.: Brown Sabbath

Today I had lunch at a very odd hour. It was afternoon actually. So.. what time may I have dinner ? Or… may I have dinner at all ? I usually dine late, so I chose to cook something that we call “contorno”. A kind of minor dish that you usually combine with a main dish.
I found a recipe for baked potatoes à la Hasselback (with Emmenthal cheese) and this is my rendition:
– potatoes – patate
– oil – olio
– butter – burro
– Asiago cheese
– grated bread pan grattato

Non avevo fame… avevo “voglia di qualcosa di buono” 😀 dite che ha funzionato?

Peel the potatoes and make slices with cuts in them. Boil them for like 3 minutes. Pelate le patate e fate delle fette che inciderete con tagli paralleli.  Bollitele per 3 minuti

Put the potatoes in an (oil-stained) oven pan. Put a bit of butter on each and cook in the oven at 200°C for about 40 minutes.

Poi ungete una pirofila e mettete in forno le patate con sopra dei fiocchetti di burro, per circa 40 minuti a 200 °C.

Intanto preparate il formaggio. Cut the cheese

Quando le patate sono un po’ arrostite, mettete sopra il formaggio e il pane grattugiato. Non serve sale. When potatoes are almost roasted, add the cheese and the grated bread on top.

Cook for 5-10 minutes more. Altri 5-10 minuti nel forno e sono pronte.


I covered Hasselback and Brown Sabbath covered Fairies wear boots by Black Sabbath. I think we both had success 😀


.: Lost and found

Today I went for a medical check. Don’t worry: everything is fine! But you need to check things every now and then… just to make sure there are no hidden problems. On the way back home I had to take a detour and… got kind of lost in the country. Mi sono persa nella “bassa”. We call ‘em lowlands, because they’re very low on the sea level

It might seem a problem, but it is a sunny day and the country was beautiful. I was not in a hurry and on the radio there was my favourite programme, with such great music…

So I enjoyed driving in the country. Può sembrare un contrattempo, ma infondo non avevo fretta e quindi mi sono goduta il sole e il meraviglioso panorama, con la fantastica musica scelta da Mixo.

Intanto pensavo a ieri… yesterday I visited my parents and their wonder-garden

This is spring and asparagus are coming! Arrivano gli asparagi freschi ed eccoli qui

“rubati” e portati a casa insieme alle patate. I am so lucky to have them and brought them home with some potatoes

So, when I arrived home late I was hungry. Ok erano quasi le 4, ma io non avevo mangiato ! Così… è partita la cucina: risotto con crema di asparagi, Asiago, straccetti di prosciutto cotto, parmigiano e mandorle!

Risotto with asparagus cream backed ham, Asiago cheese, parmesan and a touch of almonds. Here is the start: a soutéed of onions in evo oil, and you have to boil the asparagus and chop them till creamy

while the rice cooks in the broth, you can prepare the rest

So add the cream to the onions, then the (boiled) rice, the cheese and the ham

Love it !

When you appreciate detours… Life is beautiful