Category Archives: stuff

Piazza Navona

An unplanned delay gave me an extra couple days in Rome and finally got to see this:

Lucca Comics and Games 2014

The Saturday visit did not disappoint! Zombies were very popular, including themselves in a showdown between stormtroopers and the UBCS.    

Halloween 2014

Finally made it back for Halloween after missing the last two years, and the weather was perfect for this fabulous Friday night. And our friend Mietta who runs the local hardware store is still going strong!

Catching up

The last three years only allowed for short little visits. Infrequent visits mean bills get missed (and the heater got left on after the xmas visit), and as a result the power was shut off in July 2013 (but reactivated, thankfully), and the phone/DSL was shut off around March 2014 (and Telecom Italia won’t reactivate […]

Le Panthéon

We had an 8 hour layover in Paris yesterday, so we hopped over to the Latin Quarter, had crepes for lunch and visited the pantheon, where we saw Foucault’s Pendulum and the tombs of Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Madame Curie, Aime Cesaire… a very productive visit! But when we finished, it was raining hard so we […]

Budino al Limone… senza uova

Our last night here after a wonderful and productive six weeks. Sad to leave, as usual, but looking forward to trying some of this summer’s recipes in my fabulous Cambridge kitchen this year. Last night Bella made her brownies to use up the eggs. All I have left to use up are 2 lemons and […]

chicken and mayo

We’ve been in Italy a lonnnnnng time! I think this is our longest stay yet, and Bella is getting antsy for something other than italian food. So she tried out this recipe for sweet and sour chicken: Which worked pretty well, although we couldn’t get fresh ginger (but had ginger powder), skipped the bell […]

e per dessert

This recipe actually worked as written, although we added a little cornstarch to the peaches since the syrup didn’t quite happen: We were very impressed! Went very well with our fragolino and blackberries.


Tonight’s dinner brought to you by a comfort food fantasy. It’s been a little cooler here and overcast, so less incentive to get out early. Bella found this recipe and we adapted it for our kitchen: Heat oven to 240C. Boil about 4 cups water with 2 chopped carrots, a half bunch of chopped celery […]

bella brownies #2 2011

The scent is intoxicating! Must eat now…