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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hotel review - Il Castagneto****, Melfi, Italy

The room was nice.

Free wi-fi and free parking places. The breakfast had a good coffee and good croissants. Also you can have some ham and cheese. Unfortunately they don´t have any warm food.

The staff was very kind and helpful. The area is really quiet and in the morning if you open the window you can hear the birds sing. In front of our room was a forest and the soil was covered with crocuses.

They also have an outside pool.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cheese donuts - recipe with step-by-step photos

  • 380 grams of flour
  • 300 grams of fresh cheese
  • 100 milliliters of warm milk
  • 50 grams of butter
  • 50 grams of brown sugar (more if you like sweeter)
  • 10 grams of fresh yeast
  • 1 spoon with honey
  • sunflower oil for frying
  • powdered sugar to spread above the donuts

Mix the fresh yeast with half of the warm milk and 1 spoon with flour and let it rest for 10 minutes in a warm place.

Mix the butter and the sugar with the other half of the milk and let them melt at slow fire. Let them cool a bit.

In a bowl, add the flour, then the cheese, the warm milk/butter composition, the risen fresh yeast, the honey and mix until you obtain a non sticky dough.

Let the dough rest in a warm place for 1 hour.

Spread the dough on the table and with a glass or a round form make the donuts. Let them rest , covered with a clean towel for 30-40 minutes.

 Heat the sunflower oil and when hot add the donuts. Let the fry at medium fire until brown.

When ready, sprinkle above some powdered sugar.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hotel review - Novotel**** Bologna, Italy

The room was OK regarding the space. The sleeping conditions were, however, awful: the mattress was hard as a rock and the pillows were too soft (those cheap polyester pillows with only a handful of stuff in them).

Free Wi-Fi and free parking places.

The breakfast was a real disaster. The croissants were at least 2 days old, the coffee was bad and the hot buffet was inedible: the omelette was not prepared from fresh eggs and the bacon was very fat.

We will skip this hotel from now on.


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