CAESAR CARDINI’S CAESAR SALAD
Adapted from ”Rare Bits,” by Patricia Bunning Stevens (Ohio University Press, 1998)
Time: 30 minutes
2 heads romaine lettuce
1/4 cup garlic-flavored oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large lemon, halved
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup garlic-flavored croutons.
1. Wash and dry romaine, discarding outer leaves. Separate remaining leaves, wrap in a clean dish towel and refrigerate. (Leaves may be torn into smaller pieces if desired.)
2. Bring a small pan of water to a boil. Add eggs, and remove from heat. After 1 minute, remove eggs from water, and set aside.
3. Place romaine in a large salad bowl, and assemble all other ingredients on a platter. At the table, pour half the oil over romaine. Toss gently, using rolling motion. Add salt and pepper, and toss again. Squeeze juice of lemon over, and add Worcestershire sauce. Break eggs over salad. Add remaining oil and cheese. Add croutons and toss briefly. Serve at once on large salad plates.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
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According to Krasznahorkai, the deepest loss is the loss of a culture of poverty – the ability to “sing wonderful songs when we are poor”. Now, he says, “… we only have people who don’t have money … everybody wants to be rich, everybody has only one dream, but people, do we really have one dream – I ask – is this the only aim in this shit, to have much more money?”
There’s nowhere left beyond the reach of the market, he continues, “… no empty spaces with possibilities, only stupid spaces, spaces in which you can’t do anything other than wait to return from this space …” There are perhaps theorists who could explain why this has happened, he adds, but after these explanations “… everything goes on – why? I see you, and I ask you – why?”
He gestures to the computer sitting on the table at his elbow. “This is the result of 10,000 years? Really? We have microphone, laptop, this technical society – that’s all? This is sad, and very disappointing. After so many geniuses in the human story from Leonardo to Einstein, from the Buddha to Endre Szemerédi, these are fantastic figures, and their work is unbelievably important and we cannot do anything with it – why?”
I’ve only spent ten percent of my energies on writing. The other ninety went to keeping my head above water.