:. Stone cold fever

How to cuddle yourself in such hard times? Pumpking soup is the answer. Visto che in casa si tende a smangiucchiare e ingrassare, vi propongo una ricetta buonissima a base di verdure e patate: la zuppa di zucca.

onion – cipolla
pumpkin – zucca
potatoes – patate
carrots – carote
evo oil – olio evo
spices (paprika, turmeric, pepper, chili pepper, ginger, cinnamon) – spezie (paprica, curcuma, pepe, peperoncino, zenzero, cannella)

mince the onion, and brown it in the oil with the spices you like

then add the pumpkin, and the potatoes

add the minced carrots too, some water and salt

let it boil for about 30 minutes, then mash it up with a blender.

Let’s all fight against this stone cold fever

 

.: Steep cliffs

I live in a grassy plain region. But I feel like I’m among steep cliffs. Sometimes I feel on the edge of something dangerous… like a tightrope walker I try to keep a balance, but the void is there and looks into your eyes…
Sometimes you need to plunge into something new and let things go.

So this is something new, unusual, completely messy, but tasty.
Zucchine
Onions – cipolle
evo oil – olio evo
Minced meat (beef and pork) – carne macinata (manzo e maiale)
Asiago cheese
Breadcrumb – pangrattato

Cut zucchini and onions in thin slices, mix the breadcrumb and the meat.

Cook the zucchini (a bit more) and the onion in a pan with some oil, then add the meat.

In the end add the Asiago in small cubes and let them melt a bit.

Sometimes you have to jump into the unknown and taste it.

.: Whole Lotta Love

Liver and onions is something I love, so I cook it over and over and over and over again. The same as musician from every place in the world love to do some songs over and over and over and over and over again…

and if you don’t know who Michael Winslow is, you better learn it ! Se siete giovani forse non vi ricordate di Michael Winslow… ma dovreste impararlo!

 

.: Little Big Italy

Italy is a small country when compared to United States, or even Germany, France or many other ones. Some have a larger population, other a bigger territory; some are more powerful, others’r more influential or rich, but hey… think and find another “small” country that everyone in the world would like to visit at least once in life. Find one who’s got more art treasures and more landscape diversity with such concentration of beautiful places, cities, mountains, seasides or countrysides. Find one who has given to the world as much creations, ideas, thoughts, inventions and even words. Ok, maybe a lot has been done in a remote past, but still people from the “boot” often amaze the world even today; sometime with “simple” things like food. Or music.

Of course I don’t mean other countries didn’t give the world extraordinary talented people or inventions, ideas and so on. Just think that Italy is kind of thick when we talk about things making the world beautiful and enjoyable. Italy never even had any true colonialist empire (as UK did), but the estimated number of italian descent people in the world is about 66% of Italy’s population.  Sure Italy has/had lots of problems and imperfections, but what country has none of them ? I really hate our bad sides: bribery, poor organization, individualism, lack of civic-mindedness and more. But, for tonight, I want to look at the good side.

Maybe it’s just out of all these differences, contradictions, contrasts, inconsistencies, incoherences… out of all this diversity that so much beauty can spring.

Sure no one can say we’re a cold and dull place. And it’s nice to think I was born here just by chance. So this is the dinner: makhmar bread (the foreign) and veneziana style liver (the traditional). Mi piace l’idea che infondo l’Italia è sempre stata un crocevia, un miscuglio, un laboratorio di culture. La nostra cultura è un puzzle di differenze. Per definizione. Siamo a metà tra il nord Africa e il nord Europa, tra la Catalogna e la Croazia, tra la Grecia e la Francia, tra l’America e gli Urali. Abbiamo il duomo di Milano e quello di Palermo. Meucci, Fermi, Volta, Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo e anche Rita Levi-Montalcini, Dario Fo, Enzo Ferrari, Angela e Luciana Giussani. Mi sembra giusto accompagnare il fegato alla veneziana con il pane alla marocchina.

First I made the dough for the bread and I let it rise

then you only need to cook it in a pan

and the bread is ready

Second you clean out the liver, cut the onions and put all together in the pan with some oil. Pulite il fegato, tagliate la cipolla come vi piace di più e mettete tutto in padella

and then you can enjoy the result

.: Working class food

Left-overs, onions strips & potatoes cubes. What are you thinking about ? Just left-overs? No! Tastytastytastyfood! Arista di maiale (avanzata!), sfilaccini di cipolle e patate in padella. Solo avanzi ? No! BBBuuoooni!

“Working Class Hero” is a song by John Lennon. A political song, the song is a commentary/criticism on the difference between social classes. It tells the story of someone growing up in the working class.

I think potatoes and onions have often been thought of as “poor food”. But I think no food is poor food. Neither certainly onions, nor certainly potatoes. Every food comes from the efforts of someone who has grown it and we should pay the maximum respect to each kind of food and to those who have the ability to feed other people.

So tonight I pay an homage to potatoes & onions, and I pay an homage to my father who loves potatoes & onions (tomorrow it’s his b-day!!), and to those who care for food. In the past days my mother cooked a wonderful roasted pork loin. But she also cooked other things, so some roast was left. And I hate wasting things, food, most of all.
Detesto sprecare e non credo che ci siano dei cibi che possano esere definiti “poveri”,solo perché in certi periodi della storia hanno rappresentato le principali risorse di cibo per chi faceva parte delle classi più basse. Quindi stasera ho deciso di trasformare l’arrosto avanzato in un trionfo di sapore, con la complicità di cipolle e patate.
No poor food, but Kings’n’queens food. You bet.

Peel potatoes and onions. Cut potatoes in small cubes.

Boil the potato cubes for 3-4 minutes in water.

Cut the onions in strips.

In the pan put some of the grease from the left roast. Cook the potatoes a few minutes. When they’re half done, add the onions.

Then add the roast, just to warm it up.

You’ll have a great dish, with onions, potatoes and left-overs. Ok. avanzi, cipolle e patate. Sembra niente, ma è qualcosa di fantastico.

Green Day contributed a cover of the song to the “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur” in 2007. A person says “all the people want to live equal in Sudan. My dream”, in this video. I think “all the people want to live equal” everywhere. Unfortunately not many wants to be “working class heroes”. Maybe they think potatoes & onions is just “poor food”.

There’s room at the top they’re telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill