Recipe Ideas: Cake with Yoghurt and raisins

Today, I want to share with you the recipe of my favourite Italian childhood cake (In Italian Plumcake, although no plums are in this recipe). This is super easy to make and also very versatile, you can literally mix the dough in 15 minutes and the oven will do the rest! Good for breakfast or for an afternoon tea. This time I’ve added 0 fat Greek Yoghurt and Raisins but you can be more creative and add whatever you like the best.

Good for breakfast or for an afternoon tea. Delicious!

 

Cake with Greek Yoghurt and Raisins
Cake with Greek Yoghurt and Raisins. Photo by Roman In London

 

Ingredients

3 medium Eggs
 140 gr of Sugar
Greek yoghurt  250 gr
Vegetable Oil 100 ml
00 flour 180g
Potato starch 60 g
Zest of 1 Lemon
 a pinch of salt
16 gr of Baking powder

Recipe

  1. Firstly, weight all the ingredients at room temperature. Place the eggs in a large bowl along with the sugar and a pinch of salt; mix them all with an electric mixer at low-speed initially, then you can increase it. When the mix becomes light and fluffy use the non-electric whisk instead. Add the greek yoghurt a little at time, stirring it with the whisk.
  2. Grate the zest of one lemon and add it to the mixture. Mix all the ingredients, then gently pour the oil in while continuing to stir.
  3. In a bowl, sift the flour, potato starch and baking powder, then add the powder a spoon at a time to the mixture, stirring with a spatula from the top downwards until you get a smooth mixture.
  4. Grease a loaf pan of 23 x 10x 7,5 cm and gently pour the dough while levelling it with a spatula. Bake it in a preheated oven to 170 degrees for 55 minutes.
  5. Test if it’s done with a toothpick: if pulling it out remains clean, it means that is ready; alternatively you’ll need to keep cooking for a few more minutes. When the plumcake is well browned, let it cool completely.
  6. Your Italian yoghurt ‘plumcake’ is ready to be served!

Note

Store the cake out of the refrigerator under a bell jar for 3-4 days max. Once cooked, it can be frozen and stored for up to 30 days.

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A day at the Museum of Modern Art in Rome | GNAM

GNAM is the acronym for Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome) and is located in Via delle Belle Arti in Rome.

The Cesare Bazzani-designed neo-classical building is known as Palazzo delle Belle Arti (Palace of Fine Arts) and it was completed in 1915.

 

 

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art “GNAM” Time is out of Joint Exhibitions. Photo by Roman in London

 

Amongst all the paintings and sculptures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, you can also find artists of the likes of Antonio Canova, Giorgio de Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Giacomo Manzù. The museum also holds some works by foreign artists, among them Braque, Calder, Cézanne, Degas, Duchamp, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet, Jackson Pollock, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

 

Cafe’ at the Museum. Photo by Roman In London

 

Suit
Details. Photo By Roman In London

 

Business suit
Details. Photo by Roman in London

 

Sneakers
Details. Shoes

 

 

Museum of modern and contemporary art in Rome
Details. Photo by Roman In London

 

I was very impressed by the exterior of the building and the dialogue between modern and classic also highlighted by the current exhibition theme Time Is Out Of Joint – that is displaying classical Roman statues with modern and contemporary pieces of art.

 

Photo by Andrea Castellani

This a  selection of some of the things I’ve seen that grabbed my attention.

Hall of the Museum. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Sculpture
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Joan Miro’. Photo by Roman in London

 

Photo by Roman in London

 

Self-portrait “suspended” Sam Taylor Wood #getaway #romaninrome #art #gnam #galleriaartemoderna #roma

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hall of the museum
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Door
Details. Photo by Roman In London

Hope you have enjoyed it, in case you’d like to visit it, here are the info.

Information:

Address: Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, 00197 Roma, Italy
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Closures Every Monday, 1st of January, 1st of May, 25th of December

Phone: +39 06 322981
Founded: 1883

 

 

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Top Five Shoes For Spring and Summer

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Summer’s here, which means it’s time to put those boots to the back of the wardrobe! These five fab shoes will take you from beach to festival and beyond for a brilliantly well-heeled Summer season:

1 – The Jelly

Cute, sweet and super practical for the beach, the jelly shoe is a Summer essential. Forget the t-bar jellies of your childhood though – grown-up jellies are a whole lot more stylish. Ted Baker has a fantastic range of gorgeous jelly shoes, including the Black Layered Bow Jelly Sandals. Or for something a little different, the Ancient Greek label has amazing jellies with unique wing detail at the ankle.

