"To Rome With Love "
This Woody Allen film opened this weekend here in Roma. Unfortunately, no celebrities were spotted :(
This past weekend was Carnevale, it is very similar to Mardi Gras. People get dressed up in masks and wigs and go out at night. The biggest celebration of Carnevale is in Venice but unfortunately I didn’t get to go. But, I did go to Viterbo where my friends former host mom made delicious Frappe which is a typical dolce (dessert) of Carnevale. Below is a recipe on how to make it, she made it look extremely easy but who knows. All I know is whatever time it takes is worth it because they were addictive and delicious!
1 3/4 cups (225 g) Farina (flour)
2 tablespoons burro non salato (unsalted butter)
1/3 cup di zucchero a velo ( confectioners sugar)
2 Uova (Eggs)
1 tablespoon brandy
Un pizzico di sale ( A pinch of Salt)
Olio per friggere *Opzionale (Oil for deep frying)
**You can also put it in the oven for a healthier and still delicious option.
Make a fairly stiff dough with these ingredients, kneading it thoroughly, and add more flour if it’s too soft.Flour it and let it rest, cover it tightly w/ plastic wrap for about 1 hr.
Roll the dough out into an 1/8 of an inch thick sheet, and use a serrated pastry wheel to cut into strips as long as your palms and two fingers wide.
Make a cut down the middle of each ( as if there were two strips joined at the end) twist the side strips without breaking them, fry them in hot oil or what they use here lard, or as mentioned earlier put them in a heated oven for about 10 minutes.
Dust them w/ confectioners sugar when they are cool.
Enjoy and share with others.
Tè di Camomillla= Chamomile Tea
Chamomile Tea is my favorite tea I remember drinking it as a child and even using chamomile shampoo to naturally lighten my hair. As I poured the hot water into my mug I immediately smelled the chamomile and was surprised that it was so aromatic, nothing like the tea from the states. I then did some research and discovered that:
- The origins of Chamomile tea can be traced back to Ancient Egypt
- The early Romans are known to have consumed this tea in the form of a beverage and even used it as incense.
- Roman Chamomile tea does not stem from Rome, instead, is native to Western Europe and North Africa. This tea got its name in the 19th century when a botanist came across some Chamomile plants growing in the Roman Coliseum.
No wonder the tea smelled so delicious and authentic, it has a Roman history and Egyptian origins, so close to me. Chamomile tea is also beneficial in numerous ways :
- Relaxation and Sleep Inducer
- Muscle Relaxant (Especially, menstrual cramps)
- Blond hair when rinsed in Chamomile tea gets brightened naturally.
- Moisturizer for dry skin, and acne.
Facts courtesy of http://www.buzzle.com/articles/chamomile-tea.html
Nutella Calzone= Heaven
So, the other night we went to restaurant that specializes in pizza called Dar Poeta, the pizza was very good, but the best part of the night was dessert. The Nutella calzone was warm, soft, and filled with creamy nutella and filled with carbs YAY! It was also available with ricotta but I chose to opt out. Here is a recipe I found on foodnetwork.com courtesy of Italy’s own Giada. I encourage everyone to try this delicious treat!
Dar Poeta Pizzeria
Vicolo del Bologna, 45 00153 Roma