Ci prepariamo per Halloween: Zuppa con zucca e cicerchie

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Uno dei miei momenti preferiti dell’anno, Halloween, sta arrivando e la mia board di Pinterest è ormai zucca tematica.

Qualche giorno fa si commentava su Instagram con La Cuochina che prima di trasferirci in Uk nessuna delle due si filava la zucca e adesso ne siamo “ossessionate”… sarà un segno che stiamo diventando un po’ British? :-) D’altronde qui ogni negozio è un tripudio di zucche multicolore ed è diffile resistere!

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Ingredienti per 4

  • 500 g di zucca (nel mio caso Butternut squash)
  • 250 g di cicerchie (tenute a bagno per almeno 12 ore)
  • 4 spicchi di aglio
  • 1 cipolla
  • 1.5 lt di brodo vegetale
  • un cucchiaino di timo
  • olio extravergine d’oliva
  • sale
  • pepe

 

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Realizzazione

Fate soffriggere 2 spicchi di aglio e la cipolla in una pentola di ghisa – permette lunghe cotture – con un po’ di olio. Preparate a parte il brodo vegetale.

Quando il soffritto è pronto aggiungete le cicerchie in pentola e coprite con il brodo, facendo cuocere il tutto a fuoco lento.

Sbucciate la zucca e tagliatela a dadini piccoli. Tritate i restanti due spicchi di aglio e soffriggeteli in una padella con 2 cucchiai di olio, il timo tritato e la zucca; abbassate la fiamma e cuocete, per 10 minuti circa, mescolando con un cucchiaio di legno.

Aggiungete la zucca nella pentola con le cicerchie e fate cuocere per altri 30 minuti circa. Assaggiate e regolate di sale e pepe. Quando la zucca e le cicerchie sono cotte, siete pronte per addobbare la casa con zucche e ragnatele. ;-)

 

Post in collaborazione con Le Creuset.

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Disaronno wears Versace launch party

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A new collaboration between Disaronno and the luxury fashion house Versace, has been revealed in London.
Versace has dressed the iconic bottle in the decadent style for which it has earned its reputation worldwide.

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At the exclusive party at One Mayfair many guest have celebrated the launch of the limited edition bottle: the models Jimmy Q, Chris Perceval, Eva Riccobono and the always smiling Xenia Tchoumitcheva with whom I had the pleasure to chat while in the queue in, the TV presenter Maya Jama and Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska.

During the party we were treated to delicious DISARONNO VERSACE Sour cocktails, a dramatic blue and gold cocktail garnished with real gold leaf. You will find the recipe at the end of this article.

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The limited edition #DISARONNOwearsVERSACE bottle is available from early October is stores.

DISARONNO VERSACE Sour’ cocktail recipe:

  • 25ml DISARONNO
  • 15ml Vermouth Bianco
  • 15ml lime juice
  • Shake and pour over crushed ice
  • Top with a dash of Prosecco
  • Drizzle with Blue Curacao

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#StellediHarrods it’s time for the Cerea brothers

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Once again Harrods, in collaboration with Identità Golose and five Michelin star chefs, honours the excellence in Italian contemporary cuisine.

After Carlo Cracco in September, in October the Cerea brothers are taking over Harrods’ restaurant located at the Lower Ground Floor.

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I have been invited at the press night with Enrico “Chicco” Cerea, owner and chef – with his brother – of the Italian restaurant Da Vittorio in Brusaporto, close to Bergamo and I would like to share the great meal we had the chance to try in advance:

• Anchovy from Cantabrico, tuna sauce and hazelnuts from Piedmont – myself and Paolo Marchi have tried to have a bis and a tris of this one :-)

• Soft polenta, Roccaverano robiola cheese, white truffle and Grana Padano sauce

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• Gnocco filled with melted cheese with white truffle- my favourite dish

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• Sea-bass Mediterranean style with yellow tomatoes

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• Avocado cream with caramelised macadamia nuts and yogurt sorbet – a wonderful 5 senses experience (ok maybe 4 senses, not sure if I can include the hearing :))

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In November it will be the turn of Gennaro Esposito of restaurant La Torre del Saracino, Vico Equense in Naples, two Michelin stars.

