as you can see i have been getting up to all manner of leisure activities in the waning days of my winter break. a recent walk at the huntington gardens had me taking pictures of yellow things. on another visit i happened upon 2 marvelous exhibits remarkable works, remarkable times and beautiful science: ideas that changed the world. the science exhibition is arranged around four areas of exploration – astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light.
i pored over rare objects and manuscripts from the library’s extraordinary collections, especially thrilling over audubon’s birds of america and thoreau’s original manuscript of walden. the quotes in this post are a few that are featured in the exhibits.
finally after day after day of sunshine we hit the jackpot today with some gloriously gray weather and a bit of rain. a perfect opportunity to sit down and cobble together this post.
while in venice, i ate some incredible pasta e fasio (venetian style pasta & beans) that was not tomat0-based like the standard pasta e fagioli from other parts of italy. they use borlotti beans grown in the veneto at the foot of the alps. here in the u.s. we call them cranberry beans – a very plump brown bean that looks like a pinto bean, but cooks up larger. very flavorful!
today i set about to recreating that dish. i cooked the beans in my instant pot; first using the saute feature to cook up some onion & garlic in olive oil. then i added the dry beans and a good amount of water, 3 bay leaves, and a sprig of rosemary, salt & pepper. after they were done i put them on the stove for another hour to reduce down and thicken. i scooped up 2 cups of the beans and blended them until super smooth in the blender, then added that back to the pot on the stove. i added the pasta and let it cook in the thick bean stew. incredible! now i want to try my hand at some minestrone and more types of pasta fagioli. by the way that little crock i ate my pasta & beans in belonged to mama moss. i can just see her groaning with pleasure and soaking up the bean gravy with a hunk of bread.
i uploaded a video of my travel journal last week over on my youtube channel. you can find it HERE.
this is all the news that’s fit to print folks. i hope you’re well and enjoying an auspicious beginning to your new year. by the way…i watched 2 movies that i enjoyed very much recently.
on netflix: birdbox – suspenseful, ridiculous, yet thoroughly engaging.
then last night i watched arrival on amazon prime. wonderful, different, really good i thought.