Cooking with friends just for pleasure happens quite often on these US tours, too. Last week, I made a pasta dish for three University of Santa Clara women friends here in San Francisco when we all gathered for dinner and reminiscing and laughter til ’round midnight. I made a cherry tomato/basil/walnut pasta dish of my Neapolitan friend, Salvatore (just call this dish “pasta al Salvatore”…which can also mean “salvation
pasta” and it can be that: delicious and quick and so easy to make that it can save you when a crowd drops in or stays overtime).
Friend Nancy had just bought a video camera and had fun taping me as I cooked and threw in a commentary reminiscent of US cooking shows – which I am not actually well-equipped to imitate as I only have seen a few minutes of one show. In that one, Lidia (ever heard of her?), talked about northern Italian cheeses as she milked a cow (! si) and then tasted the milk, commented, “this is delicious – try it!) and then threw the milk at the camera. End of cooking episode. Humbly speaking, I think I can do better – stay tuned.
Videos by Nancy Mazza: