Like a migratory bird

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I love walking by the river, or to contemplate by the sea. I love getting lost, forgetting about the routine and getting completely absorbed by nature. Walking energises me, makes me feel one with what I see, my brain becomes receptive. I finally listen, I forget my troubles, I feel free. I love travelling, and I love adventure. I always thought I must have some nomadic genes in my DNA. There is a kind of strength flowing in my veins that push me to wander around, never getting tired of discovering. I am like a kid, I get excited all the time by simply looking at storms of birds, the sunset by the sea, the moon on a night walk, the green landscape in movement while I sit on the train. I get emotional when people cry for happiness or when someone reaches their dreams, when people aren’t afraid to say “I love you” or when they have faith that something good is going to happen in their life. I am fascinated by migratory birds, which can live periodically in different areas and can experience changing landscapes and seasons.

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La crostata dell’amore

 

Today I was inspired to bake and, as tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day, I decided to make the “cake of love”, or “Crostata dell’amore” (in Italian). Of course the name is just made up for the event, and of course I don’t care about Saint Valentine’s day… But any excuse is good to wake up in the morning and find some nice dessert that tells you: I love you! Yes! We should let love speak for every moment, end express it with gestures, smiles, words and TASTE! Tomorrow I will wake up happy knowing that I can taste my sweet crostata dell’amore, and share it with my flatmates.

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Well I wanted to bake something quick and easy and of course, gluten, dairy and egg free so I found a recipe that I slightly transformed to put a bit of my creativity and love.

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Crunchy apple crumble snacks

I hate food waste and love buying fruit at a low price, so often on Sunday afternoon I go to the local fruit and veg shop which sells three boxes of fruits and vegetables which are going off for one pound only. I also buy other fruits in good condition and at a standard price, but what I like about semi rotten fruits, it is the possibility to turn them into some tasty food using my creativity.

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Please, I am Italian!

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It has been almost a month now since my dad sent me a whatsapp with the result of my food intolerance test. I had it done in Italy during my Christmas holiday as I was feeling bloated and very uncomfortable (in my jeans especially!!). In England to do any kind of test takes ages, as you have to go to your GP, explain everything in detail, and beg for a blood test, that you probably won’t get if you don’t say you are about to die (once I said that not knowing about my health was causing me emotional distress and anxiety and it worked because talking about depression is fashionable and cool in the UK).

Well, my food intolerance test showed clearly I am intolerant to eggs, caws milk and wheat. As soon as I read I could clearly see every single food modelling on the imaginary catwalk: pizza with mozzarella, parmigiano, pasta 4 cheeses, burrata, gelato, bread, cakes, croissant with custard cream, besciamella, lasagna…

I am Italian, please! This cannot be true!

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