Irish food drawings – Day 7 (Saint Patrick’s!)

Day 7
(17th March 2014)


We passed Saint Patrick’s in Derry/Londonderry and, in addition to the beautiful parade, there was the Food Festival; it was composed of a lot of stands with different typical irish foods. To chose what to eat was really not easy, but at the end I went for this:

Abbiamo passato San Patrizio a Derry e, oltre alla bellissima parata, c’era anche la fiera culinaria, composta da tanti stand con diversi cibi tipici irlandesi. Scegliere cosa mangiare non è stato facile, ma alla fine mi son buttata su questo: 

  • Pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw, BBQ sauce and beetroot cream (delicious!)


Tea break, dinner, after dinner…whatever:

  • Guinness (yes, I know it’s strange after almost three years of Ireland, but this was the first time we went out and had Guinness!)
  • Harp


Irish food drawings – Day 6

I’m in late with the posts, but I’ve been two days away for Saint Patrick’s…I’m sure you’ll not mind 😉

Day 6
(16th March 2014)


  • – Italian Coffee
  • – Cinnamon Swirl (I wish we had this in Italy, I really miss it when I’m not in Ireland!)



  • Sandwich with boiled eggs and salad cream (this is something that Stevie found a bit strange, but they work together very very good!)


Irish food drawings – Day 5

Day 5
(15th March 2014)


  • (English) Muffin with butter and Parma Ham
  • Club Orange



  • (Stevie’s) Spaghetti alla Carbonara
  • Garlic bread —> pane all’aglio, qui usato come una specie di contorno alla pasta (un contorno alla pasta? Ma soprattutto: pane di contorno alla pasta?!? Non dite altro, lo so già… 😛 )


Irish food drawings – Day 4

Day 4
(14th March 2014)

Yesterday seemed that my italian taste won for a day 😉


  • (Italian) Coffee



  • Chickpeas Soup with extra virgin oil (Zuppa di Ceci con olio extra vergine)


Irish food drawings – Day 3

Day 3
(13th March 2014)


  • (Italian) Coffee
  • Double Chocolate Mini Muffin



  • (English) Muffin
  • (Italian) Salame Felino ♥ (here they don’t have salame sigh!)


Tea Break:

  • A tea (me…yes, I did, I had a tea instead of a coffee!)
  • Cappuccino (Stevie)

We went to a Coffee House in Lurgan called ICONS; it’s very nice and comfortable, I think I’ll be back there other times, maybe to have a coffee or tea while I draw! 😉



  • Rustic chicken with vegetables (potatoes, long green beans, carrots)


Irish food drawings – Day 2

Day 2
(12th March 2014)


  • Italian coffee (yes, I have my italian coffee machine too! Or better, I have two, just in case one is not working anymore :P)
  • Muffin (the English one) —> in Italy we don’t know there are even these muffins I find here, I knew just only the sweet american muffins. If you, like me, didn’t know, read the difference here.



  • Gammon (Bistecca di prosciutto)
  • Sweetcorn (Mais)
  • Potato Wedges with chili

I had a wonderful dinner, cooked by Stevie; it was the first time I had gammon, it’s delicious! I added a bit of extra virgin oil on it and on the sweetcorn, as usual 😉


Irish food drawings from now to my depart…let’s start!


Bacon e uova strapazzate – Bacon and scrambled eggs: what I had some days ago in Italy

I found that, without a valid motivation (like all the best things), I really enjoy to draw food. So, again without a valid motivation, I thought to draw every lunch, dinner, breakfast or whatever I’ll have here in Ireland. It’s a good exercise, it relaxes me. So talked the boss. 😉

Mi sono resa conto che, senza una valida motivazione (come tutte le cose migliori), mi diverto un sacco a disegnare il cibo. Quindi, sempre senza una valida motivazione, ho deciso di disegnare ogni giorno pranzo, cena, colazione e qualsiasi altro pasto che avrò in Irlanda. E’ un buon esercizio, mi rilassa. Così ha deciso il capo. 😉

Let’s start: this is the dinner I had last night at Stevie’s house…I know it’s incredible to say for an italian, but I missed irish food’s taste!
A unique plate, composed by:

Iniziamo: questa è la cena di ieri sera a casa di Stevie…lo so che è incredibile da dire per un’italiana, ma mi è mancato il cibo irlandese!
Un piatto unico, composto da: 

  • Roast beef
  • Yorkshire puddings (per gli italiani: guardate qui cosa sono).
  • Potato croquettes (crocchette di patate)
  • Asparagus and long stem broccoli
  • the unmissable Gravy sauce (salsa Gravy)

Even if it’s something that creeps out a bit my hosts, I put some extra virgin oil on my vegetables…making them italish, I suppose 😉

Anche se è qualcosa che disgusta un pochino i miei ospiti, aggiungo un po’ di olio extravergine sulle mie verdure…facendole diventare italish, suppongo 😉

Ulster Fry!

