Tuesday, August 18, 2009
76 Days to NYC
Maya found out about my run with Billy the day before and insisted on coming with on the next run. Not the same euphoric run from the day before, that's for sure. At first she changed her mind about going because she did not think that she could bike slow enough for my running (big shot!) but about 1 km into the run/bike ride, she started complaining that her legs her and doing her fake whimpering. And anytime we got to even the slightest incline, she got off her bike and walked it up the "hill". When we emerged from the "secret passage" (really, a pathway behind a park) I decided that it just wasn't worth going the full 5k that I did with Billy the day before and we headed straight to Starbucks for lemonades. By the time we made it there, she was biking so slow, I had to walk... slowly. So much for me not running fast enough for her!
Well, it turned out ok because after the lemonade, a pump or two of air in her tires from the bike store, and reassurance from a mom we ran into at Starbucks that the same thing happens when she bikes with her 6 year old, Maya got her second wind and we biked/ran without complaint for the last km (also it was downhill).
My last meal with the kids when Len was away so I made something that he is not eating right now: pasta. As I stated before, whenever there is a family member missing from the dinner table, I always try to make something they would not eat had they been there.
The kids chose the sauce, tomato cream, and insisted on coming to the store with me to pick out the ingredients (make sure the canned tomatoes I bought were not too chunky and buy the next size up of whipping cream just in case we wanted to use the extra for whipped cream & fruit for dessert.) Then they wanted to help make the meal, which is great except for the fact that I could not hide the veggies in the food like I usually do, by cutting the spinach into tiny pieces and saying it is "spices".
I think I have posted this recipe before but just in case:
1 can of chopped Marzano tomatoes
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp of whipping cream
1/3 cup fresh grated parmasean cheese
1 cup finely chopped spinach
heat the oil in a pan and then throw in the garlic for a minute. dump in the tomatoes and then simmer for a while (like 1/2 an hour) until the liquid reduces a lot. In the meantime, cook the pasta; I like rotini or penne or fusilli for this dish as it hold the tomato chunks & spinach well. When the pasta is almost cooked, add the cream & cheese to the tomatoes and stir; it will thicken up at this point. Add S & P to taste (this is always Billy's job... he thinks he is an expert). Drain the pasta and put back in the cooking pot. Pour the sauce in along with the chopped FRESH spinach (fresh doesn't clump together as much as the frozen) and mix well. Taste and season again. The heat from the pasta & sauce will cook the spinach.
Serve with either chicken or fish, if you want.
Taking a break this week. Just not in the mood for anything. Watching way too much TV instead. Maybe today I will take a second look at my bookshelf and get inspired to read something...