Monday, December 29, 2014

MY AMERICAN MARKET

 My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com and I are hooked on American food. I grew up in New York so I miss  Twinkies, chocolate kisses, candy corn and other such treats. These  products, however, are not available here in Sicily.

Recently, Sayaka found an online shop  in France which sells American food   http://www.myamericanmarket.com/  Here are some of the products we ordered:

Macaroni and Cheese,  Reese's, and  Betty Crocker  Pie Crust

 
Who can ask for anything more?
 
 
A Cookbook of iconic American recipes....en français, so Sayaka and I can practice our French:)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Sunday, December 7, 2014

MAKING SUSHI

My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com, and I decided to make sushi. Here are the sushi chefs at work. It's not the sushi you find in Japanese restaurants, we made the homestyle sushi....called NORIMAKI.

Sayaka mixing the rice with  salt, sugar, and  rice vinegar)



Showing off her kimono


Tasting the sushi rice
 
Toasting the nori

 
The ingredients:  sushi rice, nori, tamago-yaki (Japanese omelette made with dashi, sugar, mirin (sweet sake)  soy sauce);   (carrots simmered in mirin, sugar and soy sauce; tuna mixed with mayonnaise; fresh cucumbers
 

 
Me rolling  up the Norimaki

 
Me cutting the Norimaki

 
The finished sushi. Picture by my  friend from Tuscany,  photographer Samuele Russo.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THE WEATHER IT IS A CHANGIN'....

Bob Dylan sang The Times They Are A Changin'  but here in Sicily it's the weather that is a changin'...we are in December and although it is still pretty warm, 22 degrees C today...  it's gradually getting cooler and windier as you can see from the pictures.





Going a shoppin' :)





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TARTAN IS IN THIS AUTUMN ... MY FAVORITE IS THE ROYAL STEWART TARTAN

The fashion item for this season is Tartan. Here is a fashionable Royal Stewart Tartan  hand-me-up from my daughter. The scone ear-rings are also from her....I like sweets so much I even wear them:)

Il must-have di questa stagione è il Tartan.... ecco una bella gonna che mi ha rifilato mia figlia perché non la mette più. Da notare le mie orecchine scones...un'altro regalo di mia figlia. Adoro i dolci così tanto che li indosso anche:)







Monday, October 27, 2014

SHARE-IN STYLE....HALLOWEEN

Today is SHARE-IN STYLE, created by Sacramento,  my blogger friend from Spain  http://www.mispapelicos.com/ and the theme is Halloween. I found some orange colored clothes and dressed up as a ...  pumpkin! :)  Those gorgeous cookies are the work of my Dutch friend Bep.

Oggi è la giornata di condivisione di stile SHARE-IN STYLE, creato da Sacramento, la mia amica blogger spagnola http://www.mispapelicos.com/ Ho trovato dei vestiti color arancione e mi sono vestita da .... zucca:) Questi meravigliosi biscotti sono stati fatti dalla mia amica olandese Bep.



Friday, October 24, 2014

BIKINI YESTERDAY....DENIM TODAY

The weather here in Sicily has been sunny and hot all through October. We've been going to the beach regularly...until today!  Terrifying thunder, heavy rain and winds at 42kms/h (20kms less of being called gales).  My blogger friend  Aya of http://couturgatory.blogspot.it/ has started wearing denim, and I am following her example...it is cold enough!

Total denim from head to toe 



Denim shirt and jeans
 
 
 Blue denim, burgundy denim, red polka dot denim

 
Denim hat and shirt .... and a nice hot espresso to warm up:)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SHARE-IN STYLE - EDIBLE PRINTABLES: CUPCAKES AND CHERRIES

The theme this week for Sacramento's  share-in style www.mispapelicos.com is PRINT. 
What better print than  ....  CUPCAKES:  my cupcake dress and cherries scarf.



Thursday, October 9, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY...A HAT OBSESSION / RITORNO AL PASSATO... UN'OSSESSIONE PER I CAPPELLI

Here is where my passion for hats comes from....my classy granny Alexandra.   She is not from my Sicilian side, Alexandra is my maternal grandma.

Ecco da dove ho preso la mia passione per i cappelli...dalla mia nonna Alexandra. Non è dal lato Siciliano, Alexandra è la mia nonna materna.







Friday, September 26, 2014

PHOTOSHOOT AT THE OSTELLINO IN ERICE / SERVIZIO FOTOGRAFICO ALL'OSTELLINO, ERICE A TRAPANI

Ostellino  https://www.facebook.com/oasidipegno  is a charming b&b run by Andrea and Chika, and is situated at the foot of Mount Erice, in Trapani. Here are some pictures at the Ostellino  taken by Chika.

Ostellino https://www.facebook.com/oasidipegno è un delizioso b&b di Andrea e Chika, si trova proprio sotto il Monte Erice. Ecco alcune foto scattate da Chika all'Ostellino.


 
The Pizza oven, built by Andrea



Mele Cotogne /Pearsimmons.  Notice my Elvis motorcycle cap:)



This is "vite americana", American grapes, not edible though.

 
In the background you can see Monte Erice.



With Andrea and "Toto" ... isn't he adorable? 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RED HOT SUMMER!

This is the best time to visit Sicily.  Prices have gone down, crowds have gone away and the weather is still sunny and hot. And of course there are still plenty of sweets around:)