Meri’s Guide To Istanbul

I’ve just came back from a three days trip with my mom and my sister. This time we went to Istanbul, in Turkey, and I truly adored it. With its magical buildings and amazing textiles it is really a must see 🙂 I’ve listed below a few of my favourite spots there !

Apple Tart

Apple Tart:

You already know how much I love baking on a Sunday morning, I’m actually a very early bird, so after my usual morning walk with Lampone, I love to cook while everyone in the house is still sleeping. Today I want to share with you the easiest apple tart recipe, courtesy of my dear friend Elisabetta. You just need to remember that you’ll be using the yogurt jar to measure all the rest of the ingredients.

Where have I been ?

Where have I been ?

Well, many new things have happened in my life since the last time I posted on this blog.

First, I moved back to Italy … I officially left San Francisco nearly two years ago and moved back to my hometown Conegliano.

In this post I would like to share with you a quick update of the last two years of my life in pictures:

Barnett Valley Retreat And Farm

Barnett Valley Retreat And Farm:

Today I want to share with you a wonderful place that I have recently discovered through Airbnb Experiences. Moreover, last weekend I had the chance to visit a beautiful farm located near Sonoma County, more or less one hour by car from San Francisco.

The place is called Barnett Valley Retreat And Farm and for the three hours that I have spent there, I felt like at home in Italy. BVR Farm is a sort of Californian “Agriturismo” where you can stop to eat only what’s produced and grown in the farm.

Soft Coconut Ciambellone | Ciambellone Morbido al cocco

Soft Coconut Ciambellone:

 

Ciambellone is the typical breakfast cake, at least in my family’s home in Italy. I love to prepare different types of ciambellone and enjoy it in the morning with a good coffee or a cup of green tea.

Meri’s Risotto | Risotto alla Meri

Meri’s Risotto:

I recently discovered this super yummy recipe and I want to share it with you guys. Firstly, I have to admit, that I have an obsession with lemon. I truly adore lemon sorbet, lemon biscotti, water with lemon and mint, lemon meringue and of course lemon risotto.

Meri’s Adventures in Sicily | Le Avventure di Meri in Sicilia

Meri’s Adventures in Sicily

Here I am…After a very long time without posting on my blog, I hope you’ve missed me a  little bit !!! First of all, today’s post is all about my love for taking pictures and the celebration of my beloved country: L’Italia.

Annacarla’s Fusilli | I fusilli di Annacarla

Annacarla’s Penne:

I have to admit that the inspiration for this recipe came to me, after one of the nutritious and fun dinners I had with my dear friend Annacarla. I met Annacarla at UC Berkeley, she is originally from Puglia and she always have amazing recipes to share with me. While we were cooking a bunch of “crostini” with Ricotta and Brussel sprouts chips, she told me that one of her favorite recipe is Whole wheat penne with zucchini, mint and fresh ricotta. I tried it for lunch the day after, and it is just so good that I had to share it with you guys.

Choco Crostatina | Crostatina al Cioccolato

Choco Crostatina: 

“ People who love to eat, are always the best people” Julia Child.

I’m starting this blog post with one of my favourite quote, and I just want to add that people who love to cook are even better !!! Today’s recipe is my own version of a classic Crostatina, which is a typical Italian pie. I have many sweet memories with Crostata, since my mom used to make it for me and my brothers when we were young. My version is just a little bit healthier but still delicious and indulgent.

Pistachio Pesto | Pesto di Pistacchi

Pistachio Pesto:

Today I want to share with you one of my favourite recipes from the South of Italy. Sicily is the only Italian region where pistachio are produced, and more precisely you can find them in a little province named Bronte. I am a big pistachio lover and I like to include them in many different recipes. Pistachio are a really good source of fiber, protein, copper and manganese. Pistachio’s saturated fat can also really improve your skin condition, especially if you suffer from dry and sensitive skin, like me.