Having been on Erasmus near Bologna, I visited this gorgeous Italian city multiple times. I’m honestly in love with the city, so I figured it deserved its own blog post.
As I’m sitting here behind my laptop this cold, rainy March 2nd of 2018, I’m remiscing on life in Italy. On top of the drooly weather, I’m lying sick on the couch with the flu. Oh sweet Italian life, where did you go?
First WIE! And we’re starting of with a very weird, hectic and busy week right away. On the 4th of Feb I moved back to Belgium after spending a semester in Italy. I moved back in with my parents, I have to share a kitchen with my family again and can’t cook for myself every evening anymore (sad sad sad, I loved cooking for myself).
So my running season has officially started. I’ve been prepping since the first of Jan, tweaking my pre- and post-workouts, testing my body and pinpointing my weaknesses – – physically that is – and working out the kinks. But now it’s on to serious business.
I don’t know about the lot of you, but when I’m stressed there are two things I do to calm myself down: I either do something sporty (running or throwing weights around works wonders!) or I cook, and more specifically bake. Cookies are relaxing, all right?
T’is the season to eat chocolate falalalalaa-lalalala. (Please tell me you sang it in your head.) But let’s be honest, when is it not the season to eat chocolate? Chocolate is an all day, everyday kind of thing.
This blog post has been long coming, but I’m queen at procrastinating, it’s almost shameful. You’d think that writing about brownies and hot chocolate would be something I wouldn’t want to postpone, but without making excuses for myself, I rather just watch, photograph and eat the chocolatey goodness than write about it. Honestly though, I’m drooling behind my laptop screen just looking at the pics of all this yumminess.
Have you ever been there? That moment in which you have to decide whether to put peanut butter or chocolate spread on your slice of bread? And the doubt whether to add banana or not?
Pumpkin is such an autumn cliché. One leaf falls from a random tree and boom! everything is pumpkin flavoured. For a long time, this had been such a turn-off to start using pumpkin and pumpkin spice for me. Usually I’m turned off by everything that is hyped.
However, I admit to being wrong for neglecting pumpkin for such a long time. It’s actually a very versatile and very convenient ingredient. I am experimenting with so many different pumpkin recipes now, I even made pumpkin pancakes. Who am I? Giving in to these trends.
Apple bread or apple cake, what’s in a name right? It does not really matter how you name this cinnamon-y apple loaf and I’m sure you will think so too after you’ve eaten a slice. Cinnamon, apples and hazelnuts, does it get any more autumnal? Not for me. So get baking, make yourself a cup of tea and cuddle up under a blanket and enjoy the taste of autumn.