.: My life is going on

Here is my polpette again. Things go on. Sometimes they look the same, sometimes they look like changing… who knows what’s really happening ?

you think you are mixing always the same ingredients, the same way… but things turn out different.

Look….these are from another cooking day

I was more careful with fire and they turned out paler

Food is a metaphor for life…. going on.

.: Bad things

We love bad things. That’s the truth. But what really are “bad things” ? Some things can really do us harm, but mostly, tasty food is not bad if you only have it once in a while. I don’t like fast food, but hamburgers, in their originally idea of just meatballs, are not so bad. So, if you don’t add too many other fatty things, you can enjoy them and not feel guilty.

So I decided to make some larger meatballs with some cheese… are they hamburger ? hum no. Hamburgers’ cousins ? Maybe …LOL

Anyway I think you’ll like them.

They’re just like my usual polpette, but with a larger slice of cheese, anche that’s it.

oops.. need a better picture to show the cheese inside

I wanna do bad things with you 😀

.: 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.

.: Trash?

New York City’s storied Chelsea Hotel isn’t famous for its rooms, but for the people who slept inside them. It housed everyone from writer Mark Twain to painter Jackson Pollock, from musicians Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to writer Arthur Clarke. Dylan was in 211 and Andy Warhol shot ‘Chelsea Girls’ in a room with her. Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas, Salvador Dalì, Arthur Miller, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac, Sid Vicious were there too.

In 2012, the iconic hotel closed and new owners started to renovate. The hotel’s doors were planned to be thrown out.

Jim Georgiou sells old records on the corner of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue and decided they should be recovered, so now they’re on display in a New York City gallery.

Have you ever recovered anything from trash ? I hate wasting and throwing out things that could still be used. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is so true to me. Most of all I hate wasting food. That’s why I cook small servings and I don’t blindly trust best-before dates on food packages.

And, of course, I eat left-overs. So these are polpette from yesterday 🙂

.: The shape of you

Come on now follow my lead hmm hmm hmm


minced meat, pork and beef (about 100 gr per person)
grated parmigiano-reggiano (don’t call it parmesan… I hate it)
grated bread
1 egg each 300 gr of meat (approx)
olive oil (evo)

In a bowl mix the meat with the egg, add the parmesan and the grated bread, with a bit of parsley and a very bit of pepper (if you like it).


Then prepare the meatballs. I make them small. The smaller you make them, the faster they cook, of course. Roll them in some more grated bread.
Then put some oil in a pan and cook them in it.

No tomato, nothing complicated. All very simple.


I’m in love with the shape of you