Sunday, August 09, 2009

Day of leisure

La passion No. 840938: Pasta! (new listing on eBay)

I'm savouring a day free of all obligations, and since it's wet outside -- my day began with a thunderstorm, and now the mists hang low over the landscape -- I'm enjoying being home. The kitchen is being organized today and groceries will have to be bought very soon. I've been winging it all week, using up the contents of fridge and larder to put together quick meals. Quick, not thoughtless: matching up good ingredients for both taste and nutrition. Here's one of my favorites:

Cook some pasta al dente (I use pappardelle a lot -- like very wide fettucine -- which come in nests). While that's happening, heat a little olive oil in a pan, throw in some diced tomatoes and cook until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper and some crushed herbs. Add to the drained pasta, stir and....add that last bit of camembert or brie that's lingering in the fridge. It will disappear in the heat of the dish and turn your tomatoes into a velvety sauce.

Bon appétit!

Yes, I intend to see Julia and Julie (or is it the other way around?)


  1. Simple but yummy!! I love your little bird picture pretty.

  2. My variation on that includes rooting around in the numerous half-empty jars that seem to collect in my fridge .... adding perhaps roasted red pepper slices, marinated artichokes, usually sun dried tomatoes packed in herbed oil. It never turns out the same and it always turns out great. Well, except for the time I added a tin of drained chick peas and some drained water-packed tuna. Don't know which ingredient ruined it, but it tasted so, so flat. Won't do that again! :-)

    I love organizing and reorganizing my kitchen. I have opted for a lot of open shelving and try to display my most colourful wares out in the open.


  3. I went to see Julie and Julia on Friday and I love it. Your bird is gorgeous and the recipe so simple and so very good!


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