GRANDMA’S APPLE PIE

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What you need:

350 g flour

190 g brown sugar

4 big apples

2 eggs

70 g (1/2 glass) extra virgin olive oil)

1/2 sachet yeast

125 g whole milk yogurt

cinnamon

How to prepare:

Pre-heat the oven at the maximum leve. Peel the apples and cut into small irregular parts (like little triangles) and put the pieces in a bowl.

Take another bowl and put the ingredients into it: flour, sugar, oil, yogurt, eggs and yeast. Mix with a spoon until it’s uniformly blended. Add the apples, sprinkle with cinnamon and mix again.

Cover a casserole with oven paper and fill it with the mixture you’ve just prepared. Cut the exceeding paper and put in the pre-heated oven at 180° for 1 hour.

Check it sometimes, never trust recipes timings 🙂

Anyway, you should smell the parfume when it’s ready. When the surface is golden and the borders are almost brown (not burnt), remove the casserole from the oven. Wait until it’s cool, call your friends and serve.

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THE EGG TIMER

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Today I want to introduce to you a small but very useful tool that totally changed my life as a goofy cook into a smart one. It’s the egg timer.
How long does it take to boil eggs at the right point? And what if I want the red part to stay a little soft, perfect to eat with a spoon?
I don’t know, really. I’ve asked my mom, my friends and housemates, but everyone gave me a different answer. Someone said 8 minutes, someone said 5, someone simply didn’t care.
Now that I have the egg timer, I don’t care as well: my little plastic egg tells me. I just have to put it in the boiling water together with the eggs and check it sometimes. A red circle gets smaller as it cooks, progressively reaching three steps: soft, medium and hard. Easy.

AN AMERICAN CORNER IN THE HEART OF FLORENCE

Picture: TheGirlsNY



The image of a person eating a massive burger can do crazy jokes sometimes – like making a healthy-maniac having a hearty lunch in the middle of a sunny afternoon.


We were walking around the centre of Florence at 4 pm on Saturday and as we bumped into via dell’Acqua, the hunger took control of both of us: we couldn’t resister to the smell of burgers and the sight of a large dish of pithy meat on a table outside The Diner.

All it took was a glance at my partner and we were in. Pink floors, red benches and white lamps made the small room look very movie-like and totally American.

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