.: Trash?

New York City’s storied Chelsea Hotel isn’t famous for its rooms, but for the people who slept inside them. It housed everyone from writer Mark Twain to painter Jackson Pollock, from musicians Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to writer Arthur Clarke. Dylan was in 211 and Andy Warhol shot ‘Chelsea Girls’ in a room with her. Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas, Salvador Dalì, Arthur Miller, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac, Sid Vicious were there too.

In 2012, the iconic hotel closed and new owners started to renovate. The hotel’s doors were planned to be thrown out.

Jim Georgiou sells old records on the corner of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue and decided they should be recovered, so now they’re on display in a New York City gallery.

Have you ever recovered anything from trash ? I hate wasting and throwing out things that could still be used. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is so true to me. Most of all I hate wasting food. That’s why I cook small servings and I don’t blindly trust best-before dates on food packages.

And, of course, I eat left-overs. So these are polpette from yesterday 🙂

.: Sometimes to fail is to succeed

I didn’t know about this. Wandering around Youtube, looking for songs by Patti Smith and Bob Dylan, I came across this: Patti got frozen at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in 2016, while singing a beautiful Dylan’s song in his honour. And I heard the story from her lips. Non sapevo fosse successa questa cosa: Patti Smith che si emoziona tanto da interrompere la sua performance alla cerimonia dei Nobel. Wow.

This is what I got from her words: that moment of “failure”, was actually a moment of extraordinary empathy. In that place, so formal, every word and every gesture must be so controlled, so perfectly measured, everyone was feeling nervous there , and she, with her “failure”, gave back to all of them the sense of what they were actually being and doing: human beings celebrating how much human beings can be passionate and can get the most out of their lives and give pleasure and beauty to whole humankind. Il suo gesto, il suo “fallimento” ha restituito una dimensione umana a un momento totalmente formale, tramutandosi in qualcosa di emozionante per tutti i presenti.

Maybe one day there will be a Nobel Prize for farmers or for cooks, not meant for a single person, but for that small % of people that actually produce food for whole humankind or for those who make the everyday work of preparing good food for others. Because food is essential and good food is even more essential. Quando mangiamo, dovremmo sempre pensare a quanto lavoro ha richiesto produrre quel cibo e portarlo fino a noi. Forse un giorno ci sarà un riconoscimento per chi fa questo lavoro. Non penso a un premio per qualcuno, ma a un momento per dare riconoscimento a chi produce e a chi prepara il cibo, globalmente, nel mondo, ogni giorno,  per miliardi di persone. Perchè il cibo è essenziale ed è ancora più essenziale il buon cibo.

So I decided to make a pumpkin risotto with something unusual: almonds. You will judge whether it’s a success or not, but I liked it.

Put the pumpkin in the boiling water for about 10 minutes. In the meanwhile, go with the usual onion sautéed. Bollite la zucca per 10 minuti e intanto fate un soffritto

Poi schiacciate la zucca ammorbidita. The press the pumpkin (with a fork) to make a kind of cream. Hey don’t throw away the water where you boiled the pumpkin: make a broth with it and cook the rice in it.

Al brodo di cottura della zucca aggiungete un po’ di dado oppure di brodo (se lo avete!) e cuocete il riso con quello. Poi mettete la zucca e qualche mandorla insieme al soffritto e scaldatelo poco (il soffritto non deve bruciare). Infine aggiungete il riso e un po’ di parmigiano-reggiano.

Add the pumpkin to the sautéed, with a few almonds slices and warm it all a little (don’t burn the onion). In the end add the rice, some parmesan cheese and blend it all.

Fail or success, depends on your taste. I like it!

.: Lovely day

I know Steve in person. I met him when he was a teen. He was not very good at school, ‘cause he used to spend hours and hours listening to music. He loved music like nothing. His father was a songwriter, his grandma was a theatre singer and his brother is a singer. Might have been a burden in the past, but now he’s made his own way, and I think he’s a great singer. Good luck Stefano.

I hope it’s a lovely day for him and for all of you.

.: By chance

By chance I have some baked ham, by chance I have some minced meat, by chance I have some cheese and an egg 😀  Per caso ho del prosciutto cotto, del macinato, formaggio e uova. Cosa posso fare ?

Polpette ! What is different ? I added the baked ham inside

The difficult part is turning them and not burning them

by chance, I made it !

Everybody love to be surprised when things happen by chance, so …

Even when we know it might be a fake or a masquerade, we love it anyway.

And did you know we must thank a motorcycle accident (Bob Dylan 1966) and a honorable discharge (Jimi Hendrix 1962) for This ? Chance.