Friday, April 20, 2012


Some people are so poor all they have is money.
- Source unknown
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
- Benjamin Franklin
Humans never cease to complain about the status of their bank account and their degree of brokedom, but they rarely realise that true wealth doesn’t come in the form of a banknote and that nobody can manufacture it – on another level, the same can be said about handsomeness, kindness, personality and intelligence. It is something you carry within yourself and it’s not easily quantifyable.

Certain people are poor regardless of how many luxury houses, fast cars, fine jewels and designer clothes they have or can buy. Others are rich even if they are bankrupt or living on the street. The first category of individuals are barren shells whose soul is so desert-like that they have to fill their lives with meaninglessly clutter and keep busy for the sake of averting from seeing the empty void they have inside. The second kind of folks only need cash to survive and eat, dress or have a roof over their heads, thus living on the strict minimum. But contrarily to the former group, their inner value doesn’t depend on earthly possessions as the flame that burns deep down within themselves is enough to animate their spirit, make them glow with happiness and give them the courage to face the harsh everyday reality.

As a rule, those who don’t have to rely on goods to exist are far more satisfied than those who need to be surrounded by excessive opulence in order to experience artificial bliss and whose morbidly fake world is dominated by illusion. Deception junkies are eternally on the quest for new means of furnishing their vacuity with yet more nothingness. They are addicted to their delusional sense of fulfillment and strive on their secure make-believe little Hollywoodesque environment. Without their precious elixir of beatitude, they'd be lost and fall into a deep depression since having to confront the senselessness of your own being is incredibly mind-boggling
All folks ever seem to care about is wealth, but wealth is death. Blessed are the lame, the sick, the poor, lacking wealth, for wealth is death.
Never met a rich man whose grave I didn’t want to piss on. Never met a poor man whose grave I didn’t want to pray on. Wealth is death, life’s for living.
Why would I ever want a job? Waste my life, wealth is death. When I’m old and ready for the grave, I want memories to recall.
Never met a rich man whose grave I didn’t want to piss on. Never met a poor man whose grave I didn’t want to pray on. Wealth is death, life’s for living.
La, la, la. Wealth is death.
- Lyrics to the song “Wealth Is Death” by Those Poor Bastards
When you are not defined by your income or extravagance and you don’t depend on it to feel like somebody, then you are a lucky human being as no matter your situation, you’ll most likely be content, remember to stay humble, find pleasure in the little things, understand the real meaning of life, recognize the importance of being a spiritual entity and know peace of mind.

In the same way, when it comes to food, abundance and expensiveness aren’t always a guarantee for gratification. One doesn’t need to indulge on the most rare and high-priced staples in order to enjoy oneself. The market value of an ingredient is seldom an indicator of savoriness. In business, its worth is mainly fixed according to arbitrary ratings based on ephemeral fashions and its dream-selling factor - an invention of mankind. Scarcity and the amount of work put into generating a merchandise hardly come in play here.
Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.
- Peter F. Drucker, American Management Guru
Consequently, I ask myself the following question: why are oysters* thought to be better than mussels or Champagne considered to be superior to Clairette De Die? Apart from the reasons I cited above, there is no other tangible and possible explanation for this consumerist behavior pattern. Tomorrow, the roles could very well be reversed if declared so by those who run the show and control popular opinion by creating novel fads and demands.

*A funny fact:
Oysters weren't always classified as a luxury item. Actually, in the Victorian era oysters were a regular food of the poor in Britain (learn more here).

Spring Pasta Salad 1 bis
In nature, comparison and grades are inexistent. There, each tree, animal, plant or mineral has a purpose and a quality of its own. The Universe doesn’t judge or make differences. In  opposition, we humans constantly have to classify and compare everything, and I find that so stupid, absurd and really useless. Our materialistic visions are dictating our thoughts and actions...

