Sunday, 18 December 2011

In Bruges

Last weekend, I went to Bruges, which is a small city in northern Belgium. This city is in the Flemish (known as Flanders) rather than French part of Belgium, and is Dutch speaking. From London, you take the Eurostar to Brussels (2 hours), and then change to a local train from Brussels to Bruges (1 hour). It was here that the weekend got off to a bad start, because I left my camera, my wonderful digital SLR that allows me to take good photos for this very blog, on the train. I may have had one too many glasses of wine on the Eurostar, which temporarily affected my ability to remember to grab my camera when I departed the train at Bruges. My poor camera must have been found by an unknown person somewhere between Bruges and Oostende. In case, with the power of the internet, someone found it and reads this, then I will put a little notice just here:

Lost Camera
Where:          Train 543, between Bruges/Brugge and Oostende, Belgium
When:           After 11pm, Friday 9th December 2011
What:            Canon EOS 550D digital SLR camera, in a black Lowepro camera bag. The camera wil have lots of photos of tiramisu and pasta amatriciana on it!

So the sad thing about leaving my camera on the train, is that I couldn't really take any pictures to share with you here. I tried to take some on my Blackberry, but it just doesn't compare to a digital SLR. 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Pasta all'amatriciana & a new recipe for tiramisu

On my recent trip to Rome, I had some fantastic meals, including pizza and pasta, pastries, and of course, tiramisu. I arrived back in London inspired, ready to attempt to recreate some of those meals back home. I made a pasta dish, and I also devised a new recipe for tiramisu, both of which I am sharing with you here.

Pasta all’amatriciana
When in Rome, I had an excellent pasta dish at Nerone, by the name of Pasta all’amatriciana. This originates from Amatrice, in central Italy, but is a common pasta in Rome. It is such an ideal winter dish; filling, warm, and homely, yet decadent and rich.