On summer weekend evenings it’s good to revisit your old friends. Some of your favourite ones you haven’t seen for a while, but you are always happy to see them again.
I find this film magical.
The main character Loretta (played really well by Cher) is an accountant and a widow living with her family in Brooklyn, New York. She’s dating an older guy who proposes to her. The plan is that before they get married, he’s going to go to Sicily to see his dying mother. He also insists she should see his estranged brother and invite him to the wedding.
From there nothing goes according to the plan.
The film is about love, family, mistakes, but it’s somehow magical and tender. Norman Jewison had only about two weeks to shot it as actors were involved in different projects, and he made a marvelous job. Sometimes all the elements come together and let you come up with a gem. This is a film I have seen few times and I always come back to see it again, because the balance between funny and serious is just perfectly leveled.
So when the moon is big and beautiful, let yourself be struck with it. It’s the time when people go crazy after all…
Mediterranean Vegetable Linguine:
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
1/3 tsp chilli flakes
1 cup shredded kale
1/2 cup black olives
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1. Cook water with pinch of salt for linguine.
2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic and chilli flakes, cook for 2-4 minutes. Add pepper. Cook for 5 minutes until soft.
3. Add sliced courgette and tomatoes. Let it simmer until the vegetables are soft. Cook pasta.
4. Add kale and spinach to tomato sauce. Stir, add dried oregano, salt and pepper. When spinach and kale wilts, add olives and fresh basil. Drain pasta and mix with the sauce. You can add pine nuts and parmesan if you want. Buon Appetito!