For those still upset by the Queen’s death, there is a way to make her closeness felt with the entire royal family. The official account of The Royal Family said so on social media, which outlined with the usual authority all the protocol to follow even for us mere mortals of I wish but I can’t. The thing that struck me the most is the possibility of participating in condolences, but above all of writing a message on the condolence book directly from our phone or pc, at home or wherever we are. Just go online and fill out a form. Then to tell everyone that we have written a final message to the Queen, just share it on social media. Everything is already in place.
What to read
The boys go back to school and officially it’s back to the usual rhythms. It is worth lightening your head by reading one author in particular: Enrico Galiano, a teacher in a suburban school, who created the web series Cose da prof, (more than twenty million views on Facebook). He started the #poeteppists movement, flash mobs of students that litter cities with poetry. In 2020, the “Sole 24 Ore” includes him in the list of the ten most followed teachers on the web. With his funny and slightly unusual lessons, he takes the school to the theater with the very popular show “And yet we study happy”. The secret of a good teacher for him is: “They won’t listen to you unless you listen to them first.” After dominating the charts for months with The Art of Being Wrong, Galiano returns with an essay.The school of happiness for eternal repeaters“(Garzanti) with whom he takes us into his classroom to listen to the voices and stories of girls and boys, and transmits an unexpected lightness
What to watch
Rome, late 1970s, terrorist attacks and justice. On the 40th anniversary of the death of General Dalla Chiesa, the main Sky Original documentary series Roma arrives. Diary of a struggle carried out by Ballandi on the conflict between the State and the Red Brigades in Rome in the ten years following the assassination of Aldo Moro. The 80s were the decade of splendor and disengagement, but the struggle for revolution continued: on one side there were the carabinieri of the special anti-crime section of Rome, on the other the brigades. Both will bring their point of view on the series, contextualized with the help of historians and journalists. The cut from a period of transition, where the struggle took place in a political climate different from that of the 1970s. The five-episode story is on Sky Documentaries from September 10 at 9.15pm, also streaming on NOW and available on demand.
What to listen to
“Excellent Corpses”, produced by Frame-Festival della Comunicazione for Audible. The podcast reconstructs the 5 attacks that marked the years 1976 to 1982, before and after the assassination of Aldo Moro, and which are now sadly known to all as the Years of Lead. The murders described not only marked a turning point in the social and political history of the country, but also influenced its collective consciousness. The victims are all “excellent corpses”, meaning they were almost all killed due to an evil intertwining of politics, subversion and occult powers.
what to write
Milan, Franco Parenti Theater, Silvio Orlando returns after last season’s incredible public success with La vie avant lui, based on the opera La vie avant soi by Romain Gary. On stage with the great Neapolitan actor (who also supervised the theatrical reduction of the novel), the Ensemble of the Terra Madre Orchestra.
Published in 1975, Life Ahead is the story of Momò, an Arab child who lives in Belleville in the boarding house of Madame Rosa, an elderly Jewish former prostitute who takes care of the “work accidents” of her younger colleagues. An intense and always topical novel, which tells of dilapidated lives but also an unlikely love story touched by grace.
What to cook
Among the Instagram accounts that I have followed with more pleasure this summer are those of chef Franco Aliberti and green mentor Lisa Casali who spent two months in a van through Northern Europe, between Norway, Sweden and Finland. Chef Aliberti has recently started a new life, away from restaurants and closer to his family. He also published a book this summer with Gribaudo editions which is simply called “Uno” and tries to demonstrate (and does it effectively) that an infinity of delicacies can be cooked with a single ingredient. Here he gives us the recipe for an original crème caramel with onions.
Onion creme caramel
Ingredients for the crème caramel: 250 g golden onions, 150 g milk, 10 g cider vinegar, 70 g sugar, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper
For the candied onion: 1 golden onion, 100 g water, 135 g sugar
Clean and peel the onions. Bring the milk to a boil, remove it from the heat and infuse the skins. Slice the onions and sauté them in a pan with a little oil over low heat. When they are translucent, add the vinegar and simmer for a few more minutes. Let them cool and set aside.
Melt the sugar in a saucepan to obtain the caramel, then pour it into the moulds.
Mix the onions with the filtered milk from the skins, add the egg, yolk, salt and pepper, mix and pour the mixture into the molds over the caramel.
Put the mussels in a saucepan with a little water (bain marie) and cook in the oven at 160°C for one hour. Remove from the oven and let the crème caramel rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Peel the onion and cut it into small wedges.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil, add the onion and boil for 10 minutes, turn off and let cool.
Turn out the crème caramel on plates and serve with the pieces of candied onions.