.: Turn(er)

I have some more left-over roast. And I hate repetitions. So I want to offer you another way of garnishing a very tender and tasty meat: pork loin roast with apples. Vi propongo un altro modo di guarnire l’arista arrosto: maiale con le mele. Sembra uno scioglilingua ? già…

Ma qui parleremo anche di Joe Lynn Turner, ecco il perché del titolo. Ok, I don’t mean Joe Lynn Turner is like a pork loin, oh no !  But Certainly he is (was?) a great singer, writer and producer, and he joined many bands as a central element. So we will talk a little about him and guest two great songs here with this unusual tasty course. Non ci vuole molto per farlo, specialmente se avete già l’arrosto che va solo riscaldato. More or less it takes 10 minutes to prepare and cook.

Peel and cut the apple(s). Melt some butter in a pan. Tagliate la mela (o le mele) e sciogliete un po’ di burro in una padellina.

Fate cuocere le mele nel burro e se volete aggiungete un po’ di cannella, noce moscata e sfumate un pizzico di limoncello. Cook the apple cubes in the butter with some cinnamon and nutmeg. I also added some drops of lemon liquor.

When they start to soften, put them in the pan with the meat. Quando si fanno soffici, aggiungetele all’arrosto e continuate a cuocere per poco.

Il gusto è particolare, perché si abbina il dolce della mela con il salato dell’arrosto, ma sono entrambi gusti delicati, quindi si sposano bene. They are both delicate flavours, so I think they combine well.

You tell me.. but only after you’ll have appreciated Joe Lynn Turner and how he perfectly combined with both Blackmore and Malmsteen.

My favourite is Stone cold, but…

Rising Force is also great 80s music. Well… at least for me


.: Three Kings

Ok, Am I going too far? Three pans, three recipes… do anyone really want to do this ? Well… if you know all this only takes 10 minutes, probably yes. And I don’t even have a diswasher!

This is what we call “a tris” and in this case it’s a tris of gnocchi. Italian ? Yes. White, red and green. Very italian… LOL. Anyway, Ok è un bel tris di gnocchi, e sembrerebbe una cosa complicata, ma ineffetti è semplice. L’unico problema è… che dovete essere veloci. The problem is not that it takes long, but that you have to be quick.

So, I couldn’t take pictures while cooking, ‘cause I had to cook quickly. You have to get the pans ready: one with oil and tomato sauce, another with a little bit of oil (you will warm it and put a few pieces of cheese to melt a little) and the third with some pesto.

As soon as the gnocchi go floating in the boiling water (and it just takes a minute or two), you will take them out: some you put in the tomato pan, the second ones in the cheese pan, and the third part in the pesto pan. Add the rest of the cheese, to the cheese pan: it’s going to melt while you mix the gnocchi in the tomato pan. Be careful with the pesto pan, because it could burn easily. Ok, now mix gnocchi with their “sauce” in each pan, and it’s done.

It’s very good, because you can mix the white ones with each of the other two.

And now you can eat it with another “magic trio”: three kings of 70s music. Enjoy

Led Zeppelin – 1971  – Stairway to Heaven

Deep Purple – 1974 -Soldier of Fortune

1975 – Rainbow – Catch the Rainbow

.: How can we… ?

How can we go forward when we don’t know which way we’re facing?
How can we go forward when we don’t know which way to turn?
How can we go forward into something we’re not sure of?

You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world is so tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

How can we love chocolate so much when it’s such a bitter food ? Ok I confess, this is just an excuse for showing you again how much I love last dessert I made… 😀


I always found it funny that Black Sabbath and especially Ozzy Osbourne were considered “musicians of Evil”… what do you think ?

The endless hours of heartache, waiting for you
My summer love has turned to rain, all the pain
The silent emptiness of one sided love
My life means nothing now you’re gone, ooh my baby

Can’t believe I was at their show… many years ago. Ho dimenticato l’anno, dico la verità e purtroppo non c’era Ozzy, però è stato un “buonissimo” concerto 😀

.: New is the oldest thing in the world

90% of products on market shelves bring “new” on their labels, just as if being “new” meant being “better”. Ever thought of it ? Non è che necessariamente “nuovo” possa significare “migliore”, eppure tantissimi prodotti riportano la scritta “nuovo”, perchè è un’attraente parolina magica. Subtitle: it’s old? Throw it away and buy a new one!

More: when I was a kid you would not find a “best-before” date on products. Human beings were still supposed to be able to understand and judge when a food could still be eaten and when not. Weird uh ? Non so da quando esistano le date di scadenza, ma quando ero piccola, non esistevano, e si supponeva che qualsiasi persona fosse in grado di giudicare se un cibo fosse ancora commestibile o no. Incredibile eh?

Well, if you’re young you’ll probably be amazed to see the label on my marmalade. Quindi non stupitevi se l’etichetta della marmellata dice 2010: è fatta in casa, e se la tenete al fresco, e ben sigillata, può durare molto tempo. E questa è ancora buona.

This label was made by my mommy and it means that her jam is 8 years old. But hey, there’s a lot of sugar inside marmalades and if you have sealed them properly, you can preserve them for long, in a fresh place, like a fridge. Or a real cellar. And my dad has a real fresh cellar, where he also keeps honey jars. Happy b-day dad!

Ok, not all the marmalade-games turn out well, but the taste is still good, for a great breakfast.

On April 4th, 1978 in Italy started a new (?!) era of cartoons: on the national 2nd channel (Rete 2) appeared a japanese cartoon. Ufo Robot Goldrake (ボグレンダイザーToei Animation). I loved it.

Some families were dazzled and disturbed. The writer Rodari said it was like a modern Hercules, a different style of evergreen tales. He could see the old behind the new.