Good afternoon. We finally prepared the pasta dish we had mentioned in the previous posting and are about to sit down to enjoy it with our family. In honor of one of our most loyal readers and fellow blogger, Ms. LiDea, we will name it in her honor; we hope to prepare it live for her one day in her Russian home. Grazie per tuo aiuto cara LiDea.
We prepared potato and spinach gnocchi with a mixed sauce of tomato, shrimp andlobster, topped with avocado and that ultimately decadent necessity: caviar.
Do you think it came out creamy enough? I don’t know…Anyway, buon apetitto.
Good morning and Happy Sunday to you all. As we were very busy the last 29th day of the month, we could not prepare the traditional gnocchiata. With a vengeance, today we are preparing potato and spinach gnocchi with shrimp and caviar in a lobster sauce. Let’s see how it turns out to be. We promise to post the corresponding pictures later on.
In the River Plate (geographic area that encompasses the socio-economic integration of the Argentine provinces of Entre Rios, Santa Fé and Buenos Aires plus the southern part of Uruguay) we are used to visit the local pasta shop to buy fresh tagliarini, ravioli, gnocchi, fusilli, etc., plus artisanal sauces and grated cheese for our traditional Sundayfamily lunch. As we are mostly descendants of Italians, we value the opportunity to connect with our close family members through a nice meal. “La pasta del domingo” is much, much more that a dish that will be summarily consumed. It is a precious ritual.
For the past thirty years we have enjoyed that unique opportunity in South Florida thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr. Jorge Stekelorum, who designed a superb pastificio called Mr. Pasta in Miami Beach (Instagram address: mrpastamiami )
We introduce you to Mr. Jorge who, true to his vocation of pastaio dal cuore, keeps “las manos en la masa”; he is preparing the dough for the spinach tagliarini and fettuccini.
After preparing the dough in that old Italian machine, he will cut it and leave it to dry.
In order to complete the numerous orders ( his shop provides pasta to many restaurants in South Florida) he can count on the priceless help of his wife Melanitt (too shy to allow us to take her picture but she is very beautiful, take our word) and two young and eager assistants named Harriet and Camila. In the following picture you can see the latter preparing by hand the traditional potato, spinach or cheese dumplings called gnocchi.
The working area is properly clean and they follow all the sanitary regulations of Dade County and the City of Miami Beach.If you live or are visiting the area, please stop by to say hello, buy some pasta or peruse some of the imported gourmet items they exhibit.
In these times of Social Distancing where families are spending more time together, including preparing some delicious dishes at home, this is a great place to shop and seek advice. Mr. Jorge will gladly inform you about the different choices of fresh and frozen pasta; moreover, they have several varieties of prepared sauces to accompany them.
Good morning. We wish all our American relatives and friends a Happy Fourth of July. Today we celebrate the national day of a unique country that, even with its many flaws, has been a great nation of socio-economic opportunities since it was founded in 1776.
Today we are having a very subdued celebration due to the ravages of the pandemic in our society, with millions of infected people and, sadly, too many deaths already. However, we believe that finally the local and state authorities have realized that this is a problem that will not go away with silly magical thinking and improvised measures.
Here in Dade County the beaches have been rightly closed for the whole weekend and there is curfew from 10 PM until 6 AM to dissuade people to carelessly congregate. Only with the concerted and honest effort of all the major institutions of society and the common citizenry will we be able, not only to surmount these sanitary challenges, but also to face the drastic economic consequences of the upcoming New World Order.
The American people will find the wherewithal , enthusiasm and faith to surpass them.
Good evening. After a long day finishing the editing of our new book, we were ready to prepare a healthy yet nutritious dish with good proteins, minerals and vitamins. Using the vaporizer cooking machine that our daughter gave us as a gift, we prepared this.
We steamed two big pieces of organic tilapia and two pieces of Alaskan salmon.
We cut plenty of potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers and corn.
We also prepared a home style aioli sauce with plenty of seasoning.
Finally we toasted some pre-packaged naans cooked in a real tandoori to fill them up.
Everything is ready. You are invited to join us join us at our table. Buon apetitto!
Good evening. As you can see, not even today Father’s Day will my children permit us to escape from the “bondage of the kitchen.” It is a joke of course as we love to cook pasta dishes with fresh ingredients especially for them. They always like the combination of ravioli, tomato sauce and shellfish. In honor of Gian Luca, we prepared this dish with cheese and spinach ravioli, San Marzano tomatoes, shrimp and scallops galore.
After patiently cooking the tomato sauce and the shellfish in separate batches (never mix the two as the shellfish always oozes some stinking liquid that has to be drained with a colander), we finally put everything together in “La Bestia” with the freshly cooked pasta. Voilà!
