Books and Other Pleasures

“Bonjour les &nfants”

I was attracted by the plot: a mix of psychological thriller and romantic romance, and I must say that, unlike the birthplace, the author did not fail my expectations!

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**https://youtu.be/CAMWdvo71ls?list=PLEuPJYtHKcIEfT0zUr8ceTxnr5by0zDdi

<< A little girl had died in terrible circumstances. Without anyone hearing her, she had walked several flights of stairs, she opened doors, a window…. The omission of control was obvious. >>[1]

When I was a child, I was incredibly fascinated by France, I don’t know why, but I was almost obsessed with it, I often dreamed of going for a walk in the vineyards, to walk through the Champs Elise’s, to paint on the river, and to taste the fine French cheeses.

When I finally flew to Paris at 13, I have to say I was a bit disappointed, maybe the expectations were too high, or I was unlucky, because I met a lot of rude people, I found bad food and very cold and rainy weather despite it being late July.

In any case, with the cheese and wines excluded, the passion and charm…

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Tv Series Rehab_eng

“Is it always Spring in Alabama?”

Now, beyond the fact that in this remote village are all beautiful, what has convinced us to watch the TV series is the cast and lightness of the plot, almost a sitcom. We are more and more avid about not only the characters, the love affairs (predictable!), but also careers, food *, places, and we are almost persuaded to make a trip in Alabama as soon as possible, because in all the seasons, it always seems like it’s Spring! But nobody, and I mean nobody suffers from allergies !!!! – who knows, maybe the flowers there do not wildly pollinate like here, or they have heavier antihistamines

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Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake
(the recipe is from my English friend, John)

INGREDIENTS
– 2  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1-1/2 cups plus 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
-4 medium sized medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½” pieces
-1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
-1 teaspoon table salt
-1 cup unsalted butter, melted
-4 large eggs, lightly beaten
-confectioners’ sugar

METHOD

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Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. In a small bowl, combine flour, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Let it cool slightly off heat, about 10 minutes. Whisk in 1½ cups brown sugar until smooth, then whisk in the eggs. Fold in the flour mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in apples.
Spoon half of the…

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Tv Series Rehab_eng

“Penny Dreadful: between Blood and Wine”

The series takes its name from the nineteenth-century publications of the same name, the dreadful pennies, and inspired by the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore, the series intertwines the origins of horror literature characters such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray (the only note I have to do is the error, once again, of the hair colour alas), Dr. Jekyll, Count Dracula, werewolves, witches and vampires, all of whom are grappling with their creepy madness in Victorian London.

I really like the scenes because they remind me of a huge theatre, with the pictorial poetry of some sequences to make this show a product of rare workmanship and emotion.

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* Cornish pie

(The recipe is from my English friend, John)

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 125g chilled and diced butter

  • 125g lard

  • 500g plain flour, plus extra

  • 1 beaten egg

For the filling

Method

Rub the butter and lard into the flour with a pinch of salt using your fingertips or a food processor, then blend in 6 tbsp cold water to make a firm dough. Cut equally into 4, then chill for 20 mins.

Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Mix together the filling ingredients with 1 tsp salt. Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface until large enough to make a round about 23cm across – use a plate to trim it to shape…

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A Dip in the Classics

Classics: “Dracula”

Dracula is a mysterious and fascinating figure, despite being presented as an old hoary, the collective imagination seems to have always focused on the part where thanks to the blood of the living he can return to taking on young and beautiful appearances.

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“Oh, the terrible struggle that I have had against sleep so often of late; the pain of the sleeplessness, or the pain of the fear of sleep, and with such unknown horror as it has for me! How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula

The term vampire derives from the lean “vampyr”, from the Lithuanian word “wempti”, which means “to drink”, from the Turkish “uber”, “to be diabolical”, and from the Slavic root “pi”, “sorcerer. The mythology of the undead who, by infernal concession, can continue to live by feeding on the blood of the living, plants its oldest roots in the religiosity of the Slavic peoples, strongly linked to the cult of the dead.

Vampire literature (“Interview with the vampire” – “Twilight” – “The nights…

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Books and Other Pleasures

“Skipped Christmas with Cookies and Margarita”

“Skipping Christmas” is one of those novels that you read laughing and with absolute joviality, but which at the same time glees you with its harsh criticism, far from veiled, towards the hypocrisy and intransigence without limits of the middleclass, mostly conformist.

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When I watch the TV series set in warm places like Australia or California and I find the Christmas episode, I get a great envy. I can’t tolerate the cold, and as much as I like the snow, hot chocolate and the front of the fireplace, I would exchange all this immediately and without regret for a fine sand beach, a margarita[1], a good book and the salt water of the ocean on the suntanned skin.