 

2 – The Gladiator

Strappy gladiators never go out of style, and they’re a great way to jazz up a swimsuit to go from beach to bar on holiday. If you don’t want to have to deal with awkward tan lines though, go for a pair that just strap up to ankle height! This pair from Ancient Greek Sandals is a dream for Summer.

sandals

3 – The Espadrille Wedge

A wedge is the perfect Summer shoe when you want a little bit of height but still want to rock a casual look. An espadrille-style wedge is a great look for the beach, and will add height and laid-back style to your holiday outfits. Wear with everything from swimwear on the sand to a playsuit for afterdark adventures.

 

4 – The Heeled Mule

The mule is the ultimate slip-on slip-off Summer shoe, and makes a great replacement for your Winter courts. Choose an open toe mule with a heel like the Wanda Welted Mule by DKNY and you’ve got a very versatile shoe that works as well for the office as it does for long Summer evenings out on the town.

5 – The Clog

A chunky clog-style heel is ideal when you want a comfy, casual shoe for sightseeing or festivals. Look effortlessly cool in the sunshine in clogs and a boho style dress or cold-shoulder top. Free People is an exciting label with loads of lovely clogs in its Summer collection

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Spring is here: get yourself multi-Coloured!

ferragamo bag

Multi-Coloured Magic

Although Summer is here, unfortunately, that doesn’t always guarantee good weather. Chase away the clouds with a rainbow-coloured outfit that will put you in a bright, sunny mood, whatever the weatherman says! Here’s some magical multi-coloured inspiration:

The Chloe ‘Jamie’ Sandal

Chloe is one label loving the multi-coloured strap sandal this summer, with several variations on the Jamie available. These chunky-heeled sandals have knotted straps in all colours of the rainbow, for perfectly pretty, colourful feet that will pep up any outfit! White is fantastic as it lets the colourful straps really pop. Also available in a wedge and in black.

SANDAL

The Farragamo Sara Bucket Bag

The Farragamo Sara range has some super-sweet colourful arm candy that’s impossible to say no to. We love the Rainbow Bucket Bag, as it’s got a shoulder strap and a handle for extra versatility.

ferragamo bag

 

The Valentino 1973 Range

The 1973 range by Valentino is an explosion of colour, with rainbow-coloured everything from bags, sandals and shoes to dresses, tops, shorts and coats. Amal Clooney was recently seen rocking the rainbow in the 1973 Striped Dress, so you’ll be in very stylish company!

Jaded London Rainbow Mesh  swimwear 

There’s no need to go top to toe rainbow to rock the multi-coloured look. If you prefer a more subtle style, choose a piece with just a pop of primary colour magic. This swimwear with a rainbow stripe pattern is all what you need to hit the beaches!

MiH Jeans Multi-Colour Chevron Skirt

If you prefer your colours on the more muted side, this sweet little suede mini combines inky blue, mustard yellow, red, brown and black to give a colour pop that’s less in your face. Guaranteed to look amazing with any simple black top.

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A Weekend in Rome

When it comes to travelling to my hometown every excuse is a good excuse, really 🙂

A Weekend, a whole week or even a fortnight, regardless of the amount of time I spend there, every time never really seems to be enough. On the other hand, I can’t really complain, Italy is only a couple of hours flight away from London and offers a plethora of opportunities and places to go depending on the season.

My favourite, though, is…

Spending a Weekend in Rome

Sunset nearby Largo di Torre Argentina. Photo by Roman in London

Here remnants of the Empire meet Renaissance masterpieces, cobbled piazzas and wonderful churches, it’s all thrown in with an increasingly cool contemporary art, food and drinks scene.

But since you’d need an actual eternity to see everything in the Eternal City, I’ve shared with you some pictures I’ve taken while walking around Central. It took me a couple of hours (with something like 300 stops to take pictures) to walk from Piazza del Popolo to Largo Argentina.

During this short walk, you can see the major landmarks: Piazza del Popolo, via Del Corso, Piazza Di Spagna and the famous ‘steps’, Pantheon, Galleria Colonna, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza del Parlamento, Altare della Patria and Largo Argentina.

History is around every corner of Rome. From the Pantheon and the piazzas to Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel, the ‘Eternal City’ is one of the world’s most historically significant destinations.

In fact, in Rome, classical ruins and early Christian places of worship stand just next to Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains, but also to great – and contemporary – neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a crowded aperitivo scene. Happy hour for us is a way to meet with friends, have a glass of wine (or two) and eat some starters from the buffet.

The city’s mild Mediterranean climate is another persuasive reason to visit (aside from December – February that can get a bit chilly there too).

