.: New is the oldest thing in the world

90% of products on market shelves bring “new” on their labels, just as if being “new” meant being “better”. Ever thought of it ? Non è che necessariamente “nuovo” possa significare “migliore”, eppure tantissimi prodotti riportano la scritta “nuovo”, perchè è un’attraente parolina magica. Subtitle: it’s old? Throw it away and buy a new one!

More: when I was a kid you would not find a “best-before” date on products. Human beings were still supposed to be able to understand and judge when a food could still be eaten and when not. Weird uh ? Non so da quando esistano le date di scadenza, ma quando ero piccola, non esistevano, e si supponeva che qualsiasi persona fosse in grado di giudicare se un cibo fosse ancora commestibile o no. Incredibile eh?

Well, if you’re young you’ll probably be amazed to see the label on my marmalade. Quindi non stupitevi se l’etichetta della marmellata dice 2010: è fatta in casa, e se la tenete al fresco, e ben sigillata, può durare molto tempo. E questa è ancora buona.

This label was made by my mommy and it means that her jam is 8 years old. But hey, there’s a lot of sugar inside marmalades and if you have sealed them properly, you can preserve them for long, in a fresh place, like a fridge. Or a real cellar. And my dad has a real fresh cellar, where he also keeps honey jars. Happy b-day dad!

Ok, not all the marmalade-games turn out well, but the taste is still good, for a great breakfast.

On April 4th, 1978 in Italy started a new (?!) era of cartoons: on the national 2nd channel (Rete 2) appeared a japanese cartoon. Ufo Robot Goldrake (ボグレンダイザーToei Animation). I loved it.

Some families were dazzled and disturbed. The writer Rodari said it was like a modern Hercules, a different style of evergreen tales. He could see the old behind the new.

.: There’s something on your mind

Risotto time. Pumpkin, (plums) marmalade and cheese. Zucca, marmellata di prugne e parmigiano.

Etta James & B. B. King are like two great ingredients for a wonderful tasty bittersweet course. So please, enjoy this song and cook this risotto. They both give me the right vibe for a good day…hey it’s sunny here today !

Risotto con la zucca ! E vai ! Risotto with pumpkin, cheese and (plums) marmalade. Believe me you’ll love it. Pumpkin+marmalade+cheese is a typical taste of my place.. and reminds me so much of my lovely granny. So come on, take the pumpkin: I use the one I freezed from my father’s garden

Boil it ‘til it’s soft and you can squeeze it. Then take an onion and mince it

you’ll brown it in a pan with some oil. Then prepare grated parmigiano-reggiano (or whatever hard cheese you like) and rice

The long version is that you put the rice in the pan, have it browned with the onion and cook it slowly adding some broth.

The short version is you boil the rice in the broth, then you takeit 2 minutes before the end-time and put it in the pan with the brown onion.

Then you add the pumkin. Blend it well. Add the plum, blend some more and in the end, add the cheese and blend again.