Adventures in longer time

A camera makes it possible to see a moment, and not just the seconds as they happen. I have recently bought a proper tripod and filter for my camera, and now that we are living in the Dolomites (Did I mention we moved to the Alto Dolomites for the summer?) I have so many beautiful waterfalls to make images of.

These ones show the difference between 1/25 of a second and 2.5 seconds.

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Down the mountain from there, after a huge hike that climbed 730m, we found this waterfall as a beautiful oasis on the way down the mountain. This was at the 16th of 18 kilometers, and sorely needed because we were so sore. Another 2.5 second exposure capturing how water moves if you don’t.

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Finally, a giant photo panorama with a lake. If time is longer, the water becomes like a polished glass surface and the colours extend. I like to look at this photo as a glimpse into the longer, nonhuman time of nature and the mountains.

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More long exposure time, please!

International Cuisine Weekend: Italia

I’m going to be cooking all the cuisines that I learned living abroad over the years this week. It’s a delicious way to spend the night!

Today is: Italia.

In Italy, I first learned to cook. The focus is on great ingredients and long preparation times, resulting in hours-long food fests that are a regular staple of Italian life. I long to be in Italy again and to eat like they do. Here’s my five-course dinner, based on the Italian tradition.

Aperitivo: Fate Suicide Cheddar and Robiola

Drink Pairing: Spritz with Loki Snapps from Iceland and Acidulous Flanders Red Ale

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Primo Piatto: Handmade Pumpkin Agnolotti

Drink Pairing: Colorado Native India Pale Lager

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They don’t look amazing here, but the agnoletti were awesome!

I had to use an Italian tradition on the sauce and ‘fare la scarpetta!’

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Secondo Piatto: Pan-Seared Steak with Zucchini and Balsamic Reduction, with Aleppo Peppers from the garden

Oh my god, those peppers are spicy! I had to lay down for  while to let it subside.

Drink Pairing: Finkle & Garf Oatmeal Stout

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Dolce: Autumnal Cake with Szechuan Pepper (“Numbing Spice”)

Cranberry, pumpkin, apple, brandy, and a little bit of China!

 

Drink Pairing: Single Brandy (digestivo, duh)

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Frutta: Pesche al Forno (Baked Colorado Peaches)

Drink Pairing: Herbal Tea Blend from Rebecca’s Apothecary and the premier of the 20th season of Southpark

Oh hell yes.

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By the way, when I ate like this every day in 2009 while I studied abroad, I lost about 40 pounds in four months. Good food served right, the way it’s supposed to be. I feel light and energised already. Italia day is wonderful!

My #TravelStoke Map, 2015

Coleen Monroe-Knight’s Travel Map

Coleen Monroe-Knight has been to: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Iceland, Italy, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, South Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden, San Marino, United States, Vatican.
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