Bialetti! Gotta’ have it/Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt: Ingredients: What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?

6 Cup Moka

I would have no interest at all in my kitchen if there were no Bialetti “Moka Java” express. Along with that I need Lavazza Crema e Gusto and cream because I like hot, strong coffee in the morning.


That’s simple enough but not much of a story. It could be, but…

Milan near the Duomo. I am standing, waiting, at an espresso counter for my turn. A young Asian girl is in front of me. The barista is frustrated. He sees me standing there (“Oooooooo!”) and says, “Signora, per favore, dille che costa dieci mille lire.” Something like that. (Now you know how long ago.) I am a dark phantom on the streets of Milan, and this guy has seen me many times. I tap the girl on the shoulder and ask if she speaks English. She does. I say, “The coffee is 10,000 lire.” She bows several times thanking me and pays the barista. My turn arrives.
Tanti touristi,” he says, then blushes, suddenly remembering I am one, too.
Fa niente.”
Cosa lei piacerebbe?”
Un espresso, anque acqua minerale, con gassa.”
Fa caldo oggi, no?”
Si, troppo. Grazie!” I open my wallet.
Ma, no, no. É gratis. Buona giornatta!”

My last day in Milan that bizarre, infuriating, humiliating and heartbroken summer. I was sad to leave. I could have stayed much longer, wandering the streets, each day revealing to me more of the labyrinthine mystery of time.

“Could you tell her the coffee is 10,000 lire?” then “So many tourists.”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“What would you like?”
“An espresso. And carbonated mineral water.”
“It’s hot, no?”
“Very! Thanks!”
“No, no, no. It’s ‘on the house’. Have a nice day!”

Random song allusion:

Essential tools and ingredients:

  1. Simple Dublin Coddle | Exploratorius
  2. The perfect mixture | A Teacher’s Blog
  3. Keep Me Out of the Kitchen | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Lazy Mom’s Stuffed Peppers – It’s All About the Soy Sauce | The Pinterested Parent
  5. Painting Beaks on Marzipan Chickens! Aberystwyth Blogs… | alienorajt
  6. The Kitchen Witches Creed | My Little Avalon
  7. Can’t Cook Without It: A Haiku; Sunday, February 9, 2014 |
  8. DP Daily Prompt: Ingredients | Sabethville
  9. Ingredient? | Hope* the happy hugger
  10. Daily Prompt: Ingredients | A Room of One’s Own
  11. Daily Prompt: Ingredients | The Wandering Poet
  12. Nuking 500* | thoughtsofrkh
  13. | preethikarthik06
  14. Daily Prompt: Ingredients | Basically Beyond Basic
  15. Hunter | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  16. Hunger games (in colour) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  17. Oh sugar! | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  18. Vampires worst nightmare… | My Weigh To Lose
  19. What is cooking?? | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  20. Jumpstart Your Creative Mojo | Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It
  21. Daily Prompt: Ingredients | A Day In The Life
  22. Daily Prompt: Ingredients | thoughts and entanglements
  23. SPICY Sunday
  24. If You Don’t Have Bacon Grease, Then You Ain’t Cooking! | meanderedwanderings
  25. Kitchen | Purple Rosemary
  26. Daily Prompt: Ingredients | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  27. Daily Prompt: Ingredients | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. My Must Have | Flowers and Breezes

11 thoughts on “Bialetti! Gotta’ have it/Daily Prompt

  1. My brother-in-law is Italian and so they have naturally one of those metal “strong coffee” machines at home. When asked if you want a coffee, you say yes, but afterwards at home wish you had said no. Symptoms of nervousness and perhaps accompanied by a headache. Just something you have to get used to. I understand you taking a mineral water with the coffee.By the way I have an original of that Beatles LP at home. .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s