I’m somebody who is not presumptuous, superficial and who totally dislikes conventions or limitations, hence the price and reputation of a fare has absolutely no effect on me. As a matter of fact, they don't affect my perception of it as I develop my taste independently from absurd trends - though I do admit that I tend to shun what is in vogue as the word alone already infuriates me, gives me an allergic reaction and creeps me out (you might want to check out that other article I wrote on the subject). A potato will delight me as much as a truffle, and I’d still refuse to eat caviar even if it would be regarded similarly to liver paste and not be grub for the wealthy, aristocrats or jet-setters. In my opinion, although we all have our personal favorites, every comestible has to be cherished as it is earth’s gift to us and we should be thankful for it.
You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.
- Julia Child
Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.
- Gucci Family Slogan
At my place, "modest” dishes are consumed regularly, however I never feel ashamed or unsatisfied by what I cook as I regard them to be just as excellent as the ones that are said to be “noble”. If you select good raw materials and you prepare them with care, respect and devotion, then what you’ve paid for them has strictly no importance as the end result will simply be fabulous whether you have kept a tight budget or have totally blown it.

So next time you want to concoct a meal, remember to let go of your preconceptions and don’t let your choices be guided by how cheap or dear something is as you’ll miss out a lot. Instead, appreciate your vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, spices, etc… for what they are as it is crucial that you only worry about the degree of joy they'll convey and not about their weight in gold.

This is my
philosophy and I apply it on a daily basis. Thanks to my limitless curiosity and to my non-consumeristic approach, I have expanded my culinary knowledge drastically. Nothing stops me from discovering new specialities. One day, I’ll purchase pork livers and chicken hearts in order to make an accompaniment to my spaghetti and the next, if the state of my finances permits it, I’ll bring back home a lobe of foie gras or a few balls of Burrata to eat with fine homemade bread.

I'm not going to lie to you and say that I hate all produces which are labelled as "deluxe", but generally, I'd rather settle for those that are less posh and sometimes dispised or neglected because they are supposedly boring, crude and too ordinary. You see, one of my passions is to transform frugal eats into dazzling and surprising specialities and use my creativity to sublimate them. I have a lot of fun playing around in the kitchen and revamping those “ugly duckling” of gastronomy. Through, Rosa's Yummy Yums, my aim is to show others that even the most unpromising root veggie, innard or cereal can be worked into something appetizing, refined and extremely savory.

It is exactly what I did with the pasta salad I am presenting today. All components I employed are commonly found in a majority of pantries and fridges. There's nothing special about them, but the recipe I have put together is far from being average.

My "Creamy Fusili Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Peas & Arugula" is an ode to spring and to the warmer days. It is fresh like the young leaves that are budding, buoyant like the birds that are singing on the top of their lungs, zesty like the cool April breeze and lusciously creamy like the first ice cream of the sunny season... Bliss in a plate!

Creamy Fusili Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Peas & Arugula
Recipe by Rosa Mayland, April 2012

Serves 2 (2 medium servings each).

Ingredients For The "Lemony Cream Dressing":
The juice of 1/2 an organic lemon
5 Tbs Sour cream
3 Tbs Milk
The zest of 1 organic lemon
1/2 Tsp Onion powder
Red Tabasco, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Ingredients For The "Pasta Salad":
240g Raw fusili
100g Arugula
80g Preserved dried tomatoes (weigh drained), thinly sliced
60g Raw peas
Shaved parmesan, to taste

Spring Flowers 8 7 bis
Method  For The "Lemony Cream Dressing":
1. In a big salad bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dressing together.
Method For The "Pasta Salad":
2. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Strain and let cool until lukewarm.
3. Toss the pasta, 1/4 of the arugula and the peas with the dressing.
4. Dress the plates with 1/4 of the remaining arugula and 1/4 of the pasta salad, then sprinkle with 1/4 of the tomatoes and top with the shaved parmesan.
5. Serve.

The fusili can be replaced by penne rigate, farfalle, gnocchetti sardi or conchigliette.
If you are calorie conscious, use light cream instead of sour cream.

Serving suggestions:
Serve for lunch or supper.
This salad can be accompanied by a Chardonnay, Chasselas, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Salade De Fusili Aux Tomates Séchées, Pois Et A la Roquette
Recette par Rosa Mayland, Avril 2012.

Pour 2 personnes (2 portions moyennes par convive).

Ingrédients Pour La "Vinaigrette A La Crème":
Le jus d'un demi citron bio
5 CS de Crème aigre
3 CS de Lait
Le zeste d'un citron bio
1/2 CC de Poudre d'oignon
Tabasco rouge, selon goût
Sel de mer, selon goût
Poivre noir, fraîchement moulu, selon goût
Ingrédients Pour La "Salade De Pâtes":
240g de Fusili non cuites
100g de Roquette
80g de Tomates séchées à l'huile (pesées égouttés), coupées en fines lamelles
60g de Petits pois crus
Copeaux de parmesan, selon goût

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Méthode Pour Le "Vinaigrette A La crème":
1. Dans un grand saladier, mélanger tous les ingrédients pour la vinaigrette ensemble.
Méthode Pour La "Salade De Pâtes":
2. Faire cuire les pâtes comme indiqué sur le paquet. Les égouttez et les laisser refroidir afin qu'elles soient tièdes.
3. Mettre les pâtes, 1/4 de la roquette et les petits pois dans le saladier et mélanger délicatement pour enrober.
4. Dresser les assiettes avec 1/4 de la roquette restante et 1/4 de la salade de pâtes, puis saupoudrez avec 1/4 des tomates séchés et garnir avec les copeaux de parmesan.
5. Servir.


Les fusili peuvent être remplacés par des penne rigate, farfalle, gnocchetti sardi ou des conchigliette.
Il est possible d'utiliser de la crème légère au lieu de la crème aigre. Cela limitera les calories ingérées.

Idées de présentation:
Servir pour le repas de midi ou du soir.
Accompagner cette salade d'un Chardonnay, Chasselas, Riesling ou Sauvignon Blanc.

Avec cette recette, je participe au concours "Cuisinez La Pasta Avec Garofalo" qu'Edda organise. Vous trouverez tous les détails sur son beau blog "Un déjeuner De Soleil".
Spring Pasta Salad 3 bis


  1. Dear Rosa,
    I so agree, the quality of the ingredients over the poshness of them, is the key ingredient for fantastic plates of food and your plate of food is absolutely divine, with all these great colours and textures. Im salivating!!
    Cheers and hope you have a FANTASTIC WEEKEND,

  2. Ça sent définitivement le printemps chez toi, ma chère Rosa! ces pâtes ont l'air divines... J'aime tellement le parmesan, les tomates séchées et la roquette... Une combinaison plus que gagnante! Bon week end à toi!

  3. You are right, Oysters aren't better than mussels, just different. It's society that made them a luxury. I just read an article the other day saying Oysters are a environmental friendly alternative to meat. But they keep up prices of Oysters to keep it a deluxe food.
    My husband works for Chocolate and coffee brands, he just found out that the companies do with coffee and cacao what has been done with oil for like all time. They keep up the prices to keep it high end-ish.

    Another thing that your blog post reminded me of was a visit to a farmshop in the Cotswolds last september.
    I was looking forward to the visit but I was disgusted by the fact that I was all very posh. The customers arrived in expensive cars and wore designer bags and suits. Free range and 'local' food, or 'decent products' had been become a fancy product over there. The prices were still okay, but the people who buy it...
    I have nothing against rich people but they should go to Harrods and Selfridges and leave the farm shops alone so us "regular" folk can keep buying that shank of veal and vegetables from a farm without breaking the bank.

    Your dish looks absolutely amazing, just my kind of dish!

  4. I totally agree with everything you write here! I really think that we were the happiest when we were the poorest without all the problems even a little money brings. But we are happy in our simplicity. Honest simplicity. Like gorgeous, fresh ingredients. And funny I was about to use these same perfect ingredients to top a pizza. Now I think I'll make this pasta dish for lunch this weekend. xoxo

  5. What a great post, Rosa...I love the quotes you've shared with us! The salad looks delicious and your shots of it are stunning!

