Desserts Food&Recipes

Chocolate chip cookies with two secret ingredients

Chocolate chip cookies with two secret ingredients | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Recipe, photos and styling by Thais FKChocolate chip cookies with two secret ingredients | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Recipe, photos and styling by Thais FK

This is one of those recipes that might sound boring, but it really is not. I created my own version of chocolate chip cookies when I was maybe 13. I’ve made them so many times, that I really know the recipe by heart and I don’t even weigh the ingredients anymore. They cook super quickly and I might end up making them when I am craving something sweet and have nothing of that kind at home. The first time I made them to Klaus he was truly amazed by their soft structure and full taste.

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Desserts Food&Recipes

Chocolate loaf cake with whole pears

Chocolate loaf cake with whole pears | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass |Photos, styling and Recipe by Thais FK

Does someone know why loaf cakes are called “plumcakes” in Italian? And no, usually there are no plums in it. Anyways, I’ve wanted to make a loaf cake for a long time now and I think that with this recipe I really nailed it. This loaf cake is pretty delicious. I love the combination of the cake and the moist & juicy pears. I’d serve it with some vanilla sauce, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Continue Reading

Drinks Food&Recipes

Turmeric shots to boost your immunity system

Turmeric shots to boost your immunity system | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Recipe by Thais FK

Here’s your best friend if you’ll ever get a cold (like me in this very moment) or are feeling like getting sick. In wintertime, this will be the sun of your days, but I’d recommend to make an habit to drink some turmeric shots regularly as they are so incredibly healthy. In some recipe they filter the juice after blending, but I think that’s not a good idea, because in that way some important goods (such as the ginger fibers and black pepper powder) will be left out and we don’t want to discard those, do we?
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Winter wedding shoot

Few weeks ago I had the chance to photograph a winter wedding photo session. Even though I am mainly a food photographer, it is always refreshing to take pictures of “living things”. The day couldn’t have been more beautiful. The air was crisp and clear, the sky was blue and sun was shining. It was the kind of day you hope for, but never would expect. Till the day before forecast gave cloudy, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw what a bright day it was instead! In part of the shoot we are standing on the frozen sea, which is something quite unique and that cannot be achieved in many places in the world.

The pictures with back-light in the forest were improvised and, as for many fortuitous things, are probably the best and most magical of this all photo session. We were just walking back to the car, when I realized that on our right there was this little forest that really could have come out straight from a winter wonderland fairy tale. There was an almost imperceptible wind, enough to make some flakes of fresh snow fall down from the trees. It was so achingly beautiful moment, I almost didn’t want to take pictures and just admire the scene myself, but I guess the bride&groom are happy I didn’t 😀

So here are the pictures, hope you like them!

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Natural skin care by the Portuguese Caramela

Natural skin care by the Portuguese brand Caramela | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | by Thais FK

Today I’m going to share with you one of the most enjoyable photoshoots I’ve ever had. I took these pictures in a beautiful beach in Portugal, called Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro, in a hot, sunny day and I most certainly couldn’t complain about my office location 😀
What I was photographing were natural skin products of the Portuguese brand called Caramela. What I love about this brand is the fact that they use only natural ingredients. The INCI list of their skin care products are super short, the shortest I’ve ever seen! And I can recognize 90-100% of them (ok, knowing some Latin helps a lot, I admit it). So here you go with a little commentary for the Caramela’s products I tried. Continue Reading

Breakfast Desserts Food&Recipes

Breakfast in bed – Chocolate muffins | gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free

Breakfast in bed - Chocolate muffins - gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Linen bedding and linen table runners by Linen Tales | Bowl by Pentik | Photos and Recipe by Thais FK

As you know, I am not a fanatic of super healthy food. I am no vegan, no vegetarian, and especially no paleo. I don’t use caster sugar so much in my everyday life because, well, it just tastes bad. We usually use whole cane sugars like dark natural muscovado or coconut sugar. Try it once on an espresso and you’ll never want to turn back to the old caster sugar. Sometimes, though, I like to make dessert trying to avoid the “common ingredients”, both as a challenge to myself and to have some alternative I can make when friends who have some sort of allergy or intolerance come over. Probably this is the first baked dessert ever that I make where there are no eggs. I was so surprised by the result, these chocolate banana muffins are so delicious!! Continue Reading

Finland

A bright winter day in Oulu, Finland

A bright winter day in Oulu, Finland | Visit Oulu, Visit Finland | Thais FK

Days like this day are the reason why it’s worth surviving the kaamos phase we have to go through every year, that is those three months in late autumn/early winter where there is absolute blackness everywhere, constantly.
Days like this day are the reason why I love to live in Finland and I find this country extremely fascinating.
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Food&Recipes Main courses Soups

Thai chicken soup

In collaboration with Neito.

Neito rypsiöljy | Finnish rapeseed oil | Thai chicken soup Recipe | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Photos and Recipe by Thais FK

Hi friends! This post will be controversial especially in Italy I guess. Why? Because I’m going to talk about oil, and this time not olive oil, as I am so used to using in my everyday meals. This time I’ll talk about an oil common in Nordic countries, that is the rapeseed oil from the field mustard plant, and tell you why this is the oil that you absolutely should have in your kitchens. Continue Reading

Finland Home & DIY

Sleeping survival guide for Nordic countries – Part II

Sleeping survival guide for Nordic countries | Linen bedding by Linen Tales | Forest green duvet linen cover & ashes or roses flat sheet | on Due fili d'erba | Two blades of grass | Photos by Thais FK

Hello friends! Here is the second part of my sleeping guide for Nordic countries (you can find the first part here).

5. Use some calming essential oils

There are many essential oils that can help the sleeping process, the most common of them being lavender. We usually use thyme oil, as we both have some breathing issues and thyme helps with chest infections and cough. This is an effortless way to improve your sleep, especially if you have one of Tomelo’s air freshener mushroom, that naturally and smoothly spreads the essential oil in the air and lasts for several days. Continue Reading