Thursday, January 15, 2009

the pasta that thought it could

One Christmas eve a few weeks back, I decided I was brave enough to tackle the year’s most challenging task: cook pasta a la pobre a la purpledsky.

Naturally, I was determined to overcome this most daunting task prepared and armed to the teeth. I had printed out the recipe weeks before, studied it until my eyes crossed and uncrossed, and grilled The Goddess with questions until, I’m quite sure, she was ready to choke me to my death.

Then, the big night came.

Because I was so prepared, I had to rush to the supermarket to buy the most important ingredient of all: the one with the tuyo in olive oil. So of course, the supermarket had ran out of stock.

I had almost given up when, by some stroke of luck (or pity, perhaps?), The Goddess lent me a bottle from her own kitchen. So then, I had no choice but to cook up a storm.

I had prepared the ingredients carefully, cooked the pasta per Goddess’ instructions (minus 2 minutes from the pasta box’s indicated cook time), and was ready to prepare the sauce. Since this was my first time, I knew I had to consult the recipe every step of the way. Then I realized the recipe was nowhere to be found!

My heart stopped.

There was no way this could be happening. Trying hard to stop from panicking, I looked and looked. At the kitchen table, at the sink, in my bedroom, the living room, even the bathroom! Finally, I found the recipe in the trashcan, all rumpled up and messy. Our house help had thought it was meant to be thrown away, maybe because of its sorry and disheveled look.


Armed with the recipe, I began preparing the sauce, in between shots of Bailey’s mint chocolate cream liquor shared with my brother, who was also whipping up something on his own.

The beautiful result:


The verdict: not really ├╝ber-delish like The Goddess’, but edible. *big sigh of relief* Although the boyfriend did dare utter, “There seemed to be something missing.”

And then it hit me -

I'd forgotten to use olive oil.

Monday, January 5, 2009

song of the week: wooden heart

Photo: Courtesy of The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit is an alternative rock band from London, England. Wooden heart is from their second album, Neptune, released February 2008.

This piece is for krinkle and igatitot: good luck to the 3 of us.


Wooden Heart - The Duke Spirit


no one wastes time quite like i do
i can waste time like nobody else
you can go running back to your friends
you can go running back to your friends

well, that's how it feels
oh, that's how it feels

i would understand your heart
if i could feel it
i would understand your heart
if i could feel, oh

all i have is all that i'm feeling
all i feel is all that i know
and then i use it every day
and abuse it in every way

and that's how it feels
yeah, that's how it feels

i would understand your heart
if i could feel it
i would understand your heart
if i could feel, oh

the sky is more certain
than you will ever be
the rain clouds are angry
at you and at me

the sky is more certain
than you will ever be
the rain clouds are angry
at you and at me

forgive me, baby
i'm not all that you see

i would understand your heart
if i could feel it
i would understand your heart
if i could feel, oh

 
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