  6. "The Universe doesn’t judge or make differences. In opposition, we humans constantly have to classify and compare everything, and I find that so stupid, absurd and really useless. Our materialistic visions are dictating our thoughts and actions..." Well written, Rosa, I absolutely agree with you!! This is one of the best posts I have read lately! Beyond that, your photos are so alive, colourful, in one word: beautiful. Thanks for sharing...

  7. Holy Fusili salad this looks amazing!! The colors are simply gorgeous and of course the photography is amazing!

  8. pienamente d'accordo, spero che questi tuoi pensieri siano contagiosi, ne avremo tutti dei vantaggi, appena scalda l'aria questo tipo di insalate sono le benvenute, ciauzzz Marta

  9. I love your phtotographs. This has Spring all over it.

  10. Rosa on est à l'heure du goûter et je mangerais bien volontiers cette assiette merveilleuse....pleine de couleurs et de saveurs...
    bon weekend et bises

  11. Hi Rosa! I loved reading about your philosophy and I also share similar thoughts. I need to buy sour cream so that I can make this. Looks gorgeous and brought my tired and lost appetite back. Can't wait to try this pasta!

  12. épatante recette très belle assiette

  13. " Some people are so poor, all they have is money"
    Whoever said it, Very well said!!!!

    I have to agree with everything you wrote here in this post....

    B/W Dear what a Gorgeous salad... It speaks of spring in every bite... And of course breathtaking photography!!!

  14. je partage ton avis sur les aliments souvent les plus simples, on peut en faire de belles choses. J'aime cette salade du soleil !! Moi qui n'aime pas les salades de pâtes en général je goûterais bien celle-ci ;) Très belles photos comme toujours. Merci et bon week-end !

  15. parce que tu fais partie de mes coups de ♥, j'aime beaucoup tes recettes et photos, je voulais te mettre à l'honneur sur mon blog de sélections " cuisine " voir le lien suivant :

  16. Man kann mit den einfachsten Ideen kochen, aber nur mit einwandfreier Qualität. Wie wahr !

    Liebe Grüsse, Robert

  17. A fantastic salad, Rosa. I love those bright photos.

  18. Una rica y saludable ensalada llena de colores y vitaminas que acompañan a bellas imágenes ,son mis mejores almuerzos para mi silueta,abrazos,hugs,hugs.

  19. Quelle belle assiette :)
    Simple, colorée et goûteuse. Les photos sont magnifiques !

    Bises et bon WE.


  20. vivement que le soleil et la chaleur reviennent car je plongerais volontiers ma fourchette dans cette belle assiette !

  21. What a delicious-looking and beautiful dish for spring.

  22. I agree! I loved reading your post!
    The salad looks so fresh and delicious!

  23. what a gorgeous post Rosa
    your setting is just so pretty.
    and yes, i agree with quality; that's why i try my best to do farmers markets and whole foods all the time. just such a difference than our run of the mill grocery stores here.

  24. Coucou Rosa! Tes photos sont toujours magnifiques toi :) Très belle recette aussi ma chère!


  25. Quality may even be perception. I will confess to having had to grow up a bit to understand a lot of this. It took a few years! The pasta dish - lemon and creamy is such a beauty and is food I would happily feast on all my days.

  26. I couldn't agree with your article anymore but I think in this world, we do need money to survive.

  27. yes, food with fresh ingredients is the best! i love your salad. also love the photo with the flowering branch.

  28. Love your writing so much, what a pleasure to come here. This dish is surely looking really Spring to me! Delicious pictures.

  29. its like a burst of spring, this salad... looks lovely and fresh

  30. A wonderful spring dish full of flavour.

  31. Une bonne et belle assiette printanière
    Je te souhaite un agréable samedi

  32. A manger sur le bord du lac, ou mieux en pique-nique, sous les arbres en fleurs !

  33. Such stunning photos every single time! Love the colors of your blog :)

  34. A beautiful salad, Rosa. Simplicity of quality ingredients.
    You are so right. Less is more.

  35. I must admit that I love pasta salads. I love pasta in general ia any form. And I like your writing so much as well.

  36. Rosa, I so agree with you!
    This dish is so colorful, so for spring, so... one of my favorite and absolutely beautiful!

