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HAPPY 2016!!!

Happy 2016!! That it will be a wonderful year full of love, happiness, health and tasty food! 🙂

2015 is already over but what a wonderful year it has been! The best year ever! I just want to look back on it for a second.
I started the year with a new name and look for my blog. I’m still very happy with it and even though I don’t have that much time anymore being a mom now, I still enjoy sharing new Italian recipes with you so much. The Italian cuisine as much as food photography is such a passion and outlet for me I will continue with as much joy in this new year that started today. Every week a new recipe which I hope you will love as much as I do!
The year started good but got only better… In the beginning of March I found out to be pregnant. It was such a happy and scary moment at the same time. Happy to have a little creature growing inside of me, and scared that it might go wrong… Fortunately the pregnancy proceeded perfectly! Except being extremely tired I felt great!
In June I went on a marvelous trip to the USA. It became a memorable trip with a real American babyshower! And….I was a guest on the radio show The Fork Report of Neil Saavedra! That was such an amazing experience. It made this trip unforgettable!
October was thé month! Our precious, beautiful and healthy baby boy Samuele was born. The most intense and best thing ever happened to me. These last 2,5 months have been all about him. Getting to know him and getting familiar with being a mom. Not an easy task. Baby blues, lots of insecurities, no-sleep-nights… But seeing Samuele grow, his beautiful smile that lights up his eyes (and mine!), his tiny hands and feet, all his face expressions (when he wakes up, when he gets his dipper changed, when he’s getting a bath, when he drinks…). It simply amazing!!
I hope that 2016 will bring me and my family as much joy and happiness as 2015 did! ♥
Dutch Oliebollen
In Italy it’s custom to eat lentils on New Year’s Eve. It should bring you wealth, luck and prosperity in the new year. In The Netherlands however you eat Oliebollen aka Dutch Doughnuts or Dutchies. Not sure why to be honest, but I love it. So even though living in Italy I eat oliebollen every New Years Eve!
So today on this first day of January I share you the recipe of this Dutch tradition.
I barely use prepacked products but (shame on me) I do when making Dutchies.
Obviously I can’t find this baking mix here in Italy so I order it online: 
Therefore, this recipe isn’t mine but written in the back of the Koopmans package… 😉

Dutch “Oliebollen”
makes 20

1 Koopmans baking mix package
500 ml // 2 cups water
250 g //1 2/3 cup raisins
sunflower oil
powdered sugar

Soak raisins in lukewarm water for 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix the baking mix with water using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until smooth. Add the raisins and mix well. Cover with a plastic foil and leave it to rise for at least 45 minutes on room temperature.
Heat the sunflower oil to 190ºC / 375ºF.
Make little balls using an ice cream scoop. Put them in the oil and bake them for 3/4 minutes or until golden brown. Take them out of the oil and place them on a paper towel.
Serve with powdered sugar.

Dutch Oliebollen

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