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22 November 2010

My favorite Christmas cookies

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and anise around the house on a cold winter day. I spent my Sunday afternoon baking Christmas cookies. My favorites are Peparelli, honey almond cookies.
 
You need: 1 kilo wheat flour (type 405), 300 g brown sugar, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 250 ml olive oil, three eggs, 300g honey, some fresh organic orange peel and juice, 250 ml Marsala sweet wine, 300 g finely chopped almonds.

Heat the oven to 190°C. Mix the sugar, baking soda, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the honey, Marsala, orange juice & peel, lightly beaten eggs and almonds. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Separate the dough into 4 portions and form four rolls. Put the rolls into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Let them cool off and cut into little 1.5 cm thick slices. Enjoy!

18 November 2010

My coat is my home

Irma wears a black sheepskin coat by Fendi, Chanel boots and pistachio green eye shadow by Shu Uemura.

Wear a stunning wintercoat with matching hair and make-up colours to keep you warm when walking in the city or in the countryside. I get inspired by Rihanna wearing a sheepskin and wool coat from the MARNI collection to bright fire-red hair.

15 November 2010

There are still some leaves on the trees in Burgundy

Irma spent her weekend in Vézelay, Burgundy in France where she went for long walks in the woods, ate freshly harvested Pinot Noir grapes and enjoyed long dinners with friends. She stayed at the Demeure Saint Francois Chatel Censoir and loved looking at Romanesque and Gothic churches. She reads “Romanesque & Gothic France, Art & Architecture”.

5 November 2010

Irma feels at home in Istanbul

My impressions are countless and my last day I did everything I could do in 24 hours, except sleeping.

The history of the city is incredible and I cannot stop listening to my guide talking about the architecture, Sultans and Turkish tradition. I start my day not too early with a strong Turkish coffee and some fresh almonds with yoghurt and from there I take a car with my guide who is a talented storyteller of Turkish history and politics. Later we take the boat to have lunch at Lacivert where I order some Lüfer fish which is a speciality. In the late afternoon, I will spend some time at the Cemberlitas Hamam which is almost 500 years old.  The day comes to an end with dinner with some friends at Changa. What a beautiful day!

IRMA

brings good news to you.
She lives and travels around
the world, stopping wherever
she sees something interesting,
reporting on what inspires her.
She finds beauty in the
most varied places,
from fashion shows
to art exhibits, from lonely
beaches to bustling cities.

WHERE IS IRMA NOW?

MUNICH

When in Munich my
favorite store to look
for the best selection
of clothes is THERESA.
The staff is competent
and always has the
best ideas for styling
and mixing different
designers together.

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