Thursday, February 25, 2010

Valentine's day

Emanuel doesn't like plants and he has his valid reasons for the WHY: every summer he has the job to transfer them either to the garden or to someone's house who would take care of them while I am gone - this usally means 4-5 weeks. Considering that only in the house we have 8-10 plants, not mentioning the ones in the balcony (maybe 8 more), you could understand him. So, I was very surprised when I saw his gift to me for Valentine's day: a huge, and beautiful orchid!! Isn't it gorgeous?



Ah, you are asking what did I give him? Well, if to me he can get through flowers, and to the men we could get through their belly, it is right that I cooked for him a special meal, don't you think?
When I was still living at home, I often asked my mom to cook a special type fo meatrolls for me. I still remember the cookbook where she got the recepie from. Well, a few weeks ago this memory came to my mind and I started to look for the recipe on the net,
and I think I found the same one.
Of course I adapted it to my needs and our taste and it turned out very well.
I am sure it is possible to make it in the crockpot. So, here is my version:

Ingredients:

6-8 thin slice of lean pork meat
200 g thinly sliced mortadella
200 g ricotta
2 tbsp Philadephila cream cheese
3 tbsp chopped parsley
salt
pepper
3/4 cup white wine
half can of chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp olive oil

Preparation:

1. Salt and pepper the meat, put on them the mortadella slices.
2. Mix the ricotta and the cheese, add the finely chopped parsley. Spread it on the mortadella and carefully roll the meat, fix it with a thread.
3. Heat the oil in a cooking pan, and brown the meat on all sides.
4. Pour on the rolls the wine and on high temperature let the alcohol to evaporate.
5. Add the tomatoes and some water, then cook it for 30 minutes. It is normal if some of the filling comes out.
6. Serve it on cooked rice while it is still hot.

It turned out as a great success!

Being in debt with two girls

I was supposed to write this post last year, but as always, I am late. According to the rules of this game, here are the fotos of the two surprises I got in November and December. I hope my handmade surprises got to their destinations, as well (Kaja, Eszter, Vali?). Thank you for your gifts!! It is nice to have talented friends/sisters!


My sister, Eszter made this cute family sign, and we really like it - so, I have ordered the Petrignani part, as well!



These cards were made by Kaja Sample, I really like them, and I am using them!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gnocchi

A few weeks ago Emanuel went to Sicily for 4 days. It was cold outside, it was rainy and I had a wild idea: why don't I make gnocchi with the kids? I know, it is a suicide, since at the end there are more on the floor than on the table, but the boys were very excited about it. And they were super good at it! Look:




Of course, you can tell if a gnocchi is good when you taste it. We made it with a simple tomato sauce and it was gone fast.

Recipe:

2 potatoes per person
flour

Preparation:

1. Cook the potatoes with their skin. Let them cool and clean them. Crush them.
2. Mix with flour, use as much as they need, don't use too much becasue the dough will become sticky.
3. Make long "snakes" and cut them with a knife.
4. Cook them it salty, boiling water and when they come on the surface throw them in the sauce.

Sauce options: tomato sauce; butter, sage and parmesan; olive oil and parmesan; basil pesto

Mustache

We got home from preschool.
We ate.
Mom started to put order in the kitchen.
The two maffia leader went to their room to play.
Silence.
Laugh.
Silence.
Feet are running toward the kitchen.
Samuele: "Mom!!! My mustache has grown! Giacomo helped me to make it grow!!"
We were washing the mustache for three days.
Maybe, we should have just shaved it.


I always said that Giacoo is an artist. He drew a perfect mustache. But we have to adomit, that with this model it is not that difficult...

Ready for Carnevale!!

Carbevale is on our doorstep. Next week, to be exact. I have been looking for some custumes for the boys, since the ones form last year are not in a good shape any more. I have been to a lot of stores, but all of them have superhigh prices. The costumes start at around 30 euros. I refuse t o pay 50-60 euros for two costumes, so I looked for some solutions on the net. This way I found an announcement on the army base. A lady was selling 2 halloween costumes for 15 euros!! Of course I got them, aslo, because the kids loved them. So, are you ready? Here is the 2010 carnevale show:

Giacomo, aka Power Ranger


Samuele, aka dinosaur-dragon
(According to him he is Rudy form Ice Ages 3. Scary, isn't he?)


Our super heroes

Ah, I have a costume for 3 more months, only, that this costume grows day by day!!!! I have 96 days left...I wish we were in May! Here I am - 27 weeks: