Friday Snippet #16

Another week, another snippet. Still enjoying this new and surprisingly refreshing concept of writing for fun. Words just form in my mind and fingers click on the keys. Is that easy. Here it is, straight from my imagination, my weekly snippet from X:

“There’s nothing out here.” Allegra had never experienced sensorial blindness, but without her nose to direct her, she felt as if seeing with her eyes  wasn’t enough.

“What do you mean nothing?” He caressed her shoulders the way he did when she was tense.

The slow, circular motions around her scapulae combined with a calming push from his aura normally soothed her anxiety.

But not this time. “My nose doesn’t catch anything. There’s nothing out here,” she repeated, and he finally understood the entity of her words and interrupted the contact between them by removing his hand to give her some privacy. “I don’t know how I didn’t catch it earlier.”

“You were so preoccupied…”

She felt him stepping closer, but he didn’t close the final gap waiting for her to decide if she wanted to be consoled. “I should’ve sensed it immediately.” She was angry. Mere hours out of school and she had already failed.

“It’s understandable—”

“I’m responsible for your life.”

“I’ve survived for nineteen years already.” His words weren’t meant to offend her, but Allegra felt worse.

“I was thinking about my family.”
“I know and I don’t blame you for it. I’m worried for mine too.” He did close the gap this time without asking for permission and she was glad for it.

Allegra leaned on him and closed her eyes. “It won’t happen again. I promise.” She breathed in his scent, the familiar essence of Julius doing the trick to send the tears away. “You’re still here.”

He chuckled at her statement. “I’ve no intention to let go of my guide.” He had started calling her My Guide a few years back, soon after they had been paired. At the beginning it was just who she was to him and she hadn’t liked it—their differences in built and height the source of infinite jokes among their peers. Then, she had realized he was only using it in private.

Friday Snippet #16

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Banana Bread Muffins with Lemon Zest

Banana Bread Muffin con ScrittaI’m proud to announce another culinary success in the gluten-free, dairy-free muffins department. Today, I used the basic recipe for the banana bread my friend gave me (again, thanks S.) and I substituted some of the ingredients. Final result, mouthwatering and heavenly smelling.

What I had in the pantry:

2 Ripe bananas

2 Eggs

3/4 Cup Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

2 Cups Gluten Free Pantry Old Fashioned Cake & Cookie Mix

1 Lemon

How I made the Banana Bread Muffins

I preheated my old, battered oven at 350F. I mixed all the ingredients together with the Kitchenaid until the bananas were completely dissolved. Grated the lemon zest and added the peel to the mix, which it had a thick consistency. Then I poured it in the previously oiled muffin cups and put them in the oven. 25 minutes later the muffins were done. Truth to be told, they could have cooked a few minutes less, but my oven is not reliable. They passed the biting test though and the picture above shows one of the actual muffins. Enjoy.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Banana Bread Muffins with Lemon Zest

Friday Snippet #15

Here it is, and it is still Friday here in the Pacific Northwest.

From X, my little fun project which is getting darker and darker:

With uncertain steps, her heels loudly clicking on the stones, Allegra led the way to her parents’ house, a mere fifteen minutes away from the bridge. A few people hurriedly walked through the alleys, disappearing behind darkened glass doors. She took a good look at the buildings, at first incapable of understanding what was different. Then, she saw it.

“It’s early,” Julius said, “It’s not surprising there aren’t lots of people around.” He didn’t comment on the darkened glasses.

Every single soul on Terra knew of Cartaghena’s see-through skyscrapers. It was as if the fires that had ravaged the earth had also obscured the city’s soul. It was a morbid thought and Allegra didn’t need it.

“I’m sure there’s a reason.” Again, Julius had connected his aura to hers.

“It doesn’t seem right.” Allegra let him calm her. “Thank you.”

“Anything for you.” It was his usual response, but somehow his words sounded different.

She dared looking up and Julius averted his eyes, but she caught a lingering pale blue shade flickering through his aura before he could revert to neutral once more. Longing.

Unsettled by nuances of feelings she couldn’t decipher, Allegra hurried her steps, his hand protectively splayed on her back. Although she was his eyes, in moments like these she couldn’t have walked a single step by herself.

Friday Snippet #15

Gluten-Free Good Morning Pancake

Colazione Gluten FreeNothing truly groundbreaking today, but I had a good breakfast and here’s my not-so special-recipe to start the day gluten-free and dairy-free. If you’re in a hurry, but you still want to munch on something healthy this pancake recipe could be what you’re looking for.

What I had in the pantry:

Gluten Free Pantry, Old Fashioned Cake&Cookie Mix

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Trader Joes’ Maple Syrup

How I made the pancake:

I mixed a quarter cup of gluten-free cake flour  with enough water and a drop or two of coconut oil to create a thick batter. I oiled a pan with a minimum amount of coconut oil, probably a quarter teaspoon, and turned on the stove on the lowest setting. Then, I poured the pancake batter in the warm pan and let cook each side until golden. Meanwhile , I prepared my first espresso of the day and warmed half cup of almond milk for 20 seconds in the microwave (almond milk tends to overheat easily.) Poured some maple syrup on my pancake and slowly enjoyed my cup of fake cappuccino. Again, nothing earth-shattering, but made me feel better about my breakfast. Photo manipulating the picture with the usual Paint.NET was an added bonus. Buona giornata!

Gluten-Free Good Morning Pancake

Monday Drawing #1

Alessandro Fiorini and I have thought of starting something called Monday Drawings. It’s our way to stay focused  and post at least one drawing a week. In truth, Alessandro doesn’t need any reminder to put his Wacom tablet to good use, but I do. Monday Drawings is open to anybody who wants to join the club.

Tramonto Sul Lago

Wacom Tablet, Artrage: airbrush on concrete canvas

Tramonto sul Lago

Monday Drawing #1