‘Chocolate love temptation’


Once upon a time…there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you, you knew your place in the scheme of things…and if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you. So through good times and bad…famine and feast…the villagers held fast to their traditions. Until one winter day…when a sly wind blew in from the north…”

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Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writers: Joanne Harris (novel), Robert Nelson Jacobs

Lead actors: Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina

2000  Drama, Romance

I wish I could tell you this is just a love story but it’s not… it’s chocolate temptation that weakens the senses and brings to life our deepest desires.

Vianne Rocher seems to know the way to everybody’s buried secret wishes and she has only one way of doing it…chocolate.

Chocolate is the link between forgotten passion, unspoken feelings, desire for freedom and revealing destinies.

PS. Even today after watching it so many times, my love affair with chocolate still continues:)

Happy viewing!

‘Delicious only in red’


I was thinking all day today what should be the next recipe to share with you.

I thought it might be time for a new, sweet piece but then I discovered that for the past week I’ve been trying out new dishes that you might love as well. As I couldn’t pick only one I went for all three:)

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” The red dish “

Before anything I have to say, we do love our red plates; I cannot remember the last time we’ve used anything else to serve lunch or dinner:)

These are three recipes me and my husband put together on days when spending too much time thinking about food or spending loads of time making it, wasn’t an option; quick, healthy and yummy!

Creamy kale soup with a boiled egg ( 2 servings)

Ingredients: 500 g kale, garlic, 1 cup milk, 1 onion, flour, oil, 1 egg/ serving, salt, pepper, fresh red chilli, fried bacon or smoked sausage.

Method: Wash the kale, place it into the blender, add salt, pepper, little bit of red chilli, chopped onion, one clove of garlic and one cup of milk; blend everything until it becomes creamy.

Add to the pan little bit of oil and 2 spoons of flour, under low heat mix it with a wooden spoon until it looks golden brown. Add the kale mixture and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Boil two eggs and fry a little bit of bacon or smoked sausage.

Serve as illustrated:)

Italian pasta a la Julia:)

Ingredients: Conchiglie and fusilli italian pasta ( I say italian because the 100% durum wheat pasta is the best), salt, pepper, 150 g green peas (frozen or fresh), 100 g smoked pork sausage (I usually buy german sausage), 200 g kale, 500 g italian tomato-passata with garlic and herbs.

Method: Add a spoonful of oil to the pan, let it heat up than add the sliced smoked pork sausage, use salt and pepper as much as you need; let the sausage fry a bit then add the peas and stir for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato-passata and cover the pan, under low heat let it simmer for about 10 minutes; add the kale, cover the pan with the lid and leave everything under heat for 5 more minutes. Boil the pasta in salted water, drain and add a bit of oil. Serve while warm.

We love to mix the sauce and pasta, but you can always serve separately and let everyone to mix them as much as the love.

My own tip. Don’t use too much salt as the smoked sausage has loads of flavour which will make the whole dish taste amazing:)

Lemon couscous with oven baked salmon flakes

Ingredients: 150 g couscous, half of lemon juice, cajun marinade, salt, pepper, 2 fresh boneless salmon fillets.

Method: Place the couscous into a bowl and pour boiled water over it until fully covered, add salt and pepper. Put a lid on and leave it for 10 minutes until it absorbs all the water and becomes soft.

Pre heat the oven, take the two salmon fillets and cover them in cajun marinade, place in aluminium foil on a baking tray and then in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

The couscous should be ready, add the lemon juice and the chunks of baked cajun salmon and your dinner is ready:)

PS. I do hope you will try at least one of these recipes and maybe share your views about it. Bon appetite 🙂

The ‘fragrance’ of a dress


“She put on her dress, turned towards the mirror, smiled and saw the perfect reflection of her style. He was watching her from across the room… walked closer, put his arms around her and slowly kissed her neck, ‘I adore your scent…’, he whispered.”

My Fashion post this week will be about the fragrance of a dress and it wasn’t easy to pick only three as I am in love with a beautiful scent that accompanies a fashion statement piece. 

Hope it will inspire your style:)

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The fable of Little Miss Dior

Miss Dior was like a runaway bride once (check the new Miss Dior advert with Natalie Portman), always on her own but with time and the unwritten ‘mix and match’ rule, she met her perfect catch from my rainbow wardrobe, the Little Yellow Dress and together they are still sharing the spotlight:)

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The beautiful life of flowers

A very long time ago a so-called Princess found her dream gown, it was the perfect picture of a beautiful rose garden…and every time she saw her reflection she was longing for that blooming garden, to be her heaven. One day a handsome Prince came along and with one true kiss made her one desire reality…from then onwards she wore  her dress with a touch of beauty while enjoying the scent of life.

