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The Legendary Vodka Pasta 2007/03/29

Posted by Mummy Ruth in Cooking.
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This unusual but authentically Italian recipe is said to have originated as ‘Penne alla Bettola’ from ‘Alla Vecchia Bettolla‘ a popular trattoria on Via Luigi Ariosto, Florence, Tuscany. I found it in Patricia Wells’s book ‘Trattoria‘ (Kyle Cathie, 1993) headed ‘Penne with Vodka and Spicy Tomato-Cream Sauce’.

According to my pencilled scribbles in the recipe book’s margin, I made it for the first time for David and I on 28th October 2005, and it was spicy but delicious and we washed it down with a bottle of Tuscan Red (a Castelliani 2002 — apparently).

Cooking Time: 25-30 mins
Serves: 3-4 (more…)

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‘Heaven’ 2007/03/26

Posted by Daddy Dave in Movies, Reviews.
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At the laptop on the kitchen table, I stopped for a break from work. I decided to make some fresh coffee and while I waited, I switched on the TV and flicked through the channels. A film was just starting, and the way it was filmed caught and held my attention.

I watched as I made the coffee; it looked interesting. It seemed Italian, but where in Italy? Then there was Cate Blanchett. Yes, Cate Blanchett — in an Italian movie. Cate Blanchett in an Italian movie talking Italian. No — surely not. (more…)

Olivia on YouTube! 2007/03/18

Posted by Dave in Baby, video.
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We love YouTube — and felt guilty that we were not giving, just taking all the time — so we decided to upload an AVI clip I took of Olivia messing about (more…)