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Insalata di riso is very popular as an Italian summer dish. The word “giallo” simply means “yellow” in English. It is one of the classic dishes in Italy. Many people switched from hot risotto to insalata di riso when the weather gets warmer. Beside that you can make large amount and store it in the refrigerator for several days.

You can add different kind of ingredients, beside what is in this recipe, such as artichokes in olive oil, baby pickles, champignon in olive oil, anchovies, tuna, etc.

 

Insalata di riso giallo

Ingredienst:
Arborio Rice 300 gr.
Prosciuto Cotto (diced) 100 gr.
Peas (cooked) 100 gr.
Red bell peppers 80 gr.
Olives (sliced) 60 gr.
Baby onions 40 gr.
Fontina Cheese (diced) 100 gr.
Saffron 2 teaspoons

Directions:

In a large skillet, cook the rice. When it is almost done, add saffron to make the rice yellow. Leave it until it has cooled. When the rice is ready, combine with the rest of ingredients and mix well. Serve at room temperature.

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Prepare ingredients

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Prepare each ingredient: cut bell peppers into little pieces and slice olives. Baby onions can be used as they are. Cook green peas or you can use them from the can.

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Diced fontina cheese and prosciutto cotto.

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Cook the rice.

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Add saffron, rice will turn into yellow. Leave the rice on the pan until it is not hot anymore.

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When the rice is at room temperature, put in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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Insalata di riso giallo

 “Public Design Festival 2011” is one of the major events in Milan, Italy. There were many exhibitions and showrooms from big and small organizations. We were still around “Via Tortona”. Let’s continue with part 2.

Let’s see what’s behind the wall…

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Different styles of chairs… awesome!

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Tall glass stands

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Lamps “Tricolore”, Italian’s flag theme (green, white and red)

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Accessories – made from light fiber

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Lamps – look like vases.

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A restaurant inside one of the showrooms

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HTC showrooms – all with technology for mobile phones

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Whirlpool – a showroom of modern kitchen

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Inside Whirlpool showroom – a demonstration of making bread from “Whirlpool” oven

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Fiat – ABARTH (small size, big engine)

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Thailand showroom

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Tray for spices

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Home décor item – decorating tray

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Interior design for modern homes

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MBT (Mind Body Temple) Showroom – shoes for exercise

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New Jaguar – must be very fast one!

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Fireplace – retro look

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Lamps – very colorful!

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“Cannon” showroom – with light and sound

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Decorating ceiling lambs – Jellyfish shape

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Easter is coming… it’s time to shop for chocolate eggs. As an Italian tradition, people exchange eggs on Easter Sunday. We can see them all over the cities… supermarkets, bakery shops, bread shops, department stores, etc.

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Wish you a very “Happy Easter”.
Buona Pasqua!

April 12-17, 2011, Milan hosted an annual event, Public Design Festival. It is one of the public events that dedicated to public design and urban space. There were several projects, meetings, workshops and international contest all around major streets in Milan; such as, Corso Garibaldi, Lambrate, Porta Romana, Via Tortona, San Babila, etc.

We went out on Saturday, April 16th, the weather was nice… sunny and breezy… perfect for a long walk. Let’s see some pictures from this event.

“Public Design Festival 2011”

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“Design of Love” – black and white theme

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Colorful design

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Lounges from “Design of Love”

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Very colorful ceiling lamps

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Modern Grand Piano

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Sequin Wall

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Sequin Bags

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“ASUS” – showroom of technology

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Transparent sidewalk – with see through design

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Car and (giant) shoe

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(Easter) Bunnies???

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Showroom from Thailand – very exotic design

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Gorgeous lamps – love it!

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Mini Cooper (with decoupage!??!)

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Mini Cooper – open (hanging) showroom

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Very cool walls!

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Home furniture with modern design

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Samsung and their design of technology

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Lunch Time – nice weather, let’s sit outside!

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California Bakery – good place for lunch

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My lunch – sandwich and cheesecake

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White daisy flowers (Italian = Margherita) – we see them all around the city!

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We had such a great time… this event was so hip, so cool… not very often that we could find many exhibitions of designs all together.

This is one of the annual events in Milan, “Fiori e Sapori” 2011 (Flowers and Taste) was held along Navigli Grand Canal (Milan, Italy), on April 10th. We had an opportunity to go and see all the beautiful flowers… the colors are amazing! I couldn’t get enough of them!

 

Let’s walk along and see Fiori e Sapori.

