Thursday, May 24, 2007

Happy Second Life for Leftovers; Tropicália

Last night, to celebrate my return home J made a batch of her wonderful pesto and a pot of the quick version of her tomato sauce. We were too late to get fresh pasta from the Italian store on 7th Ave, but she also cobbled a bean dish together from spinach, red bell pepper, and cannelini beans--very simple but tasty nonetheless. I ate the beans cold for breakfast, and just now fecked the rest of the leftovers into the pot with chickpeas, more red pepper and spinach, and a little more pasta. Voila, damn good dinner!

In the meantime, I've been listening to that Tropicália album. Great stuff altogether, though not quite what I was expecting. This is a compilation done by Soul Jazz Records of London, and includes tracks from Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, Jorge Ben, and Tom Zé--and only one duplicate track--predictably, Caetano Veloso's Tropicália. Definitely lots of influence from the US and UK--Beatles, Bob Dylan, etc.--which is exactly what the movement was about. (Read more here.)


In other news, I finally put the azaleas I won in the BRIMS silent auction into the ground. Let's see if they live. The best spot for them also seems to be a place popular with local critters, perhaps the tomcats who occasionally stop by to yowl at Maddie. I figure the plants stand a better chance there than in their pots, anyway. Maybe this weekend J & I will get around to planting the seeds I gave her for her birthday....

2 comments:

mmmqq said...

mmmm... Sarah came over last night and we fixed up some yummy fish... tacos? Burritos? Steamed tilapia en papillote with lemon slices, butter, and parsley, some fresh quasi-guac (just avocado, lemon, salt), corn toasted in a cast iron w/ some garlic and some queso fresco, all wrapped insdie yummy whole wheat torillas :)

Sophie said...

I would just like that share that on this day I actually made fresh pasta from scratch with the beautiful seventies orange pasta maker I found in a charity shop.

It's a fun sort of thing to do, but you'd have to be enjoying yourself as it is *a lot* of effort and, to be really honest, deli-bought pasta or even a more expensive supermarket kind would be just as good, though of course that doesn't come with the homely satisfaction of having made it yourself.

Mind you, I made the mistake of putting my tagliatelle on the one plate after cutting them so they all stuck together. My boyfriend says I have invented a new type of pasta called "maltagliata" (badly cut). Grazie molto.

Anyhow. What will be good is being able to fill my own ravioli.