It seems only appropriate to write about ravioli and a film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It would be a perfect circle connecting my previous post and post I mentioned in it.
So, let me start with the ravioli.
Butternut squash ravioli:
freshly made pasta (see post Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli)
For the filling;
small butternut squash
2 tbsp grated parmesan
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1 tsp olive oil
- Start by making pasta, wrapping it in a cling film and leaving it for 30 minutes in a fridge to relax.
- In the meantime peel and cut butternut squash into cubes, steam or roast until soft.
- Toast pine nuts. Add nuts, butternut squash and parmesan into a food processor and mix together. Add nutmeg.
- Start rolling out pasta, fill it with butternut squash mixture. Cook in salted water.
- Heat olive oil with butter in a frying pan, add sage, fry for 3-4 minutes. Add ravioli and coat gently. Serve.
Now, the film…
I absolutely loved Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’. I was lucky enough to be allowed watching films I shouldn’t have watched as a child. During communism people working in cinemas were relaxed about who’s coming in, as long as you payed and behaved.
So, as a very young girl I watched films which blew my mind and formed me as who I am now, like ‘Don’t look back’ or ‘Possession’ by Zulawski.
I also watched at some point ‘The Man Who Fell On Earth’. Main reason I wanted to watch it, was David Bowie, but I also had a lot of respect for Roeg.
The film is about the man who fell on Earth. An alien who’s trying to find the way to ship water from Earth to his planet, which suffers from severe drought. But it is not just that, it says a lot about alienation of any human being, of our culture. It is also a very dark and surreal, beautifully shot film. There is no doubt no one nowadays would make a movie like that. There is no studio which would give money to this kind of project.
Luckily it was done in the 70s. Roeg made a perfect casting choice picking David Bowie, who at the time looked very alien with his high cheekbones, and porcelaine skin. He gave a really good performance, and a very memorable one.
So have some pasta and remember a beautiful, brilliant man by watching a cult film with him.