Easy sponge cake recipe

The easiest recipe to nail a fluffy sponge cake.

Remember the baking powder I brought back as a souvenir from Iceland (if you don’t, you can read about it here)? Well that tin can is just too beautiful to sit in my cupboard, unnoticed by the world. But I can’t just use baking powder as a random prop for any photo shoot, right? Well, it (finally) dawned on me that I had never featured a sponge cake recipe on this blog yet. How was that even possible?  Continue reading

The art of fika, a reunion in Stockholm

The art of fika in a Stockholm café

The first time I travelled to Stockholm with my boyfriend was during a long weekend in December some years ago. The city was packed with snow and Christmas lights and it was utterly romantic. It was also very cold, so cold that every now and then we felt the need to enter a café and order a hot drink to warm ourselves up from the inside out. What we did out of necessity, we discovered later to be also a very cultural thing in Sweden: the art of fika.
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Baba Ganoush, roasted eggplant dip

Baba ganoush, the Middle Eastern roasted eggplant dip

My mom learned to make roasted eggplant dip from a Romanian friend. This friend used to roast her eggplants on the open flame, as that is the traditional way of doing it in Romania. My mom decided to do it her way and roast the aubergines in the oven instead. By doing so you lose the smoky flavour, but the outcome will have the same texture and will yield an equally great ingredient to make a delicious eggplant dip.

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Walnut cupcakes with honey mascarpone frosting

Walnut cupcakes with honey mascarpone frosting

Although in most of this emisphere it is still summer, in Sweden it definitely feels like fall already. There are some flavours that are just perfect for this time of the year, when you still don’t want to let go of the refreshing taste of summer and you’re not ready yet for winter spices. September is the time for full-bodied flavours that can still work very well also in the background. Think walnuts and honey. Continue reading

A pregnancy photo shoot on the beach

Pregnancy photoshoot on an Italian beach

Back in June, when my boyfriend was in Rome visiting his family, I learned that one of his best friends and his girlfriend were expecting a baby. I’ve known them for a few years now, and despite the fact that we only meet once or twice a year they have become dear friends to me, too. Back then I was to travel to Rome myself in August so I couldn’t wait to see them to congratulate myself in person and, well, touch the round belly! Continue reading

Raspberry custard tarts

Home-made custard tarts decorated with freshly picked raspberries

No blueberries this year. What a big disappointment. Last year when my parents visited at the beginning of August, they went out blueberry picking every day and filled my freezer with endless supplies. Flash forward to one year later and the bushes are all empty. No harvest time for my parents. Except for one time, when they came back from their afternoon walks in the neighbourhood with some raspberries. Continue reading

An Italian-Australian wedding photo session

Italian-Australian couple wedding photosession

I love weddings, I just can’t deny it. And I love being the photographer at weddings, because I get to document a very important moment in the lives of two people. I get to be the one who takes that one photo they will print and hang on the best wall in the house. The picture that gets sent to all the family members as a thank you card. The picture their daughters will look at with dreamy eyes. It’s such a great honour and I enjoy every moment of it. This feeling can only get better when the wedding couple are my friends. Continue reading

Pizza with avocado and fresh tomatoes

Home-made pizza with fresh tomatoes and avocado

There is evidence of flatbreads being baked in many ancient cultures, but pizza as we know it nowadays has a much more modern history. Legend has it that the first pizza Margherita was invented in 1890 in honor of Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy. The country had been unified under the same flag for only a few decades, and to honour the queen the pizza that carried her name was made with the same colours of the Italian flag – red, green and white. Continue reading

How I took my dad to Trondheim (and what we ate)

trondheim norway

Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway. It’s not the capital, that’s Oslo. Nor is it the picturesque gateway to the fjords, Bergen. Trondheim is the one that comes after those two. Yet, for me, it was the first Scandinavian city I heard about. As a kid I learned that somewhere up there in northern Europe there was a city named Trondheim. Many years later I would have fallen in love with Norway and then even moved to Sweden, but back then my only knowledge of Scandinavia was that Trondheim was a city somewhere up there.

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Rose petals in sugar

Rose petals are a popular filling for pączki, or Polish doughnuts. So popular that my Polish mom goes crazy over them. Whenever she’s in Poland she will devour dozens of these, and every time our aunt comes back from Poland my mom will have her visit the bakery before going to the airport to pick up some to bring back. This is one of the few things she cannot find in Italy, and it is her mission to look for and feed on these whenever she finds them somewhere. Continue reading