  37. Very well written Rosa. I agree with you.. atleast being poor one is happy...which matters the most.
    Great pics as always...I have so much to learn from you - Love your photography:)

  38. rhoo LALA !!!!!! J'adore et je salive !

  39. Such an important message in this post, particularly in this economic times I think. The pasta salad contains so many of my favourite ingredients and looks far more delicious to me than any caviar!

  40. such amazing facts you shared out here and so true about the silly money factor!
    The salad sounds delicious.. just the type I enjoy with pasta anytime.

  41. this looks wicked fabulous! I haven't had pasta salad in so, so long! This reminds me of one I used to get a long time ago. All of your pictures are so beautiful!

  42. A refreshingly beautiful fusili salad perfect for spring weather!!

  43. Interesting read!

    We are surrounded by people who believe they have the finer things in life and they look down on everyone else.

    Their happiness is just like a bubble. Bursts in an instant!

    Thanks Rosa

  44. You have interesting thoughts, Rosa. It's refreshing to hear not "politically correct" approach to our society. Good for you!

  45. Great article Rosa! You're right, the most expensive dishes, are not always best tasting. Your salad sounds delicious!
    Bisous ma belle,

  46. Beautiful and fresh Rosa and it looks like spring is on the way for you! We are enjoying a warm sunny autumn, hope it stays longer

  47. Beautiful and colourful pasta dish, and great pics as usual!

    p.s. many years ago, on a Thursday morning (I remember that very well!), I've realized how sad and unsatisfied I was. At that moment I was in Dubai, lying in the sun and surrounded by luxury. I felt kind of lost.

  48. I adore the light in these pictures. It breaks all the 'conventional' food photography rules - but that dappled sunshine is exquisite. Love it.

  49. Hi Rosa,

    Reading your article made me smile. I agree with pretty much everything you've said. And said so well I might add.

    Pasta salad has always been a favorite of mine. But your recipe has taken pasta salad to a whole new level! Beautiful post:)

  50. Well Written Rosa! And I agree, this colourful salad is not average at all, it looks stunning!

  51. Elle est vraiment super appétissante cette assiette de pâte toute printanière :)

  52. FUN to see you bring some pasta to RYY's!!! Love those blossoms ~ I want to dive right into this post :)

  53. Such a lovely post and springtime recipe.

  54. Beautifully written Rosa, and such a delightful pasta dish...simply delicious!

  55. salade en toute simplicité mais ultra gouteuse !! miam

  56. I don't like petit pois, but those look so pretty! Great salad! :)

  57. If this pasta salad doesn't kick-off picnic season then I don't know what will!

  58. simple and perfect pasta salad! Delicious and beautiful photos!

  59. Another beautiful post Rosa, and I love that first quote, some people are so poor all they have is money.

  60. Outstanding post, could not agree with you more; I have seen people with millions worry about their money constantly, be extremely avaricious, and just miserable human beings. On the other hand, you meet people (especially in rural areas) with hardly a nickel to rub together who are willing to give you all you wish with a smile on their face. This salad makes me want to go out and make one just like it, the photography is beautiful!

  61. Absolutely right and what's interesting are the people who seemingly have nothing but are so happy. They are the richest of all :)

  62. Lovely and yummy, as usual...Couldn't agree more on the overall comment about price/quality. I struggled a bit when I organised my wedding. Most caterers offers menu with fancy names and intricated tastes, while you just want to ask them to cook fantastic food with regional products of the best quality. To me there's nothing best that a really good cheese on a plain but good bread and a delicate wine. There's no trick in that

  63. Rosa, That is so my kind of salad. I love the flavor combination!

  64. Rosa, this salad is just lovely and your photography is perfect! The outdoor lighting that you used for these shots is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  65. Une belle salade délicieusement printanière !! Bonne semaine, bises

  66. Beautiful post Rosa...and great pictures as well. Like the idea of creamy and lemony salad. Never had it with sour cream. Looks flavorful :)
    Have a great week!

