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Vino (VEE-no) in Italian means “wine”.

We had a great opportunity to participate in a wine tasting trip… at “Roberto Manara” winery. It is in a little town called “Ziano Piacentino”… about 1 hour from Milan, Italy.
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Roberto Manara – Tenuta Ferraia
Address: loc. Vicomarino 140
Ziano Piacentino (PC), ITALIA
Website: www.robertomanara.it
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When we arrived it was raining a lot. Staff took us to see equipments for the processes of producing wines. There were machines to filter and separate grapes. Inside the winery, there were several containers to store grapes…that was fermentation process… little by little, they will turn into wine.
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At reception table… there was a display of signature bottle of Roberto Manara


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Staff was explaining the procedures of making wine

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Cheese, different types of salumi, focaccia, etc. little treats during a wine tasting

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Ready for “Wine Tasting”

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Sparkling wines and others at Roberto Manara


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After a wine tasting we went to a little restaurant in Vicobarone…a town near by… the place is call “Antica Trattoria del Tempio”. First Course was “gnocchetti” with peanut cream sauce. It was really good… fresh pasta with yummy sauce! I really like it.

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Second Course was stew chicken and mashed potato. It was alright.

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Different types of pastries after lunch.

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Beautiful painting inside a restaurant

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Little entertainment during our lunch… it was so much fun!!

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Roberta Manara has produces good quality wine (white, red, sparkling). The prices are very affordable! That’s what I like about it. Check out their website… there are more information there (www.robertomanara.it)

I have created some ideas about making Halloween treats… A couple weeks ago I was at the supermarket close to our home and saw nice oranges from Sicily (they are called “Valencia” oranges). Sure enough I picked up some of them and started to think about making orange pudding.

“Jack O’Lantern” came across my mind… and now here we go “Jack O’Lantern Orange Pudding”

Italian word for pudding is “Budino” (boo- DEE-no). Orange pudding is “Budino all’Arancia”.

Recipe: Jack O’Lantern Orange Pudding

3 Oranges (I used Valencia Oranges from Sicily)
Orange juice 2 cups
Granulated sugar 1 cups
Heavy Cream 2 cups
Corn Starch 2 tablespoons
Gelatin Powder 1 teaspoon

Directions
Prepare oranges
Cut the top off neatly, make them look like lids
Use a little knife to clean out the inside of oranges
You may use a little spoon to help
This step you will get orange juice around 2-3 cups
Use a strainer to filter seeds and pulps
Keep the juice for 2 cups (we’ll make pudding from it)

Keep the oranges (with inside emptied) as containers
We’ll use them to make “Jack O’Lantern”

“Making Pudding”
In a medium size pot, pour in orange juice
Put on a stove with medium heat
Slow pour in granulated sugar, mix well
When sugar was all melt, add in corn starch
The texture will form like orange jam
At this point, slowly pour in heavy cream
Keep stirring until it becomes thicker
At the end add in gelatin powder

Use a spoon to put the pudding in orange container
(bowls that are made from oranges with inside emptied)
Leave until they all cooled down
Then put them in a fridge for at least 2-3 hours
Pudding will form soft and thick texture, ready to serve

Decoration as Jack O’Lantern
We will need black papers
Cut into triangle shapes to make eyes and noses
For the mouth, you may create with different shapes you like

“Valencia” oranges

Cut the tops off, make them look like “lids”

Empty the inside of oranges, you can orange juice for 2-3 cups

Add in sugar, corn starch, heavy cream and gelatin powder

Mix well, then pour them back into oranges (with inside emptied)

Cover with lids before serving… does it look like “brain”? haha!!!

Decoration papers…

Decorate with black papers cut into different shapes for eyes, noses and mouths. Stick them on the oranges with glue

Jack O’Lantern Orange Pudding… ready to serve

Hope you enjoy!
Buon Appetito.

Milan Fashion Week has ended already. I got a few snaps from Monday, September 26, 2011. It was at Arco della Pace … the crowd were gathering to go inside… (Roberto Cavalli’s show).

 

Let’s see some pictures.

 

 

 

 

A girl who a little like Whitney Port (don’t think it was her, though)

 

 

 

 

More smiles!

 

 

 

 

Good looking guests…

 

 

 

 

I love her shoes!!!

 

 

 

 

He must be a male model!

 

 

 

 

Another guest… uhmmm, don’t know where she’s from! … her dress is very Cavalli!

 

 

 

 

Nude pumps seem to be the greatest hits!

 

 

 

 

No heels… just tennis shoes would work too!

 

 

 

 

Nice wedges (with a bandage… beauty comes with pain?)

 

 

 

 

Green sheer stocking with sh-booties… hmmm… (don’t know what to say!)

 

 

 

 

Securities were packed!!!

 

 

 

 

Press people were also packed!

 

 

 

 

Men can have a clutch too! Can’t they? hehe

 

 

 

 

That’s it for this year… see you at Milan Fashion Week again in 2012!