PASTA WITH VEGETABLES AND GORGONZOLA or PASTA CON VERDURE E GORGONZOLA

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There are many pros and cons with living like we do, with the wolves as those living in the village 2 kilometers away say (ha! as if they live in a metropolis and we in the middle of the dark dark woods, I mean we’re talking about 2000 meters away from the main road where they live…), sometimes I would love to see some neon signs blinking and to hear high heels clattering on/in the street but most of the time I’m happy here. The two main reasons why I like it are that I feel less lonely and that I am surrounded by green all year round. The first might sound like a paradox but the more people there are around me, the more lonely I feel. Well not if I know them obviously, then I enjoy it and I even like living in big cities but I feel far more lonely there than I do here among the olive trees. And that brings me to the green part, even now when most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, there’s a lot of green here. And there is an infinite amount of shades of green, the different shades of the olive trees, not only do the leaves have a different green depending on if you look on the front or the back of the leaves but then different types of olive trees have different shades as well, some are darker and some are lighter. And then the grass is always green, not only on the other side of the fence but even in my own garden, not to speak about the bamboo groves, the evergreen trees like laurel, buxom, cypresses and all those that I don’t know the name of that populate the fields and gardens around us. Maybe it’s all this green that makes me feel serener here, green is supposed to have that effect, a green environment can reduce fatigue (not that I have noticed that at 6.33 in the morning when my alarm clock begins it’s torture session) and pictures of green nature scenery can also help patients in hospitals to get better faster. And so on. As a symbol though, it has maybe more negative meanings than positive but now I just have to stop because otherwise this would become one of these never ending blog posts that make me so tired when I see them. (blame that on my childishly short attention span) But I am very proud because today there’s a link, weak but still a link, between what I have written here and today’s recipe because Gorgonzola is green! Ho ho!

PASTA WITH VEGETABLES AND GORGONZOLA or PASTA CON VERDURE E GORGONZOLA

PASTA WITH VEGETABLES AND GORGONZOLA or PASTA CON VERDURE E GORGONZOLA
4 servings

400-500 g/14.1-17.6 oz pasta
200 g/7 oz gorgonzola cheese
1 carrot
1 stalk of celery
1 small onion or the white of a small leek
1-2 tblsp milk
Extra-virgin olive oil

– Start the pasta cooking process.
– Cut the carrot, the celery and the onion into not too small pieces, I like it when I have to chew a little, if you don’t, you can always make smaller pieces.
– Braise them on low heat in some olive oil until they are soft.
– Take away the rind from the gorgonzola, cut it into pieces and put it in a little pan together with the milk.
– Let the cheese melt and then you add the vegetables. Warm it up if needed before you mix it with the cooked pasta.

PASTA WITH VEGETABLES AND GORGONZOLA or PASTA CON VERDURE E GORGONZOLA

PS. The last day to vote for the Food Blog Awards over at Well Fed Network, in my view especially here and here and hopefully for Lucullian, but there are loads of deserving blogs over there to vote for. I didn’t want to write this today but if I don’t do it Marco will get very annoyed with me. And he’s right, if you accept the competition you have to fight. Even when it’s a fight against giants.

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