  67. Une belle assiette qui reflète parfaitement la saison par chez toi. Good write up, Rosa and I do agree with you.

  68. colourful delicious pasta and pictures look fabulous

  69. un post vraiment inspirant. Je craque pour cette salade d'une grande fraîcheur qui rassemble des classiques que j'aime beaucoup cuisiner. Bonne soirée!

  70. Well said Rosa…you are so good at explaining yourself! Simplicity is often the best! Love the pasta salad…especially the peas!

  71. Such a gorgeous salad. A perfect combination of flavors.

  72. Your photographs are amazing I love them, and the pasta salad looks delicious

  73. The dish is gorgeous, but the words more so!


  74. What a gorgeous pasta dish! Totally love it!

  75. Simply gorgeous! I love fresh ingredients. They really do make the flavors pop in any dish!

  76. We must both be on the sun-dried tomato wavelength. I've been cooking a lot with those, too. Always so handy to have in the pantry.

  77. Rosa shocked for these scrumptious pictures of this wonderful pasta salad. Those pictures are my entire screen!

    I can feel creamy dressing and the dried tomatoes from here! :)


  78. Comme je suis d'accord Rosa! Je préfère cuisiner avec mon coeur plutôt que de suivre modes et tendance. Si j'en envie de lentilles ou de haricots, et bien ce sera lentilles ou haricots sur mon blog. C'est vrai c'est pas très glamour, mais j'aime ca!
    Et quelle jolie salade, c'est tout simple, mais frais et indémodable!

  79. This is my kind of pasta salad!

  80. this is a very good italian pasta, Brava Rosa!!!!!!!!!!! a presto

  81. Tout un printemps italien dans une assiette - les couleurs comme toujours sont splendides!
    Pour la Clairette de Die, je ne suis pas d'accord, le champagne c'est sacrement meilleur quand meme ;)

  82. Yum! Une belle assiette printanière!

  83. Tu as raison de relever que l'argent n'est pas une vraie richesse...
    Savoir aimer est la vraie richesse, la vraie grâce...

    Côté nourriture, de toute façon je préfère des moules à des huitres, mais il faut tout de même reconnaitre que les dernières sont plus fines. Comme le champagne. Et demandent peut-être plus de soins?
    Superbe assiette de pâtes en tout cas, je suis sûre que j'aimerais la partager avec toi sous le soleil suisse :)

  84. This salad looks amazing! Simple and perfect.

  85. Love these bright summery happy mood clicks.....salad looks refreshing and gratifying....

  86. Gorgeous salad Rosa, looks beautifully presented and lit with natural light!

  87. Magnifique et vraiment délicieuse cette salade de pâtes!

  88. Looks really appetising! I am getting hungry now!

  89. How interesting that we have both written on the futility of material possessions over the past week! So true - and people so easily forget. I LOVE this dish - it just looks like Spring and is packed with my favourite ingredients!

  90. Love the look of this pasta, especially the flavours from sun dried tomatoes and arugula. Such wonderful combination of spring!

  91. très jolie recette de salade!! ♥
    gros bisous ma chère rosa

  92. Gorgeous looking salad, so vibrant and refreshing. It is so perfect.

  93. wonderfully written rosa, I agree!! a stunning salad with pretty pics!

  94. This recipe contains three of my favorite things: peas, arugula, and sun-dried tomatoes! It could be called "my favorite things" salad! Definitely bookmarking this for later.

  95. rarely does pasta look so visually exciting! such a lovely springtime dish, sounds delicious! Your captcha is hard Rosa, I can never read those warped letters... it thinks i'm a robot!

  96. first visit to your blog rosa. awesome space and awesome photographs.

    i totally agree with what you have said in the post.

    the salad is so good and my kind of salad.

  97. I'm this! Its just my kind of salad! Love the way you plated it, It just screams spring

  98. Avec ces produits de saison, je craque devant cette salade colorée. Le temps parisien s'y prête parfaitement.

  99. I love everything about this salad --- so beautifully plated and it screams SPRING! :)

  100. Une recette fraîche, légère printanière, j'adore! Bonne soirée :)

  101. Je découvre ta recette chez Edda, très jolie et gourmande.