One of the first things I asked Stephen when I came the first time to Ireland was what is the traditional plate to taste while here. In Italy to a question like this we could answer with many books of recipes and detailed analysis of this or that different regional tradition. Stephen answered me simply “potatoes”. But now I know him, I don’t trust his evasive first answer (just to make a random example when, just met, I told him: “Ah, you are irish. Everyone says Ireland is extraordinary, tell me something about it” him, seraphic, answered: “Yes, it’s very beautiful.” “…”), so I went to the bottom of it and I had two more plates: the first one is the Irish Stew, that I tried more than once in the excellent Jeanette’s version, the other is the Ulster Fry, a dish full of different foods more or less fried, toasted, covered in butter, baked that here they often eat for breakfast.
Now, I have to admit that for me, especially at the beginning, the only thought to eat something like this scared me (as breakfast would be impossible still now 😛 ). But, as I slowly got used to the irish cooking and, above all, suffering a lot of cold (ergo being constantly hungry), finally I caught the occasion to try it at Stephen’s grandparents’ house yesterday. They told me it’s not the original Ulster Fry, in which there are no chips while it has black pudding and beans, but it’s anyway a very good and energizing dish. Let’s see if I can have another one before I depart 😉

Una delle prime cose che chiesi a Stephen quando arrivai in Irlanda fu quale fosse il piatto tradizionale da assaggiare. In Italia ad una domanda del genere si potrebbe rispondere con tomi di ricette e disquisizioni su questa o quella diversa tradizione regionale. Stephen rispose semplicemente “patate”. Ma ormai lo conosco, non mi fido più delle sue risposte evasive (tanto per fare un esempio a caso, quando, appena conosciuti, gli dissi: “Ah, sei irlandese. Dicono l’Irlanda sia magnifica, raccontami com’è” lui, serafico, rispose: “Sì, è davvero molto bella.” “…”), così sono andata più a fondo ed ho ottenuto altri due piatti: il primo è l’Irish Stew, lo stufato irlandese, che ho avuto più volte occasione di provare nella buonissima versione di Jeanette, l’altro è la Ulster Fry, un piatto strapieno di alimenti più o meno fritti, tostati, ricoperti di burro, infornati che viene mangiato spesso a colazione. Ora, devo ammettere che per me, soprattutto all’inizio, solo il pensiero di mangiare un piatto del genere mi faceva paura (per colazione sarebbe impossibile ancor ora 😛 ). Ma, abituatami pian piano alla cucina irlandese e soprattutto soffrendo terribilmente il freddo (ergo ho perennemente fame), finalmente ho colto l’occasione per provarlo ieri a casa dei nonni di Stevie, Marie e Kieran. Mi dicono che non si tratta dell’originale Ulster Fry, nella quale non sono presenti le patatine fritte ed in più ci sono i fagioli ed una specie di sanguinaccio, ma comunque si tratta di un piatto buonissimo e super energetico. Vediamo se riuscirò a replicare l’esperienza prima di ripartire 😉

Ulster Fry



When I met Stevie he didn’t have idea of what aperitivo was and I didn’t know it’s mostly an italian tradition. I’m not sure if and where it exists out of Italy…what I’m sure of is that in Northern Ireland they don’t have it. In fact when I explained him that aperitivo in Genova is when you go to a bar before dinner to have alcoholic drinks served with free food he was very surprised. He couldn’t believe that here they’re for real giving you free food just because you drink.
Obviously in time it became one of his favourite italian traditions, and every time he’s coming to Italy we never miss to have at least one or two 😉

So yesterday I woke up to go to Staglieno cemetery but, since of the very early closing time, I ended up in my laboratory and then I went for aperitivo in one of my favourite places in the centre of Genova, Piazza delle Erbe.

Aperitivo: Negroni Sbagliato & Japanese Ice Tea + food @ Biggie, Piazza delle Erbe – Genova, Italy

18th September 2013

A “safari” in Riserva San Massimo

Yesterday we had the the pleasure to go to visit a beautiful place on the occasion of our friend Roberta’s birthday: she invited us to her estate in the middle of Ticino Valley natural park, Riserva San Massimo.
In this marvellous natural reserve, big as 900 football fields, they grow a high quality Carnaroli Rice and they have many species of flora and fauna. We have been taken around for a visit with a big jeep (I can’t remember the proper name of the truck we used, you can see it in the first photo), having the possibility to ask whatever we wanted to the ranger who came with us and to spot some wild animals as deers and storks.
The ranger shown us the spring of the water they use to grow rice (there were even some funny little frogs there, but they were too fast to take a photo of them) and explained a lot of interesting facts about the rice plantation.

Riserva San Massimo – Gropello Cairoli (Pavia), Italia

14th September 2013