.: Sultans of swing

I already made chickpeas balls, so this is not new, but it might be new for someone, and it’s a nice recipe. Falafel is originally a north Africa dish, and I tried them during a holiday to Egypt. They were the sultans of my trip. This is an easier rendition, with eggs.


200 gr chickpeas – ceci
onion (shallot) – cipolla (scalogno)
parsley – prezzemolo
cumin – cumino
coriander – coriandolo
nutmeg – noce moscata
1 egg – 1 uovo
grated bread – pangrattato

Prepare the spices and chop the onion – preparate le spezie e tritate lo scalogno.

Chop the (precooked) chickpeas, then mix all the ingredients (some bread too), make some balls and roll them in the bread * Tritate i ceci (precotti), poi mescolate tutto (un po’ di pane va anche dentro il misto), fate delle polpettine e impanatele nel pane

Fry carefully, for they burn very quickly * Friggete con cautela perché si arrossano molto velocemente

This is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and Mark Knopfler is one of the greatest musician ever. A real Sultan of swing.

.: Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia – a permanently happy land, isolated from the world.

Una specie di paradiso mitico, un luogo immaginario, originariamente descritto nel romanzo Orizzonte perduto di James Hilton del 1933. Il luogo geografico più simile, e che probabilmente ha ispirato James Hilton, è il territorio di Diqing dove, nel 2001, il governo cinese allo scopo di incentivare il turismo ha ribattezzato la contea di Zhongdian con il nome di 香格里拉 (Xiānggélǐlā) cioè Shangri-La. Il suo territorio faceva parte del Tibet prima dell’annessione cinese, dopo la quale è stato assegnato alla provincia dello Yunnan.

Sicuramente la canzone di Mark Knopfler riproduce questa idea

Surely Mark Knopfler song renders the original idea. And it’s also a perfect “road trip song”.

But what about VIXX’s one ?

I don’t know what you think, but that’s not my taste. Ok, yet millions of people like it. Just the same way hundred millions liked boy bands during the 90s. Everything seems to always stay the same, someway.

The “food place” I always return when I don’t feel like cooking and want to make something simple and quick is tuna pasta. 10 minutes. Tuna, a bit of tomato and pasta. Done.