Good morning and Happy Sunday. Today we are celebrating one of the nicest holidays there could possibly be and we would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to you all. Humans are not born out of a cabbage but are the result of a loving bonding between a man and a woman that create the most wonderful phenomenon: a new human being.
Two years ago we published an article in honor of our dear father Mario Laplume Salguero. We still stand firmly behind each and every word that we had used then. Moreover, watching our son Gian Luca become a great writer and cinematographer, we feel fortunate that his precious genetic material could be transferred through us to him.
Muchas gracias querido Pápá.
Tus hijos y nietos te agradecen haberte conocido y disfrutado tanto.
Que siempre descanses en la gloria de Dios Todopoderoso.
For those lucky enough to still have them alive, please congratulate them on our behalf.
Good morning. Yesterday we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the famous speech pronounced by Charles de Gaulle, then a young and little known French military officer, in the BBC studios on June 18, 1940. In it, he encouraged his fellow citizens to resist the Nazi occupation and disobey the puppet collaborationist regime of Général Pétain. He was addressing a nation that no longer existed from a civic standpoint but whose spirit of freedom had taken to the woods to join the Maquis–the clandestine resistance.
At the time, almost all the European continent was subjugated by the Nazis and the military prospects were grim. However, he urged all the remaining loyal French soldiers and professionals to travel to British held-territory to re-assemble for a fight. Thousands heeded his call and they reconstituted the French Army with the emblem of the Croix de Lorraine; aided by the Allied army, they finally ended the Nazi occupation in 1944.
There was a bitter political dispute between Winston Churchill, the flamboyant British Prime Minister, and the upstart French officer, which delayed the planned discourse for a few days; Churchill wanted to wait until Pétain actually signed the armistice with the Germans. After the defeat in France and the massive evacuation of Dunkirk, the Brits stood alone, only protected by their insular nature and the might of the British Navy. Churchill had to walk a fine political line, trying to avoid making more enemies.
But there was another personal, and very important, difference between these two great political figures that has been discreetly avoided in history books. De Gaulle was at 1.96 meters a very tall man whose towering figure immediately caught the attention of everybody in the room. In contrast, Churchill was a short man, at 1.68 meters, who did not project a particularly attractive figure in public; his famously gruff, sarcastic and tempestous demeanor might have been a psychological compensation mechanism for it.
When Général de Gaulle toured several countries of South America in 1965, he visited our school, the Lycée Françaisof Montevideo, Uruguay. We were assembled in neat rows in the indoors gymnasium when he quickly stepped in with his retinue. He was so tall.
After a brief speech in French without a microphone to us (whose details we cannot remember) he waved his hand at all of us. Then the ranks broke off and the children surged forward to try to touch him. As we were in the fourth or fifth row, we resolutely climbed a mountain of students and reached the top. He was a little surprised to watch our stunt but, smiling, he extended his right hand; we could only grab his hairy wrist.
Good morning. For the past few weeks, many readers contacted us to find out if we had already finished editing our new book Emotional Frustration – the hushedplague and when it would be finally published as both a physical and e-book formats. We proudly announce that we have finished that task and will send it to the publishing house.
In early March we had just sent a supposedly final version of the book but the dramatic moments we went through thereafter, both personally and professionally due to the pandemic, made us re-consider our decision. It would have been dishonest to ignore the dramatic effects of the Social Isolation and Economic breakdown we were witnessing.
Not only we reviewed our previously finalized writings but, based on new articles of our page, we added more than fifty pages of new material with many updated references. Moreover, we dared to discuss some of the startling features of the coming “new reality” that will bear little resemblance to the familiar world we used to consider “as ours.”
Women will play a decisive role in rebuilding our lives inside and outside our homes, like they did after the Great Plague of 1348; their more assertive socio-economic role will bring major changes at the family, financial, labor and employment, civic realities. If we rely on them to help us get out of this morass, we should at least respect them more.
We present you a new page, which was added at the beginning of the new manuscript.
“If only one person reads this book…we would feel very satisfied.
If only one person gets the message…our mission would be done.
If only one person is distracted from the Horror…we would be happy.
We were about to deliver the final edited version of this manuscript for its publication when the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic brutally broke in the public scene of the United States. Initially shocked like the rest of the population, we went into strict social isolation. However, as a practicing physician, we had to continue our duties as best we could. In the relative safety of our desk, we pondered whether we should publish it or not. We knew that there had been a complete shutdown of most publishing initiatives.
People cloistered at home deserve the possibility of substantive reading. Terrified by the darkness swirling around, they might like this little piece of light. Emulating the heroic example of Anne Frank, we should garner our moral strength. Dismissing any commercial considerations, we will go ahead with its publication.
In one of the poor quarters of Nàpule —where some of our kin had lived —a neighbor lowered, with a little rope, a basket with a sign from the balcony: inside it, passers-by could drop groceries they wanted to offer for others to pick up.