Guess who’s coming to dinner

Posted by on Aug 31, 2005 in prattle | No Comments

Last year, while I was completing my degree, I gave an oral exam with a professor whose lessons I hadn’t attended. I sucked. I didn’t remember anything, and I really sucked. But I needed that exam, so when he suggested that I shall study again and repeat the test, I said something like this: “please […]

Tell me how many books…

Posted by on Aug 30, 2005 in prattle | No Comments

… you are reading at the moment, and I’ll tell you how swamped you are. ATM I’m half-through with: -How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World, by Francis Wheen. -Barney’s Version, by Mordecai Richler (third time read) -Lettere dall’Italia, by Alexander Langer -L’etranger (Camus) -In praise of folly, Erasmus of Rotterdam -the Kitchen, a Hoepli Manual for […]

Meeting People

Posted by on Aug 27, 2005 in life | No Comments

No doubt. Meeting people is the best part of my job. Linda, Sharon, John and Roger are still travelling around Europe, and I really hope they contact me once they get home. It was a really nice experience to meet them and to be able to cook for them. I prepared a classic Ossobuco with […]

I love my job.

Posted by on Aug 24, 2005 in prattle | No Comments

I am a lunatic. Yesterday I was determined to quit. Too much stress, too many hours, little appreciation. Tonight I worked hard, 20 persons for dinner: big satisfaction. I do love what I do, I love it and it shows.

Non-stick?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2005 in food | No Comments

I baked the pies this morning. I decided not to put the raising powder this time, I wanted them crunchier and lighter. Great result. I threw them away. They were indeed lighter and crunchier. But the nonstick pans don’t work with a raisingpowderless dough. ATM I have a pan brioche in the oven. Wish me […]

filosofia di vita

Posted by on Aug 19, 2005 in italian | No Comments

Quando la vita ti volta le spalle… toccale il culo. Ole’.

That’s what I call a vacation.

Posted by on Aug 18, 2005 in globe-trotting | No Comments

Last minute. Obviously. How can you plan anything when you are told at midnight on saturday that you will have sunday, monday and tuesday (!!) off? We left the next day, heading towards France, after having googled a guesthouse by the lake. I will not mention what lake it was to keep it sauvage and […]

fascisti son gli altri

Posted by on Aug 3, 2005 in prattle | 3 Comments

War is war against terror Bombed to death dead are tragic misfortunes Tortures in Abu Ghraib are exceptions Slaughters seen on internet, true or fake, are brutality Dictators are enemies of democracy, excluding noble dictators, friends of america. Death devices built in america and europe are new technologies, built in the Middle east, thery are […]