Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Rome!





On April 21, Rome had celebrated 2762 years and several events were hold, among them the free entrance to some museums. I went to visit the Capitoline Museum, and even if I visited many times before, I still stand in wonder at the masterpieces exposed there. From the left: The fragments of a colossal sculpture in marble of Emperor Costantine in the courtyard of the museum, the she wolf that according to legend raised the twins Romulus and Remus. Following the murder of Remus, Romulus became the first king of Rome and the sculpture in marble, a copy of an original of Praxisteles, of the Venus Capitoline a beauty of the fourth century BC.




Monday, April 20, 2009

TANGO! (aspettando il Teatro)














Nonostante che adesso il "gatto che pesca" abbia deciso di fare il suo blog in inglese, (Si era stancato di "miagolare" in italiano con i soliti, anche se cari, quattro gatti!) ci sarà sempre un angolino per quelli che, come nel caso dell'associazione "Per ananke" si impegnano per portare a Pomezia manifestazioni di alto livello culturale.
Lo spettacolo "Tango" che si è tenuto ieri al "Cinema dei preti", racconta un episodio della dittatura argentina, la più feroce di tutte le dittature che hanno insanguinato la nostra America. In un monologo a due, gli attori raccontano le proprie storie: La perdita della libertà, della propria identità, l'orrore delle torture e la passione per il tango.
Questo spettacolo, e i due bravissimi attori, hanno non solo commosso il publico; ma credo che molti spettatori non fossero al corrente di certi agghiaccianti episodi della dittatura. Un pugno nello stomaco e nelle nostre coscienze; ma anche un modo per far sapere e non dimenticare.
La dittatura argentina ha fatto scomparire 30.000 persone, donne, uomini e bambini, e soprattutto neonati; i responsabili di questi crimini hanno ormai fra i 70 e gli 80 anni; uno dei più feroci, Rafael Videla (in piena dittatura fu ricevuto dal Papa!) è stato condannato all' ergastolo per violazione dei diritti umani e furto di neonati, che venivano dati in adozione agli stessi assassini e torturatori dei loro genitori. Nel 1990 ottenne l'indulto, in seguito revocato, e adesso, a 81 anni è agli arresti domiciliari.
L'Italia ha deciso di processare Emilio Massera, 83 anni, per la scomparsa di cittadini italiani durante la dittatura. In Argentina era stato giudicato per gli stessi crimini di Videla; ma dichiarato "incapace di intendere e di volere"(stratagemma che permise a Pinochet di tornare in Cile dalla Spagna dove doveva affrontare un processo e una condanna sicura). Una perizia psichiatrica del 4 marzo di quest'anno, invece, dichiara Massera "in pieno posseso delle sue facoltà mentali" e pertanto, in grado di affrontare un processo.
Per la cronaca: Per la prima volta nella storia del Latinoamerica, un dittatore è stato processato nel banco degli imputati e condannato a scontare 25 anni in carcere: Alberto Fujimori, ex presidente del Perù, per violazione dei dititti umani. Sua la responsabilità, in quanto mandante, del massacro dei Quartieri Alti e dell'Università "La Cantuta", 25 vittime, tra il 1991 e il 1993; la strage fu compiuta dallo "squadrone della morte" "La Colina", controllato dallo stesso Fujimori mentre era presidente.
America (SI, ANCHE NOI SIAMO AMERICANI!) si desta? Speriamo...
Per finire. Questo ciclo di spettacoli si chiama: "ASPETTANDO IL TEATRO" (quello vero, foto in alto a destra).
L'Assessorato alla Cultura del comune de Pomezia ha dimostrato che per fare Cultura non c'è bisogno di spendere una fortuna. Tutti gli spettacoli e le manifestazioni dell'estate scorsa sono state di altissimo livello e soprattutto, GRATIS. Bravissimi!
Ma credo che molti di noi sognano di fare la fila alla biglietteria del NOSTRO TEATRO...
DOMENICA PROSSIMA SI REPLICA A TORVAIANICA!!! NON MANCATE, "IL GATTO CHE PESCA" VE LO CONSIGLIA VIVAMENTE!
PER INFORMAZIONI: per_ananke@libero.it

