Mushroom and Cheese Tortellini – Calvin & Hobbes: The Literary Kitchen #16

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”

– Bill Watterson

There are two kinds of people, one who’re Calvin & Hobbes fans and the other who haven’t read the comic at all. About a decade ago, a friend bought a volume of Calvin & Hobbes comics which I read cover to cover; I have been a fan since then. For the uninitiated, the comic is about a 6 year old boy Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes created by Bill Watterson; as far as Calvin is concerned the tiger is real. The comic is a satire taking pot shot at politics, the consumer culture of America, rat race and life in general. Much of it is creators own thought process and in that quote above he has pretty much summed up his idea of life and success.

So what’s this post about? What’s the connection between Calvin & Hobbes and food? Calvin hates food. Not just hates it, he is disgusted by pretty much everything his mom cooks. Most of the times the nonchalant mother doesn’t pay attention to his over the top attempts to avoid food and sometimes she pretends that the food is actually goop from outer space or stewed monkey brains to make him eat (yeah, for some strange reason Calvin digs the idea).

So, the recipe here is Tortellini stuffed with mushroom and cheese and tossed in lemon, butter, and sage sauce.

Mushroom Tortellini, Calvin & Hobbes, The Literary Kitchen

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Home-Made Canned Beans and Eggs on Toast – Watchmen: The Literary Kitchen #13

The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll look down and whisper “No
– Alan Moore, Watchmen

Rorschach, Watchmen

December 14, 2016

Woke up with a hangover. Exhausted, hungry. Nothing in the kitchen. Just some beans and eggs. Eggs, can’t eat them raw. Rorschach does, but he has more important things to worry about than cooking eggs. I look at eggs again…no, can’t eat them raw. Rummaged through the fridge and found tomatoes and some bread. Can cook myself canned beans and egg with toast. Yes, sounds good.  Continue reading

Pea and Mustard Soup – The Book Thief: The Literary Kitchen #12

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.
– Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Pea and Mustard Soup - The Book Thief: The Literary Kitchen #12

Pea and Mustard Soup – The Book Thief: The Literary Kitchen #12

Liesel Meminger couldn’t have written a better line to end her book with. Like her, my relationship with words too is of love-hate kind. I have loved them in times when everything seems right and when things have gone awry, I have hated the same words with a vengeance. However, I have always tried to do justice to them and make them all right in the end. Continue reading