Today we were supposed to go to Mestre, but the alarm didn’t go off, the blinds were closed, and we slept until 3.00p. Instead we shopped around Spinea, and Bobby got me a present: beautiful Italian boots.
For dinner I made tortellini:
How to Make Tortellini
- 1 package of tortellini
- 1/2 cup of pasta sauce
- dash of olive oil
- (optional – sauteed onions)
- Boil water for the tortellini.
- Heat pasta sauce in a saucepan with oil; stir. (If you want, you can saute onions in the pan before adding the sauce.)
- Drop tortellini in boiling water for about a minute.
- Drain tortellini and add them to the sauce; mix together and serve.
For dessert we had a “Kinder Sorpresa”, a little chocolate egg that comes with a toy inside.
Our toy is some sort of space creature that resembles a tadpole…
It can also stick to fabric.
We spent the day in Venice and ate at Taverna San Trovaso for lunch. There were so many touristy and expensive cafes that we were about to head back to Spinea for lunch when we passed by San Trovaso. The menu was very reasonable, and the food was great.
Legumes – Radicchio (4,50 Euro):
It didn’t look that appetizing, but it was quite good – and the leftovers were nice with dinner.
We had Macedonia con la panna (fruit salad with whipped cream) for dessert, but I forgot to take a picture before we ate it…
We went back to La Pizzeria Maeba to pick up a pizza tonight (only 6,30 Euro).
Because it’s snowing terribly outside, I decided to make oatmeal raisin cookies today. I was supposed to go to the mall to do Christmas shopping, pick up my cap and gown, and sell some textbooks back at the library, but the snow on the ground was discouraging so I stayed in my warm apartment.
I made some applesauce the other night and it was delicious, so I decided to make some more and add it to the cookies. That was a good call; they came out great.
Quick Applesauce Recipe:
To make the applesauce, just chop up an apple and boil it in an inch of water for about ten minutes. Then mix it in a blender with the remaining water – one apple will make a little more than a half cup of applesauce. If you want, add a bit of sparkling apple cider instead of water.
Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 3/4 cup raisins
- Preheat over to 375F. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Soak raisins in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Set aside.
- Beat together butter (softened) and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, and applesauce.
- Stir in the flour, then the oats and raisins.
- Use a teaspoon to drop the cookies on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Yesterday I made blueberry “muffins” that tried to be healthy. They turned out more like blueberry pancakes, but they were delicious anyway. They were too liquidy, so next time I might cut the oil to thicken up the batter. Also, the blueberries were frozen so they were slightly watery. I’m not sure how to fix that – maybe rinse and dry them beforehand? That might solve the additional problem of the dough turning blue from watery berries.
- 1 cup plain, unsweetened Almond milk
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil (replace with 2 tablespoons softened butter)
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (I like the granulated kind by Domino)
- 1 cup blueberries (use more or less depending on how much you like blueberries)
- Mix everything together, adding the blueberries last.
- Cook at 400F for…
- If you want just muffin tops, spoon then onto a greased baking sheet as though they were cookies and bake for 10-12 minutes. If you want real muffins, put them in muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Serve hot, with a pat of butter.