For the love of coffee – Brief history of Bialetti

Hello everybody,

My adventures in caffeine never cease!

Recently, I came accross this lovely website about all things Italian called Life in Italy.

Naturally, a post about Italian coffee caught my eye, and here you get a brief history of the moka as created by Bialetti. I love these little machines, I’ve had a few over the years, my fave being a mini moka for two, with a lime green handle and top. But a careless flatmate left the gass on too high and melted the handle. Still, another excuse to browse for a new moka… My most recent is from Ikea (no shame in that) and I’ve another one that I got as a gift, which reminds me, where did I put it? Ah, the perils of moving house!

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend 🙂

A dopo



Coffee helps – Il caffè mi aiuta

Buongiorno a tutti

Life never stops, but sometimes my writing on the blog does. Pitty, I love writing about food here, it always makes me smile. The interaction alone is fun between bloggers, and I must go read some more of their lovely posts… And today, I start writing some posts in Italian. Let me know how I’m doing in the comments please.

After a week of stomach tension and anxiety, hard work and emotional support, of seeing extended family and a swift goodbye to my partner’s Grandmother, I need some proper coffee. I can always rely on my moka and some Italian coffee as company on this long/short journey.

It’s August Bank Holiday weekend in Ireland so enjoy the long weekend if you can. Happy reading, happy writing!


— in italiano —

Buongiorno a tutti,

La vita continua come sempre, anche se smetto di scrivere sul mio blog. Che peccato, mi piace scrivere così tanto, mi fa sorridere ogni volta. I dialoghi tra i blogger sono divertenti. Cavolo, devo a leggere i loro blog bellissimi… E oggi, comincio a scrivere dei post in Italiano. Per favore, fatemi sapere se ho fatto dei errori nei commenti.

Dopo una settimana con la mal di pancia, l’ansia, lavoro duro, vedere la famiglia del mio partner con tanti emozioni, e l’ultimo saluto alla nonna del mio partner, avevo bisogno di un buon caffè. Conto sul caffè italiano e sulla moka per aiutarmi sul viaggio lungo/breve della vita.

E una feria in Irlanda questo weekend. Se ci siete, divertitevi.

Buona lettura, buona scrittura!


Photo feature – Affogato

Hello lovely readers,

it’s a veritable heat wave in Ireland at the moment, we’re seeing sundresses, shorts and sandals everywhere, with temperatures reaching mid 20s. This is our summer and we’re gonna enjoy it! And what better way to cool down than with this.

Espresso + vanilla ice-cream + dash of amaretto = the best dessert you’ll have this weekend.


And to all my Canadian and American readers, hope you’re celebrating your national holidays in style.

Buon appetito e buone feste a tutti!


Coffee buzz

I love coffee sometimes but I am unfaithful. I like tea just as much.

I like espresso when it’s too hot for a longer drink. I like tea when I’m in my pyjamas. I like tea in the morning when my stomach can’t take sharp coffee jolt. I like coffee mid-morning when I need help getting through the day.

I like the smell of coffee. I like the memories coffee has given me over the years. I like that I meet people for coffee. I like social coffee. I like coffee alone. I like coffee outdoors. I like it on the go.

I like standing at the bar in Italy for an espresso. I like it when people say expresso because I used to say that too.

I like learning more about coffee culture and the different beans and roasts and temperatures.

I like the culture of coffee houses in a historical and political context. I like that I just wrote that last sentence and meant it.

I like that buying new coffee kit is like buying a new toy.

I like coffee that’s kind to the environment and fair for the people who produced it.

I like coffee flavoured desserts. I like coffee flavoured alcohol and cocktails. I like coffee chocolate. I like chocolate covered coffee beans.

I like the buzz.


Tiramisù, Take Two

Ciao ragazze e ragazzi! Had a good Easter, hope you did too, if you were celebrating it.

Just before Easter, I made another version of tiramisù. There were a few odds and ends lurking in the fridge and cupboard so I put them to good use. Nothing like a dessert to make things better.

Tiramisu 3

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Photo feature – Pocket Coffee

Rocket fuel espresso lives in a dark chocolate shell, ready for an instant caffeine hit. Yum

Pocket coffee 2

In the background, an article from the Sunday Times Magazine on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, on my ever-increasing list of books to read. Have you read them?


New feature – photos!

Encouraged by the progress and connections I’ve made from blogging 101,  I’m starting to include a weekly photo feature. It not only shows you lovely readers what Italian foods I’ve been eating or experimenting with, but it also adds a much-needed visual element. So much about what we eat relies on visuals, how could I not post food pics? Part laziness, part “so hungry I can’t pause for a photo-op”, part forgetting where I’ve left the camera…

First photo: Grisbì biscuits


These delicate dome-shaped biscuits, with a variety of creamy fillings, coffee/espresso and cappuccino featured, but I’ve only opened one so far, the temptation to finish the entire pack is over-whelming. They are pleasantly addictive and a light alternative to dessert at the end of a meal. Buonissimi!

More photos to follow… stay tuned folks