The older I get the more I feel like Grusinskaya, a character played by Greta Garbo in ‘Grand Hotel’. Simply: ‘I want to be alone…’ I just want to hibernate and stay at home all the time, watch old films (heck ‘Grand Hotel’) and eat comfort food. I allow Boyfriend to join me sometimes because he’s really good in pretending I’m not grumpy and he thinks I’m not short tempered but funny. Yeah, I know…
There is only one way when it comes to comfort food and it’s the Italian way. And in this case i’m talking about Pasta alla Siciliana. Unfortunately I watch too many films so when I hear Sicily I think of all amazing films based there or around Sicilian families. The Godfather (‘In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.’ ‘Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.’- Where can you hear lines like that? Forget about it!), Cinema Paradiso (‘Life is harder then films’), The Leopard (‘Yes, love, of course! Fire and flames for a year, ashes for thirty. I too know what love is.’ – do you know what I mean?…Precious!).
I also love adjusting my menu to what I’m watching, and I got Sopranos Box for my birthday, so I’m expecting to make a lot of this pasta dish and long hibernating evenings….Lots of Italian wine too.
Pasta alla Siciliana
pasta (any, I use fusilli, penne, gnocchietti, orechiette, etc)
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 cup of sour cream or ricotta cheese
can of chopped tomatoes
pinch of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
chopped handful of parsley
1. In a pan, warm olive oil and add chopped shallots. Wait till they are translusent, add garlic and pepper flakes.
2. Fry for 2-3 minets, then add diced aubergine. Cover and fry till aubergine softenes. Add chopped tomatoes.
3. In the meantime boil pasta.
4. When tomato sauce thickens, add salt and pepper, cream or ricotta (or both if you feel decadent), parsley and drained pasta. Mix well, add parmesan and serve with a bottle of wine (each) and Italian themed film on the side.