Yesterday I woke up from the most amazing dream ever. I mean, my dreams are random and weird, but sometimes magical. This time it was the latter. I dreamt that I was friends with Valentino. We were partying together, walking around parks and talking about art, music, fashion, films. Just before I woke up, we were having a picnic with few other friends (and Giancarlo of course), lying on the grass, eating strawberries, laughing…It seemed so real and relaxing, it was almost painful to wake up. If there is psychological explanation to why I am having a dream like that, I would like to hear it. Probably some escapism shit or another…
Anyway, the dream made me want to watch again the documentary ‘Valentino: the Last Emperor’.
I always thought that Valentino’s designs were timeless. Whichever year the dress you pick from, you can wear it now. There’s so much elegance, grace in his designs, and although they are very glamorous, there’s also simplicity. To me Valentino is an artist, he didn’t create ‘just dresses’, he created art. Beautiful and well crafted.
When you watch a documentary about an artist, you have to have something simple but flavorful for dinner.
200g chopped mushrooms (oyster, shiitake or chestnut)
1 clove minced garlic
1-2 cm peeled and grated ginger
1 tsp chopped chilli
1/3 cup chopped spring onion
1 cup shredded Chinese cabbage (napa or bok choy)
1 cup chopped water chestnut
1 cup chopped bamboo shoots
1-2 tbsp tamari
gyoza wrappers (I get them from Chinese supermarket)
For the dipping sauce:
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp tamari
1 tsp teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
sprinkle of chilli flakes
1. Heat oil in a pan. Add ginger, garlic and chilli. Fry for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped finely mushrooms.
2. Fry until mushrooms loose moisture. Add spring onions, Chinese cabbage, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Stir for few minutes, add tamari. Wait till cabbage is wilted. Cool.
3. Put the stuffing in the middle of gyoza wrapper, wet your finger with water and trace it around the edges of the wrapper.