Quick & Easy

Sundae best

Sundae best: add quick toppings to ice cream for deliciously easy desserts - Food: Summer EntertainingIce cream means instant dessert. It waits in the freezer, always on call, ready to appear au naturel or dressed up for a celebration.

Date food

Date food: trick her into thinking you're a gourmet cook with this quick and easy mealBeef, like this filet mignon, is a great source of CLA--CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID--a type of good fat that has been shown in studies to help increase muscle mass and decrease levels of body fat.

Quick, healthy dishes

Quick, healthy dishes - recipesChicken and Vegetables With Penne makes a hearty one-dish meal. Note: To save time, prep foods-slice, dice and so on-as other items cook.

Go fish

Go fish: start with seafood for a quick, tasty dinner - WeeknightPutting a balanced meal on the table every night is a challenge when work and family compete for your attention. But eating well might be easier than you think--if you think fish. It cooks quickly and is a lean source of protein and iron.

Salad days

Salad days: rice chills out for an easy weeknight meal - Food: Quick CookThis salad is a simplified, lightened version of Richard Wong's original. Make your own seasoning sauce as directed here or, for a shortcut, use a purchased sauce such as his Chinablue Sesame Soy Sauce.

Food: for a maverick Italian with fascist leanings, cooking was a revolutionary act

Food: for a maverick Italian with fascist leanings, cooking was a revolutionary actWhat is an "intuitive antipasto"? Filippo Marinetti, author of The Futurist Cookbook (first published 1932), instructs us to hollow out an orange and place in it different kinds of salami, some butter, some pickled mushrooms, anchovies and green peppers. Inside the peppers you hide little cards printed with futurist sayings, such as "Futurism is an anti-historical movement" or "With Futurist cooking, doctors, pharmacists and gravediggers will be out of work".


Marinetti did not only propose that we should eat his words; he suggested eating each other, too. His recipe for "Strawberry Breasts" features a pink plate with two breasts formed from ricotta that has been dyed pink with Campari, and nipples of candied strawberry. He adds: "More fresh strawberries under the covering of ricotta make it possible to bite into an ideal multiplication of imaginary breasts." In his recipe "Carrot + Trousers = Professor", he tells us to build a sculpture of a raw carrot standing upright, the thin part at the bottom, to which two boiled aubergines are attached with a toothpick so as to look like violet trousers in the act of marching: "Leave the green leaves on the top of the carrot to represent the hope of a pension. Eat the whole thing without ceremony!"

What would Marinetti have made of the Slow Food movement? His Futurist Cookbook celebrates not so much fast food as radically new approaches to art inspired by what seems now an almost romantic belief in the possibilities opened up by technology. The cookbook embodies a revolutionary manifesto, strongly flavoured with violence, racism, misogyny and anti-feminism, that calls on Italians to liberate their lives, culture and language from tradition and convention.

Marinetti's dalliance with fascism prompted successive generations of Italians to try to ignore him. The English edition of his work, translated by Suzanne Brill and edited by Lesley Chamberlain, came out in 1989. So we can judge for ourselves how successful Marinetti was in creating a harsh, passionate, would-be-shocking voice with which to extol fantastic inventions such as the aeroplane, the motor car, the cinema and the telephone, to call for radical transformations in every area of life. Cooking was a metaphor, a cookbook an elaborate joke. Out went pastoralism and sentimentality; in came dynamism, speed, conflict.

Marinetti remains more compelling as an artist than as a tub-thumping iconoclast. Male preachers, whether priests or vanguardists, tend to be a tiresome lot. But a poet/performer who can imagine roses in the soup, or candied atmospheric electricities, or raw meat torn by trumpet blasts, can whet our appetites for change.