.: Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia – a permanently happy land, isolated from the world.

Una specie di paradiso mitico, un luogo immaginario, originariamente descritto nel romanzo Orizzonte perduto di James Hilton del 1933. Il luogo geografico più simile, e che probabilmente ha ispirato James Hilton, è il territorio di Diqing dove, nel 2001, il governo cinese allo scopo di incentivare il turismo ha ribattezzato la contea di Zhongdian con il nome di 香格里拉 (Xiānggélǐlā) cioè Shangri-La. Il suo territorio faceva parte del Tibet prima dell’annessione cinese, dopo la quale è stato assegnato alla provincia dello Yunnan.

Sicuramente la canzone di Mark Knopfler riproduce questa idea

Surely Mark Knopfler song renders the original idea. And it’s also a perfect “road trip song”.

But what about VIXX’s one ?

I don’t know what you think, but that’s not my taste. Ok, yet millions of people like it. Just the same way hundred millions liked boy bands during the 90s. Everything seems to always stay the same, someway.

The “food place” I always return when I don’t feel like cooking and want to make something simple and quick is tuna pasta. 10 minutes. Tuna, a bit of tomato and pasta. Done.

.: When you’ve been blessed

Mi considero fortunata. Non sono nata ricca, non sono nata privilegiata, ma sono nata amata. I was born loved and just for that reason I feel blessed. I’m not particularly religious, but hey, it’s good friday. I wish we could feel like being kind, friendly and goodhearted every day of the year, but, at least, in some special days, we can try to think and remind to ourselves the importance of kindness.

So. For people who believe, no meat should be eaten this evening. And a new idea came to me (from heaven?) : tuna and carrots balls, with a touch of ginger and parsley. Polpettine di tonno e carote, con un tocco di zenzero e di prezzemolo. At first I thought it would not work, but I wanted to try anyway and… the miracle ! Fidatevi: sono veramente buone!

80 gr tuna – tonno
1 carrot – 1 carota
1 egg – 1 uovo
grated bread – pangrattato
evo oil – olio evo
ginger – zenzero
parsley – prezzemolo

Cut the carrots in strips. Tagliate le carote a julienne.

Add the tuna, and all the other ingredients; some grated bread too. Mescolate tutti gli ingredienti, anche un po’ di pangrattato

make the balls and roll ‘em in the bread. Fate le polpette e impanatele

Poi friggete girandole almeno 2 volte. Turn twice during cooking.

I think you’ll love the taste ! Sono veramente più buone di quel che mi aspettavo. Easter Miracle !

“There is power in the name of Jesus !” No offence intended, I really enjoy the energy of Tasha Cobbs

.: Tuna

Tuna fish is pretty common and easy to find. The simplest thing you can do is pasta with tuna. You can make a base with sautéed onions in evo oil, or, if you want to make something real fast and simple, you can forget it. Just tuna and tomato in a pan. Add the cooked pasta (in salted water, of course) and it’s done.

And there’s also the “refined” version. Instead of simple tuna, you can use ventresca, which is tuna belly (or tuna fillet). I prefer eating it just as it is, but you can use it for a tasty pasta too. As I said before: just a pan and some tomato. In effetti la ventresca è un po’ sprecata per farci una pasta, però è buonissima e si fa in 5 minuti. Home food, pasticci buoni da mangiare.

e le tagliatelle sono perfette con questa ventresca

Ritmo elementare, tanto lusso e… voilà la ventresca