Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Matinee Movie Wednesday

Lunch and a movie. Couldn't be a better day for it. I've had technical difficulties all day Tuesday, and so a break wouldn't be a bad idea. I got myself into such a pickle today that I nearly had a brain freeze. Finally Sitenoise came to my rescue. And once he's here on my side of the screen moving the cursor around for me, doing this and that so fast and with such ease, that I really can't figure out how I so messed things up that I didn't have a dock or a dashboard, no way to shut a program down or force quit anything. I finally manually turned off the computer, the external hard drive, unplugged everything one thing at a time, and finally it rebooted. Then I had a teeny, tiny dock. Then Phillip got home from his evening outing to rescue me, via screen sharing all the way from San Francisco.

This week's movie is catch up time. We are long overdue for a movie what with me feeling sickish for months. Now I feel better. And we are months overdue on Nick's Birthday Lunch. So it's Italian food for lunch and then we're going to see the Soloist. While Phillip was putting my blog world back together, he asked me if it was a good restaurant. I said, "I don't know, I've never been there. He asked me how I decided if an Italian restuarant was any good. And I told him if they could make a Spaghetti alla Carbonara correctly they were a good Italian restaurant. And then a conversation insued about the "correct way to make a Spaghetti alla Carbonara. I'm a stickler for a classic. No garlic in a Carbonara, I said, no olive oil, but I might be wrong on that. But basically it's spaghetti, raw egg, Italian bacon, and the fat from the bacon. The spaghetti is cooked al dente, the bacon cooked, then the hot fat and raw eggs whipped and are drizzled from their separate containers onto the hot pasta as the pasta is turned and stirred. So to make it well it takes impeccable timing and three hands working simultaneously for this dish to work. Simple ingredients, three hands working in perfect concert, a good hard grated cheese and freshly ground pepper. That's it. What must be obvious is that unless you are Shiva, it takes two to Carbonara. Phillip suggests that garlic is a good addition, I say no. Then just as I become completely dictatorial and shrill Ms M comes to my rescue, saving me from myself. I was starting to sound like Mussolini.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the trailer link...I MUST see this movie! Good actors, Great music! Thank you!!!!

themom said...

I so hope you have a WONDERFUL outting. The previews for this movie and the reviews I have read have all been extrememly great. People magazine ran an article on this troubled but talented gentleman also. Have a great day Peggy!!!

Randal Graves said...

I hope you did the Il Duce Folded Arms Stare Down®. That would've been cool.

lisahgolden said...

I am not one to commit to two hours for a movie very often so is it okay if I just comment on the food?

You just made me so hungry for carbonara.

On our first real "date" MathMan made dinner for me - Oven fried chicken, broccoli and spaghetti carbonara. Apple pie for dessert.

Excuse me while I take a large bite out of my mousepad.

Utah Savage said...

AM, Glad you dropped by and commented. And Yes, I've wanted to see this for months.

Mom, thanks for the good wishes.

Randal, Well yes, if you can do that while chatting on the computer voice thingy,I was rather dictatorial about the carbonara. I can sure be an ass sometimes.

Lisa, Mathman and I need to compare recipes. I wonder if he is a true carbonara aficionado and purist like Il Duce here.

SaoirseDaily2 said...

Looks like a great movie and now I am hungry for Italian food.

Have a great afternoon.

Beach Bum said...

Oh come on Utah, you know you want to see Star Trek.

susan said...

With abandoned genius as a theme and wonderful actors, it does look to be a pretty neat movie. Thanks for the tip.

I may be one of the few people in the world who likes Italian food but has never tasted carbonara. Thanks for that tip too.

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