Thursday, November 15, 2007

The artist's creations and the new question

The artist at work...




Giacomo made this picture when I asked him to make a drawing of mom and dad. Can you notice the differences? Dad has short hair, mom has long. Dad's eyes are nice, mom's a little...wrinkled? For sure, we both have enough toes!!


"Il mio PapĂ "



"La mia Mamma"




Here is the question: What is this?



Send your suggestions in a comment. As always, who wins, gets a prize! (For those who have won in the previous round with the jellyfish, the gift is coming this weekend!)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Mom, I am sooo tired...

One day while eating:




Friday, November 2, 2007

Pumpkin with pumpkin

It is really pumpkin time!! I am finding many good recipes and the other day I even bought a pumpkin. When I said to Emaneul that I got one he replied right away: "Will you make risotto of it?" I did make it...and not only the risotto...


Pumpkin risotto - as I make it





Ingredients:

500 g pumpik cleaned and cut in cubes
1/4 onion
50 ml white wine
1 TBSP butter
3 TBSP olive oil
4 handful of rice (the one for risotto)
Water or left over broth (vegetable or meat)
parmesan

Preparation:

1. Put the butter and the oil in a pressure cooker and let them melt together, then add the chopped onion and cook it for a few minutes. When the onion is transparent add the rice and cook it for 3-4 minutes while stirring it continuosly. Add the wine.

2. When the odour of the alcohol is gone add the water or the broth, and the pumpkin cubes. Cook it for 10-12 minutes.

3. Salt and mix with parmesan before serving. Serve it hot!


Pumpkin creamsoup



I found this recipe on a Hungarian foodblog, called a Chili&Vanilia (sometime she writes recipes in English, so you might check it out), and I made this creamy soup from the other half of the pumpkin. I can say, this was the first time, but not the last...it is very delicious...

Ingredients:

500 g pumpkin
1 medium sized potato
half apple
1 small onion
2 TBSP honey
juice of a half orange
250 ml broth
salt, pepper, nutmeg
thyme
2 TBSP cream
1 TBSP butter

Preparation:

1. Cook the pumpkin. In the meantime cook the onion with the thyme in the butter.

2. When the onion is trasparent, add the honey and let it caramelize a bit. Add the apple and potato cut in small cubes, add the soup and boil it until everything is well cooked.

3. Add the pumpkin and mash everything in the mixer. Add the spices and the juice (according to your taste).

4. Stir in the cream and it is ready.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

We didn't disappear...

We didn't disappear, here we are...again. Emanuel was in Paris for a week for work, and I decided to drive down to Terni with the kids. I know, I know, where did I get the courage from to leave...well, if I think a little bit, you are right...6 months ago I didn't even want to think about driving and now here I am driving 500 km by myself with two never stopping boys behind me, at least I am progressing!t So, we are at home again and everything has turned back to the usual ways. Since Emaneul took the camera with him I couldn't take picture, but I can ensure you that we had fun. For example, with grandpa we went to a place where you can fish trouts, then they weight them for you and you pay and you bring them home - and eat them (what a horror), and the kids loved it!

The Eiffel tower


Something else...our artist is now ready to tell the results: the drawing you can see under is a JELLYFISH. To be exact, Giacomo received the inspiration from Spongebob and Sharktale The winners will receive an email! Thank you for partecipating!

Friday, October 12, 2007

The artist

The other day the missionaries came to us for dinner. Because of this in the afternoon I was in the kitchen preparing the food and I asked the boys to be good and play nicely, quietly (what a request!!). While I was cooking, they really were quiet. Suddenly Giacomo came to me with a paper in his hand to show me what he has done. And my mouth remained open... Here is his big artwork. According to you what is it? (Whoever gives the right answer, receives a gift!)



Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ouch!!

Maybe...no one is reading our blog??? I send the address again in email. The only one who is writing comments faithfully is Peggy (thank you, Peggy!!), and dad was successful once. But no one else is leaving a message for us at the comments...even if we write back!! We are missing you!

Flowers

We would love to see some green around us when we look out the window, but we are on the third floor, and the appartment is facing toward other buildings - so we can't have our view... We have a large balcony though, where I made a VERY SMALL garden for ourselves. I thought that with fall and winter it will be more difficult to fulfill our "dream" and we will have to wait for spring to bring some green and color, but it came to my mind that last year my cyclamen brought lots of flowers throughout the cold months. With this thought and newborn enthusiasm I went to the nearby flower shop to buy some cyclamens. And I did buy...something else. I bought ornamental kale. Two purple ones and a white one - ok, I also bought a cyclamen. I put them in the container and they are doing very well, and I am loving them! I read that they resist very well for cold, so they should be fine this winter. I'm curious to see what is going to happen ...

The ornamental kale




The cyclamen

Friday, October 5, 2007

Cake with fruits

When we were small, we liked to make sweets, and so did my grandma. Before eating them though, she always asked: "Does it make you choak?" She intended: is it too dry? do you need to drink water with it? Well, this cake is really NOT dry, plus, it needs 5 minutes to prepare it, she wouldn't say: get ready with a glass of water... Emanuel liked it so much that i made it 3 times last week!



