Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Hope turned to excitement to an ooooh, boy! What did I get myself into?

Yes, I won the bid to translate a
26 page medical document for a pharmaceutical product that is being introduced in to the US market. A blessing? I questioned it when, at first glance, the tight deadline made a challenging task very intimidating! It took a while, but I finally forced myself to work on it ...and to my surprise, everything flowed smoothly and I actually enjoyed the file!

I was reminded, once again, that things are never as bad as they seem. We just need to take that first step and get down to it! I met the deadline, and it was actually delightful! Others might not like it, but I love deep heavy stuff that make my brain twist.

Tipsy Pastries!

Meanwhile, here is an old family recipe. Monday was my sister's birthday, and she wanted us to bake cookies again, so we did. Mom brought out her recipe notebook that has been handed down my family. It's half burned from an old kitchen fire, but it survived.

My favorite pastry is very simple and I always find elegance in simplicity!

I call it Tipsy Pastry because besides flour, the other ingredient is... beer!

  • 500 gm Flour
  • 125 gm Vegetable Shortening
  • 125 gm Lard (or more veg. shortening)
  • 1/2 BEER
Make a dough and roll flat.

Fill with fruit or jam to make a mini-pie.

Pinch the edges or us this tool!

Bake for 25 minutes.

Coat with sugar and cinnamon.

Mine are always filled with Quince jam! Beer+Quince Jam=Intense Flavor!


Jeff Gromen said...

Che bello!..a Christmas style blog complete with photos from the North Pole.
26 pages! My problem is I would tend to shorten my translations. I would say "This drug really works". Good thing there are people like you to take care of this the right way.

Roam2Rome said...

You're too funny Jeff :)

Ah, yes, Italian is extremely wordy, that's for sure...

qualcosa di bello said...

a yummy recipe...a gorgeous photo...& inspirational words! perfetto!

Tina said...

Congratulations on making your deadline!

Yes, I do think we need to start a club!

I'm making cantuccini tonight... lots of them...

Devil Mood said...

That looks so yummy!
My last comment on the previous post disappeared, it was in Spanish, I guess I shouldn't brag about it anymore ;)

It's great to have a lot of lovely messages on a new day!

Eryn said...

great photo....i was born in norway and lived there until i was 4 and haven't been back since :-(

next trip to Europe after May........Norway!!!

Anonymous said...

A pastry with beer in it? I'm in..haha Happy Holidays!

daisies said...

oh my gosh ~ your holiday blog banner and page is beautiful :) and yummy ~ that pastry looks delicious!!

La delirante said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing the recipe! The tipsy pastries look really good! I am hungry already :)

I have tagged you! :)

Have a lovely weekend,

rowena said...

LOVE the xmas look! Busy, busy, busy you are, and you always make it look so easy. C'mon do the insect zodiac linked at my site and tell us what bug you are!!! I wouldn't be surprised if your were a bee but you seem more of a butterfly. :-)

KC said...

Wow, I am really intrigued by that recipe and think I will definitely have to try it. I love quince jam, though I doubt I'll be able to find it here. I'll have to make a substitution. I'll have to experiment with LOTS of flavors to find the right one. No problem, I love sweets!

amanda said...

I love your festive look. That Viking takes a mean photo.

Roam2Rome said...

Ciao Qualcosa, Come va? e grazie! ;)

Ciao Tina,
Thanks! Good luck with your dance tonight and your translation files this week-end!

Ciao Devlish!
Your comment disappeared? Aaaa, I want it back! Hehe. I want to hear your Spanish!

Ciao Eryn,
You were born in Norway? It's an amazing country, definitely. The months I spent there are the most memorable for me, that's for sure.

Ciao Maryann,
Hehe... beer... in a pastry. 'nough said.

Thanks Daisies!
There were so many options, I couldn't decide! iStockphoto is very happy to have me as a customer, I'll tell you that much ;)

Hola Delirante!
Que hermosa foto!! Gracias, de a devis que ahora si te cumplo, eh!

Ciao Rowena!
...a spider? me? Ah, a bee or butterfly would have been nice! I always wonder where you find so many interesting things ;)

Ciao KC!
That will be quite a task! Quince jam is so unique and intense. If you find anything let me know! I had this one imported.

Ciao Amanda,
Holidays are great! Ah, that Viking, what can I say? ;)