Monday, October 18, 2010

Notes From a Sunday

Useful when waking up at 2 in the afternoon hungover (I´m not an alcoholic I'm just a lightweight; I can sometimes feel a glass of wine the next day), fridge empty, chinos (supermarkets run by chinese immigrants) closed: thinly slice 2 potatoes and boil them in salted water until tender but not falling apart. Meanwhile chop up a green onion or two and mix it in a bowl with 4-5 eggs, a good pinch of salt, and a handful of chopped cilantro. Drain the potatoes when tender and add them to the eggs, mixing lightly so they don't cook the eggs in their heat. Preheat the broiler. Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add in 3 Tbsp. good olive oil. When the oil is hot, swirl the pan to coat the sides, then pour in the egg mixture, flattening the potatoes down. Sprinkle the top with smoked paprika and drizzle with olive oil. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 5 minutes, then stick the skillet under the broiler for another five or until the eggs are set. Water, coffee, oranges. 

I don't generally feel all the connected to the Midwest, but a couple of things in the news made me feel that way today:
-This looks fascinating. I can´t wait to get a hold of the book.
-Eyedea died yesterday. I was 14 when my friends were listening to Rhymesayers, the Minneapolis underground hip-hop record label. That means Eyedea was 18. By the time I went to college, every other kid who considered himself "in the know" about hip-hop in the country was talking about them as a new found hipster-approved discovery. Strange path all of it. 

Though a slightly different situation than the one that's lived here in Argentina (the South Korean economy is considerably more stable than the Argentinean one, well, that and the fact that most Argentines wouldn't be caught dead eating kimchi), this article sounds familiar. Last week tomatoes here were 12 pesos/kilo, up from 3 or 4 the week before. It's no kimchi, but people here do eat an awful lot of tomatoes (as you can imagine when the diet staples are pasta and pizza). 

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