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cooking day

Wednesday is cooking and freezing day, so here it is my last week production: Vegetable broth, meatballs, mushroom double crust pie and tuna fish lasagna. And here there are the recipes:

Everything in the kitchen begins with a good broth: This is mine:
In a big pot, put:
1 onion and pin it with 2 clovers
celery, carots, potatos (leave it as soon as they are cooked) bay leaves, and other aromatic leaves of your choice, parsley; and from time to time just toss in the leftovers you have while cleaning the vegetables: the mushroom's stems, lettuce leaves, et cetera. Cover with water and let simmer for about an hour. This broth turns useful to do risotto (rice italian way) or when you wish to warm the meatballs, or chicken.

Meatballs (about 20 small)

First thing, moist a 1/2 cup of bred crumbs with the broth and squeeze it well.
300gr, ground beef
garlic and parsley (minced)
1 egg
grated bread
parmesan cheese and a half onion, minced (optional)
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients, shape meatballs of desired size, and roll them in the grated bread.
In a skillet with about 1/4 cup of oil, sautè until lighlty brown, sprinkle with wine, toss them to make the wine evaporate and add 1 cup of tomato pulp. Let simmer for about 5 minutes and add 1 cup of broth. Cook for about 1/2 an hour.

Tuna fish lasagna (4 persons)

1 can (160gr) tuna fish
1 small onion
1/2 pepper
10 olives
parsley
1 fresh tomato or 1/2 cup pulp
Lasagna pasta (fresh or dried)
Mince the onion and the pepper.In a medium skillet, put the onion, once it's wilted, add the pepper. Crush the tuna fish with a fork and toss in the skillet with the olives and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the tomatos, and let cook for another 10 minutes, at the end add the parsley.
If the lasagnas are dried, boil them until tender,(2 minutes it's enough) sprinkle them with a mixture of melted butter and sage and put the first layer and the mixture, and follow this way until you'll have three or four layers. This is a dish for those who does not like, or not tollerate, the white sauce (or bechamel).

Double crust mushroom pie
Preheat the oven.
1/2 kg mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup bacon, diced.
parsley, thyme (optional) egg, beaten to paint
Wash and chop the mushrooms. In a large skillet, brown the onion, add the bacon and let cook for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, and saute until the mushrooms release the juices. In a glass, put 2 spoons of broth and 1 teaspoon of flour or maizena, stir in the mushrooms, and let
cook until creamy. Remove from the heat and set aside until warm.
Now, you can make your own crust or (what I did) use the puffy one you buy and fill it with the mixture. Paint with beaten egg and cook for about 20 minutes at 160°.










Wednesday, April 15, 2009

spring giveaway

Aren't this cushions gorgeous? Aren't this fabrics beautiful? Well, two sweet ladies give us the chance to win 2 yards of our choice! Run to their blog, The Farm Chicks and leave a comment for the entry.

"Pay It Forward" project

This is how it works.
The first three people to leave a comment on my post will receive a surprise handmade gift from me.
All you have to do to take part is to carry on the gift giving to three people.
As soon as the comment is made, do a "Pay it Forward" post on your blog, and carry on the giving.
Of course you will need to request the address detail of the first three people replying, so you can forward on the gift.
Via juanitatortilla

Friday, April 10, 2009

sewing

This is my very first swap! And this is my very first attempt to make a hand rolled hem hankie for the swap-CHOO presented by Peggy of "Skip the chips" and Iris of "Creative endeavours in a busy life". Two days ago the hankie and the poem (shame on me! it's not handwritten) started the long way to the Maine, where my nice swap partner, Joanie, lives. Hi Joanie!

Italy earthquake

I wish to thank to the many friends that posted on my blog to know if I and my family were safe after the earthquake. Thanks dear crafter friends! It was very kind of you.
My family and I are all right; but I am so sorrow for all the lives that were taken, many of them young people (L'Aquila has an important university) and children...And I am so angry! I am angry because there is nothing that justify over 280 people killed because most of the houses that caming down, killing all that people were built without rules, with cement of the lowest quality...And what makes more angry, is the fact that once everything is over, no one will pay for it! Oh, this is the case where I wish I really were "Zorro's"daughter!
Wish everybody a Happy Easter with family and friends! And thanks again for your kind toughts.