Today it is the turn of our dear friend and talented photographer Giulia! We invite you to periodically take a look at new website Giulia is developing and working on: www.followingthenorthstar.com
All pictures by Giulia Bellini!
Hi Giulia, do you want to introduce yourself?
Ok, I try to describe myself in my way. I am:
a mother of 2 wonderful boys,
the wife of a great worker and surf addicted,
a good friend (I try) for those who knows me better,
a photographer since years but still “work-in-progress”.
We live abroad since 2008 and at the moment our home is here in Denmark.
2) Where are you originally from?
I grew up in a small city near Milano. When I was little I was used to ride my bycicle in the fields, chasing frogs and picking up poppies during summer. My origins instead are from Rimini (Italian Middle East Coast), a beautiful seaside city built by Romans where the cooking tradition is still very important.
3) And now, talking about food, what’s your favourite Italian recipe which you use to prepare often and easily?
Actually I don’t have only one recipe but if I have to choose, the Pasta with meat “ragù” is my favourite! Since I have kids I’m also used to prepare the “ragú” using more vegetables than meat, so it’s healthier and less heavy to digest.
4) What product do you miss mostly from Italy?
Since I have been living abroad I miss… everything!
When I go back to Italy I can stay hours in a supermarket enjoying all the delicious products we have! But…a good mozzarella with some slices of prosciutto di parma they are still in my dreams!
Passatelli is a typical dish of the region of my family, Emilia-Romagna, near the border with Marche region. I’m very affectionate to this recipe because it reminds me when I was a little girl watching my grandmother (she is now 93 years old!) preparing fresh pasta on her huge wooden board. She thought me all the secrets of her kitchen and it was a special moment where she was telling me her stories about her life during the war, how she met my grandfather and how it is important to know how to cook to be fully appreciated by a man (this is very typical “Italian style”… a very strong feeling owned by previous generations, but I have to say that.. it’s true! )
It’s easy to prepare Passatelli even if the broth takes time, so if you decide to follow the recipe start to cook the day before.
You need few inexpensive and easy to buy ingredients to prepare this recipe and it really heats up during the danish looooooong winter.