“No, it’s wonderful. And it’s just for one year. Let’s take a break. Blair’s not here. she’ll be back next year and we can jump back into the Christmas chaos, if that’s what you want. Come on, Nora, please. We skip Christmas, save the money, and go splash in the Caribbean for ten days.”[2]

So far, however, the dream of going to celebrate Christmas by the sea is just a dream…

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Books and Other Pleasures

“Keepers, Erebon, soup and beer”

the final book is coming….

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When someone I know writes a book it’s a problem. Yes, because it could be the masterpiece of the Century, but more likely I might not like it, but knowing the author, I face the dilemma: “should I be ruthless and tell him/her? Or should I play along with it?

Working as a freelance editor, I have to capture every flaw before every merit (and there are a lot in a book! Both: flaws and merits), so I get always a bit confused  when someone I know tells me that he has written a book.

And if this person is my brother, and if, besides making me read  a preview he also asks me to check it then the question becomes epic.

My brother has always been a great little genius, so I never had doubts that the book was well written and the plot was fluid.

But would I…

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Tv Series Rehab_eng

“Have a KILLER day!”

My relationship with Dexter, as with other TV series, was wavering, I finished the first three seasons that same August, but I struggled a lot with the fourth and fifth, so much so that I left it for a while (two years! !!) before ending with a marathon – always during the summer! – of the sixth, seventh and eighth seasons (which in the meantime I had sporadically already seen on TV … a sign that they were actually replicas of replicas of replicas and it was a coincidence that for me it was a novelty) and a kilo of enchiladas shrimps * – which once after the series ended, it took about eight months before I could ate them again…

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* ENCHILADOS SHRIMPS
(the recipe is my review of the original recipe)

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Ingredients for 4 people

– 1/2 kilo of unshelled prawns
– 3 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 chopped onion
– 3 garlic teeth
– 1 sprig of parsley
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 1/8 teaspoon pepper
– 1 lemon
– 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce
– 1/2 cup of sweet dry white wine
– hot pepper to taste

 

 

We lightly mean the prawns. Prepare a sauté with oil, garlic, onion and parsley. In this sauce we throw the previously peeled prawns and garnished with salt, pepper and lemon. We remove them and add the chilli pepper, tomato sauce and wine. At this point, we throw the prawns back, uncover the pan and cook them over low heat until they are very tender.

 

 

Easy, right?

Once again, I find myself watching a bloody…

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Men, Women and Other Aliens · Thoughts

“The First Love is never forgotten… ( but which?)” – part III

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Previosly: “The First Love is never forgotten… ( but which?)” – part I“The First Love is never forgotten… ( but which?)” – part II

The important stages. So first kiss. First I love you. First time.

First time.

Omg how vague we are. What an insurmountable taboo. “First time”. The first time of what ???? Who do the dishes? What did you read a book?
No.

The first time you have sex.
Sex. I said it. And I wasn’t thunderstruck!

Everyone in nature does it, so why all this fear of naming it? It’s not Voldemort!

However, my first time was not with The footballer. Throughout the chaos, sex has never been consumed.

How it happened that didn’t happen I have no idea!

The Shy.

Before him I had been dating only guys of a certain type, of the assholes type, so to speak. One way or another…

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Men, Women and Other Aliens · Thoughts

“The First Love is never forgotten… ( but which?)” – part II

Double doubts

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Previosly:“The First Love is never forgotten… ( but which?)” – part I

The important stages. So first kiss. First I love you. First time.

The first I love you.

I want to emphasize that I am not telling certain brawls!

If anything, if I really must, I do it in writing. Oh god I will be alien eh, but the sound of those words makes me a mega extreme allergic attack effect that even if I pass through a tunnel among trees in full bloom.

It has always been like this, while my friends were telling it to everyone, nevertheless of whether to their partner or the Hollywood star of the moment, I have always chosen to say it in other ways.

And this is the only point on which I’m glad I’m not English because otherwise I would have been fucked!

But a couple of times it has…

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Men, Women and Other Aliens · Thoughts

“The First Love is never forgotten… ( but which?)” – part I

Doubts

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Today I saw Cappellino Viola – I know, what a stupid name! But the first time I met his green eyes he was wearing this senseless purple hat and not knowing the name, class, age … he got this nickname.

I haven’t seen him for so many years that I didn’t identify him for a moment.

He was leaning against the door of the car, doing gas, talking impatiently to the phone. I sit two cars behind. He didn’t see me.

I do, and I thought that it’s always nice to see your First Love again.

No?

But is he?

Risultati immagini per doubt gifA Hamletic doubt has sneaked into me for days, it was certainly the first colossal crush in high school (at the time the Nameless was still just a friend – and yes, we had nicknames for everyone like in the bookstores of b series), I crossed he in the passages…

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