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Among the trees, in the middle of the river, suspended in the void: the hotels to enjoy nature – Italian Cuisine

Among the trees, in the middle of the river, suspended in the void: the hotels to enjoy nature


In Sweden he is about to inaugurate a floating hotel from which to admire the northern lights. But even Italian facilities offer unique experiences

In the summertime floats on the waters of the river Lule, in winter it is set in the ice. And from its rooms with huge windows to the ceiling, you can admire the sky without having to go out. The Arctic Bath hotel, designed by Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, is about to open in Sweden: it is the ideal place to enjoy the Northern Lights phenomenon, from October to March, or the midnight sun. There are only six rooms, set up on a circular structure that has a natural pool with very cold water inside. The inevitable wellness center has twelve cabins for massages, thermal baths and crystal treatments. A structure that, as the designers wanted, has the least possible impact on the environment.

Who loves to immerse themselves in nature, always in Sweden, can also choose the Treehotel, with its own rooms in glass, bird's nest, Ufo-shaped, suspended among the tall trees in the pine forests of the northern part of the country, with a panoramic view of the river.

The rooms of the Free Spirits Hotel in Canada are real spheres in the trees of the rainforest coastal Vancouver Island, British Columbia: a unique hotel, where you can seek peace and relaxation by doing glamping, a new type of camping, between green and luxury. Or from which to go to discover the natural wonders that the island offers.

In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in Peru, the Skylodges Adventure Suits allow you to sleep suspended in a transparent capsule at 300 meters of height (but with all the comforts), for a breathtaking experience where the condors fly.

And in Italy? In the Renon (Bolzano), the Adler Lodge Ritten is a cozy retreat in the forest, among fragrant trees, Spa in the woods and lakeside chalets. It was opened in late June. There is the possibility of reach the structure with the cable car starting from the center of Bolzano. Guests arriving by foot from the forest to the plateau face a large clearing overlooking the entrance of the central structure, all covered in black wood. Around, 20 chalets (some on the shore of a natural pond) with large windows, sauna and fireplace.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia, in Claut Valcellina, stands the Tree Village, a veritable small village of small houses built on trees without damaging them. The structure provides sleeping bags: each cottage can accommodate 2 to 6 people.

Never slept in a cave? In Matera Sextantio le Grotte della Civita is a widespread hotel, of which they are part well 18 caves carved into the tufa rock, to relive the feelings of the families who lived there until the fifties.

Recipe of filo pastry dough with a middle eastern cream – Italian Cuisine

Recipe of filo pastry dough with a middle eastern cream


  • a package of phyllo dough
  • 160 g plums
  • 130 g of butter
  • 50 g halva (sesame paste and sugar)
  • 40 g granulated sugar
  • 25 g tahina (sesame cream)
  • 10 g cornstarch
  • an egg
  • powdered sugar
  • Sesame seeds
  • salt

For the recipe of the filo pastry pie with a Middle Eastern cream, mix with a whisk 60 g of soft butter with halva and tahina; add cornstarch, egg, granulated sugar, a spoonful of sesame seeds and a pinch of salt and continue to work the mixture.
For the cake: melt 70 g of butter in the microwave oven and brush the inside of a cake ring (diameter 16 cm). Unroll the phyllo dough and, using the ring as a pastry cutter, cut out 2 discs, then flip them out, making 12 round sheets. Place a first sheet on baking paper, brush it with a little melted butter and sprinkle with icing sugar; overlap a second sheet and proceed thus obtaining a stack of 6 sheets. With the 6 sheets left similarly prepared another stack. Wash the plums, divide them in half, remove the stone and cut into small pieces. Place the buttered ring on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, insert a stack of sheets of filo pastry, spread the Middle Eastern cream and prunes. Grease the second pile of filo pastry on both sides and place it on top of the plums, pressing lightly so that it adheres well. Sprinkle with icing sugar and bake at 180 ° C for about 40 minutes. Decorate the cake with a 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds and serve, accompanying it to taste with small fresh plums, cut in half and aromatic herbs.

Lattice Top Peach Pie – How to Weave Dough Like a Dream

We are right in the middle of peach season, and what better way to show them off, than in this classic, lattice-top pie? And by classic, I mean the peek-a-boo crust design, not the filling, which has a few ingredients that are definitely not classic.


By the way, if you’re peaches are too ripe to peel, then you can remove the skin by cutting an “X” on the bottom and dipping in boiling water. Of course, if they’re really ripe and juicy, you probably shouldn’t be making pie with them anyway. Those are the kind of peaches where you take off your shirt and just eat them over the sink.

Above and beyond beautiful, this lattice design is also very practical. When you’re making pie with something like peaches, the relatively open top allows for lots of moisture to evaporate, which helps prevent the dreaded “watery pie syndrome.” That’s also the reason we boil the excess juices down to a syrup. 

So, whether you use this lattice-top technique for a peach pie, or other juicy fruits, I hope you give it a try soon. Enjoy!



Ingredients for One 10-inch Pie:
about 3 pounds fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (about 2 lbs 12 oz once trimmed)
1 cup white sugar, divided
tiny pinch of salt
1 tbsp cornstarch
pinch of cayenne
1 tsp lemon juice
pinch of cinnamon
enough pie dough for a double crust pie (get recipe here)
– Bake at 350 F. until browned and bubbling. Mine took about 1 hour 15 minutes, but I peek a lot)

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