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Paprika, Lentil & Tomato soup – Zuppa piccante di lenticchie e pomodoro



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Qui al Paese ormai si cucinano solo zuppe, ma che ci volete fare, complice il freddo e la voglia di mangiare meglio, le zuppe sono un’ottima soluzione.

Poi ve l’ho già detto che la preparo la domenica e ci vado avanti fino al martedì vero? Adoro risparmiare tempo e arrivare a casa con la cena già pronta. :-)

Questa zuppa prende ispirazione da una ricetta delle Hemsley & Hemsley, le sorelle che hanno conquistano l’Inghilterra con il loro libro The art of eating well.

Fatemi sapere cosa ne pensate e se non ne potete più di zuppe. ;-)

Ingredienti per 8 persone

  • 1 cucchiaio di olio extra vergine di oliva
  • 2 cipolle grandi, tritate grossolanamente
  • 4 spicchi d’aglio, tritati grossolanamente
  • 750g di lenticchie rosse (le mie non avevano bisogno di ammollo)
  • 1 lattina da 400gr. di pomodori pelati
  • 1 cucchiaio di timo fresco
  • 1 cucchiaio di paprica dolce
  • 1 cucchiaio di cumino macinato
  • 2-2,5 litri di brodo vegetale, a seconda di come preferite la consistenza
  • sale, pepe nero, semi di sesamo
  • opzionale: peperoncino


In una pentola di ghisa, soffriggere la cipolla nell’olio per 5 minuti o fino a quando è ammorbidita.

Aggiungere l’aglio, il timo, il cumino e la paprika (più il peperoncino se volete utilizzarlo) e continuare a soffriggere per altri 30 secondi, facendo attenzione a non lasciare  bruciare le spezie.

Sciacquare le lenticchie e aggiungerle nella pentola con i pomodori e il brodo.

Coprire con un coperchio e cuocere la zuppa per circa 30 minuti o fino a quando le lenticchie sono tenere.

Regolare di sale e pepe nero.

Spegnere il fuoco, spargere una manciata di semi di sesamo sulla zuppa e servire.

Ricetta in collaborazione con Le Creuset.


English Version


Ingredients serves 8 people

  • 1 tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 750g packs of split red lentils
  • 1 can – 400gr. of tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves (pull them off the stalks)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2-2.5 litres of vegetable stock, depending on how you like the consistency
  • sea salt, black pepper, sesame seeds
  • Optional: chilli


In a large saucepan, gently fry the onions in the oil for 5 minutes until softened.

Add the garlic, thyme, cumin and paprika (plus chilli if using) and continue to fry for a further 30 seconds, being careful not to let the spices burn.

Rinse the lentils and add to the pan with the tomatoes.

Cover and bring to a medium simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender.

Add the sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Turn off the heat, sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and serve.

This soup is inspired by a Hemsley & Hemsley recipe.

5 tips for healthy skin



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December was about fun, January is #aboutface.

This is the message from the Simple Skincare invite I got last week.

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December was a fun month, but also very stressful for our skin: party all night long, lots of drinks and sweets, up until late, cold weather and maybe we went to bed without removing any party make-up. Does this scenario sounds familiar to you? It certainly does to me.

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At the #aboutface apartment party, Simple Skincare recreated the situations we lived in December and gave us tips on how to take care of our skin. Simple Skincare products could be found in any of the rooms, to help remind you about the best ways to combat stress and make the skin healthy and bright again.

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Here are 5 tips to get your glow back! 

  1. Water.
    Drinking enough water makes a huge difference for your skin.The daily requirement of water varies from person to person and depends on the weather, the amount of excercise and the general condition of the organism. In general for an adult woman it is suggested to drink 1.5lt per day.
  2. Cleansing.
    Taking the make-up off properly is very important, don’t be lazy like me, and always remove your make-up before going to bed. – This will also save your nice bed sheets. :) – Spend about one minute massaging your cleanser into your face. Put in a bit of extra time at the T-zone. If you wear make-up, remove all make-up before cleansing. If your cleanser doubles as make-up remover, use it at least twice, particularly if you’re inclined to wear heavy make-up.
  3. Choose the right products.
    Avoid buying products with harsh chemicals in them. These can be triggers for sensitive skin and using gentler products can give you HUGE benefits. I used to use an alcoholic toner and it was a bad mistake for my sensitive skin.
  4. Eating yummy, healthy, skin-loving foods!
    Fruits and vegetables are great for our skin and for our bodies too. Remember to include fruit in your breakfast and lunch and fill your dinners full of veggies too!
  5. Sun.
    Wear an SPF every day of the year, ensure your day cream contains sun protection and that way you won’t forget!

