Le Nouvel Souffle

Après la tempête, je veux être le nouvel souffle.”

(After the storm, I want to be the new breath)

Legend of a poster shown in Sentinelle, a Netflix Original film

Tonight we decided to prepare a simple dinner: tagliarini with a dollop of olive oil, butter and parmesan cheese. Being a little blasé from all those fancy sauces preparations and photographic montages to present our pasta creations, we decided to go back to the incomparably sweet and tender memories of our Mother Gladys’ cooking.

This is exactly how she prepared the pasta in a simple yet nutritious way to rightly feed her husband and children.

Muchas gracias Mamita querida!

Watching the publicity of a supposedly new “travel and cooking program about Italy”, we could not help chuckle. The presenter, an American of Italian roots that kept his distance from the untidiness of the kitchen, watched as deli owners and chefs presented him with a sample, which triggered his farcical gestures and exclamations. A fallacy.

We have relatives and friends in the Italian Peninsula that own, or used to own, gastronomical enterprises that are now almost bankrupt, trying to survive with less traffic, the changing pandemic regulations and little financial relief. This kind of silly fantasy about a long gone pre-pandemic world, designed by the perpetually-behind-the-game gurus of Madison Avenue, is pure falsehood. Once the pandemic restrictions are over, many of these establishments will be gone and , what is much worse, the general public will be more suspicious of sitting down in tight indoor spaces and will have less disposable income, especially if they have kids. Those that emerge out of the seclusion will be changed.

The Post-Pandemic world is right upon us and it calls for a more simple and practical lifestyle for educated people. We will continue to patronize the local restaurants maybe once or twice a week with take-out and delivery, besides sitting down a Saturday night or a Sunday lunch with the family or a “significant other.” We will resume our travel expeditions but there will be less visits to overpriced restos and more cooking in our Air BNB accommodations. Moreover, there will be slightly less emphasis on what’s inside your plate and more consideration for your partner.

We will push a new breath of kindness, sweetness and, pour quoi pas, some old-fashioned romanticism in our lives.

We must assume the drastic changes that the 2020 pandemic brought upon us and build a new, better world.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Awaiting our book’s publication with a soup

“Entre la sopa y el amor, la primera es la mejor.” Old Castilian proverb

(Between the soup and love, the first one is the better one)

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. These are certainly nail-biting times, from the the social, civic  and personal levels. We are eagerly awaiting the submission of the final galley proofs of our book, Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague, by the proficient, kind and patient representatives of Outskirts Press. Once we review the book draft, which has undergone countless reviews already, we will immediately approve it for publication, hopefully occurring momentarily. Merde!

As we were rigorously instructed in the matriarchate that raised us  (you will need to read our book for details) we always prepare a good soup for the seminal moments of tough challenges in our lives to give us needed strength.

We wholeheartedly encourage you to follow our steps, for your physical and psychological well-being. Avanti!  As soon as we publish the book, you will be able to hit the hyperlink buy my book and conveniently purchase it online.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Buona Domenica con la spaghetatta alla Anita Ekberg

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon and Happy Sunday. Slowly we are recuperating our battered appetite and our desire to prepare some rich pasta dishes for our family. Today we decided to prepare Teriyaki-style tagliarini in a meaty Dottta suce. First we prepared the San Marzano tomato sauce with onions, peppers, walnuts, garlic and seasoning with a pinch of salt, some black pepper and plenty of orégano. Then we added the sautée ground beef and the previously grilled chorizos thickly sliced (to arouse our lust for la carne even more) Finally we added the grilled round sausage. Voilà!

This dish that we just invented came out so lusciously meaty that it reminded us of the strong sexual arousal that we felt as a child when we saw the provocatively curvaceous Anita Ekberg cavorting with Marcello Mastroianni in the Fontana di Trevi of Rome, a great scene of the 1960 masterpiece of Federico Fellini’s La Dolve Vita. Remember?

In honor of this great filmmaker and these two actors that have made us dream for decades, we dedicate this dish.

Perhaps we should have added a little bit more meat, no? Anyway, dinner is served and we are awaiting your arrival.

Gioia Carnale (carnal pleasure)

Buon appetito!

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What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Muchas gracias por estos dos hijos maravillosos

Queridos lectores y colegas bloggers:

Buenos dias. Hoy Febrero 26, María Tomasa, la madre de mis dos hijos Noël Marie y Gian Luca, está de Feliz Cumpleaños. Gracias a su dedicación, cariño y firmeza, pudimos criarlos de manera exitosa, para alegría de todos.

Muchas gracias por ser una madre ejemplar. Te deseamos la más grande de las felicidades en tu día de nacimiento. Muchas gracias Diosito Todopoderoso por darles el regalo de una madre tan fabulosa que los cuidará siempre.

En esta foto podermos ver, de izquierda a derecha, a Mary, Noël Marie, su novio Carlos, Gian Luca y un dedito (el mío) tomada hace sólo cuatro años, en un día como hoy, en una celebración de su cumple en Miami Beach.

Feliz Cumpleaños!

Que les parece? Por favor dígannos.

No me dejen solo.

A good soup is the best remedy against bugs

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Thank you very much for all the expressions of sympathy and encouragement we have received in the past few days, including a very nice message form Ms. Sarah, one of the Happiness Engineers at WordPress. Slowly, yet steadily, we are recovering our lost mental and physical strength as a consequence of a febrile-articular syndrome after receiving the two dosages of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. However, we are still praising the medical, psychological and social advantages of vaccinating against the lethal SARS-C0V-2 virus. If our children would not have gotten us the appointment in Jackson South Hospital, we could not have survived a random infection with it.

