.: Coachella

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert.

You can see Coachella live from their youtube channels, from April 13th to April 22nd

and have an idea of what it was before

and an idea of what just happened this year:  on the 14th, Beyoncé brought out Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child for a reunion performance at Coachella Festival.

I wished I was there… just because last night I saw a beautiful film. “Bonneville”. Ieri sera ho visto questo film dalla fotografia stupenda “Quel che resta di mio marito” e ho ripensato a quando anch’io ho fatto quel viaggio, al contrario, da Los Angeles fino a Pocatello e oltre. Memories literally assaulted me! From the Salt Flats, to Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell, from Las Vegas to the Ocean… I reminded how beautiful that part of America is and they’re places for soul healing. Sicuramente l’Italia è bellissima, ma non troverete mai, in Italia, quegli orizzonti sconfinati, quegli spazi infiniti, capaci di inghiottire la vostra anima.

And I made a dreaming breakfast this morning… with those beautiful images on my mind

you should see it at least once in life. Dovreste vedere Bryce Canyon almeno una volta nella vita

.: Let the sunshine in

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”
― Oscar Wilde

So let’s see my artwork for today: yobimé = yogurt-biscotti-mele (yogurt-biscuits-apples)

Recipe:

120 gr flour (manitoba) – farina
30-40 gr butter – burro
80 gr vanilla yogurt – yogurt alla vaniglia
40 gr sugar – zucchero
1 apple – 1 mela
baking powder – lievito istantaneo per dolci
Oven time – Cottura: 180°C per 20-25 minuti
Preparation Time/Tempo: 20-30 minutes

First: chop the apple in small pieces. Fate la mela in piccoli pezzi. La verità è che avevo una mela che dovevo consumare, e mi sono inventata la ricetta 😀 Ma fidatevi: sono buonissimi.

Then melt the butter – sciogliete il burro – and blend everything, until it’s a soft-but-compact dough. – Mescolate tutto fino ad ottenere un impasto soffice ma consistente. Modellatelo con uno stampino. – Shape it with a small mould or whatever you like.

Maybe I should have closed them up over the apple pieces, but they come out good anyway. Potete richiuderli sopra le mele… a piacere

Prima di metterli in forno, mettete un fiocco di burro sopra ogni tortina. Put a flake of butter on each one before cooking.

Did you know that George Lucas refused to direct Hair ? And what about Madonna and Bruce Springsteen out of the casting ? Ok, it was 1979 and I guess it was a challenge for Forman, to make this movie, when the hippy spirit was already gone. But Hair remains a cult movie, and the main theme is also something everybody knows

..although we have to recall who was singing it in the musical:

you can serve tea or coffee and they’ll be perfect. Also for breakfast.

.: Crazy… for Miloš

Goodbye Miloš Forman. And thank you. Watching at Jack Nicholson we’ll always get moved and “think” !

I drink my cappuccino and think about how powerful this movie (and the novel by Ken Kesey) is

… and I also realize that some things have got better, somehow, even if, some days, we feel lost or blue about how things go.

Miloš Forman was born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia in 1932. His parents died in Buchenwald and Auschwitz. Went to live with two uncles and family friends. At 11 he started to know and love the movies by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and John Ford. He later discovered that his biological father was another man. He was in fact a Jewish architect, Otto Kohn, a survivor of the Holocaust. None of the sad facts of his life prevented him to become a great artist and gift the world with his art. Someone wrote “stay hungry, stay foolish” (in 1971*, not in 2005!), I say “stay happy, stay crazy”, because there’s nothing else more important than to stay alive and being happy of being so.

You always always always (yes, always!) have to look at things from different points of view, to be sure you’re understanding them.

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
― Oscar Wilde

*it was on the back cover of the 1971 edition of the Whole Earth Catalog.

