April 23rd, 2008


Northern Ballet's Hamlet and a really boring work out.

First, Northern Ballet Theatre's Hamlet was really good - quite the theatrical spectacle! Who'd thought you'd be having ballet with leather clad Nazis, torture scenes, and, um, men dancing in boots up to their knees? It could recruit a whole new audience to the cause (*tries to remember the name of the recently disgraced politician*). At any rate, the idea of setting it all in Paris during the Occupation was brilliant, and the several changes to the story really served the performance well - Hamlet's dad was head of police, killed by his uncle when the Nazis moved into town, and, while he's no longer a prince, his grief at the loss of his dad is actually much more moving. I also felt like his relationship with Ophelia was much better realized in this ballet than it is in the play - their love dance in the first act was just ... beautiful (*gets goosebumps*) ... and her mad scene in act two was FANTASTIC. I've never seen changing the way someone walks so perfectly capture someone who's gone over the edge. I highly recommend this show, especially because you can get main floor tickets for only £15. Go go go!

So today I was less than motivated to work out. Collapse )

I made a dinner but they eated it

So I decided to try another recipe from one of the Sicilian cookbooks - pasta with sausage and pistachios. My test subjects shadowdaddy and wechsler pronounced it "gorgeous," or at least that might have been what they said around the general gobbling (I'll assume the fact shadowdaddy biked into work and back didn't influence that much, though I think it is why he scraped out what was left from the bowl). J said it really seemed to want to be eaten at an outdoor cafe with a view of the Mediterranean, but, well ... at least it's warm enough outside that I could open the windows this afternoon.

Anyway, for those interested (it's really easy!):

Pasta with sausage and pistachios recipe

400 g pasta (enough for 3 or 4 - I used medium shells)
400 g sausage (I used about six Italian sausages for three people )
1 onion, finely chopped
60 g of pistachios (I'm afraid I didn't measure this either, I just added a bunch - probably a quarter cup)
a "packet" of cooking cream (I'm not sure how one puts cream in a packet, but I think what I used was about half a cup)

Cook the onion with a little water, then add the sausage (chopped) and brown them up. When they're done, add the pistachio (crushed). Boil the pasta until cooked, drain it, then add it into a tureen (I used the bowl I bought with spikeylady in Madrid - good memories!) with the cream and sausage/nut mix. Serve hot. (Note: I think you don't want this too wet, so add about the right amount of cream to kind of lubricate the noodles but not leave puddles in the bowl. I also suggest putting some nuts on top to make it look pretty.)

This is right next to a recipe for a pasta with courgette "sauce" that's right tasty, and is followed by four pages of rabbit recipes. I've got to say, bringing back home cookbooks was really the best idea ever.

Tonight (what's left of it): pack for Barcelona, and drink cider. :-)