Sunny Sunday: Brighton!

Having lived in the darkness and rain for about two months, as soon as we read the unbelievable news, we looked at each other and we said: “let’s go to Brighton on the beach!”.
Sun! Eventually the sun was shining!!! Since it is not something that happens often we had to make most of it…and spend the whole day out.

We have immediately booked a train ticket on First Capital Connect and thanks to a good deal and to the Network Railcard we got a return ticket for about £6.30 each. Needless to say that this was already an extremely good start! 🙂

We left from London Bridge on a super crowded train full of people with flip flops, sun glasses and a good smell of sunscreen. In a bit more than a hour we were walking by the sea side looking for a nice spot to sit down and relax.

We first sat right next to the Pier but we had to move pretty soon because of those killers seagulls! 🙂 A girl sitting next to us was eating her sandwich, when a seagull came and literally stole it from her hands! That’s was scary and I was really loving my lunch to have it stolen by one of those huge birds!

Talking about lunch…I know, it’s not the most appropriate meal to have on the beach, but I was really craving a fish and chips, and I still remembered how good it was the one I had the first time I went to Brighton…so I had to have one! 🙂
There is a small fish&chips shop right at the beginning of the Pier, on the right side and it sells the best battered cod I have ever had! It’s huge, thick and super crunchy…impossible to resist!

We stayed on the beach till around 4pm, then we went for a nice walk in the city centre and once again I loved every single bit. Those nice narrow streets full of nice shops are so nice, and the sun and all that light made everything even more beautiful.

At around 7.30 we jumped on the train to go back to London and I have fallen asleep as soon as I sat down on the train (as usual!).

Eventually I got some sun tan…I think this is the first time in my life I am so pale in July!

SUN, we love you!

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

"Brighton Eye"

“Brighton Eye”

my lunch

my lunch

A summer thought: Gelato!

While sitting on the sofa on a rainy (for a change!) summer day, sipping a boiling coffee and craving for a huge ice-cream possibly by the sea, with lot of sun and some light fresh marine breeze…I thought that since I can’t actually have neither of those things, I could at least share a few thoughts with you! 🙂

First of all…since I have been living abroad, it happened a lot of time listening to people saying: “I prefer gelato over ice-cream”. Mmmh…I don’t want to sound like the typical Italian that turns super picky when it comes to food, but let me clarify one little thing: gelato and ice-cream are the same thing! Ice-cream is the English translation for gelato, not more not less.
I had some people telling me that gelato is more creamy, while ice-cream is more…ice-y? Mmmh, not sure where this misconception comes from, but I assure you that it’s 100% wrong! 🙂 Gelato and ice-cream have the same texture..because they are the same thing! The less creamy version is called sorbet, and it generally has fruit flavours and contains no diary products.

The history of ice-cream goes back in the centuries: apparently an ice-cream like food was eaten in China back in 618-97AD, and also Roman emperors used to eat something similar made out of snow brought to the cities by slaves and then mixed with fruit.

Well, I think we can all easily understand why it became more and more popular over the centuries: it’s delicious! I have never met anyone who don’t like it…and what about those huge ice-creams eaten for lunch during the hottest summer days?! Yum, I’d better stop day dreaming.

I have eaten a lot (and I mean A LOT) of lovely ice-cream in my life, but I have recently discovered a new shop who makes proper artisanal ice-cream and that immediately became one of my favourite: Grom.

A friend of mine introduced me to the Grom’s world when I visited her a few months ago in Milan, however I found out that it is originally from Turin and there are a few other shops in other cities as well.

The shops have this old fashioned look and as soon as you get in you really expect to get a fantastic ice-cream. What I extremely like is that they only use high quality and seasonal products: in fact beyond the typical and most common flavours you can find a few others that change depending on the season or even month.

…I would be so eager to taste the July’s flavour: Peach sorbet with Colombian chocolate and Amaretti biscuits! YUM!

Anyway, this is how Grom’s ice-cream looks like…I really love the way it is shaped on the cone! 🙂

Mango, Pistacho and Chocolate ice-cream!

Grom…any plan to open a shop in London?! 🙂

Asparagus soup with parmesan crispy waffles

It’s been a while since my last post…last days have been super hectic. I have started a new job and tried to settle down a bit. I am happy to say so far so good!

The British summer is slowly arriving and I am trying to re-adjust my menu accordingly.
Today I would like to suggest you a quick and easy recipe: Asparagus soup, with a little Italian twist parmesan crispy waffles.

“OMG soup is not a summer dish” you might say…I disagree! It’s light, quick and easy to make, refreshing, and it doesn’t have to be boiling hot when you eat it.

All you need to do is boiling a few asparagus, then put them in the mixer till they became a smooth cream and eventually add some olive oil, salt and pepper.

The parmesan waffles are also extremely easy to make. All you need to do it putting some grated parmesan on a baking sheet (you can choose the shape, I made them rounded) and bake them for 2-3 mins until they turn golden. Once ready let them cool down or you won’t be able to remove them from the baking sheet.

Enjoy it! 🙂

Asparagus soup

Asparagus soup