Sunday, February 3, 2019

Author Recipe


When author Ann Everett scheduled Augustine Sam for her Food, Fiction, and Foolishness feature, she didn’t know he’d submit a spaghetti recipe, which she said was fancier than the one she posted weeks earlier. To help her American fans understand the recipe, she offered a link to the gourmet sleuth website for conversion to U.S. measurements and said she loved that the author used a photo of himself in the foolishness section. Oh, she loved the funny quote too!


Recipe: Spaghetti alla Carbonara


Spaghetti  -  about 400g
Pancetta   -  about 200g (bacon)
Egg yolks  -  about 4
Pepper      -  q.s. quantum sufficit (whatever’s enough)
Salt            -  q.s.   
Oil              -  q.s.
Pecorino   -  about 50g (Italian sheep’s milk cheese)

1)  Cook the spaghetti in boiling water with little salt. The pasta should not be too soft or overdone, it should, instead, be cooked to be firm to the bite (“al dente” in Italian).
2) In the meantime, cut the bacon or pork cheek into cubes, letting it dissolve in a pan with little oil.
3) When the bacon or cheek lard fat partially melts, add a little water and cook over moderate heat for about ten minutes.
4) Beat the egg yolks in a salad bowl, as if to make an omelet, add the Pecorino cheese and a pinch of black pepper.
5) Mix the ingredients: Pour the bacon or cheek lard over the spaghetti cooked “al dente”, and add the beaten egg yolks prepared with the cheese, mixing them until they are firm, then serve your Spaghetti alla Carbonara hot. 


The saga of a compelling backward journey through a broken mind

Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, is on the verge of madness but she doesn’t know it yet. The madness begins when she gets it into her head to write her memoirs. As her brilliant mind assembles bits and pieces of her life for the book, ugly skeletons, long forgotten in the closet, begin to rear their heads.

It had all begun with a simple act of love. And love, for her, was a blond-haired Irish boy named Bill, so when Bill abandoned her for priesthood the world around her collapsed. Now seized by a different passion—vengeance—she seeks her proverbial pound of flesh in the beds of various priests.

But that’s before she meets Stern W. And now, she’s transformed from a psychiatrist to a patient, and saddled with dark memories she must decipher in order to be free…    



Funny Book quote:

“Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” - P.J. O’Rourke