Spätzle & Côtelettes

Spätzle & Côtelettes

Spätzle, Lamb Chop & Salad

Spätzle? Oui, oui… and I love them. Alright, not very French, but who’s French here? Pyrenean Gascon mountain girl comes first! So that works for the lamb…Humm! what about the Spätzle? I certainly never had them in the Pyrenees.
I acquired then via more Luxembourgish and Germanic influences. There are simple, delicious, nutritious & cheap to make.

This recipe fed me two meals:

First meal: spätzle with sautéed bacon and lots of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Second meal: with pan fried lamb chop cut in from my local Turkish butcher.

Batter: 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup white unbleached flour –i could have used only white flour–
Salt/pepper/nutmeg/parsley/1 egg/ 1/4 cup of water or enough to dilute it to a paste, and voilà the batter is ready
My set up at the stove
How to do it: I dump small amounts of dough in boiling water
Once they come up to the surface, they are cooked! I drained and reserved them
I sauteed some onions & bacon
Returned the drained spätzle to the pan, mixed them in and also added a little water to loosen up all stuck juices at the bottom of the pan…I really didn’t want to loose these “sucs” (not suck, i will have to explain “sucs” another time, remind me if i forget or if you really want to know, send a comment!)

Served with generous fresh grated parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper

But the best was two days later:

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I reheated the left over over Spätzle in the cast iron pan in which I pan fried 3 delicious lamb shops. I complemented it with my favorite –and famous– simple green salad. The video for the green salad is available at:https://www.nicolepeyrafitte.com/cooking/cookingmemorabilia.html. It’s a segment of the cooking show: “Voilà Nicole!” (Producers Joseph Mastantuono & Nicole Peyrafitte). More info on that will be available very soon at: http://voilanicole.com/

Voilà pour aujourd’hui! Please send comments.

Weekend collectages

Weekend collectages

A recipe & my favorite walk

1- The recipe:
Petit Poulet aux Légumes
Little Chicken with vegetables
for 2 people or 1 with left overs!

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I butterflied (split open) the chicken down the middle

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Once I coated the pan with olive oil, I golden the salted and peppered chicken on both sides

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I reserve the chicken on a plate before sautéing 3 slices of bacon, 1 small onion, 1 carrot, 1 small turnip, 4 green onions, 1 russet potato. The choice of vegetables was instructed by I had in my fridge. Really other things can be added like olives, celery, parsnip…even cabbage. Add one glass of white wine.

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The chicken returns on top of the veggies…

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and goes into a preheated over (350º). I have a very convenient pan, I can remove the handle (merci Joseph & Yoori!)

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Covered with the lid and I let it be for 20/25 minutes

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I removed the lid and let the skin brown (in the oven) for a few minutes

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Voilà! Mon Petit Poulet aux Légumes is ready.
I fed myself two delicious dinners.
The second day even better than the first. The potatoes have come a little apart and thicken the sauce.

2-My Favorite Walk
Along the Verrazano Narrows see pictures & map below:

Back to Sunday March 3 2008

Back to Sunday March 3 2008

Sunday March 2 2008 I went to pick up a piece of my art work that was part of the show Generation 6 at the A.I.R Gallery in Chelsea NYC. Pick up hours were 8-11 am. The day was bright, a little chilly but beautiful, so I decided to get there early (9am) by subway and to walk back via the Brooklyn Bridge to then meet my friend Douglas for brunch in Park Slope. We had brunch at a small Oaxacan Mexican (the highlight was the chipotle chili hot cocoa) and then off to the Park Slope Food Coop –where I am one of the 14000 members– for my food shopping.

Below the map of the walk and you can listen to the song I wrote on the Brooklyn Bridge on my Myspace

Test ride on Friday

Test ride on Friday

Got to my yoga class & food coop run biking today. I thought it was spring, well not quite! but managed to beat the rain.

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We started the year “en fanfare” with a short installment of a new Domopoetic-Karstic-Action, “Two, Zero, One, Nine: a line, a cave, a hand, a song” at the 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading for The Poetry Project. You can watch the live video above. Thank you, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte for the phone-video-capture.
Below, some news about upcoming events & publications. We are looking forward to see you in 2019 — keep in touch!
Nicole & Pierre


Tuesday January 22  6:00PM
Washington, D.C
Pierre & Nicole w/ Charles Bernstein and other poets.
A Night With American Poets Against US Sanctions on Iran on the night of the State of the Union
Busboys And Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009
View Map
Saturday February 9  1:30PM
Albany N.Y
Nicole feature poet
Know Reading
The Excelsior Pub
54 Philip St, Albany, NY 12207, USA
April 4-7  
Austin, Tx
Pierre & Nicole at the Austin International Poetry Festival 
April 18-21
New-Orleans, La
Pierre & Nicole translation panel & poetry readings at New Orleans Poetry Festival 


Revolution Goes Through Walls, by Safaa Fathy 
(SplitLevel Texts). Translated from the Arabic by Safaa Fathy and Pierre Joris; now long listed for the 2019  PEN Award for Poetry in TranslationPurchase
Adonis & Pierre Joris : Conversation in the Pyrenees  Contra Mundum Press, 2018 
with a Pyrenean Invocation by Nicole Peyrafitte
Méditations sur les Stations de Mansour al-Hallaj  Pierre Joris (translated into French by Habib Tengour; APIC Algiers)

N & P
Junction Box Issue 11
A very special edition, featuring a number of papers & documentation delivered at the Black Mountain College symposium, which took place in Crickhowell, Wales, over a weekend in May 2018.
We both participated and here are our contributions:
Pierre JorisOlson Now
Nicole Peyrafitte:  Basil King: Mirage (A Film) — A great opportunity to see the entire film if you haven’t yet —plus drawings from Carnets

LANDSC0PEÉditions Plaine Page, June 2018
U.S book release TBA / disponible chez votre libraire et/ou en vente ici
CARNET 2, an artist book by Redfoxpress, Ireland, August 2018.
available here  / en vente ici
Requiem for Gaza  available here
LiveMag #15  online
TESTE 32  

Forthcoming in 2019:
Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (translated into Arabic by Safaa Fathy; Cairo)
Arabia (Not So) Deserta Essays on Maghrebi and Mashreqi Literary & Cultural Matters. (Spuyten Duyvil, New York)
Microliths : The Complete Posthumous Prose by Paul Celan (attem press).

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