A homemade chicken stew with orzo, potatoes, carrots and corn to fortify us

unnamedDear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning and we wish you a quasi-happy Sunday. This moment of necessary and enforced social distancing for millions of us across the globe, represents a rather good opportunity to regroup as a family unit and share these difficult times close together.

Both our children love our homemade cooking and particularly enjoy our strong soups and stews prepared with many vegetables and a piece of meat, pork or poultry. As we watched a glimmer of boredom mixed with concern in our son Gian Luca’s eyes last night, we decided to recur to the millenary remedy of poor peasants’ families that we had inherited form our Basque and Italian ancestors: a strong, steaming chicken stew.

Right from the instant when he was sitting down at the table, his nostrils were taken over by the bewitching storm of the earthly ingredients that speak of family warmth. As he was eating it, his mood totally changed and he made a full recovery from “the blues.” Then we all watched the first episode of the “Casa de Papel” (Money Heist) in Netflix.

Why don’t you tinker a little bit with the pots and pans that stand lonely in your kitchen? The call of the More Natural  for a healthy lifestyle might be a silver lining in this cloud.

Buon apetitto!

Bon apetit!

Buen apetito!

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Don’t leave me alone.

If only one

PAPA_LIBRO_HushedPlague_Cover_V3Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning to you all. For the past few days we have been pondering whether to go ahead with the publication of our new book “Emotional Frustration – the hushed plague” or not, considering the dire social circumstances and the stoppage of publishing venues.

After much discussion with our family and our publishing house, we finally decided to go ahead, in spite of the difficult logistic and community challenges that move implies. We believe that people forcibly cloistered at home due to the social distancing (like we presently are too) must have a varied choice of reading material in their residences.

This is a transcription of If Only One, our essay’s first page that we recently completed.

“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 man treats women better…the effort was not for naught.

If only one woman gets respect…our misdeeds might be redeemed.

If only one person is distracted from the Horror…we would be happy.

We were about to deliver the final edited version of this book manuscript for its publication when the Coronavirus pandemic brutally arrived in 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 know that there has been a complete shutdown of most publishing initiatives.

But people cloistered in their homes 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, we should garner our moral strength. Dismissing any commercial considerations, we will go ahead with its publication.

In one of the poor quarters of Napule—where many of our relatives had lived in the past—a neighbor lowered, with a little rope, a big basket with a sign from the balcony: inside passers-by could leave any food item they wanted to donate for others to pick it up.

Chi può, metta…Chi non può, prenda

Whomever can, put…Whomever cannot, take

We are lowering our most humble basket to offer you our latest writings

We sincerely hope that it might distract you, temporarily at the very least.

And, prodding you to ponder about the daily plight of our devoted women,

engage you in the civic fight for their equality of rights in our societies.

 The world coming out of this terrible calamity must be better than this one”

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Don’t leave me alone.

Happy Sunday with a Super Naan sandwich

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Happy Sunday to you all. As part of our continued, irreverent experimentation in the kitchen, we prepared today a Naan sandwich with a pastrami, ham and mozzarella cheese omelet topped with pine nut hummus for our breakfast. We must admit that it turned out to be deliciously decadent, ideal to lift our spirits in this social isolation.

Let us dream tightly together of the much better times that will surely come. Forza!

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Let’s cheer up with some pork cutlets, potatoes, onions and peppers

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good evening. After we finished writing and editing today, we felt a “little down” so we decided to hit the kitchen to “vent our minds” a little bit. Cooking has always relaxed us, ever since our times at Medical School. Whenever we felt mind-boggled by the medical knowledge, we snapped the textbook shut and skedaddled to the kitchen of our shared apartment in La Plata, Argentina. Our  homesick study companions were happy that homemade cooking was our way of relaxing and they enjoyed our dishes to the hilt. However, they did not like it very much when they had to clean the plates though…

Today we prepared thin cut pork cutlets sautee in a little bit of olive oil and honey, teriyaki-style; we also fixed a big tray of potatoes, onions and peppers. Sharing the “social distancing” with our son Gian Luca has prod us to cook in earnest again.

What better company, and stimulus to cook, than our dear son could we possibly have?

Would you like some?

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