What I’m up to these days: not much..January and February are the worst months in terms of weather here in Ottawa, -20/25 degrees doesn’t sound fun at all. So I’m trying to keep busy with my regular weekly stuff that I do which includes shooting video recipes, photographing food, lots of editing. I try to avoid going out because I hate the cold, except mornings because I have to go to work.
So after a 7 hour shift I try to find some energy left to keep up with the other things as well, you know, posting and also updating my personal website here.
But what is really going on in my life right now?
I’m in a place that feels a bit unsure due to the fact that I don’t know where i’ll be in about 6 months from now. As some of you might know I live in Canada and i’m here with a work permit, immigration stuff is too complicated to discuss here but to make it short my work permit expires soon, I applied for an extension but I don’t know if they will accept it. I guess I will find out in about a month. But beside that, me and my boyfriend need PR to be able to stay here permanently. It’s a quite complicated process and right now we’re not “qualifying” to apply for permanent residency, according to the government.
The thought of not being here in 6 months from now excites me and frightens me at the same time, for many reasons. Going back to Italy would mean starting from zero, a new chapter or better, pick up from where i left 4 years ago. Italy is not the best place to be right now, the economy sucks, it’s hard to find a job or be a freelancer or at least that’s what everyone tells me.
But I can’t hide that I won’t be sad if I’ll have to go back. I miss my family, my friends, I miss home, I miss being in the nature all the time, and Italy. I miss the feeling of freedom that I can only feel it when i’m in Europe, that’s my home. You’ll probably get what I mean if you live there. There’s just a different vibe and energy, even the air is different.
Maybe you think a photographer/blogger’s life is super exciting and just like it’s pictured on Instagram but I promise you it isn’t :) And my goal is to have no filters here when i write about my life. It’s hard for me to open up like this but I treat this place as my personal diary, the one I would write in my room at night by myself. So you’ll read the good stuff but also the not so good.
Now I will leave you with this recipe I made for my Italian recipe blog @videoricette per i gruppi sanguigni
i found out they’re also called “socca”, in Italy they’re called “frittelle”. It’s a crazy simple recipe.
If you’ll try it, let me know!
Until next time <3
MAKES ABOUT 10 thin pancakes
200 g chickpea flour
250 g water
40 g vegetable oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
soy yogurt or almond yogurt ,sunflower seeds and fresh basil leaves.
In a large bowl combine chickpea flour with oregano and salt. Add the water gradually while mixing to prevent lumps. Add the oil as well and whisk until the batter is smooth. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the batter in the pan, one tablespoon at a time. I was able to fit 2 pancakes at a time. Cook for about 1 minute per side or until lightly golden with crisped edges.
Serve them warm with dollops of your favourite vegan yogurt, top with sunflower seeds o crumbled walnuts and fresh basil leaves.