Feb
28

Under destruction

Posted by sol in prattle

This blog is undergoing major modifications, risking total collapse. Sorry for the inconvenience.


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Feb
27

Spicy and Tarty lime and cilantro chicken. Eat more chicken.

Posted by sol in cuisine or at least food on the plate


Cut a breast into pellets, cook in very hot olive oil, add powdered hot chili, lime juice and cilantro. Let cook, adding from time to time more lime juice, and eventually salt, pepper and a few drops of tabasco sauce.
Serve with a mexican cucumber salad (cucumbers, lime juice, salt, crushed chili).

I had a version of this chicken while back in Berlin, and it was served on a bed of steamed rice. Not bad either.


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Feb
26

EAT CHICKEN!

Posted by sol in cuisine or at least food on the plate


This bird flu psychosis is helping the family budget. And the mortality rate is only 50%.
Here above one of my favorite dishes.
Chicken with dried fruit and citrus, garnish: steamed thai jasmine rice.

Ingredients for 2 – 4 pax (depending on the birdfluphobia rate among your party).

1 medium chicken, cut into pieces, with excess skin cut away with a pair of scissors.
olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1 lemon and 1 for the garnish.
1 orange
1/2 cup of peeled almonds
1/2 cup of pitted prunes
5-8 pieces of dried apricots
salt, pepper, bay leaves, garlic

Put a whirl of olive oil in a large pan and cook on high heat. When the oil has reached a high temperature, and before it starts smoking, place the chicken skin side down and let them seal for 5 minutes. Continue then with a medium heat. Add salt, pepper and the bay leaves and a crushed garlic clove. Turn each piece of chicken with a kitchen tong and then add the dried fruit, the almonds, the white wine and the juice of one lemon and half orange. Cover the pan and let cook for 20 minutes. Then turn again each piece of chicken, taste the sauce and adjust salt and pepper. Should it be too dry, add some more wine. Let cook a bit more…
Serve in a serving platter with slices of lemon and orange.


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Feb
24

4 months to go!!

Posted by sol in life, prattle


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Feb
23

Reize und Aufregung

Posted by sol in deutsch, life


Herausforderung, sehr fruchtbares Deutschlernen, neues Job, grossartige unglaubliche Einladung, unerwarteter Besuch, stundenlange Unterhaltungen, Bewegung.
Keinen depressiven Gedanken, keine Angst vor der Zukunft.


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Feb
21

Kitchen (coming soon)

Posted by Sol in prattle

Yeeeeeeee!!!! I got the job…!

I’m so happy!!!! Thanks to you all who kept your fingers (and toes) crossed!
I’ll be starting in two weeks time.

In the meantime I’ll get my wedding dress….


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Feb
19

(Spicy) carrot cake

Posted by sol in cuisine or at least food on the plate

I got a craving two hours ago for a nice slice of carrot cake, so after a little googling we decided to bake one together. Michele of course did the hard work, I was just having fun.

Grating ginger and carrots.

The recipe I was looking for was simple and used butter instead of oil (carrot cake is supposed to be “healthy” so a decadent version is hard to find). Once I found it (here), I made some changes, so my carrot cake is the following:

3 large carrots, grated
1 /2 cup milk

1 clove (characteristic odour of a dentist’s office)
1 piece of star anise
1 tbsp of powdered cinnamon
1 cardamom seed
1 tsp of fresh grated ginger

3/4 cup cake flour (flour mix for fluffy cakes, containing regular flour, starch and soy flour)
1/4 cup spelt flour (makes cakes chewy, and cookies, scones, bread etc…)
1/2 cup brown sugar (cassonade)
2 tsp baking powder (I used vanilla flavored BP, but regular one is fine)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup raisins
2 eggs
60 grams of softened butter (not melted)

We turned on the oven (180 celsius). Michele grated the carrots and the ginger. We poured the milk over the carrots and let them stand there for a while. In the meantime I put all the spices in my maple mortar and grinded them. All the ingredients but the carrots were mixed together. Half of the milk (1/4 cup) was drained from the carrots, which were then added to the rest of the batter. We waited 35 minutes while it baked, and then I prepared the glaze (confectioner’s sugar plus one tbsp of the carrot milk that was left).

It was amazingly spicy and sweet, with a great texture and taste.

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Feb
19

Walk the Line

Posted by sol in poetry, reviews


Yesterday we woke up early, had our usual Saturday brunch. (Egg sunny-side-up with a few drops of tabasco and pepper, chocolate milk, scones (freshly baked) with orange marmelade (warm thanks to the english). I had a job interview at 11, to what is presumably the job of my life, for the time being. Please keep your fingers crossed. Afternoon I went to a backgammon tournament, where I had my ass kicked really bad. But I had the chance to meet some funny guys from Turin, and maybe they’ll help me improve my tactics…
After the bitter defeat, I cought upon Michele at the FNAC, and we went to check the movies shown at the Apollo cinema. We were there just in time to see Walk the Line (shame for the awry translation in Italian) so we went for it. We were happy, because things you don’t plan are always better than those you map out.
Beautiful film, great actors. Joaquin Phoenix was the hideous villain on Gladiator, and Reese Witherspoon (sp) was Legally Blonde (though I had never seen any of her films, scared off by the “blonde factor”). Well, they are both fantastic, and I’m sure that they pay a fair tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter. I give this film my personal Oscar.

Ring Of Fire
Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore
Recorded by Johnny Cash on 3/25/63

Love Is A Burning Thing
And It Makes A Fiery Ring
Bound By Wild Desire
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
I Fell For You Like A Child
Oh, But The Fire Went Wild
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

And It Burns, Burns, Burns

The Ring Of Fire

The Ring Of Fire


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Feb
4

Photoblogging with my cellphone.

Posted by sol in images, prattle

It’s been a while since I did some serious blogging. Work didn’t leave me much to say, besides that I was not happy at all.
On friday, that is, yesterday, I decided to pull off the aching tooth and I resigned.
It took me a while to come up with the decision, mostly because I felt like a big looser, not being able to keep a damn job for more than a couple of months…
Then I just realized that I deserve to be very happy with what I spend my time doing, I am full of ideas, and most of all, rounded by persons that love me and appreciate me. I have nothing to worry about.

I took this picture with the camera on my new cellphone (nokia…. I don’t remember what model.. anyway, who cares. Sweet thanks to my father-in-law.). It was the last time I traveled to Monza to go to ze offis, I wanted to freeze the landscape by the train station.


Tuesday 31/1/2006 Les Fausses Confidences,
1737 Pierre de Marivaux. Teatro Studio, Milano.

“Dorante, a young man of honorable extraction, but poor, finds himself reduced to the position of steward or director in the house of Araminte, a rich young widow, to whose hand he is induced to aspire by Dubois, his former servant, now in her employ, who, by his profound knowledge of the feminine heart, aided by his master’s comeliness, succeeds in overcoming
the prejudice of social standing in the mind of Araminte, and triumphantly marries her to Dorante, in spite of Madame Argante’s horror at the match and her enthusiastic support of the Count’s suit.”

We chose this show because the director and main character is the great Toni Servillo, who we adored in the movie The consequences of love, and we were not disappointed. I tried to take a picture of the whole cast, and this is what we’ve got.

This one is a present I received from my mother. She made it with her own hands, out of pure maple wood, IIRC. I love mortars and pestles and I actually own a series of them, and it was sweet to get this very special one, meaning that even if we don’t know each other much, we have a lot in common.


Mirko, thank you!! the phone has also a java application to PLAY BACKGAMMON. AMAZING!!! :D

I’ll stop here, blog more later.


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