.: Gratitude

Do you feel grateful? I do. Maybe some people have been luckier than me, but I feel I have received a lot. I have received love, I have been given care, I have things that millions of (past and present) people will never have. So, I feel extremely grateful. Among some of the simplest things I feel grateful for there is food. Some dishes are even dearer to me, just because they remind me sweet people and joyful moments in life.

One of them is pasta al ragù, because I love my mum’s ragù and so this is like “a mum’s emotion” food

And a new joyful emotion food is pasta with salmon, ‘cause I recently enjoyed it with a special person who changed my feelings and thoughts from sad to happy.

I am also grateful to the living beings who were there to become my food. To the people who worked for taking it to me. For the universe who made me be here in this time and space, to enjoy all of this. Do you feel this is a bit too much? I don’t know. Ma pensateci. Pensate quando fate una doccia calda, che non è una cosa scontata per milioni di persone. Pensate quando mangiate cibo che arriva da migliaia di km. Pensateci quando un medico riesce a risolvere un vostro problema con una tecnica di cui fino a 50 anni fa nessun essere umano sulla terra poteva beneficiare. Pensateci. Think.

Considero valore ogni forma di vita, la neve, la fragola, la mosca.
Considero valore il regno minerale, l’assemblea delle stelle.
Considero valore il vino finché dura il pasto, un sorriso involontario,
la stanchezza di chi non si è risparmiato, due vecchi che si amano.
Considero valore quello che domani non varrà più niente
e quello che oggi vale ancora poco.

Considero valore tutte le ferite.
Considero valore risparmiare acqua, riparare un paio di scarpe,
tacere in tempo, accorrere a un grido, chiedere permesso prima di sedersi,
provare gratitudine senza ricordare di che.

Considero valore sapere in una stanza dov’è il nord,
qual è il nome del vento che sta asciugando il bucato.
Considero valore il viaggio del vagabondo, la clausura della monaca,
la pazienza del condannato, qualunque colpa sia.

Considero valore l’uso del verbo amare e l’ipotesi che esista un creatore.
Molti di questi valori non ho conosciuto.

Erri De Luca
da “Opera sull’acqua e altre poesie”

.: All good

Some days you start good, go on good and end good. First, a nice breakfast with my lovely biscuits…

Then tagliatelle al ragù…

Third: you start to cook some bread

and you will have it with some simple and nice polpette

this is my bread

and in the end… you add ice cream to some beautiful strawberries

isn’t it all good ?

.: Mother

Mia madre è molto più brava di me in cucina. Diciamo che io ci provo, ma non sarò mai brava quanto lei… e le sue lasagne lo dimostrano

Mum is much better than me at cooking and her lasagna prove it. Once a week I have to be reminded she’s the best between the two of us 😀 and I’m glad of it. So if you really want to know what the true Emilian lasagna is, this is the place: it is a layered pasta. Layers are of 3 types:
1) pasta (sfoglia – lasagna is a format of pasta all’uovo)
2) béchamel – besciamella
3) ragù and parmesan

You will hear of all kind of variations and renditions of lasagna all over Italy and all over the world. But the only true original lasagna is this one. Don’t let’em fool you. Questa è la lasagna emiliana. Tutto il resto sono varianti e pasticci. Ok you can eat whatever kind of “lasagna” you want, because it’s ok to be creative. But don’t call them “true lasagna” 😀 Thank you mum !

the song is a rhetorical challenge to parents, primarily inspired by Tipper Gore (the wife of Al Gore) who, along with the Parents Music Resource Center, introduced the Parental Advisory warning placed on albums that contain explicit content.
Glenn Danzig explained further: “Al Gore wanted to tell people what they could listen to and what they couldn’t…it was basically coming down to the idea that he wouldn’t let anybody record any music that he didn’t think you should be doing. There was going to be an organization that would tell you what you could and couldn’t record. And certainly if you couldn’t record it, you couldn’t put it out. It was really fascist.”

.: Under a violet moon

Sometimes you need to feel like you are in an ancient tale, eating something really simple, warm and smelling like friendship and childhood. The atmosphere of a magic tavern, with someone singing old songs…

If you’ll cook my ragù and use it to dress some tagliatelle, you will try that feeling. But.. what are tagliatelle ? Do Italians know ? Well, some of them. Others would talk about fettuccine, but hey… the important thing it’s it is pasta with eggs inside. There are basically two kind of pasta: with eggs and without. The one without eggs is the most common one, like penne, spaghetti, maccheroni and so on. The one with eggs is mostly freshmade, but you can easily find it in the dried up version. My granny was a master in making pasta with eggs. Maybe it’s because of her that tagliatelle make me feel so nice… remind me of her. Sweet old days of bliss.

.: Overwatch

Mi sono accorta… I realised I didn’t show how I make my ragù.

Very simple…molto semplice. Oil and onion, soffritto which means you fry it veeeeery slightly

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poi si fa rosolare la carne, mista di maiale e bovino; some pork and minced beef.

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Poi si aggiunge il sugo e la carota tritata. You finally add tomato sauce and minced carrot.

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then you can listen to Laura’s version of Overwatch theme, as long as you wait