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Butternut squash ravioli

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

1/2 nutmeg

1 tsp olive oil

knob butter

fresh sage

  1. Start by making pasta, wrapping it in a cling film and leaving it for 30 minutes in a fridge to relax.
  2. In the meantime peel and cut butternut squash into cubes, steam or roast until soft.
  3. Toast pine nuts. Add nuts, butternut squash and parmesan into a food processor and mix together. Add nutmeg.
  4. Start rolling out pasta, fill it with butternut squash mixture. Cook in salted water.
  5. 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.




About potatofaces

People who cook always go on about precious memories of childhood food one of their family members cooked, how daddy or nanny taught them the importance of cooking and eating together, and they still remember the comfort food they produced, amazing dishes whipped up by brilliant but humble cooks in their family. Well, let me tell you, it was totally different in my family. My mother’s family – totally useless as cooks, who could survive on bread and butter, cooked once a week a terrible, terrible meal, usually some kind of meat piece with lots of brown sauce. Also, they were never bothered about eating together. That’s maybe why most of them were depressed and suicidal. My mother followed that path and couldn’t really cook, and because I never wanted to eat meat, was warning me that ‘one day I will regret it’. Probably because my mother wasn’t into cooking my sister at the age of 12 took over and started producing amazing dinners and cakes. Well, luckily for me and her we weren’t that genetically doomed because apparently my father’s family were gifted in that compartment. I can only presume it was genes, as my father divorced my mother when my sis and me were little and he strongly believed that he also divorced us. So, we were growing up never having any contact with him and as a result, couldn’t learn how to cook from him. That’s why I believe the love of cooking ( and the ability) was just passed to us genetically. My father, short time before he died, unexpectedly felt an urge to contact us. First he gave my sister a mandolin (that’s another thing I know about him- he played a few instruments). My sister refused to talk to him, he then decided to contact me and wanted to spend some time with me. I didn’t want to, as he was a stranger to me (I was 11 or 12 at the time) but as I was promised I could leave whenever I wanted to, I went to the village he lived in. There I tried his mother’s cooking everyone was raving about. It was simple and amazing, I wish they were as family dedicated as they were at baking, cooking, making pastries, wine, tinctures, you name it. But I ate, drunk, and got bored of strangers who were my family and demanded to be let to go home. One of the last things my father said to me was that I should start learning English because I might need it one day, which I ignored for another 16 years… Because my sister was such a domestic goddess I wasn’t really bothered about cooking. I got hooked properly after my son was born and I wanted him to eat healthy and get everything he needed, especially that it wasn’t his choice to be a vegetarian (yet). And that is how the story begins…

8 responses »

  1. We love squash combined with pasta! This recipe is definitely one to try.Your ravioli is picture perfect! How often do you make it? 🙂

  2. As much as I love pasta I’ve never made my own, but I can guarantee if I tried it wouldn’t look or taste half as good as yours. Great film selection by the way. Never a more perfect fit of actor and role.

  3. Wow I love this ravioli recipe, the filling is delicious such a nice combination! 🙂


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