Cooking, eating, Food

True Original Italian Neapolitan Pizza

The recipe Pizza Neapolitan is easy to make at home. When I speak of Pizza Neapolitan I mean the one with anchovies and capers. Although Italy is a very small country and where most people speak the same language, there is often confusion about this subject: a real Neapolitan pizza recipe is always made with strong flavors. In some Italian towns the Neapolitan pizza is rigorously cooked in oven wood and lots of buffalo mozzarella, but just travel a hundred kilometers north of Italy and you will find a Neapolitan pizza made with anchovies, black olive, and capers.

ADVICE: Try your real Neapolitan Pizza with Black Olive Oil, true Mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and a glass with the wine of your preference.

ITALIAN PIZZA ORIGINAL NEAPOLITAN

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NEAPOLITAN PIZZA IN THE OVEN

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Gratitude Message to My Followers from all over the World

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I want to say THANK YOU  to all my readers, followers and contacts from all over the  world: Brazil, North America (USA, Mexico, Canada) Germany, Spain, England, Russia, Italy, Middle East, all Europe and all Latin America for following my site, for liking my Pinterest photos, for sharing your knowledge and business in Linkedin, for reading my tweets.

THANKS!

I try to interact with all of you, and please, if you speak other language like Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese or German, do not doubt leaving comments or messages in all my platforms. I will respond to you in the language you prefer.

Beauty, Food, Travel

LAKE COMO ITALY One of the most beautiful lakes in the world

Lake Como, Italy

Delicious Lake Como food and the view will steal your palate and your heart!

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Sleepy villages, and Belle Époque–era resorts lining its shores, not to mention the jaw-dropping views of the Alps.

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This Y-shaped lake continues to exert a powerful pull on imaginations thanks to the historic villas, stunning gardens.

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Relaxing…

Travel Italy Lake Como Dr Martha Castro Mexico

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Beauty, Hotels, Travel

Travel Europe a Passion for the Soul – Part #1

TRAVEL

 

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.”

 

CASTLE HOTEL IN YORKSHIRE NORTH E. ENGLAND

 

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HOTEL IN NICE

 

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‘You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.’ – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

HOTEL Villa Honegg in Switzerland

 

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Hotel Baumanière les Baux de Provence, France

 

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Happy Saturnalia 2018 … a little bit of History

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HAPPY SATURNALIA

December 17-23 Predating the birth of Jesus by centuries, this Ancient Roman celebration, in honor of the God Saturn, is marked by parties, gift-giving, and role reversals.

Happy Saturnalia 2018

The first-century AD poet Gaius Valerius Catullus described Saturnalia as ‘the best of times’: dress codes were relaxed, small gifts such as dolls, candles and caged birds were exchanged.

Saturnalia saw the inversion of social roles. The wealthy were expected to pay the month’s rent for those who couldn’t afford it, masters and slaves to swap clothes. Family households threw dice to determine who would become the temporary Saturnalian monarch. The poet Lucian of Samosata (AD 120-180) has the god Cronos (Saturn) say in his poem, Saturnalia:

‘During my week the serious is barred: no business allowed. Drinking and being drunk, noise and games of dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping … an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water – such are the functions over which I preside.’

Happy Saturnalia 2018

Saturnalia originated as a farmer’s festival to mark the end of the autumn planting season in honour of Saturn (satus means sowing). Numerous archaeological sites from the Roman coastal province of Constantine, now in Algeria, demonstrate that the cult of Saturn survived there until the early third century AD.

Saturnalia grew in duration and moved to progressively later dates under the Roman period. During the reign of the Emperor Augustus (63 BC-AD 14), it was a two-day affair starting on December 17th. By the time Lucian described the festivities, it was a seven-day event. Changes to the Roman calendar moved the climax of Saturnalia to December 25th, around the time of the date of the winter solstice.

Happy Saturnalia 2018

From around 1583 the Church of Scotland ( Presbyterian) discouraged ‘Yule’ celebrations. The church believed that there was no basis for celebrating the day as it didn’t reflect what was in the bible. There are even records of some people being arrested over unlawful celebrations during
the years it was officially banned.

‘Christmas Day’ only became a public holiday in Scotland in 1958.

When something is just ‘made-up’ the permutations can be endless.

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Best Places to Travel for Summer 2018 with your Family for Fun

Summer is here and it means vacation, relaxing, enjoyable times everyday of the week. You can travel or you can stay home enjoying your beautiful garden with your family and friends.

My favorite places to travel this summer 2018 are:

SANTORINI, GREECE

LAKE COMO, ITALY

However, things might change depending on the rest of the family. We usually choose one or two places each one of us and vote, I hope I win this year.

18 best places to travel for summer 2018

Beauty, Ciclismo, Cycling

Things I Hate About Cycling

I love cycling, but these are the things I do not like about cycling:

1. Men cyclists trying to race me when they know perfectly well  I am a cyclist woman  (I have long hair), and especially when they are in their twenties. I am in my 50’s. But I get pumped up and annoyed and I start pedaling my bike so fast that I pass them every single time. 

2. When I am all ready and dressed up to go out for my usual bike ride and the weather decides I should stay home and starts pouring rain!

3. I am pedaling my bike, climbing up a hill, minding my own business and suddenly a cyclist approaches me and begins to give me “cycling lessons”: “you should do this, don’t do that, blah blah blah….” Seriously, some cyclists are so pedantically obnoxious. By now, I completely disregard him, start pedaling fast and leaving him behind, or tell him on his face that I have cycled and raced for 26 years and tell him off.

4. Other cyclists (male cyclists) telling me: “you look so pretty and thin today” “you are gaining some weight back…” “those legs look sexy”. Gee, can they see me as a cyclist, only, please?

5. I don’t like it when I had planned to pedal some 40 to 50 kilometers, I am all pumped up at the 20 or 30 km and then I feel one of my wheels hitting the road flat, pedaling is harder and I know my front or back tire IS FLAT!!

6. I hate it when the weather is beautiful, my physical condition ready to pedal 50 to 80 km the next day. I go to bed early and when I wake up at 4:30 am the evil sneezing and the painful sore throat start. I know I have to stay home so I don’t make it worse and recover faster.

7. I hate when drivers of automobiles scream things at me like: move! get out of the road! …. even worse, when they try to hit me to make me fall (they have never been successful -I have great reflexes)

8. Don’t like it when my bike hits a pothole full of water and I get wet.

9. I hate when friends or relatives agree to meet me at certain time in the morning (usually 5 or 6 am) for a bike ride and they show up late or not at all.

10. I couldn’t think about anything else “I hate about cycling”. There are dozens of things I love about cycling! 🤩