Piazza del Popolo. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

A private Courtyard in central Rome. Photo by Roman In London

 

 

Via del Corso. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Corner of Via di Gesu’ e Maria. Photo by Roman in London

 

 


 

 

Details of a post box. Photo by Roman In London

 

Bakery Sign. Photo by Roman In London

 

Private Courtyard. Photo by Roman in London

 

Old Metropolitan Cinema. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Piazza Navona. Photo By Roman In London

 

“M’hai provocato e mo me te magno!” #hometime #romanholidays #romaninrome #getaway

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Some information:

Visitor passes

The Roma Pass (romapass.it) discount card, currently priced at €36 (three day) or €28 (two day) and available online or from tourist information offices, gives free entry to two museums of your choice and reductions for many others, plus unlimited use of citywide public transport.

International dialling codes

0039 06 for Rome numbers from abroad
06 from inside Italy
00 to get an international line

 

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OOTD: Wandering around South Kensington

Styling your wardrobe in a climate like London during spring time is nothing but a layering game.

You can literally experience four seasons in a day: entering the tube when is sunny and hot outside and getting out when is dark and pouring down with no hopes on earth of a dim ray of light. Therefore, sometimes, there’s no choice left but to throw on this and throw on that just so you can stay warm and fresh when needed = Layering.

In this instances, I do miss my Italian Mediterranean Springs just because of the “decidedness” of the weather that made my life much more simple.

While here in London, the weather is consistently wet, windy and cold which just forces me to leave behind my Mediterranean logic and, instead, grab my warmest outfits and pullover sweater along with my (always-on-me) Chelsea boots.

This time around though I decided to show a little bit more of the “fashionista logic” and put aside my most comfortable looks for a day. And here’s the result:

 

south Kensington
Photo By Roman in London

 

backless top
Backless Top. Photo by Daniela Cadore

 

Tory Burch Wedges
Tory Burch Wedges. Photo By Daniela Cadore

 

…Hope you’ll like it!

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Camel Coat: Glassworks

Shoes: Tory Burch

Backless Top: Stradivarius

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Top Trends from London Fashion Week

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One of the UK’s most coveted event of the year, London Fashion Week has been running recently for few weeks and I was there to share my experience with you :).

Working for a fashion company I have a hint of how important it is to know before everyone else does, what the trends are going to be like for the coming season. However, you don’t really need to work for a fashion company to witness the buzz, the franticness and the excitement you get in London during those weeks, which is palpable even for an outsider.

This event has been running by the British Fashion Council for 30 years now and, this year, the main venue for the presentation space was the 180 Strand. A flock of bloggers, press and influencers had been gathering the venues to be the first to know what the next cutting-edge piece or designer of the season are.

Cafe’ inside the building, 180 The Strand. Photo by Roman In London

From the likes of Alexander Mc Queen, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry and Cristopher Kane I’ll give you some insights of what the next IT Brit Label will be.

Selfie at the mirror

 

Photo by Roman in London
The external architecture of the building. Photo by Roman in London

 

Staircase – Interior architecture and design of the Building. Photo by Roman in London

Trends Highlights

Here the best bits: Photos and trends are in no particular order.

1. Off-the-shoulder

Off-the-shoulder Trend. Catwalk. Photo by Roman in London

2.Slip Dresses – Underwear as Outerwear

Slip Dress, catwalk. Photo by Roman In London

3.Backless tops

Backless trend. Catwalk. Photo by Roman in London

4.Flowers

The classic and ubiquitous English rose took root across the catwalks from Emilia Wickstead, Topshop Unique, Preen and Mulberry.

5.Voluminous sleeves

Statement sleeves are, also, one of the biggest trends. Whatever it’d be puffed, trumpet, tiered etc…you name it!

Final Line-Up

Final Line Up. Photo by Roman In London

And, finally this is where it was hosted:

  • BFC SHOW SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
  • BFC PRESENTATION SPACE – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
  • TOPSHOP SHOW SPACE – Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
  • THE PAINTING ROOMS PRESENTATIONS – Hosted by The Royal Society of Arts, Durham House Street, London WC2H 6HG
  • ON | OFF – Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

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 How to style your out-of-duty look

Want to wear a comfortable outfit but yet look cool? Read on to find out some ultimate inspiring street style trends.

All-Black

Going all black is a classic style to carry on streets. Especially when ‘off duty’,  it’s a good idea to still try to keep up appearance.. you never know what might happen or to whom you might bump into! For that, an oversized crop top sweater in black and fake leather black mini skirt is all you need to pull off a look.

 

Gisele Bundchen rocking her all-black off-duty style. Credits Pinterest

Leather Love

The leather jacket is every female’s all-time best friend. Colours other than black and blue like crimson and jade look are fabulous and alluring when paired with t-shirts, simple blouses or even lose-fit long gowns. It is a first-rate afternoon street style.

 

Less is more

We do not always have to grab something flashy. A classy tee with a camel coat and loafers showing off your ankles is enough to make a ravishing statement out on streets.

