Monday, June 3, 2013

A Happy Event

I watched a nice french movie tonight.  The end phrase of the movie, so real:

I would like to think a glance is enough to know you are still in love, that we were too much in love.  Everything disappears with time.  But what remains, what endures by some great mystery is life.  Yes, life - Ce la vie

Friday, October 26, 2012

La felicidad es cuando lo que piensas, lo que dices y lo que haces están en armonía. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Soul

Love it!

I'm a new soul I came to this strange world hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take.
But since I came here felt the joy and the fear finding myself making every possible mistake

I'm a young soul in this very strange world hoping I could learn a bit bout what is true and fake.
But why all this hate? Try to communicate finding trust and love is not always easy to make.

This is a happy end cause' you don't understand everything you have done why's everything so wrong

this is a happy end come and give me your hand I'll take your far away.

Friday, September 9, 2011

La Libertad

My dear friend Paula send me a beautiful song today, that I will be hearing anytime I need to feel strong. Here are the lyrics:

La libertad

Creo que todos buscamos lo mismo
no sabemos muy bien que es ni donde esta
oímos hablar de la hermana mas hermosa
que se busca y no se puede encontrar
La conocen los que la perdieron
los que la vieron de cerca, irse muy lejos
y los que la volvieron a encontrar
la conocen los presos,
La libertad
Algunos faloperos,
algunos con problemas de dinero,
porque se despiertan soñándola,
algunos que nacieron en el tiempo equivocado,
la libertad
Todos los marginales del fin del mundo,
esclavos de alguna necesidad,
los que sueñan despiertos,
los que no pueden dormir,
la libertad
Algunos tristemente enamorados
pagando todavía el precio del amor
algunos que no pueden esperar,
y no aguantan más la necesidad
Algunos cautivos de eso,
que no saben donde mirar,
tengo algunos hermanos y una hermana muy hermosa,
la libertad
Igual que Norberto, me pregunto muchas veces,
donde esta? y no dejo de pensar,
será solamente una palabra, la hermana hermosa
la libertad.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2nd Culinary Creation

I usually cook the veggies in the oven, roasted style, but this time I decided to steam them with a lots of garlic and some olive oil. Here is the recipe:

Steamed Veggies with Olive Oil & Garlic

1 red pepper
1 yellow zucchini
1 Green zucchini
10 Asparagus
5 Garlic gloves (big ones)
1 Spoon of olive oil
1/2 Cup of water
Red Crushed Pepper (hot)

Cut in think slices the yellow and green zucchini and the red pepper. Cut in pieces the asparagus. Chop in small pieces 4 of garlic gloves. Leave one entire garlic glove without cut. Add all these ingredients in a deep pan. Add the water, the olive oil. Cook in medium heat for about 30 minutes, with a cover. While cooking add the salt, pepper and just a pinch of crushed red pepper. Every 5 minutes check if there is enough water, turn veggies around.

Serves two people

Friday, February 18, 2011

My Story-Cooking Book

I tremendously enjoy cooking. It is a passion that has started a few years ago and it has grew on me with time. I have learned to make cooking a creative process.

What I enjoy the most is the process of creating the next meal, coming up with ideas, searching recipes on the internet, imagining how I would surprise my fellow dinner with my next meal, imaging the wine.....and like in any creative process, the satisfaction of the final product.

All starts with the menu, like in a restaurant, daily menu posted for the dinners. Sometimes I have more than one menu, so my fellow dinner can choose according the his daily taste.

One of the aspects I like about cooking is that you always have the opportunity to improve your recipe or just change your recipe based on you palate.

Critics are part of the art of cooking. But in my opinion cooking critics can be either subjective or objective. Subjective critics are more tolerable, based more on one's taste. Objective critics really mean that your dish did not come out good.

Cooking is always nicer if you cook for someone. I am lucky that my fellow dinner, whom we shared my dishes, has an exquisite taste in food based in an acquired food knowledge. Not to mention, he is Italian ;)

A friend/colleague that loves cooking as well and with whom we shared our dishes at lunch, has suggested me today to start writing down my recipes. Great idea! I am going to write a cooking book, with stories related to each of my in the future someone maybe can use them and feel the same or not as I felt when cooking.

My first recipe is going to be the one I cooked last night, very simple. I had some fish left overs and I planned making my typical fish and tuna pie when I thought I could try something different with this cod fish. I looked on internet and I found a British recipe called "fish pie" which it's main ingredients are mash potatoes and fish. I did not like the idea of mash potatoes so I decided I was going to do a layered dish with layers of potatoes, onions, tomatoes and fish. Here is the recipe:

Potato & Fish Lasagna by Valeria Mesples

2 small potatoes
2 tomatoes
1 onion
Any left over fish
olive oil

Cut the cooked fish in pieces, not too small. Cut the onions into medium thin slices, as well as the potatoes and the tomatoes. Put just a pinch of olive oil on the bottom of a small deep pan. Alternate one layer of onion, then one layer of fish, follow by one layer of potatoes. At this point add a pinch of salt and pepper on top of the potatoes layer. Finally one layer of tomatoes. Repeat the process one more time. If you are a lover of a three layer dish, repeat the process two more times, you might need additional potatoes, onions, fish and tomotoes.

The last year should be a tomato layer. Add olive oil, and oregano dry leaves. Put in the oven, medium for at least 30 minutes. Take out of the oven and with a knife check the potatoes consistency. The potatoes need to be cooked but still a little hard. Put the dish in the oven again for 5-10 minutes, high so the top burns.

After approximately 10 minutes remove from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. When serve on the plates, a pinch of olive oil is always a good option. (comment from my fellow dinner)

Eat this dish with a nice montepulciano wine, from the Abruzzo region.

Serves two people.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I found it very true

A friend sent me an electronic card, which have the following written on it:

"Some of us waste our time waiting for people
to live up to our expectations.

We are so concerned about what others are doing
that we don;t do anything ourselves.

It is not so important what others are up to;
compared with what you are doing.

Focus on what you do, your work; Not on others."

Monday, January 31, 2011

Something to Think Every Day

"The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day" - David Foster Wallace