Italian breakfast with Panettone

Wintertime with Italian staples: Panettone and Nutella


Italian breakfast this morning: panettone, bread with Nutella and tea.

With a bit of jetlag still lingering around, I needed a serious boost, what I call a ‘tiramisu’, which is also an Italian dessert, but for me, it’s every little thing you do for yourself that ‘lifts you up’ (the literal meaning of tiramisu).

You can read some other Tiramisu’ following this link

It’s important to start the day in the best way, to set the tone for the entire day. Getting enough sleep dramatically changes my day, even if it means missing out the previous night “fun”. It so worth, and so underrated, that it’s important to remember to simply go to sleep early!

When it comes to refuelling after the night fast, the options are innumerable and I personally don’t always choose the same foods: sometimes I wake up really wanting some cookies, other times it’s fruit and a yoghurt, or in December eating a slice of Panettone when I find a good one here in London.

It’s important to look for a proper one, as the preparation is really long and complicated, and even in Milano only a few food stores carry the best. One slice, a good cup of my Chai tea and I am happy…until lunch time 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!

It’s tea time (anytime)

Tea and coffee in different countries

One of my teacups, this one is Japanese and I love it!

Tea is my favourite drink, more than a drink really it is an experience.

Brewing my first huge cup of chai in the morning (#chandernagor), enjoying a smoked lapsang souchong in the afternoon or a genmaicha with a friend always makes me feel better and more centered.

I get my morning Chandernagor tea from a little shop in Milano: I normally buy one kilo and it lasts for a couple months (yes, I drink a lot of it!) and now that I moved to the UK I have to be even more organized with my “doses” as they don’t ship outside of Italy.

The simple act of boiling the water, simmering the mixture of spices and black tea for two minutes, then adding milk and boiling for another two minutes, leaving the aromas develop and fill the air for two more minutes, then filtering and drinking slowly. I don’t like my morning chai too sweet, I don’t like it sweet at all while I know the real chai is made with lots of sugar that adds to its flavour.

It is a ritual, one that prepares me for a long day and sets the tone for the rest of the morning, no matter what is in my to-do list. Any ritual per se is grounding and soothing, reassuring to some extent on the fact that everything is going to be alright, giving back some sort of control over the external environment and calming the mind. When it involves tea, spices and beautiful vessels it also brings back many lovely memories like this exquisite cup bought in Japan at Gorakadan Onsen.

That must be the reason why so many cultures use tea and coffee as “mindful” moments, although it would be more correct to say mind-empty moments, since the focus on the preparation, and all the senses involved mean that there is very little mind and rationale going on, and a lot of instinctive repetitive and tasteful no-mind at work here.

Simple pleasures, indeed. #foodislife #tea #chai #gorakadanryokan #japanlove