Embellishments, colours and glitters don’t always catch attention neither do you want to go all glamourous all the time while planning to hit the streets. That’s when unembellished apparel comes handy. Be daring and knock off a beauteous look in anything which drapes your body beautifully.

 

Denim over Denim

Who says you can’t go all blue in denim when you can go all black from head to toe?  Denim buttoned shirt over ripped denim jeans; that’s what you call all the shades of blue!

 

 

In love with Sneakers

 

Pairing up sneakers or flat boots with anything is an effortless sporty and high-class combo. Sneaker’s convention never comes to an end. I love to go on a break from heels and let my feet remain comfy while marching across the streets of London.

Colours, Prints and patterns

Streetstyle Milan

Fashion should also be fun. I always try to mix and match what I think it would fit in.
Go with eye-catching bright colours, food prints, and striped jackets. Layering these all is the key to a bona fide look!

To make it all sassier, dab on a red lipstick and a take up an impressive clutch bag and you’re good to go!

 

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How to Work Waterproof Footwear

There’s much more to waterproof shoes than just flip-flops for the beach, there’s actually a waterproof shoe for every occasion – and as they’re great for all weathers and look cool, there’s no reason not to jump on the jelly trend!

At a Festival

Protection from the mud is essential at a festival, as you know that rain is as good as guaranteed! Full-on wellies are a must in this occasion (as in the above iconic picture of Kate Moss at Glastonbury Festival).


Planning a winter break?

If you are planning a winter break for the beach you’d want a shoe that’s easy to slip on and off easily. If you want to go for something different to the flip-flops that you’ll see on everyone else’s feet, slip into a slider instead, like Gigi Hadid does below.

 

Gigi Hadid wearing Adidas Sliders. Image Credits WhoWhatWear

Spring Showers

Brit Boots that Celebrities love are –  of course –  the Chelsea Boots. These are the boots that I wear five days in a row in London, and that usually,  get me through Autumn/ Winter/ Spring and sometimes also – unfortunately – Summer…

 

Chelsea Boots

If it’s full-on throwing it down then waterproof booties will keep feet dry without spoiling your Spring style. Colours of California has an amazing selection of low booties in a wide range of colours, with biker buckles for extra style points. Will look just as good with a sundress or playsuit as with skinny jeans.

Out and About

A sweet jelly ballerina-style shoe is perfect for skipping about town in – and will even work for work! Ted Baker has some gorgeously grown-up jellies featuring a smart bow, and the fact that they wipe clean will keep them looking pristine forever.

 

Credits for the image WhoWhatWear

Afterdark

There’s absolutely no reason why a waterproof heel can’t work in the evenings – it certainly saves any worries about drinks being spilt on your shoes! If you want to be able to dance the night away in comfort, choose a high flatform style. Braver shoe lovers might want to go for a wedge heel instead.

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Top Trends: Underwear as Outerwear

Underwear as outerwear was a huge 2016 trend that’s still ongoing and perfect for the new season. We saw it on the catwalks at Givenchy, Celine, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Dior and more, but this trend isn’t just for supermodels. There are lots of ways to wear your underwear as outerwear – check out these lovely ones!

Bodysuits

The bodysuit is back! This 90s staple looks incredible with jeans, skirts, shorts – there’s nothing you can’t wear it with! Try a lingerie style body with ripped boyfriend jeans for a sexy, casual look.

credit for the image The Fashion Tag

The Slip Dress

Simple but stunning, the slip is another 90s favourite that’s making a comeback. This beautiful blue bias cut slip by Vince is very Jennifer Anniston and is the last word in elegant, zero effort dressing.

credit for the image: Modern Legacy

 

Lace Trim Tops

Incorporating lace into your wardrobe is an easy way to wear this trend. The Multicolour silk bellflower lace-trim slip by Rebecca Taylor ticks so many boxes with lace, silk, spaghetti straps and a scalloped neckline that it has to win the prize for the ultimate lingerie-look dress.

Credits for the image The Zoe Report

 Sheer Details

Sheer panels are super sexy and will give any piece a luxurious lingerie feel. If slip dresses aren’t your thing, pick up a playsuit with sheer detail for a young, fresh take on this trend.

Credits for the image Nicky Digital

 Silky Shorts

Silky shorts are surprisingly wearable, and a lightweight silk/cotton mix pair will keep you cool and comfortable, whatever you’re doing. Team with a vest top by day or a sexy body or sheer blouse after dark.

Credits for the image WhoWhatWear

Loose Pants

Large pants under a sheer skirt is a huge style trend at the moment, with Burberry Prorsum, Isabel Marant,  Dior and Balmain all sending models down the runway with their knickers on show.

Credits for the image Refinery29

Chic P-J Style

Credits for the image Harpers Bazaar

A sense of humour is the ultimate accessory for this look. Bold colours and patterns, as well as stripes, look perfect for this style.

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