Here is the masterpiece that I have created during the art attack moment. :-)


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What’s your favourite TV show of the year?


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During the Christmas holidays, I love spending time on the sofa watching tv series with my parents (this time of the year is also known as “blanket days”).

I am a big fan of this kind of show, to name a few of my favourites: Sex and the City, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Friends and more recently Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Game of Thrones and my first British television drama: Sherlock.


When I moved to London, I read many the Sherlock novels trying to improve my English. I learnt to love the logical reasoning mind that characterises the detective.

The TV show is an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but our protagonist lives in a contemporary London and I have to admit that watching him walk near The Shard, on the Millennium Bridge or catching the same tube I use every week, is quite thrilling. :-)

I am completely in love with Benedict Cumberbatch, the English actor who performs Sherlock. Not that I am the only one, if you ask around pretty much the entire female population of London loves him and he won more than one “award” as Sexiest Man Alive 2014.

Apart Benedict/Sherlock, I love the show for the following three reasons

  • The plot: I never know what to expect from the next episode
  • Martin Freeman, who portrays an intense Dr. John Watson. Freeman moved me more than once, actually it’s better to say that I cried my heart out, especially during one episode, can you guess which one?
  • Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock mortal enemy. The character is based on Adam Worth, a real-life criminal mastermind who lived in America. Moriarty is the classic, old-fashioned villain: good birth, excellent education, incredibly smart brain and… a real psycho!

If you missed the first series, you can easily find the DVD on Amazon.


What’s your favourite TV show of the year?

I have been invited by Curry’s to attend their competition #Currysfiresidefiction to win an amazing Amazon Tech Bundle that can be seen here. This post is my entry.



Christmas in London – photo post




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London looks beautiful any day of the year, but during Christmas I am obsessed about taking pictures of her (because London is a cool girl, right?! :)). It’s hard not to be.

Here are some photos I’ve recently taken that I wanted to share with you. The magic atmosphere of Christmas, I hope you can feel it!






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Restaurant Review: Locale Fulham



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A few weeks ago I’ve been invited to try an Italian restaurant in Fulham. Usually I tend to avoid Italian restaurants because… well, because I am Italian and quite fussy about Italian food.

The restaurant has a nice outside dehors and a cosy bar where you can order a cocktail with some “stuzzichini”, small dishes which, back home, are usually served with drinks.

We ordered a Locale Bellini, made with Prosecco and strawberry liqueur, think of a meeting between the classic Bellini and a Kir Royal.

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We than had a selection of starters: fried calamari served with homemade tartar sauce, some veggie bruschettas, deep fried soft shell crab cakes with saffron and dill mayo and pan fried scallops with mashed peas, rocket and crispy pancetta.






Almost full already, we went on to the mains: Giuliano had seafood linguine with clams, mussels, calamari and octopus sautéed with garlic, chilli and parsley. I chose casarecce with tiger prawns. Both were served with a glass of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore from Cantina Colognola.




After making sure that they’re “homemade just like in Italy”, we had to try desserts. We chose pannacotta and tiramisu, the latter being the best choice, it indeed is amazing. A glass of brandy on the side, provided a classy way to end a lovely meal. :-)




Personal favourite: the tiramisu! Trust me, I have tried many tiramisu, and this is the only one that I am sure my uncle Roberto (the King of Tiramisu) would be proud of. :-)

Only slightly negative point is the location, to reach Locale you have to walk for about 15 minutes from the nearest tube station. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After a meal like that, a nice walk was just what we needed.




Locale Fulham

Address: 222 Munster Road, London, SW6 6AY

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