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Affirmation pasta

Little by little, one travels far.
~ J R R Tolkien

I ate this for breakfast today, and named it Affirmation Pasta because this name floated firmly into my head and I can think of no alternative.

Hope you are all having a glorious Monday!

    Affirmation pasta
    2 cloves garlic
    1/2 zucchini, thinly sliced on the diagonal
    1/4 cup frozen baby peas
    3 shakes of the fusilli carton (or enough pasta for you)
    a pinch of dried mint
    a sprig of fresh basil
    olive oil
    shaved parmesan
    black pepper
    Heat a saucepan of water over medium-high heat, and add in a few teaspoons of salt. Bring the water to a rolling boil, then add in enough pasta for you.
    Meanwhile, smash, peel and chop the garlic cloves and prepare your vegetables. Dribble some olive oil in a small skillet, set it over medium-low heat and swirl the pan around to spread the oil around the base. When the oil is sufficiently warmed, add in the garlic – watch it sizzle. Once you can smell the garlic, add in the zucchini slices and saute them for 2-3 minutes. Add in a pinch of dried mint, rubbing them between your fingers as you go. Finally, add in the frozen baby peas, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir occasionally so nothing burns!
    When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and put it on a plate. Pour the vegetables on top, then add the parmesan and torn basil leaves. Add a sprinkle of salt and black pepper… serve immediately.
    Yields one serving.

If all the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops

…oh what a rain it would be!

Wow, random, thinking about Barney songs.

What a day…… for part of the afternoon, I was draped like a sick bird (or ballerina with 2 broken legs) on the couch at home. I had left work early because I couldn’t sit straight or think straight there after all. My head was totally achey, and I felt chocked up with rubbish. Hello Sore Throat, Runny Nose, Achey Eyes… :-(

How absolutely disgusting, after a splendid weekend with friends in Beach Wonderland (Coro). Maybe I overdosed on sun……? Is such a thing possible after too much cold wind in Wellington???

Anyway. In view of my exploding head and growing nausea I decided to do 3 things:
1. have a bath (mmmm)
2. wash my bedsheets (at long last)
3. make something in the kitchen

It is thing-to-do #3 that I will write about today.

Peeked in the fridge. What did I have? Oh yes, lemons aplenty from my parents.

I thumbed through “Falling Cloudberries” (as is my habit now) lazily, not really thinking I would make something from here today. But to my delight, I saw:

#7 Little Lemon Cakes – Page 261

OK! I feel immediately better.

I made the mix with the butter, sugar, egg yolk, vanilla, flour, lemon rind, milk, baking powder – mmm what a good smell! And put dollops of it into two muffin trays since I haven’t yet bought myself ramekins.

Alas, the icing sugar didn’t really work, and I don’t know how to fix it. It was just wet and clumpy – so I guess I won’t be using it…

Hmmm and the oil and flour on the trays were evidently not enough… the cakes are stuck… oops. Taste = fluffy and light and lemony, not too bad.