I’m not sitting here in my leopard print cat suit – that outfit has been safely returned to the fancy dress shop and is waiting for you to hire it. Your turn now!
And you won’t believe this. I’m sure you will think I’m making it up, but in the mail box addressed to Archie and Arabella was an invitation to an 18th birthday party for a mutual friend. That’s nice in itself but then the fine print on the invitation said, ‘Dress up and come on down. Fancy dress – Country and Western’. This is a true story.
The party is this Saturday night and Arabella is already asking me what she can wear. ‘I don’t have any boots mum’, ‘Where can I get a checkered shirt, mum?’, ‘Would Fred’s boots fit me? (Yes, Fred’s boots are still here. He left them here when he came down from Gunnadah to take Arabella to her formal). ‘They might be a bit big for me ,mum’, and ‘I’ll wear my high wasted jeans. Can I borrow your belt?’, ‘And what about Archie, mum? What’s he going to wear?’
And Archie’s saying, ‘I don’t have anything to wear, mum. I’ll have to hire a costume. Should I take my guitar?’
I buried my head in the ultimate distraction, my computer, and I found this wonderful pasta recipe on Joanne’s fabulous blog, Eats Well With Others. Joanne lives in New York city and is studying to be a doctor, is doing her PhD, she runs marathons, is a vegetarian AND a blogger. Her writing is witty and entertaining, she tells a good story, her images are gorgeous and the food is sensational. If you haven’t visited Eats Well with Others, I highly recommend that you do – you will fall in love.
Here’s a recipe that Joanne recently posted for a Creamy Spinach Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes. I just loved the colours of this pasta dish with the contrast between red and green and I loved how the creaminess came from avocado rather than a dairy product. I quickly scrawled down the ingredients to make this, rushed out to the shops, purchased what was required only to come home and remember my food processor blew up so I had no means to puree the sauce.
Never mind! I persevered. I decided my pasta sauce just wouldn’t be so smooth. I rolled up the spinach and basil leaves into little cigars and finely chopped them and I mashed the avocado with a fork. For what my dish lacks in presentation, it makes up for in taste because everyone in my family loved this pasta and having made double the recipe there was plenty left for tomorrow’s lunch boxes.
This is a wonderful mid-week meal.
Now…Joanne’s recipe is in imperial only so here are some approximate metric conversions:
- 1 pint tomatoes = 500gms
- 8 oz spaghetti = 225gms
- 1 lb spinach = 450gms
For the entire recipe and some images of what the dish is supposed to look like, please visit Joanne’s blog. Oh, and I cooked this dish using organic spelt pasta so my version was also gluten-free – well, not exactly gluten-free because spelt does have a little gluten in it but it was wheat-free.
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