For my mum's birthday dinner we booked a table at "nannina", a family owned, gourmet italian restaurant in Stuttgart, that offers a small yet perfectly selected menu of freshly prepared italian cuisine.
The restaurant is appropriately named after its chef and mind, Giovanna Di Tommaso, who was used to be called nannina by her grandmother. Her passion and love for food seems to be reflected not only in the amazing dishes, but also in the inviting atmosphere of the restaurant. As she aims to bring back all of her childhood memories of spending time in the kitchen with her "Nonna", she succeeds in creating what appear to be beautiful fantasies on a plate, that I will come back for again and again.
As a starter I had shortly seared tuna sashimi with a classic Vitello Tonnato and a salad made of cherry tomatoes, capres and olives.
For more information and bookings visit www.nannina.de
Last month I had the opportunity to work at a professional photo shoot for the first time. It was incredibly exciting to help the stylist dress and fit the models, observe the photographer and see the outcome of a hard days work afterwards. I was also quite surprised to experience the amount of detail that go into a professional shoot. Apart from the preparation and casting of the models, that mostly start weeks or even months before, there are also many things to consider on the actual day of the shoot. The outfits have to get hung and organized in a specific, preset order, the stylist has to decide what accessories the model should wear and someone has to make sure the models get dressed as quickly as possible, to ensure everything to go down according to schedule. Everyone truly has to have their "game on". It was amazing to work with a team of such creative and positive people and I look forward to experiencing more of it in the future…
Three words - Mac and Cheese. This is probably the most clear contrast to the light and balanced italian food I was talking about before. For a long time I have resisted to try the signature american pasta dish, not to mention the ready-made version, that many people are obsessed with. But for some inexplicable reason this month I suddenly felt the urge to enter the kitchen and give this cheesy goodness a go. I used a combination of two recipes that I found on youtube and added a good pinch of improvisation. Credits go to www.youtube.com/sortedfood
For anyone in desperate need of some irresistible comfort food I hereby reveal my new holy grail pasta recipe, that I guarantee will conquer anybody’s heart:
1 heaped tbsp butter
1 heaped tbsp plain flour
1 pint of milk
generous handful of cheese, grated
cereal bowl of macaroni (250g)
slice of stale bread
1 clove of garlic
4 rashers of smoked, streaky bacon
bunch of fresh parsley
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
Melt the butter in another pan and then stir in the flour to form a paste.
At the same time set up a separate pan and begin to roast the bacon until it’s crispy.
Add the crispy bacon combined with some parsley into a food processor and blend it into small pieces.
Dump the macaroni into the boiling water and cook them according to the label, stirring them occasionally.
Pour the milk into the flour paste a bit at a time, making sure it’s well combined and boiling again before pouring in the next batch. This makes sure it ends up lump free. You can also add a bit of the pasta water to make sure the sauce doesn’t get to thick.
Allow the white sauce to bubble for 2 minutes and then season well with salt and pepper (I also added a bit of chili powder to spice things up…).
Remove the sauce from the heat and stir through the grated cheese to melt.
Combine the sauce, the bacon and parsley mixture and the cooked pasta together and transfer all into a deep oven-proof dish.
Blitz the bread with the garlic clove to form breadcrumbs and add them on top of the pasta.
bake for 10-15 mins until golden on top - perfection!
I recently have been loving to wear simple and clean pieces. This is why I was very excited to discover a brand, that has been on the market for years, that I had however never paid attention to before. "Marc O’ Polo" is a fashion brand originating from Sweden, whose affiliated German brand has been expanding and growing ever since it was founded in 1968.
Taking a closer look at their designs, I have now fallen in love with their simple and timeless, yet modern pieces, that represent everything I would like my style to be. Apart from their great attention to detail, I was also pleasantly surprised about the quality of their pieces. Being mostly made from natural fibers they look and also feel incredibly soft and expensive and leave me curious for what's to come.
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