I found this recipe in a gastroblog called Dolce Vita. She uses prugnes, I used apples and peaches, but you can use any kind of fresh fruits, even mixed.

Ingredients:

500 g fruits (here: 3 appales, 3 peaches)
70 g melted butter
150 g sugar
3 eggs
70 g flour
250 ml milk
cinnamon

Preparation:

Put the fruit (cut in slices) in a buttered cakepan and pour cinnamon on it. Mix the melted butter with the sugar, then the eggs, add the flour, then add the milk. Pour this "liquid" on the fruit and bake the cake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes. That's it!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Precious moments...

In the morning some people drink coffee, some drink chocolate milk, some drink from the teacup, some from the baby bottle...




Giacomo's "comfortable bed"..."Today I sleep next to my toys!"




Samci in his free time...looking for something good in the fridge.
"Mom! Which yoghurt can I eat? This one, or rather this one?"














"Wow, good choice...mom, I'm done!"













Samci is thinking very hard: "What did I want to do? I got it! To wink...there you go!"















The heartbreaker

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Holiday 2007...9th part

This is the last entry of our summer holiday... One week after our arriving to Terni my aunt and cousin (Judit and Antonia) drove down to visit us. Together we went to visit Narni. Narni is a small mideval town next to Terni - Emanuel, Giacomo and Samuele were born in Narni! Although many people don't know, this small town inspired C. S. Lewis to write his famous book: The Chronicles of Narnia. Tha latin name of Narni is Narnia, and what is the symbol of the city? The lion... Some pictures:


The laws were read from here


A street in the "downtown"



Three ladies and a prince


We also went to see the dolphins in Rome. The Zoomarine is open all year around, and is a very nice facility for the various attractions. Since it was summertime, it was very crowded and we could see only the dolphins and the parrots.





The 15th of August is a holiday in Italy, and by now a tradition in our family that from the heat we escape to the nearby mountain on 1000 m high. The family includes around 20 people from the part of Emanuel's father. We all bring our homemade food for lunch and dinner and we share it with each other...

Of course we couldn't miss going to Rome. I am not sure how many kilometers we walked, but one thing I am sure of: at the end of the day we couldn't feel our feet any more...



Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Chocolate rolls (Kakaos csiga)



The chocolate rolls are the all time favorite of Hungarian kids...and not only kids... I usually make the dough in the bread making machine because it simply works better than my hands... This recepie has worked very well for me, I hope it will work also for you...

Ingredients:

For the dough:

400 g flour
2 eggyolks
1 pkg of dried yeast
40 g butter
44 g sugar
250 ml milk


For the filling:
140 g sugar
130 g butter
3 Tbsp cocoa powder

200 ml cream
50 g sugar



Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients of the dough and work it well with your hands - at least 20 minutes (or use the machine...it is MUCH easier). Let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour. When it is done, extend it with a rolling pin in a form of a square and 2 cm thick. Pour on it the filling that you previously mixed well, roll it up and cut it in 2-3 cm thick slices. Put these rolls in a medium sized pan - on baking paper - 2 cm apart and let them rise for additional 30 minutes. Bake them in preheated oven on medium heat. When the rolls start to get a golden color, pour over them the cream and sugar mix. This will make them remain soft. Bake them for 10 more minutes on lower heat.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Giacomo's week

This week we had 2 very important events. On Monday Giacomo went to kindergarden! We were hoping that the transition would go well, and until now it seems perfect. He didn't cry (I did), he had big eyes when he entered his classroom, and he tried the children-sized toilet right away. His sign is the washing machine! On these pictures he is shoing his favorite feeder before leaving.


The other very important event occured on Tuesday, when Giacomo became 3 years old! The day before we went to a huge toystore, and he could choose 2 toys - maybe it was already a present to bring him there and let him look around, he seemed to be in paradise! He chose a puzzle with Nemo's father and Dory on it (NB! it is for 9 years and older, 200 pieces, but he is doing it very well...a couple of weeks and we can buy another one), the other toy is Spiderman on his motocycle, that goes in every direction and it even has a light!

























HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIACOMO!!


Holiday 2007...8th part

The way back seemed to be a bold idea, but it went very smoothly. We left Polgar at 4 AM and decided not to stop for the night, so we went straight to Terni. (How far it is? Around 1500 km? Plus 2 kids...) We arrived at 10 PM, and the long trip went just fine. The children didn't complain, they slept a lot. As you can see below, even the sandwiches with some Hungarian cold cuts were delicous specialities for them.



























(Secret: At the end of the trip, around 1 hour before Terni Giacomo started to move continuosly in his seat. So we stopped at Perugia and bought a portable DVD player. It made miracles!!!! Giacomo didn't say a word until we were in the car...it is our best buy in these past few months. I can only recommend it for these kind of travels.)