Fake = Real – Hassle

I love plants more for decoration than growing them and tending to their needs. I have three real plants that now look unhappy and in need of a better mother. And I also have three fake plants that look fantastic and really enjoying my living room!

my fake plants inside

my fake plants outside

Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce

Panna Cotta

We had friends over for dinner during the weekend and for dessert I wanted to prepare something light and homemade and Italian, but not Tiramisu, so I went for Panna Cotta (cooked cream). The process: easy, the result: AMAZING!

Cream:

2 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
3 cups whole milk
3 cups cream
1/2 cup sugar
4 Tbsp vanilla powder or extract

Sauce:

3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 cup sugar

- Mix the gelatin with 4 Tbsp of cold water in a small saucepan; let stand a minute to soften. Heat on low, stirring, until gelatin dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

- In a large saucepan, bring the milk and cream and sugar just to a boil over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in gelatin. Ladle into ramekins or small bowls. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

- To make the sauce: in a saucepan over low heat cook the strawberries and sugar, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their liquid and begin to break down, about 20 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender, then chill for one hour.

- Serve the Panna Cotta in the ramekins or bowls or inverted in plates. Spoon the fruit sauce on top.

Bucatini Rossi

We wanted something refreshing and light and yummy. I went through my cupboards and the fridge and found some carrots, plum tomatoes, parsley, greens and bucatini pasta that I haven’t tried yet, and this was the result:

fresh green lettuce salad and bucatini with tomato sauce

fresh green lettuce salad