sorry for the subpar iPhone pics!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
the weather this weekend has been pleasant and spring-like. friday i went for a run and then had a chocolate massage (a christmas gift from roberto). yesterday we spent the day outside having tapas downtown and basking in the sunshine. i also rented this movie (and this one), saw a rodin sculpture exhibit downtown with sculptures on loan from the rodin museum in paris, booked our spring break trip to tuscany and had sushi for dinner.
this morning i watched bright star (a film about john keats' relationship with fanny brawne) while knitting. the film was lovely! i adore books and films that take place in the english countryside in the 19th century. it makes me want to live in a cottage in the country surrounded by apple orchards and wild flowers and spend my days drinking tea and reading by the window.
here are some pics from our hiking trip in ricote last weekend and some keats quotes.
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever"
“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.”
“Life is but a day: A fragile dewdrop on its perilious way from a trees summit”
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”
“O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!”
“Tall oaks branch charmed by the earnest stars dream and so dream all night without a stir.”
“Where are the songs of Spring? Aye, where are they? Think not of them; thou has thy music too.”
“Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter.”
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
every sunday the typical thing to do in spain is gather with your family and have a big sunday lunch. the quintessential sunday lunch is paella. you can have paella with vegetables, rabbit (yuck), pork and chicken. here you have roberto's mom's recipe for chicken paella...
ingredients: 1 slicked chicken breast, one can of tomato sauce (2 cups), 1 large red pepper cut into thin strips, 2 artichokes cut into small pieces, 4 1/2 cups of rice, 1 1/2 cups of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of saffron.
1. heat the olive oil in a frying pan and bring it to a simmer
2. fry the sliced chicken breast in the pan
3. take out the chicken and put it aside, leaving the olive oil in the pan
4. fry the red pepper strips in the same frying pan and then put them aside
5. fry the artichokes and then put all the ingredients together in the paella pan (a large frying pan will do)
6. put all of the ingredients together in the paella pan (the tomato sauce, water and chicken)
7.bring everything to a boil and add the saffron and the salt. boil for 20 minutes
8. finally, add the rice and cook for 20 minutes
you can also have a bit of spanish tortilla or salad on the side
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
what a great weekend in barcelona. the big city i normally frequent in spain is madrid so it was nice visiting barcelona again. it had been about 4 years since the last time i visited.
my friend helena's boyfriend got a job there a few months ago so we stayed at his place. i was also able to meet up with a friend from home, courtney, who's studying there for a semester abroad. being in barcelona reminded me of carlos ruiz zafon's books, especially "the shadow of the wind".
we did lots of things in the day and a half that we were there...
we wandered all around the city looking for a cupcake joint that ended up being a bit of a let down.
we watched the people do castellets (human pyramids that are typical in catalunya).
we admired beautiful architecture.
it was sunny and the air was fresh with a light breeze from the sea. even though i still prefer madrid, barcelona is hands down a sunnier more lively city. i'd definitely like to go back this spring when it's warm!