Month: March 2016

First time handmade Pasta!

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cooking / pasta

I haven’t disappeared… just busy with work. This is the first handmade pasta recipe I have tried. It is a pinci from Tuscany, a rustic handmade pasta as long as spaghetti, but thicker (5-6mm when cooked). The recipe is from the cookbook Pasta by Hand by Jenn Louis (2015). Made of equal parts of semolina, all-purpose flour, warm water and salt, these are easy to make – the dough is rolled out to a thickness of 1/8″, […]

Icelandic fiction: Butterflies in November

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book review

When in Iceland, I bought a book from Icelandic author Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, The Greenhouse, the first of her books translated to English (by Brian FitzGibbon), and chronicles a story of love, death, fatherhood, and creating meaning in life. Recently I read the second of her translated books (actually written earlier than The Greenhouse), Butterflies in November. This story is narrated by a thirty-something Icelandic woman at a cross-roads in her life (we never learn her name). She has a […]