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Where am I?

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It’s a romantic country, they say.

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It’s somewhere you wouldn’t want to visit on a cruise.

3.
It’s in the northern emisphere, in fact it’s freezing cold here.

4.
Its food it’s…well…very famous.

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What happened, you might wonder, how come we didn’t know?
Truth is, until Thursday, I didn’t know either!

I woke up on Thursday, looked up the first flight and said to L.
“I am going to Italy tomorrow”
even if I had never flown such long distances alone before.

25 hours later my family picked me up from Milan Airport,
everyone quite shocked and surprised to see me back after two long years.

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I can’t even describe what I am feeling right now,
two years is a bloody long time!

Nothing has changed very drastically in my foggy little town,
however everything seems smaller in size than how I remembered it.

And, yes, the food is still amazingly tasty and delicious!

nullTortelloni di Zucca col Ragù – (Homemade) Pumpkin Tortelloni with Bolognese Sauce

I will try to keep you updated with my Italian cooking adventures,
although instead of baking amazing Italian sweets,
people here would rather have me busy with cupcakes, a novelty for most Italians!

Roasted Banana Cupcakes with Caramel and Buttercream

Is there something you always wanted to know about Italy/Italians?
Go on, ask me anything!

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Chai Cupcakes

I am back! I’m so sorry for neglicting to post until today (my aim is to post twice a week, just so you know), I have been a bit overwhelmed with the whole blogging experience. Did I mention I am somewhat of a perfectionist? And since recipes don’t always come out perfect at the first try…well, it’s obviously a tiny bit hard for me to be confident enough to post them!

But hey! Aside from this slightly down start, I am very excited to announce that my cake-baking season will be starting soon :) In fact, next weekend will be pretty busy with birthday cakes, and so will be the one after that! I can’t wait to get baking and post all the cake madness that will ensue.

Today, I’ll leave you with these sweet Chai Cupcakes with Chai Buttercream.
Do you like Masala Chai? I love it!

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Ingredients
100g Butter
1 cup Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
2 Eggs
½ Chai Spice Mix (recipe follows!)
1 ¼ cups Plain Flour (sifted)
½ cup Buttermilk
½ tsp Bicarb Soda
½ tsp White Vinegar

Chai Spice Mix
1 ½ tsp Ground Cardamom
1 ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Ginger
¼ tsp Ground Cloves
¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg

Preheat oven at 160°C

In a bowl, mix sugar and butter together until well combined. Add vanilla extract and eggs, beating after each addiction.
Add chai spice mix. Fold in flour and buttercream alternately. Mix vinegar and bicard together before adding it to the mixture.

♥ I recommend making mini cupcakes with this mixture (makes 24 ), since it is quite tasty and sweet.

Chai Buttercream
2 cups Butter
2 cups Pure Icing Sugar
1/2 Chai Spice Mix
2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Milk (if needed)

Beat butter until creamy. Mix in sugar, 2 tblsp at a time, chai spice mix and 2 tsp vanilla essence. You can add 1 tblsp milk to soften consistency if you like.

Pipe onto cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before serving!

Recipe from Some More Please

nullDid you know?
“Chai” is an hindi word meaning “tea” in general, not specifically the type of tea we associate with the Western “Chai”. In India, the Chai tea we know is called “Masala Chai” which translates into “mixed-spice tea”.
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Mini Peach Tarts

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I wanted to write how happy I was about the sunny, summery days I enjoyed this week, but it obviously started to rain as I was writing this post up! Sydney’s weather has been this bad for the past, what, maybe 3 weeks? And it’s supposed to be summer…

So anyway, while I was still in the mood for celebrating summer and my new job, I decided I wanted to make some mini fruit tarts, and, peach being my “craving of the week”, I whipped up these as soon as I got back from my job trial.

They are Shortcrust Pastry shells, filled with Crème Patisserie and topped with fresh Peach slices. I had also planned a gelatin layer, but I couldn’t get my favourite Italian brand of gelatin (having no car truly sucks!), so I just left it. They wouldn’t be around long enough to actually need gelatin, anyway!

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Want to know the role I applied for? Waitress at an Indian restaurant down the road, the only position that can accommodate both my future student routine and Student Visa restrictions. And it’s literally a short stroll from where I live, which is good for exercising, too!

Do I sound too ecstatic? But I am! I can’t wait to drop something (hot, on myself, considering my luck), slip and fall, break a few glasses, …

Nothing bad has happened in the first 2 days, but, if I were you, I’d be wary of pale Indian waitresses the next time you crave some curry. Just saying.
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Any terrible waitressing experiences you’d like to share to lift my spirits up?
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P.S. Please, don’t be offended if I don’t share the recipe with you just yet, however I want to improve it and try again soon since it was a bit too delicate for my tastes. I will follow up on this, pinky promise!

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