Wow! I can cook the shit outta some pasta…

OK, I seldom use this forum to toot my own horn (heh, yeah right…). But I decided to use up the rest of the cream I bought this week with another serving of pasta with peas, shallots and lemon. And, as I often do, I made a few adjustments to the recipe based on previous experience – which, if I do say so myself, resulted in an amazing bowl of pasta. Just enough salt, cream, lemon and parmigiano – plus the shallots were cooked exactly right and the peas (yes, frozen) were still bright green and both crispy and tender… It was perfect (though I suppose I should’ve added some pignoli…) and I feel sorry for everyone who didn’t get to have this for dinner.

I think I have a case of the Mondays…

I knew I had some leftover pasta from last night waiting at home for dinner this evening – Gemelli con Pisselini, Scagloni e Crema al Limone, to be exact. But sadly, as I suspected, it wasn’t quite a dinner-sized portion and I was still a bit peckish after finishing…

Luckily though, I had cucumber, roasted peppers, ceci, scallions and feta cheese – all I’d need to create a nice hearty salad to round out dinner. But then I thought to myself, “Self, that really sounds like quite a production, having to chop and peel and make dressing – ugh, I’m exhausted just thinking about it…”

So I decided to have a secondo piatto of all the ice cream left in my freezer. Turned out to be a wise decision – so much easier! And really, I was just tidying the place up. Not to mention that a major reason I commute by bike is so that I can drink more wine eat more ice cream…

Pecans are healthy, right?

Orrecchiette con tonno e broccoli

Not quite as good as last week’s rigatoni, but a pretty decent dinner with a modicum of pots and pans required.  Sautéed garlic and capers in some olive oil, added a can of good (and shockingly expensive) albacore tuna along with some broccoli, white wine and a little lemon. And it was tasty – but I felt like it was missing something, though I have yet to put my finger on what. I was tempted to throw in some dill, but didn’t have any – maybe a little tomato paste? Suggestions welcome…