When we were kids, both our “French” and “Italian” grandmothers (they were both born in Uruguay but faithfully followed the cultural guidelines of their country of ancestry) would invariably prepare a good soup to fix an ailment. Had a fever, get a soup. Had a toothache, get a soup. Had sadness, get a soup, etc. We were literally over-souped. Therefore, following family traditions, we prepared this soup with plenty of potatoes, veggies and arborio rice. Voilà!

We have fixed a serving of our concoction. Just by being surrounded by its bewitching aroma, we are feeling better.

Please join us at our humble table for this time-tested remedy against all bugs and plenty of conversation. Enjoy it!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

A gnocchiatta alla Dotta Pellegrina to dispel the vaccine’s hangover

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Happy Sunday. To dispel the last symptoms of our moderately serious reaction to the second shot of the PfizerBioNtech vaccine that we got on Monday, we fixed an energizing dish of gnocchi with the Dotta Pellegrina sauce.

Then we boiled the potato gnocchi and served them on a plate, to the delight of our family members. Eccole qua! 

Do you think this might do the trick to fully replenish all our lost energies? Here is a serving for your consideration.

Buon appetito!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

A hearty peasant’s soup for the vaccine’s hangover

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. As we told you in our previous article, after the injection of the second dosage of the providential Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine last Monday, we have had a febrile-articular syndrome. which, thank God Almighty, has developed with less dramatic symptoms and progressively winding down after only four days of the event itself. In order to speed up the recovery, we just prepared a hearty peasant’s soup with plenty of veggies and chicken.

First we prepared a vegetable broth with the addition of a pinch of salt, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, sweet paprika and, last but not least, the critically important moringa.  We sliced potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn on the cob and chunks of previously grilled chicken; we added peas, broccoli and a moderate amount of arborio rice.

Of course we did not forget to plant a whole little bar of cinnamon, which will add a touch of feminine sweetness.

Your bowl of fuming peasant’s soup is served. Please join us at our humble table for a nice meal and spicy chit chat.

Buon appetito!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

Thank you for saving my life

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Last Monday I went to Jackson South Medical Center to get the scheduled second dosage of the Pfizer BioNtech Covid 19- vaccine , which hopefully will give me enough immunity to survive this pandemic. I got an excellent care at the facility and I would like to thank its proficient, efficient and enlightened care personnel. In the picture below, you can see Mr. Eduardo Calero, a Miami Fire Rescue member, and Mr. Lorenzo Chen, a guard.

Thank you very much to the glorious members of the Miami-Dade vaccination team and Jackson South hospital.

Note – The picture above was taken by Mr. Wilson Araujo, who can be reached at @wilsonaraujophoto.

I must insist that only through the stubborn determination and excellent social skills of Noël Marie, my dearest daughter, could I get the necessary appointment for the vaccination, even though I qualify two-fold, as a medical provider and someone at least 65 years old. In the picture below you will see us affectionately holding hands. Beso!

After the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, I had a severe febrile and articular syndrome that lasted almost three days; after the second dose, I have had the same syndrome but in a much milder form and hopefully will last less time. I am absolutely certain that if I had encountered this virus in the street, I would have died in a hospital bed. Alone. A few weeks ago, José Luis Garbarino, a dear uncle that was only twelve years older than me, suffered that fate in a hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. We are still deeply mourning his loss. The pandemic became very personal for us.

In this country of 350 million people, only 40+million people have been fully vaccinated so far. How can that be? We sincerely hope that the new administration of Biden-Harris will get the critical Covid-19 Relief Bill approved quickly. We must vaccinate as many citizens as possible before the dangerous virus variants spread in our vast country.

A certificate of vaccination like this one should be carried in the wallet and handbag of citizens, like a driver’s license.

Speed the vaccination process! Do not procrastinate with concerns of financial costs! We will deal with that issue later.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Wear the Face Mask. Keep the Social Distancing.

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning and Happy Sunday to you all. Even if many of us are finally getting vaccinated, we must continue to wear a Face Mask and maintain Social Distancing in our daily labor/social interactions.

Do not get riskily complacent! The pandemic is still raging unabated across the whole planet.

In an excellent article of the New York Times, Mathew Conlen, Denise Lu and James Glanz said: “the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has raged uncontrollably for so long that millions of vaccinations will not be able to stop the spread of the disease unless people continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing measures until mid-summer or later, according to a new model by scientists at Columbia University.” Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, said that only after a critical number of people-either because they got infected and developed defenses or received the vaccination-acquire the needed immunity, will the transmission of the virus start to significantly abate because the organism will find less recipients to jump into. His modeling predicts that, at present infection rates and the speed of vaccinations, that will happen only in July.

The dire Public Health picture of the USA mandates the utmost vigilance for strict precautionary measures. According to the experts only by mid-summer, we will have enough citizens vaccinated to cut the transmission of SARS–CoV-2.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

 

Finally together!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. With great pride and pleasure, we inform you that, at long last, my dear children and myself have reunited in the past few days, after several months of forced Social Distancing due to this terrible pandemic. We have enjoyed great moments together, catching up on family gossip, finding out about their latest study and work projects, watching some TV together and, of course, sitting down for a leisure meal in our shaded garden patio.

We chose the catering service of “El Rincón Asturiano” to get paella de mariscos, pulpo a la gallega and croquetas.

In the past few months, we have hardly ordered food and we never went out to a restaurant or bar for a snack. However, the recent vaccination with the Pfizer product and the presence of our dear daughter in Miami changed it.

Thank you God Almighty for allowing us to enjoy the company of our dear children for a little bit longer!!!!

Bon apétit!

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.