Archive | September 2010

The power of blogging

I’m new in this world of posts, bloggers and sharing experiences with the rest of the world.

I started my blog 3 months ago, after years of struggle for mental stimulation and the opportunity to express myself through writing. It’s not easy, sometimes writing can be painful, but can also set you free.

However, the idea of blogging wasn’t what I was looking for. I used to feel my writing as something so personal that I wasn’t open to share it with everybody, like those little girls who dream about becoming singers and then are afraid to step on the stage.

When I finally found “my dream job”, where I was able to write and do something I am good at, everything changed. After years of lots of other jobs, wishing for the big occasion, somebody gave me that chance and then they didn’t let me go. Because I was good…I am good!

I still remember an ex boyfriend telling me: «You know, it’s time for you to understand you will never be a journalist». I was 24.

Wonderful to know I now have beside me a person who loves me, believes in me and understands how important writing is for me. This blog was his idea, right in a moment I was looking for a way to improve my English writing. His suggestion made me think, and then I did it. Why not!

I have to say, it’s a wonderful experience. Although I always wish I had more time to write and be part of this new world of bloggers, I find the feeling of blogging really touching. I’m talking about the power of sharing which I did not know before, I did not know how powerful it can be.

This is probably one of the most personal posts I have written on my blog – since I’m actually talking about myself – but I learned it doesn’t matter which side of yourself you are willing to share, people will understand, in part because they are like you. They are just people, who write and read, who live and struggle, smile and cry just like you do.

So it doesn’t really matter if you post is a simple recipe, a link to news, or a thought that it was on your mind for long time and you are finally willing to let it free. When somebody writes to you “Thank you for sharing this” it’s the best feeling!

All the love that I got from people after posting Italian food stereotypes, no grazie really told me how powerful a post can be. Especially considering I am nobody, I just wrote what interested me like I write hundreds of other things. That post went all around the world!

Everybody can get that experience, everybody can be on top of the world. That’s the power of blogging.

Family fight: how do you cut the onion?

«Dear, how are you cutting that onion?»

Now, this can sound very silly or very familiar…. It’s depend from your gender, your familiarity with the kitchen – meaning actually cooking, with real vegetables and stuff, no microwave – and how much you pay attention to details.

I grew up watching people cooking… people that all use to cut vegetables in the same way, and I took their method.
That’s why, the very first time I saw my husband cutting an onion, I started laughing asking “What the hell are you doing??”.

For me, he just cuts the onion in the wrong way, as well as watermelon and… I’m sure there is something else….

However, I am a very self-critical, and after laughing at him – first to his face, and hiding later – I started wondering if I really was right.
I’m pretty much sure I saw chefs on TV doing it MY WAY…. but I really would like to hear from you.

I’ll be fair, I won’t tell which is my way, so you can’t vote against or for me!

Onion cutting technique #1: cut the onion down the centre vertically

Onion cutting technique #2: cut the ends off, and cut the onion across horizontally

Please stop this family fight! Vote leaving a comment below… fingers crossed!

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10 Quick Sandwich Recipes you can’t miss

If you love sandwiches like I do, you really can’t miss this great recipes by Real Simple.

Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club

These lunchtime treats are as easy to make as a good old peanut butter and jelly…. but they’re infinitely more interesting.

Here we start…. which one will be your favorite????

Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Cheddar and Apple Sandwich
Cheddar and Apple Sandwich

Crab Roll
Crab Roll

Crispy Chickpea Pita
Crispy Chickpea Pita

Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

Monte Cristo Sandwich
Monte Cristo Sandwich

Parsley, Capers, and Lemon Tuna Sandwich

Roasted Red Peppers and Basil Tuna Sandwich

Prosciutto and Egg Panini
Prosciutto and Egg Panini

Salade Niçoise Sandwich
Salade Nicoise Sandwich

Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club

Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club

Looking for (green) inspiration?

I am exited: David Suzuki will be in Toronto next week.

I have to be honest tough, and admit my admiration has been grow in me from her daughter Severin.

One day, surfing Internet, I ran into a video of Severin Suzuki, 13 years old, talking at the UN in front of hundreds of presidents, premiers and delegates. That video was such an inspiration to me.

I knew already David Suzuki, but very superficially. I actually do not remember if I was still in Italy at that time. However I remember that the whole environment issue overwhelmed me after my arrival in Canada, and more specifically after I saw, in 2006 An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore.

Anyway, long story short, on September 29 David Suzuki will be at the Harbourfront Centre for his only appearance in Toronto with the David Suzuki Legacy Tour.

For now, enjoy the video, and if it’s not enough for you, you will probably need to see the movie The Cove (2009).

Please let me know your thoughts.

Read here my meeting with David Suzuki

How to make a perfect foam cappuccino without a machine!

This is serious! You will be able to make a perfect cappuccino without a machine to steam the milk!

Once again the pictures are coming directly from Italy, and to be more specific from Sunday’s breakfast, when you really want to treat yourself but take it easy at home, and you don’t feel to go out just for a cappuccino.

Well, don’t worry, here’s the solution!!!!

Now, this is what I call cleverness!!! Buona colazione!

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