 

 

 

 

Demonstration of flower decoration

 

 

 

 

A cute HAT shop

 

 

 

 

Tangerine trees for sales

 

 

 

 

Lemon trees

 

 

 

 

Bonsai – very interesting shapes

 

 

 

 

Orchids

 

 

 

 

Demorforteca (English = Dimorphotheca)

 

 

 

 

Margherita (English = Daisy)

 

 

 

 

Ortensia (English = Hydrangea)

 

 

 

 

Geranio (English = Geranium)

 

 

 

 

Eliotropio alla Vaniglia (English = Heliptrope, Cherry Pie Plant)

 

 

 

 

Cineraria (English = Jacobaea Maritima, Dusty Miller)

 

 

 

 

Gerbera (English = Gerbera, African Daisy)

 

 

 

 

Primula (English = Primula)

 

 

 

 

Ornitogallo (English = Ornithogalum)

 

 

 

 

Non ti scorda di me (English = Forget Me Not)

 

 

 

 

Dalia (English = Dahlia)

 

 

 

 

Azalea (English = Azalea)

 

 

 

 

Calle (English = Calla)

 

 

 

 

Saturday afternoon (April 9th), we went out with friends for “Aperitivo” (Aperitif = drinks and some finger food), near Parco Sempione. It was such a nice day in Milan!

 

 

 

 

Weekend meal at home – Bavette with asparagus… simple dish, yet so delicious!

 

 

 

 

Curled on the couch and watched “Despicable Me”. What a fun movie! I love it!

 

 

Despicable Me, the Italian title is “ Cattivissimo Me” (Cattivissimo = The most evil). Got to love this film!

It has been bright and shine throughout the week in Milan, ItalyEaster is approaching, we start seeing all kinds of chocolate eggs, bunnies, etc., around the town. Last week at Piazza dei Mercanti, there was an open market… not just an ordinary one… it is a chocolate open market!

All hail to chocolate lovers… everyone was having a great time walking and shopping… let’s have a look!

 

Duomo di Milano (all made with chocolate)

 

 

 

 

At Piazza dei Mercanti (Milan, Italy)

 

 

 

 

Chocolate for sales

 

 

 

 

Chocolate in a shape of salumi

 

 

 

 

Making some chocolate cream

Chocolate cream in jars

 

 

 

 

Chocolate in animal shapes

 

 

 

 

Little cakes coated with chocolate

 

 

 

 

Little pots and espresso maker (all made with chocolate)

 

 

 

 

Chocolate made into cookies shape

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Bars

 

 

 

 

Cheese and little mice! (all made with chocolate)

 

 

 

 

Easter Eggs – wrapped in paper bags

 

 

 

 

Chocolate tasting for FREE!

 

 

 

 

Chocolate made into different shapes (pines, leaves, shells, eggs, etc.)

 

 

 

 

We have an entertainer in the market!

 

 

 

 

Just some books from my “Jane Austen” collection — love reading them all!

 

 

 

 

Book I’m reading right now – “Persuasion”

 

 

 

 

Rouge Coco Shine – Deauville 67
I am loving this lipstick… in the tube, it looks a little dark, but it actually comes out as nude and light brown! Love the texture (lip and gloss). It is very moisturizing. Yes, I will repurchase again!

 

FTC Disclaimer:
All products mentioned were purchased by me. None of these companies are paying me for this blog. All opinions are my own.

Parco Sempione is the largest public park in the city of Milan, Italy. The weather has been very nice in the past 10 days (20-25c). We couldn’t help to go out and have a bit of walk around the park. Love the weather… and it is still nice…hopefully for the whole week!

One of the landmarks in Milan is “Arco della Pace”. The arch, located right next to Parco Sempione, was built in 1807 and finished in 1838. During that time, Milan was under the rule of France (Napoleon Bonaparte). The style is a bit like French. Some of us, who have been to Paris, would see the similarity.

 

 

Arco della Pace is one of the entrances to go inside Parco Sempione.

 

 

 

 

Inside – Parco Sempione

 

 

 

 

Castello Sforzesco is another landmark of Milan, which you can see from Parco sempione.

 

 

 

 

Public drinking water in Parco Sempione

 

 

 

 

This flower is called “Dente di Leone”, in English is “Dandelion”.

 

 

 

 

Spring is here!

 

 

 

 

Let’s run and bike!

 

 

 

 

There are many restaurants and coffee shops around Parco Sempione. The brunch buffet is 15 euro/person. It’s such a good deal!

 

 

 

 

We had “Sunday Brunch” with friends on April 3rd. The weather was wonderful!

 

 

 

 

Gelato is back! This is a sign that the whole town is ready for summer!

 

 

 

 

April 2nd was another day in Milan. There is a big football match, “Derby di Milano”. Two giants have come to play together, Inter Milan VS AC Milan. Another word that people use is “Derby della Madonnina”. Yes, you heard it right “Madonnina”. It is the statue situated on top of Duomo di Milano. When these two teams meet, the term is used to call this special event.

 

April 2nd, there were many fans walking around Piazza del Duomo.

 

 

 

 

Store changed the display… welcome a derby match!

 

 

 

 

Take a close look of Madonnina… that day is it is “Derby della Madonnina

 

 

 

Result: Inter Milan VS AC Milan (0-3) … sad day for Pazza Amala!!!