Friday, February 20, 2009

austerity chic

Every day I'm more uneasy how steeply things are lurching downward. No one wants to hear this and I don't want to hear it either but I work in news and it's all I hear. Pretty soon we'll all be huddled in our dark empty cupboards, teeth chattering.
We'll be reduced to rags and eating polenta.
Whenever I think frugal I think polenta. The last time I ate polenta was in Italy on an agriturismo vacation. The polenta was grey - grey as if it had sucked all the smog from Milan. Even if things get worse, I won't eat any more polenta. My Italian husband agrees: no way.
I know some people think polenta is chic, but in more ways than one it's the culinary equivalent of burlap.

8 comments:

Tilt Press said...

ha! I actually love polenta (but we're a pretty traditional italian family)- we make it with provolone on top. I haven't eaten it in a while though, but the times they are a changin', aren't they. btw- my polenta is never grey - it always keeps it's cornish yellow coloring. I think I would be afraid of grey polenta.

Tilt Press said...

er *its* cornish...

bah, it's friday.

Ron. said...

po-LEN-ta, po-LEN-ta, po-LEN-ta.

po-LEN-ta.

Polenta!

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po-LEN-ta

Harry said...

I'm not a huge fan of polenta — too much like hard work to make — but I suspect the trick to making it *really* nice is to put lots of butter and fresh herbs and cheese into it.

Nic Sebastian said...

Polenta-basher!

(not that the thought of polenta doesn't make my tongue curdle and teeth ache, but hey)

SarahJane said...

Bash: 1. v. to deliver a violent blow. 2. n. a crushing blow.

Nic - I cannot bash polenta, or mash or smash or squash it, because I will not touch it.

Rachel & Harry, I am sure that, smothered in something wonderful, polenta might almost be palatable. The trick being you cannot SEE it.

Ron.,
"Come back to Sorrento."

Dana said...

I love polenta. I also love fried okra, though, so clearly I am not to be trusted, at least where food choices are concerned.

SarahJane said...

dana - just don't combine them, especially if the okra has gone slimey from too much mixing.

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