Cous-cous will pull us through the last leg of our journey

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. These are exciting times for us.We are writing the last twenty pages of “Emotional Frustration-the hushed plague” and we would like to thank all those who have generously forwarded their suggestions and corrections to our e-mail address.

A few days ago we were having lunch in “Fatair Al Basha”, a great Lebanese cafeteria and mini-market owned by our dear friend Samir, when we spotted a package of cous-cous made in Canada on one of the nearby racks. Our mind went instantly back to the readings of our youth in a Montevideo apartment, eliciting the images of a caravan of nomadic tribesmen trekking through the unforgiving sands of the Sahara. In order to survive, they often carried three critical supplies: water, cous-cous and tea leaves.

On the spot we decided to prepare a cous-cous of chicken and vegetables, seasoned with a little olive oil, parsley, turmeric and honey. My son said that it was a truly superb dish. Today we woke up with renewed energy and enthusiasm to tackle our manuscript. Emulating the stoic berbers, we will momentarily mount on the back of our mouse and glide again through the glistening grains of our laptop’s screen to reach the blissful oasis.

Through the blinding haze, the tower of the magic city begins to shape in the distance. Thank you God Almighty for holding our hands all along this journey.

Ahzaa birihlat yavida!

Still reading, writing and cooking II

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning . How were your vacations? We hope you had a great and safe time in the company of your loved ones.

As far as we are concerned, we are still enjoying our working vacations in order to complete the manuscript of “Emotional Frustration-the hushed plague“, our second book. It is almost complete and hope to finish the first draft by early March. We are very thankful for all the messages of encouragement and the well-meaning suggestions that you have forwarded to our address at Keep it coming, folks!

As you can see, we are hard at work designing new dishes for your enjoyment in the new “Cibovagabondaggio” series and the You Tube channel about cooking. Yesterday we created this one: Magellan’s pasta. It is a squid ink-whole grain fettucine accompanied by sautee veggies and fruits plus whole shrimp sautee in sweet paprika and topped by guacamole and almonds. Why did we chose that name? Because the Portuguese explorer was the first one to circumvent the southern tip of the American continent where the giant squids thrive. Squid ink has a soothing effect as that creature secretes it to numb their prey before swallowing it, which constitutes a great cure for protracted insomnia.

In our program we will visit some emblematic restaurants in Miami and abroad where we will chat with the staff and watch some of their moves to prepare simple dishes. We believe that our viewers must be entertained but also informed how to cook them in their homes with affordable elements found in almost any market. We will discuss how to avoid the nefarious elements and procedures that are not well tolerated by persons with Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Gastric Reflux and Acidity, etc. We will of course narrate a significant story about the origin and development of the dish.

What do you think? Please tell us.

Don’t leave me alone.

Happy New Year 2019

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning to all of you, dear readers, spread along the vast confines of Planet Earth.

Thank you very for having had the kindness of loyally reading–and most important of all, criticizing–our humble writings during this passing year with so much enthusiasm. We regularly checked our statistics and we were surprised by flags from many countries.

There are two  special bloggers that we would like to specially thank right here and now. The first one is the unique, unparalleled and most distinguished Harbans Khaijura, our enlightened mentor in the learning of Indian culture and Hindi beliefs, the deft writer of  During the past year not only he has read and sagely commented all my writings–no matter how small or of dubious quality–but he has generously shared all the wonderful teachings of his Brahmin upbringing. Thanks!

The second one–but not second best in our hearts–is the gorgeous, intelligent, gifted, affectionate, ferocious tango-dancer, prolific, sophisticated (puff, we’re getting tired  here but we have to go on praising her) sweet, considerate, polite and patient da-AL, the deft writer of During the past year she has patiently read almost all our articles, bringing the much needed feminine deep insight and intuition. Moreover, when we jokingly said that we had given up on women altogether (sic) she put a surprisingly brief yet tremendously potent comment: “what a pity…so much Wisdom.”  Reflecting on her comment, we decided to include a special sub-section in our second book (“Emotional frustration-the hushed plague”)that we named “A nugget of Wisdom.”

After thoroughly discussing each major cause of Emotional Frustration, we address men directly in order to simply expose how we can try to help the suffering women in our lives; it looks like some college notes on literary but hard to read classics like “Ulysses.”  When we were initially confronted by the intricacies of feminine psychology, we felt the same sense of loss and bewilderment that when we pulled out that book from our dear father Mario’s library in Montevideo and opened it for the first time. What is this? Where do we start? How can you make sense of this unhinged stream with multiple reversals? And most important of all, will we ever reach the end of this journey? Never. For sure.

Something funny happened to us when we were out there in the social media. For many years now, we have been reforming classic recipes and designing new ones to conform to the dietary needs of our children and a few friends with gastric acidity, reflux, etc.   We have done it for the fun of it, occasionally posting the pictures of our creations in our Facebook page (private for family and friends only) and just recently in our Instagram one (open to everyone; the address is “marioolaplume”) Guess what? A professional photographer approached us a few weeks ago, asking us if we would be willing to start a Facebook page and a You Tube channel showing our healthy cooking techniques and reviewing  promising restos in South Florida. Coincidentally it pairs perfectly with the new series “Cibovagabondaggio” that we are already setting up. Our answer? Yes, of course.

The team of this medical and literary web page wishes you all a Happy New Year 2019.

Que tengan un Feliz y Prospero 2019

Auguri per un Buon Anno 2019

Nos Meilleurs Voeux pour l’an 2019