Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Shostakovich, and Pork


Shostakovich's 15th and final symphony fascinates me. It is a pot pourri of music, ideas, emotions …. As so often on my Shostakovich (belated) pilgrimage, I plugged into Vasily Petronko and the Liverpool Philharmonic (Naxos). Well played, well recorded. A work to listen to again and again (I am about to re-start, having eaten dinner).

Dinner was another (unexpected) triumph. On Saturday I had discovered a lump of pork nearing two kilos priced at slightly more than £4. I carried it home in triumph. Sunday I had it hot (with excellent crackling). Monday lunchtime I had it cold. This evening, I had it twice-cooked, slowly, with an Arrabiata sauce. Magnificent! The jews, moslems and vegetarians have no idea what they are missing. All the more for the rest of us.

4 comments:

Lee said...

We Chinese would like you to cook us these dishes if I came to visit you in Malmesbury. Thanks Harry.

Harry Collier said...

No problem - unless you become a jew, a moslem or a vegetarian in the interim.

Lee said...

You think all Muslims are all goody goody two shoes?? They order "4-legged duck" here at special eating establishments. The "ducks" are of course "porcine" in nature. Haha.

violinhunter said...

The human family is of course a very curious and peculiar lot. We always seem to find ingenious ways to taste forbidden fruit.