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A touch of euphoria

Between countless colours, shapes and cuts, lived a long forgotten purple dress. Seasons passed, fashion changed but every time I stumbled upon it for some mysterious reason I still kept it. One day out of curiosity I’ve tried it on, turned to the mirror and fell in love all over again…nothing really changed beside the fact that today I was wearing a touch of happiness…forbidden euphoria:)

PS. Maybe you might want to share your perfect scent for your perfect dress:)

‘Sealed by red lips’ Part 3


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PART 3

“Feeling lonely while being alone is not as bad as feeling lonely while surrounded by others” 

It was suggested that she should spend as much time with him as possible, to be able to capture him in his domain, as that is the only way they will be able to print a true representation of John Butler.

She argued it for a few minutes saying that a couple of interviews throughout the week will be sufficient resource for her to write the article; her editor didn’t really understand why she was fighting it.

“ You know how we work, we go to the source, we live it together with our subjects and put a masterpiece on paper. That’s why we are the best out there”, Claire was trying to understand why is Amanda so against spending more time with John and getting to know him.

“ I know,… he might not agree to it but if you think this is the best way of doing it, then I’ll do it”, she gave up not wanting to raise any suspicion from Claire about how well she really knew John.

“ I’ve already spoke to him about it and he seemed fine”, Claire’s response just triggered something in Amanda.

‘Of course he was fine, he thinks something will happen between them, all that time spent together, he can get into her head and make her lose it again.’ She became very angry, her eyes sparkled a bit like when having a devious thought,  she turned towards the window; as the wind was carrying golden leaves from the trees her anger flew slowly away as there was no reason why she should worry, he has no effect on her anymore, that door was closed, the key turned and got forgotten in some old box thrown in the attic. Was she trying to convince herself of not having any feelings for him that could come to life or just desperately attempting to avoid a possible broken heart all over again? 

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‘La vita e bella’


‘Life is indeed beautiful’, beautifully amazing, painfully true and truly eternal.

One of my all time favourite movies out there is ‘La vita e bella’. If you never heard of it, I dare to say, you’ve been blind to a masterpiece of the cinema.

Life will never look the same once you’ve seen it; for me it was a stepping stone into a new era, a new way of waking up in the morning and breathing the air… if once you’ve felt love, love will be the bubble you live in, if you ever felt pain, pain will shatter through your existence like a river cuts through rocks. Love and pain will drive one’s life and when you thought there’s nothing else, you will find yourself smiling when tears should be falling.

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Director: Roberto Benigni

Writers: Roberto Benigni, Vincezo Cerami

Lead actors: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

1997 Drama, Comedy, Romance

“This is a simple story, but not an easy one to tell…like a fable, there is sorrow and like a fable, it is full of wonder and happiness.”

If at any time we look at this story as a fantasy, it is perhaps because facing the brutal reality of history is unbearable.

The film has two parts; one is a sweet love story surrounded by pure comedy as Guido a Jewish hotel waiter meets Dora, a gentile soul who falls in love with him through a series of funny carefully planned encounters.

The second part of the movie reflects the many ways we try to cope with the unexpected but most importantly how we always try to protect whom we love the most. After several years we find out the couple’s life changed, they have a 5-year-old son, Joshua and Guido owns a book store. The year is 1945, when all the Jews are rounded by the Fascists and shipped by rail to a death camp. Everything happens on Joshua’s 5th birthday, when they are taken; Guido constructs an amazing fiction to protect his son from reality. Their journey becomes a game and the winner’s prize will be a real tank.

One of my favourite scenes that made me smile with tears in my eyes is when Guido acts as the translator for a German captain who is giving instructions to the inmates, freely setting the game’s rules in italian designed to quiet and excite his son.

As the story reveals itself to us, we realise that an undiscovered lie becomes the truth and the promised prize will come with a huge sacrifice.

If we would take one thing away from watching ‘Life is beautiful’ is that a child’s innocence is worth protecting.

PS. Watch it with an open mind and don’t be afraid to smile through the tears.

‘Secretly tasty’


As probably any other person, I enjoy cooking, baking and eating:), but there are days when I am out of ideas of what to prepare; I don’t want to repeat meals we already had so I look for inspiration. This recipe was a sudden creation and guess what, it tastes absolutely great and it has an ingredient I never used before: orzo.

Take a look at the final result and try it yourself, let me know if you like it!

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Ingredients:

400g Chicken breast, 200g Curly kale leaves, 150g Orzo, salt, black pepper, pinch of paprika, Serve with cherry tomatoes and fresh coriander

Method:

I usually cut chicken breast in small cubes, they cook easier and absorb flavour faster.

Add a little bit of oil to a pan, then the chicken cubes, salt and pepper; slow cook them for about 5 minutes then add the paprika and stir. Once the chicken starts to get golden add water, about 400ml, bring it to boil then add the orzo.

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Turn the heat all the way down, cover the pan with the lid, cook on low heat for about 10 minutes until the orzo is soften. If needed add more water and reduce.

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 Add the kale and cover the pan with the lid for another 5 minutes.

Serve right away with fresh coriander and a colourful tomato salad.

PS. Healthy living can be also surprisingly tasty, bon appetite:)