En français ici.
As an actor, not only does one become familiar with jobs to make ends meet, but one also gets used to the idea of not having regular hours, weekends, lunch breaks or any of the other amenities the French 35 hour work week is supposed to give you. Or more often, you DO have regular work hours (or part time ones) to make money between projects and then you use your free time to read plays, go to auditions/rehearsals, make contacts, do publicity for your shows, go to workshops and everything else. One has to be extremely passionate about theater to be an actor -- or else totally crazy -- often both.
Currently in the beginning stages of a project, I've been meeting with the cast and director once a week in the evening, after the usual workday. Of course given the timing, you can only discuss copyrights, and budget and artistic vision for so long before yelling over the grumbling stomachs becomes difficult. In that case, it's much more effective to feed the troupe something fortifying and then they're all set -- at least until the métro stops running. Last week, I made this pasta salad, which was a big hit and proved very effective for decision-making :-)
400g pasta (or about 100g per person) -- I use weight here because depending on the kind of pasta you use, it will fit differently into a cup measure
3 medium-sized onions
2 Tbsp butter
1 container of lardons (or 4-5 slices of bacon)
3/4 cup feta, cut into cubes
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
your favorite vinaigrette to taste
Cook the pasta in boiling water to desired texture. Drain and let cool.
Peel and slice the onions; caramelize on medium-low heat in the butter for about 20 minutes. Then add the lardons (or bacon, cut into bits) and cook until they start to brown. Add to the pasta.
When all the ingredients are cool (because you don't want the cheese to melt), add the feta, walnuts and vinaigrette and toss until well-mixed.
I'm submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, being hosted this week by Tigerfish of Teczcape. You can check out the rules to participate.