Still busy? Yeah, I though so…
Quickly then to dinner:
Pasta with Roasted Squash and Sage:
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
toasted pine nuts
- Start by pre-heating the oven to 180C. Peel the squash, cut into cubes, spread on the roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and julienned sage. Bake until golden and soft.
- In the meantime cook pasta and toast pine nuts.
- When the squash is ready, drain pasta, mix with squash, serve with pine nuts and parmesan.
Christmas can be quite depressing, especially if you are away from your family. Don’t get me wrong, all my childhood’s Christmases were a nightmare. But since it’s only me, my sister and apple of my eye, it’s been brilliant. So it is really hard to handle being away from them. There are 2 options – get drunk to numb the pain or avoid everyone.
Also you can cheer yourself up by watching Christmas not related films.
Like ‘Les Vacances de M.Hulot’. I mentioned here before that when I was 12 or 13 there was quite amazing film festival taking place in my humble hometown, where I had a chance to see many, many wonderful films. My sister and I would spend mornings, afternoons and evenings going to the showings, with few breaks in between to nourish the body as well as the soul. People thought that it was stupid to spend the whole day in the dark cinema instead of going to the beach (it was a middle of summer), but I never regretted it.
The festival was the place where I have first seen Jacques Tati’s film. And both, my sister and I loved it.
The film takes place in a resort by the beach (har har). It is almost silent – there are sounds but not dialogues. M.Hulot is almost like a mime, and a very expressive one. There is plenty of visual gags and comical situations, and in a way Tati sums up the core of French society. But it’s the atmosphere, the way of filming and delivering gags which makes the film so memorable. It’s more graceful and intelligent than a traditional slapstick. It’s quite absurd and whimsical. There are a few reasons I am so fond of it. First one – i was brought up on Sempe and Goscinny ‘Le petit Nicolas’ books, and this kind of humour, quite similar to Jacques Tati’s films, resonates with me, makes me feel quite nostalgic. If every child was exposed to this kind of humour, we would have more intelligent people around.
The second reason is that M Hulot in his clumsiness and unfortunate adventures reminds me of my best male friend, whose friendship I really treasure, and whom, since living in Britain, I don’t see very often. Which is bad for my soul, as he is the kind of friend who makes you laugh so hard you cry and almost pee yourself….
So if you feel down after Christmas and your friends are far far away (even though not in another Galactic), treat yourself to M Hulot’s Holday. You won’t regret it.