.: Dis-cover

I often wonder: is music over ? I ask myself this question because so many singers today make covers. As a matter of fact there are only 7 keys and you can’t create infinite melodies with a finite number of keys. Quel che mi meraviglia è che continuo a scoprire meravigliose canzoni che non ho mai sentito, solo grazie al fatto che qualcuno ne fa una cover. Be’… forse le note sono solo 7, ma le emozioni sono infinite.

Ed Sheeran rendition of “Make it rain” is great

but I think the original Foy Vance is greatest

It’s pretty much the same with cooking. You can’t make infinite combinations, and sometimes the classic recipes are so great that you can’t change them so much.

This is the simple panna e salmone * cream and salmon. I very rarely use cream, because it tends to hide flavours, but this is an exception. And recipe is elementary. You can even skip the browned onion step if you like

Just cook the salmon a very bit and add the cream. Fate semplicemente rosolare poco il salmone (che è già affumicato) e poi aggiungete la panna, che non va cotta, ma solo leggermente riscaldata, spadellando la pasta. Finally put the (previously cooked in salted water) pasta in the pan and blend

Of course it’s a very delicate taste. I only add a bit of pepper.

More nice covers ? Yoli Mayor, Jayna Brown.

.: Nothing else matters #2

Life can be tough sometimes. What does really matter then ? Money? Friends? Love? Cosa conta davvero quando la vita ti dà addosso ? Of course material things are important, but if you can’t see their value, things may not help. Famous suicidals tell us. People who had fame, money and all sort of things were not happy anyway. Devo ricordarvi qualche nome di gente famosa afflitta da depressioni devastanti ? Non credo. Quindi, avere soldi, cose, un lavoro fantastico, può non bastare. What really matters, I think, it’s presence. What do I mean by “presence” ? Something not listed in the “Presence” page of wikipedia. No, not even the Presence album by Led Zeppelin 😀

Presence is the ability to live in the present moment. The ability to set your mind on the here and now. Io chiamo “presenza” la capacità di mantenere l’attenzione nel momento presente. Spesso la nostra mente si allontana dal “qui e ora”. Our mind can wander, in the past or in an imaginary future. But most times it is an unuseful effort. E’inutile vagare con la mente nel passato o immaginare un futuro che nessuno conosce. La cosa non fa altro che portarci via da noi stessi (e da chi ci vuole bene). Non sto dicendo che non sia utile riflettere sulle esperienze passate o pianificare il futuro. I’m not saying reflecting upon past experiences or planning for the future is a bad thing. I’m saying it’s important to be centered in the only time-place which is real: now. Seems easy, but most people can’t do it (or could but don’t). Depression or other such problems, imho, come just from the inability to mantain presence. Your mind wanders too much and you get prisoner of such fancy thoughts, as if they were real. But they’re not. Se si lascia libero il cervello di costruire labirinti di pensieri, si rischia di restarne prigionieri e di non vedere la realtà che ci sta intorno. Presence also includes a sense of equilibrium. The ability to see the good things in our life and the possibilities to reach good goals. La presenza include anche quell’equilibrio che permette di essere ottimisti e realisti circa il buono che c’è nella propria vita e le possibilità di raggiungere degli obiettivi. Con costanza.
Losing your job, losing money, losing friends, getting sick or being disable can be hard things to face, but if you have presence, if you love yourself and life itself, you can overcome most problems. And nothing else matters. I think.

So remember: you can cook. The only thing you need is presence and…

… pasta, ham, cheese, onion, evo oil and patience 🙂

Cook pasta in the salted water. make an onion sautéed. Put the boiled pasta in the sautéed, add ham and make cheese melt. Easy uh ?

Buon appetito ! Cosa ? Volete anche il dopo pranzo ? You want something for relaxing after lunch ? Ok.

Amélie Nothomb

Metafisica dei tubi – Métaphysique des tubesThe character of Rain

Just to remind you when you were gods.