.: Little Big Italy

Italy is a small country when compared to United States, or even Germany, France or many other ones. Some have a larger population, other a bigger territory; some are more powerful, others’r more influential or rich, but hey… think and find another “small” country that everyone in the world would like to visit at least once in life. Find one who’s got more art treasures and more landscape diversity with such concentration of beautiful places, cities, mountains, seasides or countrysides. Find one who has given to the world as much creations, ideas, thoughts, inventions and even words. Ok, maybe a lot has been done in a remote past, but still people from the “boot” often amaze the world even today; sometime with “simple” things like food. Or music.

Of course I don’t mean other countries didn’t give the world extraordinary talented people or inventions, ideas and so on. Just think that Italy is kind of thick when we talk about things making the world beautiful and enjoyable. Italy never even had any true colonialist empire (as UK did), but the estimated number of italian descent people in the world is about 66% of Italy’s population.  Sure Italy has/had lots of problems and imperfections, but what country has none of them ? I really hate our bad sides: bribery, poor organization, individualism, lack of civic-mindedness and more. But, for tonight, I want to look at the good side.

Maybe it’s just out of all these differences, contradictions, contrasts, inconsistencies, incoherences… out of all this diversity that so much beauty can spring.

Sure no one can say we’re a cold and dull place. And it’s nice to think I was born here just by chance. So this is the dinner: makhmar bread (the foreign) and veneziana style liver (the traditional). Mi piace l’idea che infondo l’Italia è sempre stata un crocevia, un miscuglio, un laboratorio di culture. La nostra cultura è un puzzle di differenze. Per definizione. Siamo a metà tra il nord Africa e il nord Europa, tra la Catalogna e la Croazia, tra la Grecia e la Francia, tra l’America e gli Urali. Abbiamo il duomo di Milano e quello di Palermo. Meucci, Fermi, Volta, Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo e anche Rita Levi-Montalcini, Dario Fo, Enzo Ferrari, Angela e Luciana Giussani. Mi sembra giusto accompagnare il fegato alla veneziana con il pane alla marocchina.

First I made the dough for the bread and I let it rise

then you only need to cook it in a pan

and the bread is ready

Second you clean out the liver, cut the onions and put all together in the pan with some oil. Pulite il fegato, tagliate la cipolla come vi piace di più e mettete tutto in padella

and then you can enjoy the result

.: Mondo

Day around Modena…

Ho visto un posto che mi piace, si chiama Mondo
Ci cammino, lo respiro la mia vita è sempre intorno
Più la guardo, più la canto più la incontro
Più lei mi spinge a camminare come un gatto vagabondo
Ma questo è il posto che mi piace, si chiama Mondo

Today I met a relative I had not seen in decades and it was weird but nice. He’s a very kind person and we spent some time chatting in my favourite brasserie, La bicicletta. I really enjoyed seeing him after so long, and I hope we’ll see again.. in a shorter time! He couldn’t stay long and I had some errands to do, so we said bye and I had a fast lunch there, before running around the town. Sono rimasta un po’ a chiacchierare con questa persona che non vedevo da veramente tanto tempo e poi mi sono presa una piadina con prosciutto e fontina. Sembra una cosa semplice, ma qui gli ingredienti sono davvero di qualità e fanno la differenza. So here is the yummy piadina (baked ham and Fontina cheese) I took

They have a nice selection of wines, but I didn’t have any  ‘cause I was supposed to drive in the afternoon. Pity ! But I had an espresso, for some energy 🙂

Then I went to the beautiful Biblioteca Delfini, a magnificent library where lots of people spend hours enjoying reading, listening to music and watching movies. E’ una biblioteca veramente bellissima, contemporaneamente antica e modernissima. Se ci entri, non hai più voglia di andare via 🙂

On the way back (near the town theatre) you can find a statue portraying the famous tenor Pavarotti

you can walk under the portici of Via Emilia and look at the shop windows

and enjoy the extraordinary romanesque cathedral in the main square. Adoro il romanico, e il duomo di Modena è uno dei miei preferiti, insieme a quello di Parma, devo dire.

Ok your short Modena centre tour is over. It is a man’s world, but it would be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl