As you all know and have all been totally supportive, I’m time-starved this week but haven’t completely fallen in a heap and resorted to dialing up nightly takeaway, but I am looking for fast-food, that is, food I can quickly bring to the table.
Recently I discovered a great food blog from New Zealand called Strands of My Life. I hopped across the Tasman this morning to see Suzanne’s latest post and it was for a quick and easy Pasta, Mushroom and Walnut Salad. ‘That will do for dinner tonight’, I thought.
Hop across to Strands of My Life for the recipe. The only alteration I made was in changing the wheat pasta to spelt pasta omitting the parmesan cheese and yes, it’s all to do with that Arabella again. She’s still having blood tests because of The Glange and last week I took her to the local medical centre for the test and she was seen by a doctor we haven’t met before. He took a look at her and said she has very dark circles under her eyes and needs to cut wheat and dairy products from her diet. He said that as well as being a doctor he is a clinical dietician (or maybe clinical nutritionist – it’s hard to remember), and that she’d be a lot healthier if she cut out wheat and dairy.
‘What about bread?’ asked a very shocked and confused Arabella.
‘What would you want to eat bread for?’ replied the doctor who might have a lot of knowledge but also a lot of arrogance.
‘So I can eat vegemite toast.’ (She left off, ‘…you idiot’.)
I said to him, ‘So you don’t eat any wheat or dairy?’
‘Do I look like I do? You see all the men around my age with their big guts and bloated stomachs? Do I look like that? You know we are the only mammals to keep having milk after we’re weaned? There’s absolutely no need for it once we’re weaned’. We sat there speechless.
He would like Arabella to come back for a thorough consultation about diet and lifestyle. She’s not so sure. We were supposed to go back this afternoon for the results of the blood test. Priorities in order, instead she’s having a spray tan. I figured if there was anything seriously wrong with those tests he’d phone.
I’m not totally bucking against what he had to say so I’ve made this pasta with spelt instead of wheat. I’m sure the doctor will be very pleased when I tell him about it because it’s wheat-free, dairy-free, caffeine-free, sugar-free and vegetarian. I’m sure it passes the test. Oh, except that as it doesn’t have the parmesan cheese I thought it might need a boost of flavour and added some crispy bacon to the pasta. It was delicious!
Thanks Suzanne for your recipe!
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