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(5) Things we love…#29

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Back to traditions
Walking under the arches in Bologna, it is not uncommon to spot, here and there, behind a store window, women dressed in white, bent over large wooden boards, making pasta by hand. We call them “sfogline” (from “sfoglia”, the name of fresh pasta before it gets cut). It’s a dying breed but one that I hope will endure a little while longer. My mother is a master of sfoglia and her tortellini are unsurpassed: tiny and flavourful, cooked in a rick chicken broth, they are our Christmas staple. A few days ago, the friend whose catering company I occasionally work for, engaged me for a round of tortellini. We were so pleased with the end result, I decided to make them for Christmas myself, according to my mother’s secret recipe…which, selfishly, I can’t bring myself to share…..just yet. And if you are ever in Bologna, and can’t score an invitation at my mother’s table, the best tortellini can be bought at La Baita.

I finally found a reason to wear it
I finally found a reason to wear it

Back to the ‘60s
Although I was a child of the 60s, I was too young to comprehend the legacy that decade would have left and certainly too young to enjoy its fashion revolution. But there are some items from the era I adore, like this jumpsuit I bought a while ago and wrote about. I finally got to wear it and I glammed myself up with proper hair and make-up. Getting ready ended up being more fun than the party.

Photo courtesy of Africa Far and Wide
Photo courtesy of Africa Far and Wide

Back to what matters
The author behind the blog “Africa Far and Wide”, a South African who has lived in a smattering of African countries and now resides in Malawi, has published a beautiful photographic and narrative piece dedicated to the elderly, and the unexpected stories behind their faces. Fellow humans can be very generous when we take the time to ask to share their stories.

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Fall Colors
Californians are mercilessly teased that we don’t know seasons. We can’t drive a couple of hours out of  town and experience the turning of the leaves, or admire the Fall colors walking around Central Park. Well, here are our Fall colors, served right on our table (and a good reminder that today is a good day to make a beeline for that gym).

palm-springs-california-joshua-tree-national-park-topBack to the Desert

I am spending the week-end in Palm Springs, the desert town just a couple of hours from Los Angeles. I have now seen three deserts, on two continents (the Sinai, the Karoo and the Mojave) and what they all have in common is how the light hits the rocks at dawn and sunset, making for a melancholy and gently rose tinted hue that surprises me every time.

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Loved your desert photo! So beautiful and so diverse even though most people don’t ‘see’ that. Hope your holiday was as fabulous as these photos. 🙂

    December 3, 2014
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      As the self-appointed cook for the whole weekend, it turned down to be a lot more work than I had bargained for!

      December 4, 2014
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  2. Jumpsuit looks great! I did brussels and bacon too. To the culinary recognition of seasons whatever coast you call home!
    Enjoy your desert sojourn. I’m off to the gym when I finish catching up here.

    November 29, 2014
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Back in LA and never made it to the gym….swear I am going on a cleanse.

      November 30, 2014
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  3. winston moreton
    winston moreton

    The campariandsofa.combo always ends with “we would love to hear what you think”. And the temptation is to blog back but that would be using your dime! I bet I speak for all when I say I think the writing is consistently fresh and absorbing and each serving deliziosa.

    November 29, 2014
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Oh blog away on our dime Winston! We don’t mind one bit.

      November 30, 2014
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      • winston moreton
        winston moreton

        Did I mention we visited friends in Bologna in 1973? Don’t remember la Baita tho.

        November 30, 2014
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          How cool. I was still roaming those streets then and La Baita was already there, right in the center of town, where all the alleyways of the food market are. Although I would venture to say it has been renovated since and that, in those days, finding the sfogline was much easier.

          November 30, 2014
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