From The Cookbook #5: Pan Bagna with Tuna, page 70


Sometimes the chef has to step out of the way and let the ingredients speak for themselves. When building a pan bagna, a traditional sandwich from Provencal, the ingredients must be given room to sing. Hard boiled egg, leeks, tomato, olives, goat cheese, red bell pepper, chives, arugula, and an anchovy dressing made with red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper. What more can you ask for?

Is that enough to get past the WordPress blurb break? I hope so, because although I did make a pan bagna for dinner, that is not what I want to write about here. Sorry about that “ingredients must be given room to sing,” nonsense. I needed filler. Bear with me for a moment. Today my car broke down in the middle of nowhere. My phone got excellent service if I called my wife. It wouldn’t work for any other number. Finally I found a spot where I could be put on hold by my dealership but I couldn’t put the phone on down because speaker phone inexplicably decided to take the day off. First world problems all, but when things that are supposed to behave in an expected way cry mutiny en masse, patience is tried. I had a bad day.

If you write a blog you want to see who is reading. How many are tuning in, etc. WordPress kindly gives you a views per day count. If you blog, you check. You may say that you don’t, but you do. I hover between 30  to 50 hits per day. One magical day I got to 94. I considered that a decent peek and was happy to hit it.

Yesterday I hit 114 views. That was pretty cool. Then I checked my views this afternoon around six. I was at 181. That is inches from 200. I never expected to hit this and I don’t expect to hit this again. But I was so close.

I put up a new post around six thirty: Lenten Friday Recipe Early Edition: Parmesan Fish Filet with Spicy Tabouli. In the post I put a picture of Kraft Parmesan Cheese with the caption “Not Really” underneath as a joke. Usually when I put a post with the category “Food” attached, I have 10 to 20 views in the first ten minutes or so. When I came back to check this post’s progress, I saw no new views. I decided to check under “Read blogs” and my preset category, “Food.” I wasn’t there. I checked to be sure that I had put the right category. I had. I went to “Topics” and clicked “Food.” That brought me to the big and fancy newspaper front page layout. There I was, among the more read blogs. I had never made it that far before. The pictures to either side of my entry, in fact all over the page, were beautiful. My Kraft Parmesan can figured prominently, the “Not Really” apparently didn’t fit. It was not figured at all.

I am currently at 192 views. I think that the picture killed me. Damn you car. Damn you phone. Damn you WordPress editor software that doesn’t show picture captions.

Try the pan bagna though. It won’t surprise anyone that I had it with a rosé. Great match.

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2 Responses to From The Cookbook #5: Pan Bagna with Tuna, page 70

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  2. I don’t really like the layout of the that page (read by category). It makes the pictures move to the top and then they look out of context with what’s on top.. My golumpki one for example, there were these ugly boiled cabbage leaves, and some random text..The ugly leaves didn’t really do justice to the awesome completed version of the meal. I, too, have been burned.

    That sandwich looks sounds amazing.. and hey look at that.. you got a job offer.. 🙂

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