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So incredibly delicious and so incredibly easy to make! Who knew just mashed up aubergine, seasoning, parsley and garlic could be so scrummy – add melted mozzarella and it is a dream come true. Although the only isue, as with all fritters, is they are fried in veg oil, so not the healthiest of options but you can always replace it with coconut oil. Which is, as you can imagine, non existent here in Italy. Really, give these a go! Another rice dish on the way
Last time it was red shoes, this time a red coat! But it is also the style I love, a tie waist is so elegant and flattering for the figure.
I had never thought of making risotto with courgettes until seeing this recipe in Hazan’s book. But i can honestly say it was simply delicious! With the parsley and garlic it really brings out the flavour of the courgettes, whereas I expected there to be little taste at all.
It also looks so pretty as a dish! You slice the courgette into thin rounds, so once cooked they have waved edges that you can see in the photo. Next up – Aubergine fritters!
Despite Milan being one of the most incredible places to go high street shopping, I am trying my hardest to shop at small chains that you cannot find in England. This gorgeous monochrome jumper and A line leather skirt are from Stradivarius, a very popular and reasonably priced shop you can also find in France. My leather bag is very special because I found it on my 21st birthday while wondering through the central market in Florence. It is the perfect size and shape, and it can even turn into a clutch! My attempt to buy from just local Italian shops won’t last long though, a Zara is due to open in the town I live, oh dear help me!
I have never made soup, ever, even though it is probably the easiest thing you can make. This Spinach soup sounded delicious and equally so simple, although I have never been surrounded by so much spinach in my life!
Hazan does not mention blitzing the spinach to make a smooth soup. I actually rather liked this method, it meant the soup felt more substantial and filling. The whole milk made it the perfect creaminess, instead of being too rich with cream like some of the soups you find in England.
Hazan suggests croutons to accompany the soup, which was actually such a delicious combination of textures. Next up risotto!
I love this simple and classic look found on Adenorah. There is nothing like a pair of red shoes to add spark to an outfit.
I have officially started my classic italian cooking challenge, #freyacooksclassicitalian, following recipes from Marcella Hazan’s The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Her book is divided into seperate sections for appertisers, soups, risotto etc. So this week I started with the first recipe in the appertisers section – Ricotta and Anchovy Canapes but I made bruschetta instead. Firstly, I have to say sorry to Marcella – I am a student so I cannot always afford the best ingredients, but I will try my best. I think the anchovies I used were definitely what she warned to stay clear of – just too much salt.
The recipe was very simple, I just put all the ingredients together into my cute mini food chopper until it was a creamy paste, and my fresh Italian style baguette slices where lightly toasted in the oven.
A little bit of black pepper and extra virgin olive oil and it was ready! Sort of resembles hummus doesn’t it?
My verdict: I think one or two less anchovies would have been better, the original recipe says 8 but I think it over powered the ricotta and was just too salty. Although the anchovies I used may have been saltier than more expensive ones you can buy.
My prolonged absence has been the cause of some exciting news – I have moved to Italy for my 3rd year abroad! Just south of Milan in the most bellisima town. Here is the view of the covered bridge – just sublime.
As you can imagine I am super excited for the food, the fashion and the people I am going to meet. I have been wondering what on earth to blog about while I’m here, as street style isn’t huge. One thing I have found while travelling around Italy in the last few years is the Italians aren’t ALL ‘fashionable’. So instead I am just going to share with you little things I see and buy or am inspired by.
Starting with my first truly Italian purchase. (It has been so hard avoiding all the shoes in the sale) I bought these beautiful navy pleated chiffon palazzo trousers from M Milano, they are so comfortable and elegant. There were loads of mosquitos when I arrived, sadly I learnt about this the hard way, so I always need to cover up my legs while remaining cool and these trousers were the perfect solution!
Accompanied by my little fashion updates will be my new food diary! My idea is to start cooking from Marcella Hazan’s ‘The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking’. I have chosen not cook from the Italian version because I would rather not spend hours translating into English, but I plan on buying a small Italian baking book! Each week I’ll try out one or two of Hazan’s recipes and post my fails and hopefully successes here on Fashionable People.
Keep a look out for my first attempt soon!
I’m absolutely loving the revival of the 60’s headscarf this summer, as featured in Moschino’s S/S 2015 show. There are so many ways to wear it and an endless array of heads scarves to choose from! Understandably many people will stay clear of this trend if they would rather not take a trip down memory lane, but boho alternatives to tying your scarf will ensure it does not look outdated.
Take a look at this video from Swide Magazine for four inspirational ways to style yours!