.: Qué vendrá

Summer makes me lazy at cooking… I love having breakfast at the seaside…

and “stealing” vegetables from my father’s garden

the fact that my life is so nice and easy, while other people have a hard life, make me pause and think… does anyone remember that Europa was from Phoenicia (which means Middle East) in her mythological origins ?

According to the legend, Europa was the epitome of feminine beauty on Earth. Zeus once saw her on the seashore of Phoenicia playing with her friends. He was so captivated by her beauty that he fell in love with her and developed a strong desire to possess her. Immediately, he took the form of a white bull and approached her. The bull looked wonderful with its snow-white body and gem-like horns. Europa looked at the extraordinary animal curiously and dared to touch and later hang him because he appeared so calm to her. Later, she was somehow motivated to climb on his back.

As soon as she did so, Zeus ran to the sea and carried her all the way from Phoenicia to the island of Crete. There he regained his human form and mated with her under an evergreen tree. This was the abduction of Europa, who later gave birth to three sons of Zeus, Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon. These men were known for their fairness and became the three judges of the Underworld, when they died. In fact, Minos founded the town of Knossos and gave his name to an entire civilization, the Minoan civilization.

Zeus loved Europa so much that he showered her with three priceless gifts. The first one was a bronze man, Talos, who served as a guard to her. He was the bronze giant that the Argonauts met and killed in their attempt to shore on Crete. The second was a dog, Laelaps, which could hunt anything she wanted. The last one was a javelin that had the power to hit the target, whatever it was. Europa was later married to one of the kings of Crete, Asterius, who adopted her sons and made her the first queen of Crete.

It is said that when Europa died, Zeus transformed her into a star complex and he himself took again the shape of the white bull to merge in the complex. The Taurus Constellation is believed to be the form of Zeus. Today the name Europa has been given to one of Jupiter’s 16 moons and in fact this moon is very special, as it is believed to have water on its surface.

https://www.greeka.com/crete/heraklion/myths/europa/

.: Where is my mind

It’s the season. Spring. Beauty everywhere. Energy. Too much energy. Be careful.

So you got to go back to asparagus and rice.

butter * burro
onion (shallot) * scalogno
rice * riso (this time I use basmati rice)
broth * brodo
asparagus * asparagi
backed ham * prosciutto cotto
parmigiano reggiano cheese

Boil the asparagus and chop them in a cream. Put some butter in a pan with the chopped onion. Boil rice in the broth slowly *
Bollite e tritate gli asparagi. Rosolate la cipolla in padella con il burro. Bollite il riso nel brodo.

Put the baked ham in the pan with the onion, then add the asparagus cream. Rosolate un po’ i cubetti di prosciutto, poi aggiungete la crema di asparagi.

Infine aggiungete il riso e finite col parmigiano. Add the rice and the parmigiano reggiano in the end.

You will find other renditions here.

Handle (goodness) with care… this music may release dangerous feelings

Handle (beauty) with care… your life might change forever

.: Experiment on yourself

Seduction is natural for someone… but it’s also something that everybody need to experiment and practice

my mum’s cuisine is her greatest seduction power for me… she can make the most perfect tortelli with pumpkin

then you only need to cook them in salted water, add some melted butter and some parmigiano-reggiano…and they will be one of the greatest dish you can have

I can’t give you her recipe ‘cause it’s a family secret, but you can have a pretty good one from GialloZafferano

the hard part is making the “sfoglia” (which is the thin pasta to wrap the filling) and also find the good tasting pumpkin… but the cooking is really simple, as I said before…

Sometimes you must unleash the jungle inside your heart…

.: Steep cliffs

I live in a grassy plain region. But I feel like I’m among steep cliffs. Sometimes I feel on the edge of something dangerous… like a tightrope walker I try to keep a balance, but the void is there and looks into your eyes…
Sometimes you need to plunge into something new and let things go.

So this is something new, unusual, completely messy, but tasty.
Zucchine
Onions – cipolle
evo oil – olio evo
Minced meat (beef and pork) – carne macinata (manzo e maiale)
Asiago cheese
Breadcrumb – pangrattato

Cut zucchini and onions in thin slices, mix the breadcrumb and the meat.

Cook the zucchini (a bit more) and the onion in a pan with some oil, then add the meat.

In the end add the Asiago in small cubes and let them melt a bit.

Sometimes you have to jump into the unknown and taste it.