cheesy but fun vid of the flight to victorville. the final flight of a delta L101 tri-star. the end of an era for the amazing, wide body aircract. beloved by pilots and passengers but ultimately a commercial failure for Lockheed.
AND A BONUS: a memory of a family flight on a TWA L1011captured by dad, new york to west palm beach, 1991. here. priceless. the complexity of the fowler flaps and early “flaperons” is a slice of aviation history alone.
forget the typical tomato soup. delve into a bowl of dark winey goodness instead. take a trip to eataly to stock up on real italian condiments.
double concentrated tomato paste in a tube good italian tomato puree (i like isola brand) red wine: a very fruity/blackberry, dark blend essential back bacon (i use spencer’s, locally made) or some other italian bacon or pork belly
garlic cloves bay leaves dried oregano dried basil red pepper flakes or crushed red pepper fish sauce
olive oil in a big sauce pan, lots of slices of the back bacon about 1/2 wide, brown off some, add couple 3 sliced garlic cloves to soften, squeeze in a good dollop of tomato paste, pepper flakes, stir and let all brown
deglaze with a good couple cups of wine, toss in bay leaves, dried spices, stir and let reduce
add the tomato puree, splash or two of fish sauce, some water and let simmer. as it simmers adjust seasonings. add more tomato sauce or water to desired consistency.
even better if you stick in the frig and serve the next day. top with a drizze of good olive oil.
recipe: butter poached shrimp with citrus fennel salad
clean and de-vein good sized shrimps (U24) - tails removed, sliced in half longitudinally paper-thin mandolin slice fresh fennel bulb (reserve some fronds) toasted fennel seed soaked in anisette, sambucca or similar anise flavored liquers overnight (i keep these in my pantry) fresh lemon juice, orange juice and grated rind of both fruit cracked black pepper picked fresh italian parsely leaves, or chervil unsallted butter, kosher or sea salt, good olive oil
first: marinate the fennel slices in orange juice and rind, olive oil, salt and cracked pepper. refrigerate in the marinade all day if you want. bring to room temp to serve.
melt butter over low heat in saute pan, add pinch of salt, a little lemon juice, lemon rind and cracked black pepper. toss in shrimp and slow poach til just tender in the butter. don’t overcook. turn the heat off if you are unsure and let them steep.
spoon shrimp on plate, mound fennel salad on top, add toasted fennel seeds, fronds and parsely leaves. serve with a good middle eastern flat bread (toasted) or baguette slices (toasted).
Since the onset of this week’s cease-fire in Gaza, thousands of displaced Palestinians have returned to their homes to assess the damage. Many have been interviewed about their reflections on the war. The interviews, combined with previous surveys, suggest a dilemma for Israel. From the standpoint of deterrence, Israel has every reason to maintain its blockade of Gaza. But if it does, Palestinians’ anger at militants over the war might be erased by their anger at Israel over the blockade. In the long run, that helps Hamas. — the slate
when will israel understand that to have secure borders, the palestinians in both gaza and the west bank must also have their own homeland with the economic where-with-all to emerge from third world status. blockades wont do this, walls won’t do this, new settlements on the west bank won’t do this.
this is a war of economics, pure and simple. the haves vs the have nots. it’s as basic as water rights, clean drinking water and electricity for both israelis and the palestinians. if israel continues its current hawkish policies of economic annihilation and cultural genocide towards the palestinians under the netanyahu regime, viva la revolution. this is no way to achieve a lasting peace and co-habitate the sinai as economic equals.