Then Annie Féolde’s Enoteca Pinchiorri from Florence, three Michelin stars, and in January Enrico Crippa, chef at restaurant Piazza Duomo in Alba, three Michelin stars and number 39 in the 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants. With only one restaurant in London being part of the 50 Best, The Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, it’d be a real shame not to try what Crippa has to offer.

Penne lisce con ceci, ricotta e pesto

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Mi piacerebbe raccontarvi di più su questo piatto o sulla mia settimana appena trascorsa, invece sono qui alla presa con una fastidiosa e tremenda tendinite e scrivere due righe è già come aver scritto la Divina Commedia – anche in termini di tempo utilizzato nella scrittura.

Quindi qui ci siamo qui io, il mio supporto per il polso e la crema cortisonica, e ci terremo compagnia per le prossime 6 settimane. :-(

Ps. se siete a conoscenza di qualche “rimedio della nonna” per la tendinite ogni consiglio è ben accetto!

Ingredienti per due:

  • 160 gr. penne lisce Monograno Felicetti
  • 80 gr. fagiolini sbianchiti
  • 100 gr. ceci scolati e sciacquati
  • 50 gr. pesto (indicazioni qui)
  • 100 gr. ricotta

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Realizzazione:

Scalda leggermente il pesto in una padella, aggiungi la ricotta tenendone da parte un cucchiaio.

Cuoci la penne lisce secondo le indicazioni sulla confezione. Aggiungi un mestolo di acqua di cottura alla salsa che amalgamerai bene.

Scola la pasta e trasferiscila nella padella aggiungendo anche i fagiolini e i ceci. Sala e pepa a piacere, mescola il tutto.

Impiatta e guarnisci con la ricotta rimasta.

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London’s best affordable spa

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Are you looking for a SPA in London that doesn’t cost you a mortgage?

Well, I have the right address for you: the SPA London.

SPA London is a completely new concept that revolutionised the SPA market by offering luxury packages that are affordable and accessible to all. I heard about it, but I never had the chance to try myself until a few weeks ago when I went to the Ironmonger Row Baths branch, near Old Street. This charming 1931′s building was built as a public wash house and later upgraded to a Turkish Bath. It’s only one of the 6 SPA facilities that are available across London.

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The baths now include:

  • 2 saunas
  • 2 steam rooms
  • Hammam
  • Ice Fountain
  • Plunge pool
  • Monsoon Shower
  • Bucket Shower
  • Hot Rooms (Tepidarium, Caldarium, Lanconium)

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I spent more then one hour trying every room – you can read this as “I have done nothing else than relaxing” :) – and then I enjoyed  some time in the relax area, lying down on a super comfortable chaise longue, reading magazines while sipping an herbal tea.

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There are also a double treatment room and 3 treatment rooms, where you can indulge yourself with products from Elemis and La Sultane de Saba.

I pampered myself in the double treatment room with the signatures services: the Ironmonger Row Full Body Scrub and the Ironmonger Row massage and I can say that the entire experience has completely relaxed my mind, released my back and after that my skin was really smooth, I will definitely come back again and again. I’d like to mention that, as the name implies, you have to share the double treatment room and this might be an issue for someone. It wasn’t a problem for me or the other girl and I am sure you can discuss your needs with the beautician.

Now the best part, the price! The cost of the massage+ scrub is only £25+£10 and the the price for the 3 hour Thermal Spa Experience varies per location due to size and services available, the rate ranges from £9 for concessionary members through to £25 for a non member. It is really a SPA bargain!
They offer men only, women only and mixed sessions.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of SPA London, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable experience.
Photos are from Spa London’s website, you are not allowed to take pictures inside the Bath.

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