Lord of the Rings and Pasta Fagioli
Updated: Feb 21
Every New Year's day, I watch The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, all six movies. I start with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and I end with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The entire series is based upon simple duality: good and evil, hope and despair, knowledge and enlightenment, death and immortality, fate and free will.
I would love to write a song with this quote:
“How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand... there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold.” ― JRR Tolkein
It's only fitting that I cooked something worthy of the Hobbits! This year I made a big batch of Pasta Fagioli Soup - Italian Peasant Food. What a great way to end the Winter and start the new year. I pondered deeply important questions like...would I rather be a Hobbit or an Elf? An Elf, of course.
Recipe for Pasta Fagioli
2 stalks of Celery
3 cloves of Garlic Crushed
Roast the above in olive oil
1 can of crushed tomato sauce
4 cups of Chicken Broth but I use Vegetable Broth
Then lastly, add:
1.5 cups of cooked Ditalinni Pasta (don't overcook pasta) and it Must be Ditalinni
2 cans of Cannelloni Beans (Great Northern Beans)
My favorite quotes from Lord of the Rings (this year):
Aragorn: You have some skill with a blade.
Eowyn: The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. I fear neither death nor pain.
Aragorn: What do you fear, my lady?
Eowyn: A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire.