can't take care of themselves, in other words, spoiled brats.

The tipping point came in October 2012 when Welfare Minister Elsa Fornero accused Italian young men of being "CHOOSY".  No need for translation. It means just that, choosy.  She meant it in the sense that Italian men, instead of settling for any kind of job, passively wait for their ideal job.  This caused an uproar all over Italy, and rightly so.  There aren't any jobs in Italy, young peope send out hundreds of CVs monthly without ever getting so much as one reply. Once upon a time, we would see job advertisements in newspapers, pathetic ones like these "Cercasi segretaria bella presenza, massimo 25 anni" (Wanted: good-looking secretary, maximum 25 years old), but at least there were offers, now you don't see  job advertisements of any kind anywhere.  You can't get a job even if you've got money, connections and recommendations all put together!

So, what is our Italian sex god, stripped of his Latin Lover status, going to do to seduce a woman?  He is going to COOK for her!

Gastrosexuals have been around for years (i.e. Jamie Oliver,  Anthony Bardain, Nick Stellino, Alessandro Borghese, Buddy, to name just a few) but only now they are appearing on the Italian scene, notably, Carlo Cracco and Mattia Nicoletti (see article by Francesca Gambarini in A (Anna) November 29,  2012.  Due to the economic crisis, more and more women, single and not, are going out to join the work force (if they are lucky to find a job) and they don't want to have anything to do with cooking.  This is where our Gastrosexual Italian ex-macho comes in, ready to cook and conquer women's hearts.  Perhaps with the world-renowned dish Fegato alla Veneziana.  Venetian liver.   

written by Fancesca Edesia  aka saucysiciliana

Sunday, November 25, 2012

MEET REDDIE GOUP, MY SEDUCTIVE PERSONAL SHOPPER. JUST ONE LOOK...AND YOU'LL BE SMITTEN TOO!

Isn't he gorgeous? Dressed in red, my favorite color! GO UP,   the latest model of shopping trolleys, with flexible handles, and two sets of wheels  so that you can push it  instead of pulling it, causing less physical strain.  It can be folded to occupy very little space, it has a special pocket for frozen items and it has a modern look. It can also be used as a walker...if you are not so young:)



 
JUST ONE LOOK  by my daughter SAYAKA ALESSANDRA www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WHITE GOLD - ORO BIANCO

Trapani is famous for its huge and numerous salt ponds. Usually salt is collected around September/October but due to the recent heavy rains, it is still left out to dry. If you run out of salt, you know where to go:)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS WITH CREATIVE SKILLS / BELLO AVERE AMICHE DI TALENTO

I cannot crochet, knit or sew but my classmate from elementary school, Angela, can. Here is a warm winter shawl she made for me.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A VIEW FROM THE TOP

ERICE is a medieval town situated on a mountain overlooking Trapani, the valley and the sea. It is famous for its Norman Castle (also called the Temple of Venus), the Medieval Towers, the Duomo, churches, sweets and ceramics. The following pictures were taken by my friend Viviane, on her first trip to Sicily, and my cousin Francesca.







Monday, September 17, 2012

EDIBLE JEWELS OF TRAPANI


Marzipan  delights

Carob candies...delicious and soothing for the throat
Cassatedde  filled with  sweet ricotta

Cose di Fico, "things" made out of figs

RIANATA ...typical pizza of Trapani

Saturday, September 15, 2012

TOURING TRAPANI....IN GIRO PER TRAPANI

Trapani is a  city on the western coast of Sicily. It is a fishing port and the gateway to the Egadi Islands.  The city has seen an increase in tourism recently thanks to Ryan Airways and other low-cost carriers which bring tourists from London, Paris, Sweden and other European cities.  Many cruise ships now dock at Trapani port.

It is also famous for its coral works, many of which are found in the Pepoli Museum.  The salt mines are another attraction of Trapani, as is Monte Erice, which can be seen below. 



Another view of Monte Erice and the Mediterranean sea on a windy day (practically every day it's windy in Trapani.) I had to hold my hat otherwise it would have flown away.



This is the famous Fontana del Tritone in the center of Trapani.

Here is the Salita di San Domenico, a characteristic narrow street.



Hamburgers, hot dogs and Sicilian delicacies are available at STUZZICHELLO...Trapani's answer to McDonald's


VILLA MARGHERITA....Trapani's  mini Central Park,





Wednesday, September 12, 2012

MY DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY TODAY! / OGGI E' IL COMPLEANNO DI MIA FIGLIA

A longtime  fan, Angelina Abril from the Philippines, created this lovely  video to celebrate Sayaka Alessandra's birthday.  Thank you Angie! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

CLOSED FOR FERRAGOSTO - CHIUSO PER FERIE

FERRAGOSTO is an ancient Italian holiday named after the Emperor Augustus:  "feriae  Augusti", literally "Augustus' rest".  It falls on August 15th, also the day of the Immaculate Conception.  Traditionally on this day Italians go out of the city to che countryside, mountains or sea to get cool and fresh air.  In fact Rome right now is deserted. I went around the neighborhood and everything is  CHIUSO PER FERIE (closed for the holidays).  There are only three bread shops in our area and they are ALL closed, the grocery shop is closed, the fruit shop is closed.  The only shops open are the supermarkets so they are invaded by tourists who don't know where to go or what to do.  They should have been told not to come during this week to Rome, when everyone is away and everything is closed.  Actually this year, only 4 out of 10 Italians have gone on holiday.  It's due to the economic crisis.  The people who have money don't spend because if they do,  the Finance Guard will come after them for taxes, and for those who don't have money...well, the problem doesn't arise.  HAPPY FERRAGOSTO!

Since the pastry shops are also closed, I made my own dessert:  Gingerbread with Butterscotch-Pear Sauce,  a recipe from the classic Betty Crocker collection. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

ALONG THE TIBER RIVER IN ROME

My daughter Sayaka Alessandra  www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com  singing on RETROPALCO LIVE at the Teatro A Ripa along the Tiber River in Rome on August 3, 2012.  The show was organized by RADIOTIRICORDI 99 FM.



Friday, July 27, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

SUSHISEN ROMA

A taste of Japan in Rome's Piramide area  ...The SUSHISEN AUTHENTIC JAPANESE RESTAURANT  http://www.sushisen.it/   


The conveyor belt

Chikako, Sayaka Alessandra  http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/   and me
Marco and the HUMONGOUS menu!



SUPER HIYASHI RAMEN

ZENZAI AND OGURA MATCHA YOGURT CAKE


Maurizio, Sayaka and me



TAKUAN NATTO



LOVE BOAT


CHIRASHIZUSHI
TUNA SASHIMI