.: Banana test

This is my second test with bananas. I think it’s not bad, especially for, let’s say, an “anglosaxon breakfast”. We do not eat eggs in the morning, but this could be something pleasant for a rich breakfast.

The recipe is similar to that of my fritcake, but with some variations:
1 egg – 1 uovo
cream – panna da cucina (1 spoon * 1 cucchiaio)
flour (1 spoon) – farina (1 cucchiaio)
grated bread (1 spoon) – pangrattato (1 cucchiaio)
Asiago cheese
cinnamon – cannella
1/2 banana
(sweet) butter – burro

Chop the cheese in small thin slices * tritate il formaggio a fettine piccole e sottili. * Whip the eggwhite * montate il bianco a neve

Blend the yolk with the cinnamon, the cream, the smashed banana,the flour * Mescolate il tuorlo con la cannella, la panna, la banana schiacciata, la farina

Add the bread and the cheese * Aggiungete il pangrattato e le scaglie di formaggio.

Finally add the whipped eggwhite and blend * Infine unite il bianco montato a neve

Fry in a pan greased with little butter: be careful, will burn easily * friggete in una padellina con poco burro: attenzione, frigge subito.

It’s a pretty fluffy and sweet omelette with a cheesy heart. Well.. maybe banana taste is a bit too sweet.. I’m not sure * otterrete una frittata dolce, gonfia e con un cuore di formaggio. Il gusto di banana aggiunge dolcezza… ma forse si può fare anche senza.

To complement this experiment, I offer you something I discovered today: The Nortons. If you love blues, you will be delighted.

Have a good Labor day. I know in USA and Canada it will be in September, but hey… it is today for us here. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day. Buon 1° Maggio!

.: A change is gonna come #2

Do you like changes? I hardly do. But I don’t like repetitions too (ah ah doesn’t seem so!). We are not always prepared for changes, but we often want them. Being human is being inconsistent, very often. La natura umana è spesso contraddittoria, ondivaga. Molte volte non siamo pronti al cambiamento, ma non sopportiamo nemmeno la monotonia. Siamo portati al cambiamento, ma spesso ci spaventa. Che fare ? Be prepared. We should try to anticipate change or sometimes we can experiment and try to find ways toward it.

We look at classics and immediately think: how could this be better done ? Everybody know Sam Cooke original and  Otis Redding’s version, but what about Aretha?

So today I wanted to make a simpler lasagna.

The original lasagna has bechamel in it, but I didn’t want either to make it or to go out and buy the ready one. So I made a cheese-lasagna. Prima di tutto dovete fare il ragù. First you have to make some ragù. So: brown some onion in oil

Add some chopped meat (pork and beef)

then add tomato sauce, some minced carrot and let it boil for a while. How long is a while ? Well… from 30 minutes on 😀 Ok quando avete fatto il ragù dovete tagliare unpo’ del formaggio che preferite, può essere mozzarella, Asiago o qualcos’altro che vi piace, non troppo saporito. * As you wait for the ragù to get cooked, you can cut the cheese (the kind you like, not one too tasty) and you start taking the pasta

You will have to boil it slightly, one layer by one, while you “build on” your lasagna

stain your oven pan with very little oil, then put pasta on the bottom and start putting some ragù on it

then add some cheese, then again pasta, ragù and cheese, until your last layer. You can top with some extra grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

In the oven at about 190°C for 15-20 minutes will do

and you will have a change that you can taste and compare

I also love Seal’s rendition, Leela James‘ one and, of course, Lauryn Hill‘s covering, but.. what about Greta Van Fleet ?? They sound different!

.: Dis-cover

I often wonder: is music over ? I ask myself this question because so many singers today make covers. As a matter of fact there are only 7 keys and you can’t create infinite melodies with a finite number of keys. Quel che mi meraviglia è che continuo a scoprire meravigliose canzoni che non ho mai sentito, solo grazie al fatto che qualcuno ne fa una cover. Be’… forse le note sono solo 7, ma le emozioni sono infinite.

Ed Sheeran rendition of “Make it rain” is great

but I think the original Foy Vance is greatest

It’s pretty much the same with cooking. You can’t make infinite combinations, and sometimes the classic recipes are so great that you can’t change them so much.

This is the simple panna e salmone * cream and salmon. I very rarely use cream, because it tends to hide flavours, but this is an exception. And recipe is elementary. You can even skip the browned onion step if you like

Just cook the salmon a very bit and add the cream. Fate semplicemente rosolare poco il salmone (che è già affumicato) e poi aggiungete la panna, che non va cotta, ma solo leggermente riscaldata, spadellando la pasta. Finally put the (previously cooked in salted water) pasta in the pan and blend

Of course it’s a very delicate taste. I only add a bit of pepper.

More nice covers ? Yoli Mayor, Jayna Brown.

.: Voices

I’m a slow person in the morning. Il mattino non è la mia parte preferita della giornata. I need to be.. waked up by the energy which is around the world.

and some people can remind you that you can have energy at any age… like 68yo Jenny singing AC/DC “Highway To Hell” at Britain´s Got Talent (2018)

well.. of course being 15 years old can be different: Sarah Ikumu and Charice Pempengco (aka Jake Zyrus) can tell

…not to mention Jayna Brown

and their voices can wake you up! I’m not a great fan of talent shows, but now and then I like to take a look and see what happens

.: Burn

Sometimes you use a bit much of fire… but things taste good anyway.

So do Whitesnake in their rendition of a famous song by Deep Purple. But I think it’s a very good cover.

And if you want to listen to another great voice (Bruce Dickinson) on this song, clic here. Cerco sempre di stare attenta quando uso la cipolla in padella, ma a volte risulta un po’ troppo “fritta”… però la cipolla fritta è proprio buona. So you’ll probably like this mix, even if you happen to burn the onion a little more… Take: chicken, onion and cheese

First: start to brown the chicken, then add the onion and in the very end, add the cheese.

La cipolla va messa quando il pollo è già ben rosolato e il formaggio (Asiago) solo alla fine per aggiungere cremosità e delicatezza.

E se volete l’originale… ecco i Deep Purple con i loro “buffi” abiti anni ’70 e la loro meravigliosa energia giovanile