Tuesday, 13 August 2019 16:36

Gnocchi with asparagus and bacon

Dear readers,

Today I would like to share a plate I love very much and cook quite often: Italian gnocchi made of potatoes, pumpkin and spinach, in sauce with asparagus and bacon.

Published in A Gourmand's Page
Friday, 26 July 2019 11:55

Sunday bruch with a mix of proteins

Dear readers,

I think it is a good idea mixing several sources of proteins, like animal proteins from eggs and vegetable proteins, for example from beans and broccoli.

Published in A Gourmand's Page
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 09:24

Divide et impera (Latin)

It means “divide and rule”. It describes the type of political attitude widely diffused in history, which is to stir up divisions between peoples to avoid their coalition against the established power. It is hard to tell with precision the paternity of motion, that according to some sources go back to Philippe Macedone, but according to others it comes from different Roman imperators (which may seem more plausible, since the expression is in Latin indeed, and moreover it was the political rule that Roman Empire pursued on colonized territories). Another powerful example comes from the times of Louis XI in France, which used to say “diviser pour règner” (French), which put in the contrast between each other the feudatory in France to keep better control over them.

Published in Off-the-Wall
Saturday, 23 November 2019 09:18

Crocodile tears

With this curious locution, it is used to express a post-factum useless resentment: just like a crocodile, that tears up after eating, regretting a meal just taken. The same is when someone is saying to be sorry after doing foolishness without having the possibility to turn back and is dimmed to useless repentance. The origin of this expression is not certain: it could result from misunderstood acts of crocodile eyes that tear up (even if not necessary after taking the meal). The lachrymation is useful to these animals to clean up their eyes and it is physiological: the fact that it increases while it is out of water for a longer period (that coincide with the time of the stack on a prey) could have originated the misunderstanding.

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Saturday, 19 October 2019 09:05

Tomorrow is another day

This expression is used to induce others the courage to face up to their problems and let behind their negative experiences. It is a sort of mantra of confidence in the future, that it will be better than in the past. It is the concluding sentence in the movie Gone with the wind, from 1939, based on the romance written by Margaret Mitchell: through tears, the capricious Rossella O’Hora (Scarlett) – the protagonist, who just lost by pride and narcissism, her charming husband Rhett – pronounce this phrase by so reaffirming the typical strong and untamed southern women of United States.

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 18:07

Born lucky

This is a way to say about particularly lucky people, those who get everything they want from the day they were born. This expression comes from Medieval times: when newborns were born inside their amniotic sac, people used to consider them particularly lucky in life. Maybe it’s just a superstition, but since ancient times this remained a strong belief that people say it is proven to be the truth.

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Monday, 26 August 2019 15:27


This is a way to name a persecutory attitude towards a political fraction or a group of people. This attitude is usually based on simple suspects, not real facts. The first origin of this term arrives from Mediaeval, where it was used for every opportunity to define women suspected of witchcraft practice. Later it’s interpretation became diffused in politics, especially during the Fifties, following the campaign of the USA Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957). It was addressed against everybody, who was suspected to be communist or even a simple supporter of this party. In turn, this term was associated to refer to persecutory attitudes without foundation.

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:37

Modern Design Items in Massive Wood

What cozy feelings we get from a natural material like WOOD! It looks soft, but it’s a solid mass with long-time durability. Sufficiently looking back at antique furniture that endured till today - they were at 99% made of solid wood!

Our days, we’ve changed more and more our preferences in interior design to a MODERN STYLE. So, let’s see what designer pieces made in massive wood by Italian brands can we find today in the marketplace? Here below we have divided furniture items by categories of use. Now let’s begin:

Published in Interior Design
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 08:49

Quinoa with vegetables

My dear readers,

Especially for you, vegetarian and vegan people, I want to share today a recipe that I love so much: it’s easy to prepare, it’s tasteful and is plain of proteins, vitamins, and minerals!

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 15:42

Sitting on a stylish Classical Armchair

I love the way Olivia Palermo creates her outfits: an interesting mix of textures, color blocking, very fashionable and unique, but the same time in a timeless style! Looking through Pinterest, I found out this photo, where she is doing a photo shooting on this classical armchair (looking flawless by the way!).

If you follow me, you already know I’m an interior designer with a close look at Italian producers, so I thought: well if I want to have an armchair like this one, where can I find it?

Published in Interior Design
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