:. Stone cold fever

How to cuddle yourself in such hard times? Pumpking soup is the answer. Visto che in casa si tende a smangiucchiare e ingrassare, vi propongo una ricetta buonissima a base di verdure e patate: la zuppa di zucca.

onion – cipolla
pumpkin – zucca
potatoes – patate
carrots – carote
evo oil – olio evo
spices (paprika, turmeric, pepper, chili pepper, ginger, cinnamon) – spezie (paprica, curcuma, pepe, peperoncino, zenzero, cannella)

mince the onion, and brown it in the oil with the spices you like

then add the pumpkin, and the potatoes

add the minced carrots too, some water and salt

let it boil for about 30 minutes, then mash it up with a blender.

Let’s all fight against this stone cold fever

 

.: Burn

Sometimes you use a bit much of fire… but things taste good anyway.

So do Whitesnake in their rendition of a famous song by Deep Purple. But I think it’s a very good cover.

And if you want to listen to another great voice (Bruce Dickinson) on this song, clic here. Cerco sempre di stare attenta quando uso la cipolla in padella, ma a volte risulta un po’ troppo “fritta”… però la cipolla fritta è proprio buona. So you’ll probably like this mix, even if you happen to burn the onion a little more… Take: chicken, onion and cheese

First: start to brown the chicken, then add the onion and in the very end, add the cheese.

La cipolla va messa quando il pollo è già ben rosolato e il formaggio (Asiago) solo alla fine per aggiungere cremosità e delicatezza.

E se volete l’originale… ecco i Deep Purple con i loro “buffi” abiti anni ’70 e la loro meravigliosa energia giovanile

.: Whole Lotta Love

Liver and onions is something I love, so I cook it over and over and over and over again. The same as musician from every place in the world love to do some songs over and over and over and over and over again…

and if you don’t know who Michael Winslow is, you better learn it ! Se siete giovani forse non vi ricordate di Michael Winslow… ma dovreste impararlo!

 

.: 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