.: New sounds, new feelings

I love the idea of new renditions of old songs. Some songs are just so beautiful that it seems hardly possible to make them even better. But sometimes, you can be surprised. Le fragole sono solo fragole, qualcosa che ho mangiato infinite volte, eppure ad ogni stagione possono avere un sapore diverso.

Actually things from the garden always change… like things in life always surprise you. If you just let them surprise you. I like them in the simplest way: sugar and lemon, and just a bit of time, so that they can release their sweet juice.

And you will be delighted and surprised by something you thought was already known.

.: 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.

.: Let my heart go

La pasta permette mille combinazioni, non tutte funzionano però. Zucchine e straccetti di prosciutto funziona. Le zucchine sono delicate, il prosciutto aggiunge un gusto più deciso, anche se è prosciutto dolce. Non fatelo seccare e aggiungetelo solo alla fine, dopo che avete fatto scottare le zucchine e aggiunto anche un po’ di sugo di pomodoro…se volete.

Just brown very slightly the zucchini in a pan with oil and a bit of tomato sauce, then add bits of ham, and finish cooking (don’t burn them!)

A son’s heart’s owed to mother
But I must find my way
Let my heart go
Let your son grow
Mama, let my heart go
Or let this heart be still

– Metallica

You have to learn from your mum, but first you have to learn how to stand up on your own legs. And how to make your own pasta sauces

.: Nothing else matters

La ricetta la sapete già, yes you already know the recipe for the makhmar bread. It’s so simple that… nothing else matters.

let it grow 30 minutes… and then use a hot pan

but this time there’s something new: I put some cheese inside ! It’s an italian cheese called Asiago. L’Asiago è perfetto per fare dei piccoli tortelli di pane ripieni…

E quando li assaggerete, penserete: and nothing else matters.

.: Turn the page

On a long and lonesome highway
East of Omaha
You can listen to the engine
Moanin’ out his one note song
You can think about the woman
Or the girl you knew the night before
But your thoughts will soon be wandering
The way they always do
When you’re ridin’ sixteen hours
And there’s nothin’ much to do
And you don’t feel much like ridin’,
You just wish the trip was through

Here I am
On the road again
There I am
Up on the stage
Here I go
Playin’ star again
There I go
Turn the page

Well you walk into a restaurant,
Strung out from the road
And you feel the eyes upon you
As you’re shakin’ off the cold
You pretend it doesn’t bother you

But you just want to explode
Most times you can’t hear ‘em talk,
Other times you can
All the same old cliches,
“Is that a woman or a man?”
And you always seem outnumbered,
You don’t dare make a stand

Here I am
On the road again
There I am
Up on the stage
Here I go
Playin’ star again
There I go
Turn the page

Out there in the spotlight
You’re a million miles away
Every ounce of energy
You try to give away
As the sweat pours out your body
Like the music that you play
Later in the evening
As you lie awake in bed
With the echoes from the amplifiers
Ringin’ in your head
You smoke the day’s last cigarette,
Rememberin’ what she said

Here I am
On the road again
There I am
Up on the stage
Here I go
Playin’ star again
There I go
Turn the page

(Bob Seger)

Lo so, forse non è bello da vedere, ma il fegato alla Veneziana è davvero squisito.

fegato1Tagliate dello scalogno, e poi del fegato a pezzettini, dopo averlo ben pulito.

Olio e friggere.

Io preferisco il fegato di bovino adulto, ma potete usare anche quello di vitello o di maiale. Io il vitello non lo mangio, perchè i piccolini hanno il diritto di vivere la loro vita…. però voi potete fare la vostra scelta. fegato2

Turn the page.

(Io preferisco la versione dei Metallica)