Tuesday, September 04, 2007

No Ponies Here

It's kind of like a pony
Originally uploaded by alpharat
Unlike some other people, my newest acquisition is not two ponies, or even one pony, or even really a zebra.

I got a new camera.

My little point-and-shoot digital camera that had been given to me by MM, and had done so well for a couple of years, has finally decided to opt for retirement. It's been heading that way for a while, requiring a thwap on the lens cap to get it to open and such. While that was cool and impressive in a "Fonzie bangs on the jukebox" kind of way, it was getting annoying, too.

So I went to the local Schmest Schmuy and bought another little point-and-shoot from a salesman who bore the distinction of being incredibly uninformed about any of the cameras available, but was, however, more than willing to attempt to talk me into a more expensive model that he knew as little about as any of the lesser expensive ones.

Originally uploaded by alpharat
I like the new camera; it's compact, and as I discovered when we took it to the Detroit Zoo to play with it, it takes nice pictures, especially when TFN plays with it, as in with the little photo of Shane.

Sha also got something that she's pretty excited about this weekend. The Silver Spoon is a highly respected Italian cookbook - in Italy, which says a lot. It was first published there in 1950, and wash just recently published in English. It's like an Italian version of The Joy Of Cooking, and it demystifies a lot of Italian dishes.

Originally uploaded by alpharat
If you're looking for something that explains the history of Italian dishes, or the regions the dishes come from, this is not the right cookbook for that. It was simply translated into English - not Americanized. As long as you're aware of that, it's an incredible compendium of recipes (there are somewhere around 400 billion recipes in here I think, give or take 400 billion), and based on making one recipe - gnocchi - it's going to be a lot of fun.


fineartist said...

I am so damned impressed with all of you cooking people, and these photos are great too. That pic of Shane is direct while at the same time sort of mysterious, I love it.

I have a cookbook that was my great grandmothers, I keep it because it was hers. Anny keeps trying to get it from me, she says it's a sin for ME to keep it as I don't use it. Come to think of it, I probably should give her the cookbook.

Thanks Alpha, I'm glad we had this little talk....

Angeline Rose Larimer said...

I'm glad you had that little talk as well, while I imagined sitting at TFN's feet as she tossed gnocchi into my mouth.
Shane can swap bodies with me.
Or I can get that cookbook and finally learn how to make that which I love to eat.

Excellent photos.

Angeline Rose Larimer said...

Hey, any chance you guys know Amy?

Jennifer said...

Out of the clear blue left field nowhere, Moose asked me, just three days ago, "Mom, why don't people ride zebras?"

I hate it when the kids ask the HARD questions.

I didn't know the answer, so I answered with a question:

If you could choose between riding a zebra or riding an elephant, which would you choose? Meaning, obviously, that people don't ride zebras because elephants are around. Duh.

So Moose says, "I'd ride a zebra. A zebra's got more torque."

Not knowing what the hell he meant by that, I looked up torque in the dictionary. Torque is: The moment of a force; the measure of a force's tendency to produce torsion and rotation about an axis, equal to the vector product of the radius vector from the axis of rotation to the point of application of the force and the force vector.

And then I poured myself a drink, and wished I had some weed, because what the fuck does THAT mean?