Spring

Festa Frawli : A Feast of Strawberries!

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Sunday 14th April was a very special day, not in the sense that it was anyone’s birthday or anniversary, but special in the way that it attracts a great deal of locals, and no wonder!

Festa Frawli (translated into Strawberry Feast) is literally a feast dedicated to one of everyone’s favourite fruits. During this day long celebration one can find all sorts of things made from strawberries, including ice cream, jams, cakes, and weirdly even sushi! There was also a stall selling candles and bath soaps made from strawberries, which is a refreshing different product from the abundance of food.

My only disappointment is that I could not find the delicious strawberry wine I love.

Delicious strawberry ravioli

Delicious strawberry ravioli

I had to try the ravioli with some strawberry sorbet

I had to try the ravioli with some strawberry sorbet

Strawberry jam

Strawberry jam

Strawberry soaps and candles

Strawberry soaps and candles

Strawberry memorabilia

Strawberry memorabilia

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A Very Special Treat

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I love this time of the year, and not just for the weather, the picnics, and the overall happier mood from everyone around me. One of the things I always look forward to are the fresh desserts and fruit that there are around this time. I love to have fresh fruit with dessert, probably because it’s the ultimate way to make myself not feel guilty for having fattening food.

Having bought an abundance of strawberries, this obviously called for some creative preparation. I was always fond of mixing them with fresh cream, blending them into an ice cream or eating them with pancakes. This year I wanted to try something new. As I have just bought a new waffle maker I thought I should give it a try and make waffles with strawberries.

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Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour

1 cup chocolate chips

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 2/3 cups milk

1/3 cup unsalted butter melted

2 eggs beaten

Method:

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Melt butter and leave to cool.

Add milk and butter to the dry mixture.

Add eggs.

Pour into the waffle iron, and cook until firm.

These glorious treats ended up being so delicious that I could not resist not having an extra portion. They can be served with fresh strawberries drizzled with maple syrup, honey, or even fresh cream to make it even more special!

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Forget the winter blues and prepare for springtime

With all the special moments that winter time brings now I am getting a little bit fed up of chunky scarves and heavy clothes. I am craving for longer and warmer days wearing just a light dress and maybe a cashmere cardigan, and going for long walks by the sea or sipping cold white wine somewhere outdoors on the island. Here we prepared for you a playlist that makes you forget the winter blues and prepare for springtime. Click here or the image below to be directed to the Groovessehark Playlist.

Milord – Edith Piaf

The Winner Is – Mychael Danna

What Sound- Lamb

Again – Lenny Kravizt

Black Cherry – Goldfrapp

Mad About You – Hooverphonic

Pink Fluffy Dinosaurs – Hooverphonic

Smashed Bird – Soley

Taken By Trees – Lost and found

Riverside – Agnes Obel

Clap Your Hands – Sia

Magic Day – Lou Rhodes

Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

We Won’t Run – Sarah Blasko

Arms – Seabear

Il cielo in una stanza – Mina

Aqua e Sale – Mina and Adriano Celentano

Come Away With Me – Nora Jones

La Bambola  – Patty Pravo

Fine and Mellow – Billie Holiday

I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James

I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone

Che cosa c’è – Giusy Ferreri