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Dinner with Mussolini – part II

8.04.2016 Posted in Red Cooking, Red Writing No Comments

Those who have been following my blog know that I have a book coming out about Angelica Balabanoff at McFarland Publishers in April, The Strange Comrade Balabanoff: The Life of a Communist Rebel. To celebrate the book launch, for the time being I will dedicate my blog to various themes about Angelica and amongst others her favorite recipes. In point of fact, Angelica did not cook. She was not even interested in food. For the majority of her life she was a vegetarian. Nonetheless, food played an important role in her existence. She used food to fight bourgeois traditions, which was the main battle of her life. My first blog post about Angelica’s recipes was devoted to her favorite food – cheese sandwiches. This one is about the only dish she could make – an omelet. This article is devoted to Angelica dinner with Mussolini, and the dish they ordered “Pastasciutta”. In her book “The Traitor” Angelica described their dinner “… delicious macaroni with cheese, past’asciutta, house wine [for Mussolini] and water” for Angelica. Trying to put myself in Angelica’s shoes, even though I did not have anyone in front of me to act as Mussolini, I decided make both dishes. I have already cooked in one of the previous articles, Dinner with Mussolini – Part I – the first dish “Macaroni with Cheese”. Here is Pastasciutta. First of all – what is it? Pastasciutta (pastashoota) is the Italian word for any pasta and sauce dishe in Italy. If you are going […]