Tuesday, October 21, 2008

the 90s never left

There's a What's Up/Standard Tribesman (oh yeah and Zach Hill) show in Davis tonight that will probably be even more fun than the show at Luigis, just cuz it's Davis and people get excited.  Sac is getting some crazy good shows coming up.  The three that come to mind are: Crystal Stilts/Cause Commotion/English Singles on November 5th, Dreamdate (an excellent 90s style pop band-keep an open mind!) on November 7th, and this one is nuts for real: Vivian Girls and Love is all on November 21st.  These shows are all at Luigis.

The poverty meals continue.  The famer's market on sunday had some good, sweet end of season roma tomatoes for 50 cents a pound.  I used Marcella Hazans recipe to make a sauce.  Couldn't be simpler, really.  Blanch the tomatoes for a minute to skin them.  Chop roughly.  Put a little butter in the pan, throw in the tomatoes and an onion that you've halved, to take out later (that part is weird).  Simmer for 45 minutes.  Delicious.
I also used her recipe the same night to make pasta by hand (as opposed to machine).  Her instructions for this are stern and frightening.  They contain instructions such as: you must execute this complicated, five-step motion QUICKLY and SMOOTHLY and if you hesitate all is lost.  It helps to have started learning at your mothers elbow when you were five. Best of luck.  Nevertheless, it turned out OK.  Here is the dough, kneaded smooth as baby skin as Marcella commanded.  Letting it rest for at least 15 minutes is key.
Then you roll it to this diameter but under no circumstances can the rolling pin pass the edge of the dough!!!! I don't know why.
This is when it starts to not look so hot.  During this part you use your hands and the rolling pin to stretch without pushing down at all.  It's hard to not tear it, and it has to be done quickly cuz the dough starts to dry and look like elephant skin.
Then you fold and cut.  Your knife had better be pretty sharp or you will press the edges of the dought together and someone might cry. Not me, though.
Spoon out the sauce, garnish with fresh basil and parmesan, take a blurry picture.  Voila!




9 comments:

Anonymous said...

that looks delicious!

-Natalie.

The Armeniac said...

hmm.. my grandma always just got her grandkids to make the pasta by hand. Maybe you should find some little Itye kid and make them do it, Is Reena old enough to use a rolling pin?

Anonymous said...

That doesn't look creamy nor dreamy.

love,
anon

Anonymous said...

Dude! I am so stoked for these shows. Anyone have the Dreamdate album?
I heard one song on the radio (that's college radio) and it was the greatest.
-heckamax

beckler said...

we have the cd. it's creamy and dreamy.

Madeline said...

speaking of radio... can anyone recommend sac radio stations? I only know npr and oldies. What is that high school station that's supposed to be decent?

--Heckamad.

Anonymous said...

KYDS 91.5 from El Camino h.s. It's 90% Belle & Sebastian, but then they throw in fantastically non-sequitur bits like Muhammad Ali reciting poetry.

DKK

Count Mockula said...

Wow, I totally disagree with DKK's assessment of KYDS. I love the variety, and I usually tune in to Chuck Berry or Metallica.

DJ Rick said...

I was leaving it to someone not affiliated to answer, but now thiat I'm feeling sick that we weren't the first answer to come out immediately, I'll just say it now.

Not meaning to brag, but it's just the truth...Freeform KDVS 90.3 FM is one of the handful of very best radio stations on planet earth, and possible THEE best when it comes to playing the widest variety of very new music that you cannot hear anywhere else yet. Some of us really knock ourselves out to dig out the nuggets for you. Comes in fine in most Sacto locations, but you can also listen at http://www.kdvs.org/ ...live or on the archive.

By the way, all of these shows that Becky has mentioned, they are presented by this radio station. This is the number one reason I've never moved from this area. Seriously.